After their kaleidoscopic HELL (2006), Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten continue their journey through Dante’s La Divina Commedia with a [purgatorio] diptych. In [purgatorio] POPOPERA, Bang on a Can composer Michael Gordon enriches the typical EG | PC research on the relationship between dance and music using structural elements from rock music. Six dancers intertwine with gleaming black electric guitars. A cross? A third arm? A lump of suffering? Dancers mutate into instruments. Raging guitars become fragile flesh and blood sound-boards. Chained by strings a crowd of dancers seeks purification in a redeeming rhapsody. [purgatorio] POPOPERA blends raw unpolished musicality with fine physical virtuosity and dissolves the borders of music and dance.

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Comment by MAPP International Productions on January 25, 2010 at 11:36am
Thanks for your comment Johnny. This piece was here in NY this past year and it caused quite a bit of discussion! We look forward to sharing more videos with you in the future. Cheers!
Comment by Johnny Charles Alves on January 24, 2010 at 7:32pm
very beautifull
wonderfull work !!!

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