We will see internationally renowned dancer and choreographer Virgilio Sieni in conversation with curator and contemporary art theorist Pietro Gaglianò
Virgilio Sieni sees dance as a practice capable of welcoming diversity and “the archaeological complexity of the gesture”, a gesture that incessantly develops in relation to a physical and social context.
Sieni’s work covers both personal and stage research as well as participatory performances involving non-professional dancers, often carried out in an urban space with or without historical connotation, and therefore results in an extended vision of living the city.
An important part of Sieni’s practice consists of collective and choral actions based on the concept of “community of the gesture”, in a process aimed at stimulating the awareness of one’s own position in space and with respect to the other.
The concept of care, transversal to his practice, translates into attention, neighborhood practice, emotional geography, permeating both the audience of spectators and participants, who become protagonists and whose bodies are aesthetically awakened and enhanced in their plasticity.
Pietro Gaglianò is a critic, curator and theorist of contemporary art. His main areas of interest are the relationships between visual art practices and the theoretical systems of performing art and research theatre, the urban, architectural and social context as a scene of contemporary artistic practices.
Gaglianò encountered Virgilio Sieni’s research on several occasions, writing texts (among others, Nel bosco, Maschietto Editore, 2008), curating exhibitions (from the solo exhibitions of Loredana Longo and Maura Banfo for Oltrarno Atelier, Florence, 2007 to the exhibitions for Palazzina dell’Indiano with the works of Renata Boero, Laura Pugno, Luca Lupi, Michele Guido, in 2018 and 2019) and participating in the Academy of the Art of the Gesture as a professor.