© Marco Berrettini

My Soul Is My Visa

*Melk Prod./Marco Berrettini

Everything is in motion, everything vibrates; nothing is at rest. Marco Berrettini brings together five performers and a piano to make them vibrate – together or individually – and create a choreographic rainbow. Drawn from movements taken from the world of funk and soul and imbued with metaphysical undertones «My Soul Is My Visa» also follows a more formal line of research into the possibility of expressiveness through abstract and repetitive movements capable of communicating authentic presence and individuality. How do elements such as voice, movement and music interact? How do they make our bodies pulsate? At the piano the performers successively engage in a repertory that ranges from Erik Satie to Nina Simone. The work of Marco Berrettini is audacious, strange and often joyful. It makes use of the power of sound, of bodies and people coming together and finally manages to capture the audience’s heart.

Marco Berrettini is a dancer and choreographer working in Geneva and Paris. His involvement in dance dates back to 1978 when he was awarded the Grand Prize for disco dance in Germany. He received his training at the London School of Contemporary Dance and the Folkwangschule (DE) under the direction of Hans Züllig and Pina Bausch. He founded his company Tanzplantation (later *Melk Prod.) in 1986 in Wiesbaden. Parallel to this he studied European ethnology, cultural anthropology and the theatrical sciences at the University of Frankfurt. He has created more than thirty works ranging from performance to installation, including numerous diverse artistic collaborations.

Choreography Marco Berrettini

Performance Ruth Childs, Caroline Breton, Samuel Pajand, Sébastien Chatellier, Nathalie Broizat

Stage and light design Bruno Faucher

Costumes Olivier Mulin

Œuf Claire Mayet

Music Piano live – Tom Johnson, Nils Frahm, Meredith Monk, Olafur Arnalds, Bill Fay, Nina Simone, Erik Satie, Beth Gibbons, Curtis Mayfield

Production *MELK PROD. (CH) / Tanzplantation (F)

Administration and diffusion Tutu Production – Pauline Coppée

Coproduction Charleroi danse, centre chorégraphique de Wallonie-Bruxelles, Arsenic, centre d’art scénique contemporain, ICI-CCN de Montpellier, Pôle Sud-CDCN à Strasbourg

Support Ville de Genève, Loterie romande, Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council, Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation, Fondation Ernst Göhner, Charleroi Danse – Centre Chorégraphique de Wallonie-Bruxelles, Fondation Suisse des Artistes Interprètes, Direction Régionale  des Affaires Culturelles  d’Ile-de-France – Ministère de la culture et de la communication.

Residencies Mottatom, Genève ; ICI-CCN de Montpellier ; Pôle Sud-CDCN, Strasbourg