THE WILDERNESS – none of it’s real

Concept and choreography Fabrizio Favale


Duration variabile from 20 to 50 minutes


Choreography Fabrizio Favale
Set First Rose
Dancers Martin Angiuli, Daniele Bianco, Vincenzo Cappuccio, Francesco Leone, Mirko Paparusso
Music Alex Somers, Sigur Rós, M83
Co-produced by Festival MilanOltre, KLm – Kinkaleri / Le Supplici / mk
Production supports MIBAC / Regione Emilia-Romagna
Supported by h(abita)t – Rete di Spazi per la Danza / Sementerie Artistiche, Crevalcore



After having frequented agricultural, industrial or wild outdoor landscapes for a long time with special projects, the company now returns to the theater, inventing and describing a non-existent, apparently naked, geometric, alien landscape. By placing the optical and perceptual problematic of what we see when we look at something, in the always uncertain boundary between what is real and what is dreamed, THE WILDERNESS presents itself in rapids and light danced trajectories, thickly crossed as of swallow flight drawings, in a tireless black embroidery on a leaden background. Here we meet enigmatic figures in a perpetual sense of mystery, of uncertainty. The dances are built to make this sense of mystery, where the border between what is and what seems is not exactly traceable. The theme is archaic and yet very current: a sense of magic, compared to perception, has accompanied man since the beginning, and even today, a spite of our technique, dream and reality exchange their pieces in a continuous dialogue. THE WILDERNESS is a hypnotic and vaguely psychedelic dance acted by 5 dancers, in dances that repeatedly mention the natural cycles. Here they are intertwined in a written plot that denotes geometric and repetitive aspects, synchrony and canons arrive as in a blossoming of fractals in nature and harsh, wild, humoral, emotional aspects that refer to those essences of the universe that are not very decipherable but yet full of life.

“The question of landscape is perhaps also the question of uncertainty. The landscape, whether real or imaginary, always involves two questions: one is geometric, so to speak, where we have to deal with distances, perspectives, what we can perceive or go across. The other has to do with the soul, in a silent dialogue between images that takes place somewhere and we don’t know where. So it is not uncommon to see Iceland where there is only a slope towards the stream or to see an impromptu gathering of Etruscans where peasants discuss in the distance. … Yet while we try to mend the incongruities suggested by a ghostly place, while we try to justify and measure the distances, something flourishes and advances and thickens and makes impractical any place that previously had a semblance of familiarity. The wilderness is called elsewhere: wild land. ” Fabrizio Favale