NoGravity Dance Company, Italy, 2015

Tour Dates: 23rd - 28th, September, 2015

NoGravity Dance Company operates under Emiliano Pellisari (E.P.) Studio. During the past 10 years they have created various works that had international successes due to the company’s unique qualities, physicality and stage style.

Tour Dates
  • 23rd -28th September, 2015

Saturday, 26th September, 19:30, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing
Sunday, 27th September, 19:30, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing

NoGravity Dance Company operates under Emiliano Pellisari (E.P.) Studio. During the past 10 years they have created various works that had international successes due to the company’s unique qualities, physicality and stage style. In 2006 E.P. Studio was invited to perform at the closing ceremony of Turin Winter Paralympic Games. They performed Orfeo & Euridice in front of several thousand people and received a standing ovation.

In the past several years, NoGravity Dance Company’s main focus was the creation of the Divine Comedy Trilogy, which immediately after it premiered attracted and fascinated very heterogeneous audiences.

The Trilogy has been performed in the most renowned Italian theatres and since 2010 is opening the Fall Season at the Olimpico Theatre in Rome. NoGravity Dance Company’s has toured several countries in Europe, including a tour in France in cooperation with the Gruber Ballet Opera.

Artistic Director: Emiliano Pellisari

"Emiliano Pellisari, 47 years old, is not just a choreographer, perhaps it would be more appropriate to define him as an architect of the human body" said the renowned journalist Vittoria Ottolenghi from the daily Il Resto delCarlino 5 years ago.

Emiliano Pellisari’s artistic direction is inspired by his studies of the Hellenic Theater, the Théâtre Fantastique de la Renaissance, and from the mechanic inventions of the 17th century. He left his academic studies of philosophy, and embarked on several different job adventures, including: bricklayer, carpenter, plumber, electrician before finally finding his passion in Theatre and dance. Besides being a playwright (finalist at Ricer Ater Tondelli 1999, winner of Enzimi 2000) he worked as a producer (Attori & tecnici a Roma, Teatro della Tosse di Genova 2003-2005), and an executive producer of events (Navigazioni, Genova 2004- Luzzati, Barcolana, Trieste 2004).

In 2005, drawing on his earlier studies of Renaissance stage machinery, he founded NoGravity Dance Company. His studio is a gym where the dancers train as well as a workshop where theatrical machineries are developed; a place where choreography and technique melt together in concert with continuous inspiration.

The Divine Comedy Trilogy is the result of seven years of hard work and each scene is continuously improved as the ideal of perfection is the engine that drives the work of all the members of the Company. But above all, it is Emiliano’s passion for art and his ability to offer something unique that makes NoGravity Dance Company stand out in the contemporary dance scene.

Program: Divine Comedy Trilogy: INFERNO, CANTICA, PARADISO

For their China tour, NoGravity Dance Company will perform a combination of their most successful productions: Inferno, Cantica, and Paradiso. Inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy – an all-time milestone of the Italian literature - NoGravity Dance Company’s condensed Trilogy can be regarded as a hymn to the human body. The dancers defy gravity and give life to Dante’s imaginary netherworld.

In the excerpt from Inferno, a Hell as paradoxical as Escher, absurd as Magritte and cruel as Caravaggio unfolds before the spectators’ eyes; the design of light, music and special effects combined with dance, athletics, circus and pantomime creates an otherworldly atmosphere where the energy and the space are interspersed with calm and poetic moments of meditation.

In Cantica, scarcely dressed bodies can be glimpsed through the meshes of large translucent fabric; stairs appear from the ceiling with the dancers walking upside down; Allegorical images of great beauty are accompanied by classical music ranging from Bach to Mozart, from Vivaldi to Satie, with small forays into a contemporary composer like Xenakis. Finally, the complex philosophical and theological universe of Dante's Paradiso is expressed through the key of contemporary art: Klimt, Kandinsky, Dali, and Mondrian. Behind every scene lies a concept, an idea that the viewer can take through symbolism or simple aesthetic intuition.

The figurative abstraction joins musical abstraction combining the majesty of Gregorian chants with contemporary music from Stockhausen to Reich.

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