I want to share with you some thoughts on the dance/music performance Becoming Animal.

Ely Garbo and I are in Santarcangelo at Teatro Lavatoio until  September the 8 to work on the project Becoming Animal, a performance which combines movement score with a wild natural sound territory played live with an electric guitar by the super talented musician and performer Ely Garbo.

This is the point of view of the performer/choreographer : The point is to transform the body through movements and through a thight relationship with music which is not always metric. What I like you to see is not the body of a young female anymore but how the human structures and features are molded into the one of a weird animal, a bird, with skinny wings, an egg, a flamingo or even a rock star. I don’t want to play an animal but to reveal the animal inside a female body. In order to be true and honest with it, the only way to do that, is through movement practice and training. This is not always easy, and it requires observation and enegry and an optimal body condition. I work through the connective tissues, stretching and squising them. I use images of brushing all the horizontal planes, of swimming in egg liquid. I imagine to flow in different state and temperatures of  the air around the body. All the movements responds to an interior sensing, and need and come from the reaction to what the body sense in that moment in space and in connection with the sound. And yes, if you are wondering, the concept is inspired by the theory of becoming by Gilles Deleuze.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjWKoLdVtt0

Everything that you see in becoming animal, is fine… it is left free from interpreatations and meaning. I dont want to direct and suggest all the times what you see. I really enjoy when people come to me and say :  “..oh you know, on your back I could see a face..”.  It is an abstract work, which means that there is not a story but a concept and that you are free of  capturing what you want or you can make up your own story if you really like stories!. Keep it open and keep it in becoming. Nothing IS fixed!!!!!

Well, it is all for now. I should stand up, move and search for the today’s animal. I hope we can write more, during the next days about the relation between body and music score!!!! and eventually body and Light score!!!!! Let’s see if I can have my friends collaborators on this……

ciao Alice ………..


Becoming Animal

A project by and with Alice Bariselli

Sound score by Ely Garbo

Light Design by Alessio Guerra

Video by Gian Luca Suzzi / Area Web

It is supported by Nexus / Compagnia Simona Bertozzi.

With the support of:  CSC Bassano del Grappa, Santarcangelo dei Teatri, Teatri di Budrio, Torri dell’ Acqua/ Budrio, SDM Danza /Budrio