un discreto protagonista

by Alessandra Paoletti & Damiano Ottavio Bigi
with Damiano Ottavio Bigi & Lukasz Przytarski

sound composition David Blouin
collaborative light designer Evina Vassilakopoulou & Amador Artiga Tuset  / David Blouin
photo and video @velislavvelislav, Amador Artiga Tuset, Pavlos Kosmidis

co-produced by TORINODANZA Festival / Teatro Stabile di Torino – Teatro Nazionale, ONE DANCE WEEK Festival – Plovdiv, Compagnia Degli Istanti

with the support of 2WORKS / DIMITRIS PAPAIOANNOU, il FUNARO / Pistoia, Fabbrica Europa / PARC Performing Arts Research Centre – Firenze, LAVANDERIA A VAPORE centro di residenza per la danza – Torino, Teatro-Biblioteca Quarticciolo – Roma, NRW Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft

year 2022

duration 50′
Selected Project NID Platform 2021   –  Open Studios  |  NID Platform 2023  –  Guest production

Un Discreto Protagonista is a story of an instant, an instant of the time that is out of joint, or before the time itself, in which balance and symmetry get broken to let the time start.

No bang, no sound, just a temporary vibration in the air.
Symmetry shatters, and unfocused presences overlap, and mingle. They change and turn into a constant expansion.
They are remains and scattered fragments which in a fluid space try to reassemble in shapes dictated by geometric relationships creating always different ones.

A narrative has taken shape within a blank page, which goes beyond a visible story. Pure dance and narration fragments explode across images related to some of the most ancient stories as if they were bits of a single one.”

[eng] Un Discreto Protagonista comes up from the pandemic period, and it is the result of reflections and thoughts that this period etched within us.

The fragmentation of unity, its dissolution, is the central theme running through the whole work. It develops from an expanding fragment of time explored in the relationship, harmony and contrast between the two figures on stage. The two figures move within an abstract space, a no man’s land that becomes a place of waiting, an infinite horizon that could also be a closed room. Time is a frozen time, a vast pause in which everything can co-exist and from which a chasm opens, which is loss and bewilderment.

We deliberately wanted to leave room for multiple visions so that what happens on stage may very personally resonate with the viewer, opening up views and feelings in the face of the human fear of finding oneself in nothingness.

[ita] L’idea di Un Discreto Protagonista nasce nel periodo pandemico ed è frutto di riflessioni e pensieri che quel periodo ha inciso dentro di noi.

La frammentazione dell’unità, la sua dissoluzione, è il tema centrale che attraversa tutto il lavoro e si sviluppa da un frammento di tempo che si espande e che viene esplorato nella relazione, nell’armonia e nel contrasto tra le due figure in scena. Queste si muovono all’interno di uno spazio astratto, una terra di nessuno che si fa luogo di attesa; un orizzonte infinito che potrebbe essere anche una stanza chiusa. Il tempo è un tempo congelato, un’enorme pausa, in cui tutto può coesistere e da cui si apre una voragine, che è perdita, smarrimento.

Abbiamo volutamente lasciato spazio a molteplici visioni affinché quello che accade in scena possa risuonare nello spettatore in modo assolutamente personale, aprendo visioni e sensazioni di fronte all’umana paura di ritrovarsi nel nulla.

▸ tour

23 April 2022
ITALY / Anghiari / Anghiari Dance Hub / Avant-première

1 June 2022
BULGARIA / Plovdiv / One Dance Week Festival / World Première

10 June 2022
CZECHIA / Prague / Tanec Praha International Dance Festival

14 June 2022
CZECHIA / Plzeň / Tanec Praha International Dance Festival

16 June 2022
CZECHIA / Pardubice / Tanec Praha International Dance Festival

16 e 17 September 2022
ITALY / Torino / Torinodanza Festival

21 September 2022
ITALY / Firenze / Festival Fabbrica Europa

17 December 2022
ITALY / Cremona / Teatro Amilcare Ponchielli

31 January 2023
ITALY / Pistoia / Teatro Manzoni

30 August 2023
ITALY / Cagliari / NID Platform

2 September 2023
POLAND / Gdansk / Gdansk Dance Festival

7 September 2023
 / Luxembourg / Aerowaves Dance Festival Luxembourg 

12 October 2023
 / Gorizia / Visavì Gorizia Dance Festival

13 March 2024
/ Brescia /Teatro Grande Brescia

17 May 2024
ITALY / Roma / Futuro Festival
Teatro Brancaccio

▸ press

« Un Discreto Protagonista reveals a poetic map of bodies within a process of abstraction that suspends time. And it expands it in the dance of the two great dancers ».

« In the condensation of gestural vibrations, physical reverberations, oscillations and collisions, postures on the ground in the intertwining legs or like deer fighting against each other, Bigi and Przytarski are particles and antiparticles, which expand and regroup, attract and repel, transforming themselves. They take shapes and consistency of humans in the reflex of the now tenuous, nebulous, impalpable or concrete light, which greets them, keeps them united and distinct, a light that sends back the energy released by themselves ».

[Giuseppe Distefano / Exibart – Read more]

« We are being carried away by the poetic alchemy of two men: on stage, the power of Damiano Ottavio Bigi and the elegance of Lukasz Przytarski. Two entities attract and contrast each other; it could be a story of love, brotherhood, or a breakdown starting from the same personality.
[… ] Bigi and Przytarski dance with their whole body, from fingers to toes, up to the head, in contagious ecstasy ».

[Andrea Pocosgnich / Teatro e Critica – Read more]

« A gathering of glances, which say without asking, and of hands, which greet without answering. Damiano Ottavio Bigi and the Polish Lucasz Przytarski dance and run into each other in a totally white environment. Scandicci’s Teatro Studio is a blank page that holds the drawing in the becoming of trajectories that immediately elude, expand and thin out. They’re both looking for each other but still cannot find each other. It is the mirror play of two bodies forming the score of a joint will: to meet. Un Discreto Protagonista, conceived and directed by Alessandra Paoletti and Bigi himself (dancer of Pina Bausch and Dimitris Papaioannou), is that moment long built and longed for. We are faced with a work that makes perfection its colour, its burning. Bigi and Przytarski each have their style, but, at the same time, their different nuances reconcile the reflection of the quality of the partner’s approach: it is as if both are also an echo of what they have understood each other of other. The light that catches them close has almost impressionistic characters and tones, from Monet’s Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe to Renoir’s Bal au Moulin de la Galette. It is a vivid atmosphere, which, however, conceals an inextinguishable frenzy. After that moment, the dancers separate again: they cannot be two, united and together, over time, but always and only one. One plus one. On the way to the encounter, Un Discreto Protagonista discovers its legacy, the wound that torments the space between every moment: the loneliness ».

[Matteo Brighenti / Hystrio – 1/2023]