BAROKTHEGREAT is the artistic collaboration between Sonia Brunelli and Leila Gharib (aka Sequoyah Tiger). 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. Based in Verona.
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INDIGENOUS - sound drama

Act I - The mistake in greeting
Act II - Against the reptile's bite

Concept, set design, costumes: Barokthegreat
Choreography: Sonia Brunelli
Original live music: Leila Gharib, Francesco Brasini
With: Dafne Boggeri, Giorgia Nardin (Alice Zanoni, Simona Rossi), Sonia Brunelli
Theoretic collaboration: Piersandra Di Matteo
Visual effect: Dafne Boggeri
Sound engineer: Mattia Dallara
Co-production: Schaubühne Lindenfels Leipzig, Santarcangelo Festival
Realized thanks to Accordo GECO 2 – Regione Emilia-Romagna realized by Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione
With the support of: Xing
Duration 45’

Indigenous unleashes a universe of primitive fever with an onstage encounter between dancers and musicians. It’s a world of insistent and flashing rhythm that dissociates itself from the ritual imaginaries to which it nonetheless refers. The figures emerge through a powerful relationship of bodies with sound, whose density they render visible. Athletic gesturality of a mythical aura is evoked, building up and breaking down into liquid geometries. Indigenous involves the spectator’s eye and breath: enrapt by an obscure pulsation he recognises the signs of the real through itsdistortion. On a quest to discover how gesture and movement are rooted in the brain, Barokthegreat’s performances speak to the reptilian brain — that area of the anatomy responsible for primitive behaviors, basic needs and survival instincts. It’s a part of the brain that delivers immediate response, like a reflex: same situation, same stimulus. Such is the area that Indigenous hope to colonize, their imperturbable pulsation and peculiar atmosphere acting like a stroboscope on the eye. Inspired by music as a ritual, the performers launch themselves into a dance with such obsession that it soon transforms into a feverish trance.

Ph. Ilaria Scarpa

31/05/12 + 01/06/12 Vie Scena Contemporanea, Modena (IT) - premiere
20-21/07/12 Santarcangelo Festival, Rimini (IT)
17-18/10/12 DOM La cupola del pilastro, Bologna (IT)
11-12/04/13 Schaubühne Lindenfels, Leipzig (DE)
28/04/13 Teatri di Vetro, Roma (IT)
01/07/13 Inequilibrio Festival, Castiglioncello (IT)
13-14/08/13 FAR° Festival des arts vivants, Nyon (CH)
03/10/13 Performa Festival, Bellinzona (CH)
07-08/03/14 Imagetanz, Brut, Wien (AT)
21/05/14 USHUAIA Geografie immaginarie della nuova danza, Modena (IT)
24/04/15 Teatro Diego Fabbri, Forlì (IT)
08/10/15 NID New Italian Dance Platform, Brescia (IT)
13/11/15 Zoom Festival, Scandicci (IT)