Andante


 

The French mystic and philosopher Simone Weil wrote that “attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity”. Andante is an invitation to pause, to connect with your senses, to be in a room with others and not have to say or even see anything. It is conceived as a generous and patient walk into a cloud of attention and time.

The word andante refers to a type of musical movement that is moderately slow or distinct. It originates from the Italian word andare which means “to go”.

  • Directed by: Igor Urzelai and Moreno Solinas
  • Devised and Performed by:
    Giorgia Nardin, Eleanor Sikorski, Moreno Solinas and Igor Urzelai,
  • Dramaturge: Simon Ellis
  • Sound Composition: Alberto Ruiz Soler
  • Set and Costume Design: Kasper Hanser
  • Costume Supervisor: Sophie Bellin Hansen
  • Lighting Design: Seth Rook Williams
  • Nose: Alessandro Gualtieri
  • Voice Coach: Melanie Pappenheim
  • Producer: Sarah Maguire
  • Production Manager: Hannah Blamire
  • Co-produced by: Igor and Moreno, The Place and TIR Danza
  • Funded by: by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
  • Commissioned by: The Place, Cambridge Junction, DanceEast and DanceXchange.
  • Developed with The Lowry
  • Supported by: The London Community Foundation and Cockayne – Grants for the Arts, Office for Cultural and Scientific Affairs Embassy of Spain (ES), En Knap (SI), Yorkshire Dance (UK), South East Dance (UK), Centro per La Scena Contemporanea (IT), NAVE (CL), British Council, Dansateliers (NL), Zürich TanzHaus (CH),  Extant,ResiDance XL (IT), CapoTrave/Kilowatt (IT), Roehampton University, Modern Dance Theatre (NL) and El Graner (ES).
  • Directed by: Igor Urzelai and Moreno Solinas
  • Devised and Performed by:
    Moreno Solinas, Mansoor Ali, Giorgia Nardin and Eleanor Sikorski
  • Dramaturge: Simon Ellis
  • Sound Composition: Alberto Ruiz Soler
  • Set and Costume Design: Kasper Hanser
  • Costume Supervisor: Sophie Bellin Hansen
  • Lighting Design: Seth Rook Williams
  • Voice Coach: Melanie Pappenheim
  • Photographer: Alicia Clark
  • Video Documentation: Stacie Lee Bennett
  • Production Manager: Ian Moore

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‘It takes skill and development to produce work of this richness and complexity from such unfussy
movement. […] The show is a meditation on time and attention; on observation and obscured perception. The overwhelming sense is that something is being communicated to you so fundamentally obvious and profound that it is almost impossible to comprehend what it is until and unless you just allow your consciousness to absorb it. […] Who knows how it may evolve, but it already feels like a significant piece of genre-shifting new dance.’

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(Peter Jacobs, Reviews Hub)

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‘one of the most simple – and in that simplicity, complex – and extraordinary shows I think I might ever have seen. […] There is such a direct line of thinking from Idiot-Syncrasy to A Room For All Our Tomorrows to Andante: a series of reflections on what it is to belong. […] In that simple, silly bouncing, Idiot-Syncrasy paid homage to the folk traditions of Igor and Moreno’s separate youths, the song and the dance; in Room they searched for new folk with whom to build new traditions. And Andante is a work of profound and painful nostalgia for everything you’ve had to step away from to do that.’

(Maddy Costa)

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‘For a work of such silence, absence and stillness, Andante remains deeply full throughout. […] It’s a hugely ambitious work; but this choreographic complexity is infused with, and ultimately grounded in, a palpable humility, boldness and nuance’

(Paul Hughes, Exeunt Magazine)

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‘a fascinating piece of conceptual art and one that unabashedly rejects the conventions of
dance.’

(dancetabs.com)

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‘a truly interesting experiment’

(The Guardian)

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