Scena madre*

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The 2017 archive

Ambra Senatore

Nantes / Created in 2017

Scena madre* © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

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A succession of scenes from daiy life, of everyday events and unusual occurrences. On an almost empty stage, a street appears, then a wrecked ship, then a cafeteria, then... What ties those fragments together? What relationship will we draw between those situations? Italian choreographer Ambra Senatore cultivates surprise and tells us of the humorous discrepancies that supersede the real, but also of how movement becomes poetry when words are no longer enough. If it is difficult to say when an action begins and a scene ends, it is because her choreographic writing is all about fluidity and transition. Levels of meaning, layers of dialogue, accumulated gestures are stacked one on top of the other until it all can't but burst. It is a succession of overflows and silences born from a single matrix: the stage-mother. Written “like a rebus, or like a plot,” this piece is founded on the weaving of inextricable links between people and situations. Scena madre* is above all the first moment of those beginnings that can seem identical but which we must leave behind, so we can choose our own path and take chances to escape. So let's open it up so we can better see what awaits us...


Ambra Senatore
The Italian choreographer and performer Ambra Senatore has been the director of the Centre chorégraphique national in Nantes since January 2016. In her work, everyday life is closely scrutinised, creating discrepancies that lead to a fictionalisation of the gestures and a dramatisation of the dramaturgy of dance. At the heart of it, if movement and bodies question the framing and limits of narration, they also become abstract and blur the borders between disciplines and genres. A lover of surprises and unexpected points of view, Ambra Senatore re-arranges the real and the imagined for her dancers as well as for the audience, and likes to evoke cinema, where composition, details, and sequencing become tools. After creating solo pieces, like EDA-solo, Merce, Maglie, or Altro piccolo progetto domestico, Ambra Senatore turned to group pieces in order to talk about the collective and create ties between the people and the bodies that inhabit her stage: Passo (2010), A Posto (2011), John (2012), Aringa Rossa (2014), and more recently Quante Storie, Pièces (2016). This is Ambra Senatore's first appearance at the Festival d'Avignon.


Choreography Ambra Senatore
Music Jonathan Seilman
Sound Jonathan Seilman et Ambra Senatore
Lights Fausto Bonvini
Costumes Louise Hochet
External perspective Caterina Basso, Claudia Catarzi, Giuseppe Molino, Barbara Schlittler

With Matteo Ceccarelli, Lee Davern, Elisa Ferrari, Nordine Hamimouch, Laureline Richard, Antoine Roux-Briffaud, Ambra Senatore


Production Centre chorégraphique national de Nantes
Co-production Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Lieu unique Scène nationale (Nantes), Maison de la musique de Nanterre
With the support of Spedidam, Fondation BNP Paribas for the 71st edition of the Festival d'Avignon
With the help of Centre national de danse contemporaine d'Angers, Fondazione Piemonte Dal Vivo, TU-Nantes



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