In the last four days of the long Ferragosto week (Italy’s famous mid-August holiday), the small city of Bassano Del Grappa hosted B.Motion Danza, one of the most vibrant festivals in Italy dedicated to contemporary dance, and part of the 42nd edition of the multidisciplinary OperaEstate festival. Despite the city’s size, every year the festival manages to attract a large audience that temporarily enlivens its otherwise quiet streets and squares.
Linked to Centro per la Scena Contemporanea and guided by the artistic vision of Roberto Casarotto, B.Motion Danza operates with care and attention in areas that support inclusive projects and emerging artists, explores and incubates fresh ideas, and nurtures long-term collaborations with artists and like-minded international institutions. This year’s curatorial choices have been informed by international projects such as Shape It, Dance Well – Movement Research for Parkinson’s, Empowering Dance and Vibes – all enabled thanks to a long-standing strategy fostering intercultural, intergenerational and interdisciplinary exchanges. These projects help to expand local society and train its capacity to embrace diversity and the unexpected. Professional choreographic practices and exchanges side by side with community-based projects and inclusive training sessions offer a variety of performance experiences that leave lasting imprints; they mould humanity, expand our imagination, challenge social norms and embrace politics.
Participants from Dance Well, a project initially dedicated to people with Parkinson’s disease, had the chance to perform in The Lion’s Den unlimited by PocketArt (CZ) and Molding Bodies by Ian Ancheta (NL/SV). Witnessing the joy of the performers to be part of these performative experiences leaves no doubt about the ethics of involving everyday people in performance making: its emotional rewards expand beyond the local community.