In a ring surrounded by spectators, dancers as supple, committed and vigorous as boxers engage in close quarter combat in a choreography that is both visceral and elegant. A captivating portrayal of the spectrum of viable relations between men.
“Their gritty, bare-chested corporeality and menacing glares across the space, established from the start the interplay of rivalry and eroticism permeating this work about violent sport and masculinity... This is accomplished dance theatre, and Emio Greco | PC are a company working toward virtuosity in the genre.” (londondance.com)
Emio Greco studied classical ballet in Cannes before dancing with Ballet Antibes Côte d’Azur, and also for the Belgian iconoclast Jan Fabre and the Japanese choreographer Saburo Teshigawara. He then made his début as a choreographer in a duo with the Dutch director Pieter C. Scholten, a pioneer of documentary theatre with whom he founded the company Emio Greco | PC in 1996. They enjoyed immediate, striking success, which has endured. It is based on a taste for extremes and innovation, incarnated in a powerful theatricality of the body and movement that is mutant, visceral and elegant, imbued with classicism.
After their first incursion into Canada with the explosive Rimasto Orfano, presented in 2005 by Dance Danse, they are back in Montreal with ROCCO, which received the 2012 Golden Swan award for the most impressive dance production from the Dutch Association of Theatre Venues. Inspired by Luchino Visconti’s 1960 film classic Rocco and his Brothers, they place the audience on all sides of a boxing ring for a combat of several rounds. The leg work, the quick stops, hooks and strategies of attack and defence used by boxers are apparent in a dance rich in theme and nuance, delivered in a series of captivating duets. The set design, the lighting and the patchwork soundtrack with its recurring moments of silence, plus the sound of drums and cymbals, all contribute to creating the dramatic tension of a real boxing match that ends only when one of the two combatants collapses on the canvas.
Brotherly love, the struggle for a better life and the quest for identity are portrayed in various forms: the good and the bad, angel and devil, androgynous and masculine. The dancers are not only Rocco and his brothers, but also Cain and Abel, Romulus and Remus, Laurel and Hardy.
“The balletic bouts of speedy steps, jabbed limbs and torqued torsos are choreographed in strict rotational symmetry and tied to the arrhythmic jitters of a percussive score. ROCCO is strong on mood and atmosphere…” (The Guardian, London)
“A theatrical knockout.” (Trouw Amsterdam)
Photo © Alwin Poiana
Choreography & Artistic Direction by Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten – International Choreographic Arts Centre (ICKamsterdam). Costume Design Clifford Portier. Performed by Dereck Cayla, Quentin Dehaye, Edward Lloyd, Arnaud Macquet. Lighting Designer & Technical Director Paul Beumer. Technical Crew Maarten Heijdra, Hugo Van der Veldt.
North American tour MAPP International Productions. The tour is supported in part by FPK, Fonds Podiumkunsten, Performing Arts Fund NL, The Netherland-America Foundation, and by public funds from the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. World Premiere: 2011, ImpulsTanz, Vienna, Austria.Emio Greco | Pieter C. Scholten forms the artistic core of the International Choreographic Arts Centre (ICKamsterdam). ICKamsterdam is supported by the Performing Arts Fund NL and the municipality of Amsterdam.