Dario Tortorelli, D NO BODY 5 #transcending, 2017

D NO BODY is a series of dance performances and installations that explore the meaning of identity. The series plays with the boundaries between body and icon, and explores the ways in which our self-images are contained and reflected in and by others. Part 5 of this series reflects on new ways of representing the abstraction of our bodies into self-images. Through his alter ego Romeo Heart Tortorelli lets us imagine how we might feel the things we see, evoking sensory experiences beyond the visual. The piece is created in collaboration with visual artists Nikki Hock and Annika Kappner.

The Dutch premiere of D NO BODY 5 will take place in October 2017 during the Dutch Dance Days Festival in Maastricht

Dario Tortorelli

Dario Tortorelli (IT, 1977) approaches dance through a process of visualization and the incorporation of images. He was trained as a classical and contemporary dancer at the Brenda Hamlyn School in Florence (IT) and the Centre de Danse Rosella Hightower in Cannes (FR). He was a member of the Ballet of the Opera of Nice and Introdans (Arnhem). As a dancer, choreographer and coach he has worked with Conny Janssen Danst (Rotterdam), Ann Van den Broek (Antwerp) and The Dutch Dance Days (Maastricht), among others. Together with Fred Bax he created the DIVEinD foundation to further his research as a choreographer and maker. In Dario’s work the body takes up a central role as a concrete entity that possesses physical and intuitive knowledge, and as a philosophical concept, an entity of transformation, which he explores through his alter ego character Romeo Heart.

Concept and choreography by Dario Tortorelli, in collaboration with Annika Kappner (visual artist), Nikki Hock (light and space artist), Nicole van den Berg, Paolo Yao Kouadio and Patrick Schmatzer (dancers), Thierry Castel (live music and composition), Judit Ruiz Onandi (rehearsal director) and Fred Bax (creative producer).

Supported by The Performing Arts Fund, Rotterdam Council for Arts and Culture, The Pivot Dance Program (co-funded by the Creative Europe program of the European Union), Dutch Dance Festival (Maastricht), The Place London (UK), Comune di Bassano del Grappa (IT), Via Zuid (Maastricht), Time Window Rotterdam and Dansateliers Rotterdam.