Sharon Eyal will take care of the choreographies that will be performed by the dancers of La Notte della Taranta on 22 August during the Concertone di Melpignano (broadcast on Rai2 on 28 August at 22.50).
Born in Jerusalem, the 2020 edition choreographer danced with the Batsheva Dance Company between 1990 and 2008 and began choreographing part of the Batsheva Dancers Create project. Eyal was an associate artistic director for Batsheva between 2003 and 2004 and an internal choreographer for the company between 2005 and 2012. Numerous her collaborations and projects carried out with prestigious dance companies all over the world, such as Bedroom Folk, Salt Womb, Feelings and Sara for the Nederland Dance Theater; Half-Life for the Royal Swedish Ballet; Untitled Black and Autodance for GoteborgsOperans Danskompan, Sweden; Killer Pig and Corps de Walk for Carte Blanche Dance of Norway; Too Beaucoup for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago; Ceiling lamp for Tanzcompagnie Oldenburg, Germany; Soul Chain for Staatstheater Mainz, Germany and more. Sharon Eyal boasts several important collaborations also in other fields than dance such as Dior.
The strength of these intertwining cultures and the ethical beauty of working on a common project have led Dior and its creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri to continue this dialogue by supporting the Concertone de La Notte della Taranta 2020, broadcast on Rai 2 on 28 August: a way to continue the extraordinary collaboration with the Foundation on the occasion of a unique event, which brings together music, dance, and energy of Puglia.
“I started collaborating with Maria Grazia Chiuri when I wrote the music for her Dior Spring Summer 2019 show. More recently she invited me to create a performance for the Resort 2021 event in Lecce in July 2020. For this occasion, I carried out a creative residency with the dancers of La Notte della Taranta. Having observed their traditions and their choreographic vocabulary, my idea was to pay homage to the tradition of pizzica. I tried to express my conception of the body in motion, its unique energies and emotions, with the skills and style characteristic of the Foundation dancers. Paolo Buonvino, this year's Maestro Concertatore, composed the pieces for this edition. Together with him, we made it our goal to honor the musical tradition of Salento by contributing to our contemporary vision of the taranta. This new work we have created together aims to create a connection with the authentic feeling of this Apulian ritual - a cathartic experience, which heals the body and soul and which illustrates the immense pride and resilience of the women of this region " explains choreographer Sharon Eyal.
The artist will perform the choreographies inspired by the music of Paolo Buonvino, Maestro Concertatore of this edition and which will be performed by the dancers: Laura Boccadamo, Mihaela Coluccia, Cristina Frassanito, Serena Pellegrino, Lucia Scarabino, Andrea Caracuta, Stefano Campagna, Marco Martano, Fabrizio Nigro , Mattia Politi.