In 2013 we worked with 6 dancers to collaborate with composer Nicolao Valiensi and his Grande Banda Metaphysica. It was a very short creation process, happening informally over a few days and ending up with a performance in the small Italian town of Barga as part of their infamous annual Jazz Festival.
We also collaborated with local costume designer Kerry Bell who made three dresses from local silk for the women, and whilst we were in Italy, Daniel Hay-Gordon also made this film.
“It was even according to Nicolao Valiensi, a high risk venture but this evening the applause which filled the Piazza Angelio at the end of the concert prove d that the risk was worth taking – a resounding success as the musicians hand picked by Valiensi and the dancers from the Impermanence Dance Theatre based in London showed that dialogue and exchange was more than possible between contemporary dancers from a variety of countries and music written and performed as part of a jazz festival. The risk was that the audience would not take kindly to this kind of experiment. Alessandro Rizzardi when introducing the event even made a small plea to the those seated in the piazza to give it time and some silence as they were about to see some out of the ordinary. And out of the ordinary it was too. A stunning mixture of movement, rhythm and emotions as Daniel Hay-Gordon, Eleanor Perry, Patricia Langa, Alessandro Marzotto, Roseanna Anderson & Josh Ben-Tovim performed Nicolao Valiensi’s musical journey of the god Pan and his effect on the human race. A night to remember.”