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A graduate in Philosophy from the University of Bologna with a dissertation on Plato and Dance, Monica Casadei acquired in Italy, France and Great Britain a solid preparation in the techniques of Western contemporary dance. Decisive in her artistic formation are also some Eastern influences as a result of stages spent in India and China and from her training in the martial arts. In 1994 Monica Casadei founded, in France, the Compagnia Artemis Danza, with which she moved to Italy in 1997. From 1998 to 2007, the company is in residency at Teatro Due-Teatro Stabile di Parma e Reggio Emilia and from May 2014 at Teatro Comunale di Bologna.

Up to now, Artemis Danza has staged more than thirty creations, ranging from contemporary dance shows to choreographies for theatrical performances and operas. Artemis Danza also supports the work of young choreographers and promotes educational initiatives such as professional workshops and theoretical conferences. Since 2005 Artemis Danza is engaged in "Artemis Incontra Culture Altre" (Artemis meets other cultures), a project of artistic residencies and international tours that gave birth to performances, workshops, publications, reports and exhibitions. Artemis Danza also concentrates on Corpo d’Opera, a project of choreographic re-imagining of the opera repertoire, with a special focus on female figures.

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For the 150th anniversary of the death of Gioacchino Rossini, Artemis Danza stages one of the most famous titles of the master from Pesaro: “The Barber Of Seville”. It will be the hometown of the composer, Pesaro, to host the premiere of this show in March 2018 at Teatro Rossini, in cooperation with AMAT-Associazione Marchigiana Attività Teatrali.

A show that Monica Casadei wants to define as a futuristic “action ballet” and that as usual involves all the well-established creative body of Artemis, which is composed not only by the dancers and the choreographer, but also by all the visual artists and by the musicians, who have already become one with the dancing ensemble. Another trademark of the Artemis shows will be the involvement of the territory, especially with the participation of the painter Giuliano Del Sorbo for the scenes and with the collaboration of the ROF (Rossini Opera Festival) which will provide some of its historical costumes.

But who is Figaro in reality? Is there anything hiding behind the loveliness and the smart kindness that seem to portray him? What would happen to him, if he lived nowadays?

According to Monica Casadei’s interpretation, Figaro is the prototype of a successful man in today’s world. Clad in rigorous managerial clothes, this Rossinian hero becomes the emblem of all those who are able to satisfy with strength, vivacity and savoir faire, the expectations of a society that requires a daily achievement of personal goals by optimising time and energy.

Figaro becomes then the problem solver, necessary and sought-after because he is able to act in a versatile and multifaceted way with cunning, class and intelligence. In each situation today’s barber is the ultimate multitasking character, with his intellectual mobility, his capability of always finding the right topic of conversation, his smart way of organising meetings between people and especially his way of bending everything at his own advantage. With grit and grace.

On the choreographic level, Figaro’s character duplicates in the bodies of the entire company, where, without distinction of gender, the performers act with the determination, energy and precision of a special team: vigorous, gritty and hyper focused, their dance manipulates nonstop the time and space, it continuously weaves and unravels an endless web made of changes of direction, intersections of trajectories and inlays of movements. As if they were chasing the routes of overcrowded and noisy highways, the dancers extricate themselves with lucidity and martial energy, wise gears of the deranged mechanism of the social living.

Concept and choreography: Monica Casadei

Music: Gioacchino Rossini

Music Processing: Luca Vianini

Creative crew: Fabian Albertini, Teresa Morisano, Giovanni Pastore, Daniela Usai, Davide Tagliavini

Dance: Compagnia Artemis Danza

In cooperation with: AMAT – Associazione Marchigiana Attività Teatrali & Comune di Pesaro

Co-production: Italian Festival in Thailand (Bangkok), Armonie d’Arte Festival (Italy)

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