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Jacopo Jenna – If, If, If, Then (Expanded version) (2021) | Museums Night Dance Performance


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If, If, If, Then (Expanded version) (2021) is a choreographic work by Jacopo Jenna performed by three dancers, with the audience seated in a circle all around the stage. Beyond choreographed action, Jenna sees movement as an abstract form of observation, whereby contemporary dance is approached as a direct response to its immediate surroundings.

The result is a deep layering of images: one on top of the other, one after the other, creating a collage of visual data drawn from existing repertoires, archives and our daily life. The dancers draw upon a range of backgrounds including street dance and other forms of contemporary dance, moving between different approaches and genres and making it impossible to find a stable, common ground. This work is produced in collaboration with composer Caterina Barbieri, whose exploration of the psychological effects of repetition is manifested in sonic patterns intended to channel a sense of ecstasy and contemplation.

Concept, direction and choreography: Jacopo Jenna
Music: Caterina Barbieri
Dance and collaboration: Nawel Nabù Bounar, Sly, Andrea Dionisi
Technical direction and lights: Giulia Broggi
Print designer: Caos et Blue
Costumes: Eva Di Franco
Organisation : Luisa Zuffo
Production: KLM – Kinkaleri
Co-production: Centrale Fies, Danae Festival in the framework of Next 2018 with the support of Bolzano Danza

Jacopo Jenna (b.1981, Florence) is a choreographer, performer and filmmaker creating stage works, video pieces, and installations. His work has been presented at various venues and festivals including Danae Festival, Milan, Italy (2020); Short Theatre, Rome (2020); PAC, Milan; Contemporanea Festival, Biella, Italy; Chantiers d’Europe – Théâtre de la Ville, Paris; Do Disturb – Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Fabbrica Europa, Florence; Palazzo Grassi Punta della Dogana, Venice (2019); Bipod Festival, Beirut; Centrale Fies, Dro, Italy; Short Theatre, Rome; Dansem, Marseille (2018); Pecci Center for Contemporary Art, Prato, Italy; Palazzo Strozzi, Florence (2017); MART Museum, Rovereto, Italy (2016).

© Jacopo Jenna