project Simona Bertozzi, Marcello Briguglio
concept and choreography Simona Bertozzi
dance Wolf Govaerts, Manolo Perazzi, Sara Sguotti, Oihana Vesga
singing Giovanni Bortoluzzi, Ilaria Orefice
sound direction and music Francesco Giomi
dramaturg Enrico Pitozzi
lighting and set design Simone Fini
costumes Katia Kuo
video maker Luca del Pia

production Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione, Fondazione Teatro Comunale di Modena, Associazione Culturale Nexus
with the contribution of MIBACT, Regione Emilia-Romagna, Fondo Regionale per la Danza d’Autore
with the support of Fondazione Nazionale della Danza – Aterballetto, Arboreto Teatro Dimora di Mondaino

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«The real happiness represents the great dilemma of everyone, or at least of the wisest one».
Pierre Zaoui

Joie de vivre is a thought in a choreographic form, which relates to the vegetal universe, willing to investigate specific behaviours in the relationship between body and space.
In Joie de vivre the preponderance of an emerging behaviour is the symptom of an energetic purpose, of an organic and perceptual impulse, of a practice, which is developed between the human being and the entire world.
This kind of behaviour is a phenomenon which initiates continual irradiations, among belongings and deepness, placing the body in an arrangement of admissions and distances in relation to the knowledge: of itself, of other people, of the territory, of our habitat and environment.

Joie de vivre points to that biological dimension of the existence, to the limitless interrogation of the standing among the events, a time and a place. Everything happens looking to the vegetal universe, trying to catch the florescent and rhizomatic attitudes of the changes in state, absorbed in a logic made by silent and invisible transformations, tactical skills, territorial projects, borders mobilities, meetings and settings of liquid communities.

Joie de vivre tells about natural inclination, emerging behaviours, polyphonic relations between events and elements. In those border territories, the docking is not certain, and the singularities burst into the dynamic landscape continuum to maintain the elementary urgency of their existences.

Joie de vivre prefers the scale variations, in which the rhythmic variances rules the choreographic composition, and the gestures vegetal origin is searched in the bodies depth, in the infinite
anatomy’s skills.

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Simona Bertozzi, biography

Simona Bertozzi

Simona Bertozzi is a choreographer, dancer and performer based in Bologna, where she graduated in Theatre and Dance Studies at Bologna University.
Since 2005, she carries on a research in movement, composition and choreography, merging the impact of a strong physicality with theoretical references from visual arts, anthropology and philosophy.
In 2008 Bertozzi founds the Compagnia Simona Bertozzi/Nexus and starts creating works with various groups of dancers, challenging the transmission of her research and practice to adult performers but also to kids and adolescents.
In her works, choreography appears as a landscape of events, an architectural system where each movement cannot exist without the clear perception of the ambient where it takes place. Anatomy and presence become part of a bigger image, a microcosm in which nothing seems to start nor end. This is particularly evident in Homo Ludens (2009-2012), a four episodes project based on the ontology of game and in the latest Prometheus (2015-2016) and Anatomy (2016), both pushing forward the idea of choreography as a an ecology-epidemic system.
Bertozzi’s works have been shown all over Europe: Romaeuropa Festival, Biennale Danza Venice, Aerowaves London, Dance Week Festival Zagreb, Tanec Praha, Correios em Movement and Danca em Transit Rio de Janeiro, Masdanza Gran Canaria, Intradance Moscow, Fringe Festival Edinburgh.
Since 2015, the company is supported by Regione Emilia-Romagna and by the Italian Ministry of Culture.