Enzo Cosimi returns to the Romaeuropa Festival to present the entire Orestea – Trilogia della vendetta which, in recent years, has seen him engaged in both formal and thematic research around the figure of the hero. «Today the hero is in pieces, deconstructed», says the choreographer. He continues: «His identity becomes a mechanism to understand society and sexuality as a whole (a central theme in my work), acting like a mirror for the evolution and transformation of communal customs and uses». With his punk aesthetic- always biting and irreverent- Cosimi has left a profound mark in the history of Italian dance.
Making its National debut at REF2022, the third and final chapter of the trilogy is dedicated to the Eumenides. Cosimi launches an investigation into the possibility that technology may influence Orestes’ fate, seeking an authentic process where the script is generated by artificial intelligence and which incorporates diverse influences on the theme of creation. What is the purpose? To rethink, perhaps, the modalities of artistic creation, production and use of the event; to consider the possibility of creating a continuous feedback with the public, through a performative installation that moves within a very intimate territory; and to shed light on an aseptic system, whose contents are probably indistinguishable from what is often written or said.
Director-choreographer, Enzo Cosimi is among the most authoritative in contemporary italian choreography. Guest choreographer at the Scala of Milan and the Teatro Comunale in Florence. Over the years, the creations of Compagnia Enzo Cosimi have been presented at the major theatres and festivals in Italy and travelled in tour in Europe, USA, Peru, Australia, India and Japan. He has created productions with his Company for the most prestigious of international festivals and theatres, collaborating with Italian and international artists of excellence, including, Miuccia Prada, Luigi Veronesi, Richie Hawtin, Aldo Tilocca, Louis Bacalov, Aldo Busi, Daniela Dal Cin, Robert Lippock and Fabrizio Plessi with whom he created Sciame, the first work of Italian dance-video. In 2006 he created and directed the choreography for the Opening Ceremony of the XX Winter Olympic Games in Turin, starring the étoile, Roberto Bolle, and 250 performers. In March 2012, Enzo Cosimi’s first work, Calore, was restored and represented as part of the RIC.CI Project curated by Marinella Guatterini.
During his carrier, Enzo has brought to the stage more than 40 original productions with his Company. Sopra di me il diluvio, presented at the Biennale of Venice in 2014 won him the Premio Danza&Danza for Best Italian Production on the Year and also the Premio Teriscore was awarded in 2015 to Paola Lattanzi as Best Contemporary Interpreter.
In the last years, Cosimi created two trilogies: Sulle passioni dell’anima (On the passions of the soul) about collective fear, desire and pain, and Ode alla Bellezza – 3 creations on diversity (Odes to beauty: 3 creations on diversity) investigating the social and political sphere, talking about homeless people, homosexuality in mature life and its relationship to contemporary and FtoM Trans people.
From 2018 he has been working on a new project, Orestea – Revenge Trilogy, that has its debut with Glitter in my tears – Agamennone, and followed, in 2020, by the second chapter, Coefore Rock&Roll – performance version, at Romaeuropa Festival. In 2019 created at Romaeuropa Festival a formation/performance project in collaboration with National Dance Academy, National Theatre Academy and Fine Arts Academy. In 2018, Cosimi received the National Critics Prize ANCT. In 2019 the biography “Enzo Cosimi, una conversazione quasi angelica – 10 questions for domestic use” by Maria Paola Zedda has been published by Editoria e Spettacolo publishing in the series attended by Paolo Ruffini and Matteo Antonaci.
Direction, choreography, costumes: Enzo Cosimi
Dramaturgy: Enzo Cosimi, Maria Paola Zedda
Digital Project: Marcello Cualbu
Stage space: Enzo Cosimi, Filippo Lilli
Sound design: Filippo Lilli
Performer: Alice Raffaelli, Filippo Lilli
Photo © Piero Tauro