26th Festival 2016

Main programme

Donnerstag 10. Nov. // 19.30 – 20.30 Uhr

Ab 14 Jahre

Schauspielhaus / Große Bühne

28,00 / 24,00 / 18,00 €

(erm. 24,00 / 19,00 / 13,00 €)

Compagnia Zappalà Danza, Catania


»I am beautiful«

(»Ich bin schön«)  (Videoausschnitt  )





Nello Calabrò, Roberto Zappalà

Choreografie und Inszenierung:

Roberto Zappalà


Puccio Castrogiovanni / Lautari


Sonia Mingo, Maud de la Purification, Claudia Rossi Valli, Ariane Roustan, Valeria Zampardi, Filippo Domini, Gaetano Montecasino, Adriano Popolo Rubbio, Fernando Roldan Ferrer

Musiker Lautari:

Gionni Allegra, Salvatore Assenza, Puccio Castrogiovanni, Marco Corbino, Salvo Farruggio


Physical beauty reflects purity and humanity. Nine people convey identity, dreams and seduction with their ideal measurements and enticing dance. However, their bodies are made up of bones, joints, nerves and muscles. Sublime appearance becomes anatomic analysis. Rhythm and movement freeze into immobility; vibrant hectic rushes wait for the echo, which is followed only by a cryptic silence.

»I am lovely, O mortals, like a dream of stone, and my bosom, where each one gets bruised in turn, to inspire the love of a poet is prone, like matter eternally silent and stern.« The poem »La beauté« (»Beauty«) by Charles Baudelaire from his collection »Les fleurs du mal« (»The flowers of evil«) inspired Auguste Rodin to create his sculptures »Je suis belle« (»I am beautiful«, 1882). Roberto Zappalà then drew on Rodin’s work to create his opulent dance piece of the same name »I am beautiful«.

Roberto Zappalà, born in 1961 in Catania / Sicily, belongs to Italy’s most famous choreographers. He founded his own company in his home town in 1989; he has been its artistic director to this day. His over 40 choreographies have been presented throughout the world. »La nona« (»The ninth«), based on Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, was awarded the Danza & Danza prize as the best Italian dance piece in 2015.

Puccio Castrogiovanni founded the music group Lautari in Catania in 1988. His composition for »I am beautiful« mixes traditional Sicilian folk music with contemporary music in an extremely original way. Lautari has been working with the Compagnia Zappalà Danza since 2007.

Uraufführung: 18.03.2016, Meatro Comunale Claudio Abbado, Ferrara

Kontakt: www.compagniazappala.it

Produktion: Scenario Pubblico / Compagnia Zappalà Danza – Mentro di produzione della danza, Catania

Koproduktion: ImPulsTanz, Wien / Teatro Comunale Claudio Abbado, Ferrara / Meatro Garibaldi – Union des Théâtres de l’Europe, Palermo / Teatro Massimo Bellini, Catania

Das Gastspiel in Leipzig erfolgt mit freundlicher Unterstützung durch Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo Ministerium für Kulturerbe, Kultur und Tourismus), Rom, and Istituto Italiano di Cultura (Italienisches Kulturinstitut), Berlin.