DANCE | COnteMPORARY PERFORMANCE | CHOREOGRAPHY
Matteo Marziano Graziano makes affective body-based performances. His choreographic practice deals with questions of embodiment in relation to consciousness. This practice leads to moving image making processes and explores the notion of subjectivity within spectatorship. His artistic research is informed by post-material sciences, system theory, analysis of energetic phenomena as well as deep ecology.
My approach to contemporary performance is cross-disciplinary, with use of media such as: movement, sound, text both spoken and written, and moving images. I focus on the agency of presence: how bodies - single bodies and collective bodies - perform their liveness and bend the behavioural codes of their own environment, whether this is the stage, the frame of the screen, or the public space. My topics of work are desire and disobedience. My artistic practice deals with somatic resonance, touch, visual contemplation, affect negotiation, vibrational exchange, and relational complexity. I explore the physics and the metaphysics of the contemporary moving body. I question its existential properties, connected with the cultural and political implications of being 21st century citizens.
DEEP SKY OBJECTS
DEEP SKY OBJECTS is an aesthetic experiment on the emergence of embodied information in relation to affects. Behind this experiment, there is an ongoing choreographic practice that departs from states of enhanced perception, and aims to research the channeling properties of the body — that is: the capability of the body to trace subtle and material information of a space in real time, and make it visible.
Produced by TanzFabrik Berlin. Funded by Senate for und Europa Berlin and supported by PACT Zollverein, KOW Gallery, Deutsche Oper Berlin.
UNDER TWO LIGHTS
A gallery-specific duet performance, held within the homonymous photographic exhibit by Chih-Chien Wang at Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin. Created in collaboration with Prof. William Wheeler, it aims to embody the invisible architectural tensions that exist between artworks in a gallery space through the body. A perceptive choreographic score connects movement and pictures, and the affective negotiations that exist between spectator and artwork.
ORBIS TERTIUS is an immersive sound walk through the architectural complex of Aufbau Haus in Berlin Kreuzberg. It is inspired by the short story Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius by Jorge Luis Borges. Audience is invited in a labyrinthine journey, encountering situations and characters which seem to bend the laws of Reality, and the perception of them.
ARIANNA enquires into realms of contemporary performance and historical music theatre. Departing from Claudio Monteverdi's “Lamento d’Arianna”, this experimental opera performance looks into the remaining fragments of a lost opera, and what these fragments entail "genetically". This project is built on dramaturgical and choreographic explorative practices, compositional grammatical operations on Monteverdi's aria, experiments of interaction music-voice-body-space, and design of improvisational strategies for historical instruments and contemporary bodies.
TIERKREIS stands for Zodiac. It is a contemporary music theatre performance, departing from the homonymous composition by Karlheinz Stockhausen. The twelve melodies can be played by any instrument, improvised or sung. I staged this piece for 3 dancers, a soprano, violin, acoustic and electric harp, and percussion. It was produced by Dansmakers Amsterdam.
ZERO is a solo dance performance, and the commencement of my work as a dancemaker. It is a philosophical speculation on the number 0 and a search for its embodiment, located at the intersection between the muscular and the nervous system. It has been produced by ICKamsterdam, where I was invited as artist in residence after few years of collaboration as artistic assistant for the choreographers Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten.