Nuda Vita

Creation 2010

By Caterina & Carlotta Sagna

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Nuda Vita ©Laurent Philippe 

Choreography Caterina Sagna and Carlotta Sagna
Performers Alessandro Bernardeschi, Tijen Lawton, Carlotta Sagna and Caterina Sagna.
Texts Roberto Fratini Serafide, Carlotta Sagna
Sound Design Arnaud Sallé
Light Design Philippe Gladieux
Costumes Alexandra Berthaut
Administration, production and booking Bureau Cassiopée

Executive production Al Dente
Co-production Arcadi, La Ménagerie de Verre-Paris, Biennale de la Danse de Lyon, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Théâtre de la Bastille–Paris, L’Espal scène conventionnée Le Mans, Centre Chorégraphique National Roubaix Nord-Pas de Calais et RPF/RED Reggio Emilia Danza – Aperto Festival (IT).
With the support of La Ménagerie de Verre (paris, FR) within the framework of Studiolab, le CCN Roubaix Nord-Pas de Calais (FR), la Ferme du Buisson - scène nationale de Marne-La-Vallée (FR), L’Espal - scène conventionnée et théâtre municipal Le Mans (FR) and Le Centre National de la Danse (Pantin, FR) for the rehearsals.

The company Caterina & Carlotta SAGNA is supported by the DRAC Ile-de-France / Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication.


Project proposal

Nuda Vita is a simple four-way dialogue among four simple (i.e. simply hideous) people. As they chitchat, they suddenly – and inexplicably – start dancing; utterly abnormal behavior in the most normal of situations (or else the opposite?).
The plot: a banal conversation between friends (accomplices, co-authors, family members, or all of the above, whose relationships are confusing and suspect). They talk about all sorts of things, both good and bad, which, like grains of sand, imperceptibly jam the whole happy chattering machine. Dance is yet another unexpected element that is woven into the show: the most natural way of saying things, or the most natural way of not saying them.
Nuda Vita unfolds with such amazing fluidity that we’re left wondering what stinks beneath all the camaraderie, and whether those who are talking – or dancing – are aware of the stench; or if the stench is so intrinsic to their way of being that they can literally dance over it without creating a scandal; and whether the filth is in the garbage itself, or in the fact of spewing garbage day in day out.
What do all of us exclude? Whom do we exclude? Is there anything more exclusive than being totally excluded? and excluded by whom? excluded from what? And why so? Something to ponder. And unravel.
Nuda Vita is a tragicomic show about exclusion. The exclusion that one can undergo and then provoke, in a vicious circle.
Our behavior is shaped by family education, social context, and the group ethics that stem from our milieu.
We believe that we think autonomously, but most of the time we unconsciously replicate the values that shaped us in order to instinctively satisfy “herd habits”.
The four characters come from the same background. They could even be siblings, and they grew up in a milieu that mingled joy with cruelty. They don’t distinguish between notions of good and evil; their mindset is innocent and ingenuous. They are endearing and almost familiar.
The topics and actions that come up in their conversation are devoid of cruelty, because they are unaware of cruelty and thus cannot be malevolent. They only appear monstrous to onlookers, who inevitably compare the characters’ behavior to their own context.
All four characters experience marginalization and then inflict it within the group, leaving them forever isolated. This mirrors the isolation that happens whenever we view someone who is different as an enemy.