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Dodi / Harleking

Sofia Nappi (IT) / Ginevra Panzetti, Enrico Ticconi (DE/IT)

„Dodi“ / Sofia Nappi (IT)


“[…] The duet ‘Dodi’, brilliantly danced by Adriano Popolo Rubbio and Paolo Piancastelli, lasts only ten minutes. But how packed full it is!  [It has] speed, suspense, lyricism, joyfulness, melancholy and a movement language that is ornamental yet high-precision, tinged with folklore and yet innovative.”

Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, 13 September 2021


This sensitive duet by Italian choreographer Sofia Nappi was an overwhelming success at this year’s 35th International Choreographic Competition in Hanover. Held online, the competition yielded not only the jury’s first prize for “Dodi” (Hebrew: “gift”, “beloved”) but also the critics’ award and a production award. Nappi’s starting point was her observation of a permanent state of grief and dissatisfaction that seems to shape human existence. Her dancers appear as two mutually reflecting units, who embark on a journey of self-discovery together, led by human fellowship, lightness, and passion. Visitors to the festival can now see “Dodi” live on stage.

(approx. 10 Min.)

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„Harleking“ / Ginevra Panzetti, Enrico Ticconi (DE/IT)


“The […] choreographer duo Ginevra Panzetti and Enrico Ticconi is no less brilliant, dancing their duet ‘Harleking’ themselves. […] Panzetti and Ticconi hop over the white-tarpaulin-covered stage in costumes reminiscent of the familiar pointed shoes and diamond-patterned breeches. They shake with laughter, but their faces are twisted into haunting grimaces. The driving sound design […], which recalls the ambient hum of a huge crowd in a stadium, adds a hypnotic dimension to it all. Harlequin lulls his audience so that he can rise to become king and master. Finally, Panzetti embraces her partner. But the tender gesture turns into a stranglehold. Ticconi falls to the floor, only to start uncontrollably laughing and cavorting again. It’s not funny, but it’s utterly compelling. The applause was sustained.”

Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, 13 September 2021


Turin-born, Berlin-based choreographers Ginevra Panzetti and Enrico Ticconi create installations, videos and performances that have been causing a stir in both Germany and Italy and earned them invitations to leading platforms for contemporary dance. Their work “Harleking” is a highly topical piece about power relations. Lighthearted yet delving deep into the substance of politics and society, it uses the eponymous Commedia Dell’Arte figure as a multifaceted vehicle for the choreographers’ reflections: In the character of Harlequin, the task of serving the public collides with a ruthless hunger for power. And as the title infers, even the lowly entertainer can rise to become king if he plays his cards right. For this piece, Panzetti and Ticconi have found a striking, technically precise movement language that conveys lightness with a barely concealed, tongue-in-cheek, sense of peril.

(approx. 40 mins)

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cast & credits „Dodi“

Choreography: Sofia Nappi

Dancers: Adriano Popolo Rubbio, Paolo Piancastelli

Costumes: Sofia Nappi

Music: Tractor’s Revenge, Anouar Brahem, Max Richter

Music mix & editing: Sofia Nappi

Light Plot: Emiliano Minoccheri

Production: Sosta Palmizi with KOMOCO/Sofia Nappi

cast & credits „Harleking“

Choreography & Dance: Ginevra Panzetti, Enrico Ticconi

Sound design: Demetrio Castellucci

Light design: Annegret Schalke

Costumes: Ginevra Panzetti, Enrico Ticconi

Technical Care: Paolo Tizianel

Illustrations and graphic: Ginevra Panzetti

With the support of: VAN, Italien/ Tanzfabrik, Berlin/ PACT Zollverein, Essen/ NAOcrea - Ariella Vidach - AiEP, Milano/ KommTanz - Compagnia Abbondanza/Bertoni, Rovereto/ L'arboreto - Teatro Dimora, Mondaino/ AtelierSì, Bologna/ C.L.A.P.Spettacolodalvivo, Brescia

Further supports: Cronopios - Teatro Petrella, Longiano/ Vera Stasi - Progetti per la Scena, Tuscania/ Network Anticorpi XL

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