Incontri Dance & Drawing with Gabriel Schmitz
One last session of dance and drawing with artist Gabriel Schmitz at Palazzo Mora together with dancer Elena Giannotti
After opening on April 25th the cycle of five events, Elena Giannotti returns to Palazzo Mora for the closing chapter of Incontri. A final encounter of a dancer and a draughtsman that will take place on a large extension of white paper. An unpredictable journey, a dialogue of two means of expression that will feed on each other. The audience can witness a surprising fusion of sensitivities where all the elements are reduced to their utmost essence: a body’s movement and charcoal as the only tool to capture its passing. As during their first encounter, Elena will dance in silence.
ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS
Elena Giannotti is a choreographer and dancer based in Livorno. As a dancer, she has been the main player and collaborator of British choreographer Rosemary Butcher for more than 10 years. In 2002, she embarked on her career as a choreographer. Her creations have been presented widely in Ireland (where she lived for eight years), England, Mexico, Italy, the U.S., Slovakia, Germany, the Czech Republic and Japan. She has taught at multiple European universities and dance institutions. Since 2017, she co-directs with Chelo Zoppi the dance-festival Racconti di Altre Danze in Livorno.
Gabriel Schmitz is a German figurative painter living and working in Barcelona, Spain. In recent years he has been working with dancers and choreographers in an attempt to find an equivalent in painting and drawing of the elusive essence of dance. Gabriel met Elena for the first time in 2011 when she danced in Barcelona in Fearghus O ́Conchuir ́s piece Tabernacle. When the structure of the Incontri in Venice became tangible Elena was the one dancer he knew he wanted to work with. So here we are.