BAROKTHEGREAT is the artistic collaboration between Sonia Brunelli and Leila Gharib. They currently live, work and study in Verona. Since its formation in 2008, BAROKTHEGREAT works in the field of live arts. Their works rise in the intimate and ancient relationship between dance and music, explored mainly on the dynamics of adherence between the choreographic gesture, the physicality of sound and the architecture of space as an inhabitable device. With the collaboration of international artists they create inner worlds where figuers from past and contemporary live. A peculiar aspect of their works is the representation of emotions' conflict, between light and shadow, anamorphic and familiar. They get into theatres, clubs and site-specific locations.
On the first decade 2008-2018 Barokthegreat’s productions are: Barok ”The Origin” (2008), Barok (2008), Wrestling - Barokthegreat vs guests (2010), Fidippide (2011), Russian Mountains (2011), Kind of Magic (2011), Indigenous - sound drama (2012), Kobra (2012), The attack of the Clone (2013), Victory Smoke (2014), Ghost (2018).
Further lines of research have branched off: Palestra Espressiva (2012) an experimental dance training program, and the music project Sequoyah Tiger (2016).
BAROKTHEGREAT together with artists, designers, writers and students, condenses thoughts and motifs, builds a collective imaginaries with the production of fanzines, series of stickers, short videos, graphics, outputs also conceived with the experimentation of artistic techniques.
Their works have been invited by (partial list): Schauspiel Leipzig (Leipzig), Sujets à Vif Festival d’Avignon (Avignon), Set Up! Punta della Dogana, Venezia (IT), Grand Theatre (Groningen), Live Arts Week (Bologna), Path Festival (Verona), Theatre Frascati (Amsterdam), Bozar (Brussels), Kunstfest Weimar (Weimar), Netmage (Bologna), Schaubühne Lindenfels (Leipzig), S/V/N Club #7 Buka (Milano), Centrale Fies (Trento), Santarcangelo Festival (Rimini), Rencontres Chorégraphiques (Paris), Triennale dell’Arte (Milano), FAR° Festival des Arts Vivants (Nyon), Steirischer Herbst (Graz), Brut (Wien), Short Theatre (Roma), Art Fall (Ferrara), Vie Scena Contemporanea (Modena), Crisalide Festival (Forlì), Interzona (Verona), Teatro Grande (Brescia), Teatro Comandini (Cesena), Oreol Festiva (NL).