In Karrasekare we attempt to remove the flesh from human behaviour. The work presents humans as idiosyncratic and cultured beings, while trying not to forget that we are all little more than instinctive animals fleshed out in human form.
Karrasekare is inspired by pagan carnival traditions from Sardinia and the Basque Country. Raw and surprising, sweaty yet elegant, it explores the catharsis of communal ritual and traditions. Channeling the energy of these carnival traditions, the work is filled with the excitement of being together and rubs against our sense of decency and prudishness.
Karrasekare will premiere on 4 and 5 November 2023 at Romaeuropa Festival / Teatro Vascello (Rome).
- Moreno Solinas Choreographer & Performer
- Igor Urzelai Hernando Choreographer & Performer
- Margherita Elliot Performer & Rehearsal Director
- Giulia Vacca Performer
- Marcella Mancini Performer
- Alessio Rundeddu Performer
- Matteo Sedda Performer
- Simon Ellis Dramaturg
- Edoardo Robert Elliot Original Music, Sound Design & Technical Director
- KASPERSOPHIE Set, Costume and Props Designers
- Joshie Harriette Lighting Designer
- Laurie Loads Lighting Technican and Re-lighter
- Matteo Maragno Stage Manager (on tour)
- Giovanni Spada Stage Manager (creation)
- Misha Benjamin Rigger
- Davide Pisano Project Producer
- Anna Paola Della Chiesa Project Administrator
- produced by S’ALA and The Place
- co-produced with Theatre De La Ville, Fuorimargine, Romaeuropa, Bora Bora and Theatrefestival Boulevard
- In collaboration with Toscana Terra Accogliente (with residencies at Anghiari Dance Hub and Armunia, and funding from Fabbrica Europa), HKD – Croatian Cultural Centre
- Supported by the Italian Cultural Institute in London and NID Platform
- sponsor: Viale s.r.l.
- Created and toured that to funding from MiC – Italian Ministry of Culture’s Directorate General for Performing Art, Regione Autonoma Della Sardegna, Fondazione Di Sardegna and Arts Council England.
‘A show that uncovers worlds, showing restless and alert souls and preparing us for a journey towards another time, the time of a non-regimented Carnival, untamed by capitalist consumerism.’ Limina Teatri, Paolo Ruffini
‘irresistible and captivating, beautiful to watch and worthy of every reflection’ Il Manifesto, Gianfranco Capitta
‘Complex, layered, powerful work, open to many interpretations and with excellent performers.’ Limina Teatri, Paolo Ruffini
‘It is rare to see a work in which the origin of place is so well embedded in the artistic outcome’ Springback Magazine, Ariadne Mikou
‘for Igor x Moreno, movement is the main path to escape the solitude of the individual, movement is sociality, it is coming together for a secular and blood-soaked celebration of life’ Krapp’s Last Post, Carlo Lei
‘Igor x Moreno’s Carnival recalls something trans-generational. [It is] the staging of that intangible heritage that unites peoples and communities across geographical boundaries and personal narratives. And it does all this not only by reproducing carnival, but by overturning it, taking it to the extreme of its physicality, finding the mystical dimension of the body, digging into the ancient, sometimes into the crude, but always through a bold and brilliant truth.’ Sipario, Maria Elena Ricci