I have recently done quiet fair amount of sessions, but when Monica approached me for some publicity portrait photography for her, I knew this will be different type of session of what I normally do 🙂 This was not the first time when I met Monica, we worked together on few other occasions in the past. So I knew the way how she works and what she does.
I started to run a collaboration project where i will be working closely with different performers, including dancers. I would like to create something special for them and also load myself with creative work and be around creative people.
Here is a little about Monica.
– Tell me a little bit about yourself and your background?
I was born in Italy in 1975, from then to now dance and theatre became the main things in my life. From early experiences to my present I have been trained independently in contemporary dance, improvisation, dance theatre and physical theatre including Julie Stanzack (Wuppertal Tanzteater of Pina Baush) and ODIN teatret (Denmark). I studied and observed nature quite a lot…up to get a PhD in Plant Biomechanics (Environmental Science). I have Professional Development Award in Arts Education in Practice.
– Could you talk a little bit about you work and what you do now?
I am meanly based in Edinburgh, but I travel quite a lot. I take part in different performing art projects and I’m dance theatre facilitator in UK and abroad.
My strong interest is to perform in informal contexts with a real interaction with the audience. With ARTIMMMEIATE I performed in “One shoe adagio” an African dance/Clown/Ariel, site-specific, improvisation performance at ‘Isola delle Meraviglie’ Festival Theatre in Venezia. Last summer I performed, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2010, ENSO: LaNua’s Dance in installation – site specific piece performed in different unconventional dance spaces.
Through my dance practice I engage with the expansion of body consciousness and the wisdom that dwell in every person ’s body.
I am part of French puppets theatre company Théâtre de la Camelote. I’m very fascinated by the work with the puppets and the contemporary marionette that allow the emergence of singular and perceptible poetic universes, by investigating between the animated and in the inanimate world where movement and dance became real in its magical connotation.
I’m company dancer and outreach developer in LaNua -Movement and improvisation Dance Company. Within LaNua my focus is on movement research, body-mind approaches, compositional techniques, communication and personal development through movement and arts. With LaNua we develop dance and environment projects both in professional and community settings.
– How long you have performed?
Since I was a child I always loved dance 😉 and already I was very fascinated by theatre, 5 years old I loved to play (for my family) Sbirulino, very popular Clown character.
As teenager I was taking modern dance classes and singing in a pop music band. While I was studying Ecology at university I was taking contemporary dance classes. Ones I saw a documentary about Pina Baush. I was totally enchanted by her. The power of movement expression and the relationship with my own emotions was a real experience of change in her performances. I was amazed! “How is this possible?” It was like something I have been searching for long time. I also was impressed by the performers’ dept of connection with themselves. Since then I really wanted to peruse with my passion about dance and theatre in a different way, I wanted to commit to It with more intense training.
– How did you get started?
In 2000, I met a Theatre director Alessia Finoli, and we started to develop street theatre performances, manly to awake people awareness in their participation in social changes.
In 2003 I was part of ‘Labyrinth of the Imaginary’ directed by Judith Malina and the LivingTheatre Company in Napoli. When I moved in Edinburgh (2004) I met choreographer Merav Isral with her I start to train in Dance Improvisation and Contact Dance Improvisation. On 2006 we founded our dance company called LaNua – movement and Improvisation.
– What would be your future goal, where would you like to see yourself in 10 years time?
Not defined yet, I live very much in the present. But surly I wish I could live in a better world, less wars and more solidarity among people and awareness of the environment. I guess I’ll keep trying to contribute to this wish trough my profession and love for performing arts.
– What would you say to those who are considering to get into the dance and art.
Really, if you want, you can do it!
From here start the searching for authenticity, liberation and communication.
– Where can we find you?
The best is to email me. [email protected]
I can send back to you all information about my activity.
– Any future performances here in Edinburgh or abroad?
5th of March. Informal showing of LaNua new dance piece. Edinburgh
8th of March. Enso @ Tramway. Glasgow
9th of Marc. dance/music Improvisation performance @ TheForest Cafè. Edinburgh
25th March. “il dentro dal fuori” Rennes (France)
May 2011 I’ll be touring in Italy with “il dentro dal fuori”
June and July I‘ll be working in Singapore.
Thank you Monica for finding a time to answer these few questions and I’m very happy that we managed to get together and create beautiful photographs. Here is an insight what we did and I’m looking forward to work with you in the future.
We started of by little improvisation on how two teddy bears met each other 🙂 It was interesting see this and every move what Monica did was very carefully planned and taken care of. Loved whole process of thinking and executing this.
after this we went to the seaside and experimented with dance movements and different photography angles. People were stopping by and their dogs here and there would run along and say hi as well 🙂 It was great, loved it. Taking in account that it was very cold outside, Monica did a great job and her improvisation of connection was great. Here is few images from this.
It is great to create something for people around and i’m looking forward to do more work like this. Feel free to contact me if you know anybody else who would be looking for some creative interesting images of their performances or for promos.
Thank you for coming by and You know that you need to write a few words in comment box. Let’s support Monica and wish her good luck with her future projects.