Gut Gift (25 minutes)
Having won Equilibrio Award Rome 2013 for Performer, Francesca Foscarini invited Yasmeen Godder to create a solo for her. Given this invitation, Godder decided to begin with an already set sequence of performative and physical processes, which didn’t necessarily arise out of Francesca’s body and psyche, and to use this extension to expose something about her as a performer. Within this search for a personal process, using a learned language, the choreography plays with the undressing of a socially aware persona in order to expose instinctual animalistic and primal urges. These two pulling forces in the work trick us by playing with the way we perceive what is authentic and real in this research.Is the process of gutting out her animal counterpart a means of approaching another level of consciousness? Or is it rather just a physical exploration hoping to create a particular effect on the audience? How does the audience’s gaze enhance, feed, close-off or promote these different shifts and transformations of her body and psyche? And how does this particular performance poetry exposes a view of female stereotypes ranging from the hyper- sensitive and emotionally charged to the primal and visceral?
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Francesca Foscarini is a versatile independent choreographer and dancer. Her personal career was marked by the encounter with quite important masters of the national and international dance scene, with whom she had the opportunity to research on the languages of contemporary dance and improvisation, thus enriching and internalizing her language both in terms of expression and of performance.
Since 2003 till 2011 Francesca has been the artistic director of Centro Formazione Danza in Romano d’Ezzelino (Vicenza) working alongside Barbara Todesco. Since 2011 she continues leading workshops of choreographic research. In 2013 she created, together with the choreographers Marco D’Agostin and Giorgia Nardin, the cultural association Van.