ALBUM (2016)

in collaboration with SPARTACO CORTESI

PREMIERE: 19 / 2 / 2016, Firenze / Teatro Cantiere Florida

current repertory


production ALDES

with the support of MIBACT - MINISTERO per i Beni e le Attività Culturali e del turismo / Direz. Generale per lo spettacolo dal vivo, REGIONE TOSCANA / Sistema Regionale dello Spettacolo

in collaboration with Versiliadanza and Teatro Cantiere Florida, Firenze IT

duration 40min.


ALBUM starts from a basic concept that is as simple as it is rigorous: choreograph an entire album by a rock band as if it were music for a ballet, a Swan Lake whose sound material is, in this case, a work by Suicide, a 1970s New York punk duo. The needle of an old record player covers the entire A-side, then the B-side.

The record player is the relentless force that drives the body through the seven tracks of the album: seven environments, seven rooms that portray a hypnotic and inescapable universe. The heart of the work, track n. 6 Frankie Teardrop, has been defined as one of the most chilling songs of the history of rock: [...] Vega’s crazed voice narrates, through murmurs and piercing screams, the story of Frankie, the factory worker who explodes at a certain point, killing his wife and child before committing suicide. It’s an accusation against the consumption society that destroys the individual, as well as one of the most harrowing songs of the entire history of rock. [...]

Oblique Strategies, a system of cards invented by Brian Eno in the 1970s to guide the creation of a work of art, also contributed to the creation of Album.

The first card drawn was: be dirty.


press review (ita) >>>

Persinasala / Sharon Tofanelli / 5-01-2017

Losguardo di Arlecchino / Elena Modena / 04-01-2017 Online / Emanuele Martinuzzi / 20-02-2016

Teatri Online / Emanuele Martinuzzi / 20-02-2016

excerpt >>>

Emanuele Martinuzzi - TeatriOnline – February 20th, 2016

“[...] ALBUM choreography for an entire album by a rock group as if it was music for a ballet, that doesn’t stop at the stylisation of forms of dance, but in line with the unwritten statute of contemporary dance translates its meaning, the explosive message of alienation and social criticism [..]”