Life Is A Carnival


In Life is a Carnival, Moreno Solinas delves back into his early training in Latin American dance. He threads together evocative songs and fiery dance routines in a fast-paced and playful journey to a past that is gone forever.

Life Is A Carnival was commissioned for The Place Prize 2012 and later selected for Aerowaves 2014.

It’s difficult to write about Moreno Solinas’s Life is a Carnival without giving away the sweet surprise that is the centre of the work’s presentation. [Solinas’] self-performed solo deals entertainingly with the weighty themes of essence, identity and the death of selfhood, without becoming either pretentious or cheesey. The tricky balance of depth and sparkle is well-executed by the charming Solinas, who brings a lovely singing voice and sizzling rhythms to the piece.

(Lise Smith,

[…] Solinas was able to craft a piece that showed humour and joy, vitality and strength, yet also a deep and crushing sadness. I was struck by the flow of the piece, which from start to finish was eloquently crafted to achieve a strong emotional reaction. […] The salsa-inspired solo found a good balance, and was engaging from beginning to end.

(Erin Johnson,

  • Created & Performed by: Moreno Solinas
  • Research & Choreography Assistant: Igor Urzelai
  • Voice Coach: Melanie Pappenheim
  • Lighting Design: Seth Rook Williams
  • Music (sung live by Moreno Solinas): La Vida Es Un Carnaval, Celia Cruz; Gracias A La Vida, Violeta Parra