Trilogia del Presente/Orestea

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COMPAGNIA VIRGILIO SIENI DANZA TEATRO COMUNALE, FERRARA, ITALY DECEMBER 12-13, 1996 REVIEWED BY SILVIA POLETTI

Virgilio Sieni's artistic progress is a model of the different approaches Italian dancemakers have taken to the contemporary dance idioms of the eighties. An architect and philosophy scholar, he studied dance with Traut Streiff, a pupil of Mary Wigman, at the Cunningham School in New York City, and at the Amsterdam School of New Dance Development. His first works were influenced largely by avant-garde theater, and he only gradually refined his dance aesthetics to the metaphoric expressiveness of pure movement, which can reveal the deepest ego instincts. He frequently finds inspiration in the world of ancient Greek tragedy, with its mystery and passion.

In Trilogia del presente/Orestea ("Trilogy of the present/Orestea"), premiered in Ferrara's wonderful Teatro Comunale, Sieni brings to perfection his intellectual conception of choreography. Divided into three parts, the ballet does not try to retell the famous saga of Agamemnon, Clytemnestra, and Orestes as recounted by Aeschylus, the father of Greek tragedy. Instead, Sieni goes straight to the essence of the work using only the body's dynamics. …