Bianca Falco (New York, USA from Naples, Italy): Skin/Toxic/Terrae

  • watch: 31st March 2020 at 3pm UTC
  • duration: 20 min

This a solo performance. This project became even more personal as the composer has discovered is sick, non-hodgkin’s lymphoma. He lives in the area and he just finished his chemo treatment. Toxic/Skin/Terrae is an environmental performance based on the toxic waste disaster in Italy, north of Naples. After watching the interviews of mothers who lost their babies to cancer and having myself nephews and nieces living in the area, I was moved to create this project blending modern dance, music, documentary theatre. I started a dialogue with mourning mothers from the region and their association “Noi genitori di tutti” (we are the parents of all), they gave me permission to incorporate their kids’ pictures and to share their personal stories. They wish to be heard in the hope something will change for the better. Marzia Caccioppoli, whose son Antonio died of cancer at the age of nine, and the composer, Alberto Falco, who just finished, December 2019, his chemo treatment are essential part of the show adding with text and music to the performance. Different actions symbolizing the decay of the body due to the toxicity of earth, the body as symbol of nature. Loosing hair, dirt and skin rashes (all makeup effects) are part of the actions.

BIO: Bianca Falco is a melting pot. She was a ballet soloist, a Butoh dancer, she danced for Murray Louis in Italy and came to NY on scholarship at the Nikolais and Louis dance Lab. Bianca was “adopted” by Ellen Stewart, La Mama E.T.C. There she was exposed to experimental and classical theater and created movement for actors and regular people. She was an aerial performer. Her long association with La MaMa includes choreography for several productions, “Intermezzo” (La MaMa Moves), “Apnea” (La MaMa NYC), and “Easy” (Spoleto Festival, Italy). Early 2000\’s I directed a dance company, NuVoLe DT. Bianca works as a choreographer and movement director for film, theater and video. The short film “ALEX”, which won Best Fiction Film at the Directors Guild of America in 2011. In 2017 La MaMa E.T. C. produced her project “Terra dei Fuochi / Land of Fires”. The project was granted a residency by Chashama. Same year she was a teaching artist in India and was invited by Danny Tan\’ to dance in Singapore. In 2018 she toured Italy, performed at Performance is Alive ( Art Basel) in Miami. Bianca is a part of the modern dance awareness society since almost two decades. She humbled to have the chance to co-direct since 2019 Passtrespass with the funder of the project, choreographer Despina Sophia Stamos. She is from Napoli, one of the most creative, and sometimes, challenging cities in the world. Through dance, she learned that she could transcend difficulties through translating it into modern dance. She hopes to lead everyone to a different perception, a different place, where limitations are beautiful and a key for people to get together and find solutions to social issues as well as personal ones. ARTIST’S WEBSITE