Hardly Ever | Francesco Scavetta


6th & 7th of  November 2015 | 7:30PM

Concept & Choreography: Francesco Scavetta.
Created in collaboration with: Gry Kipperberg, Erikk McKenzie, Orfee Schuijt, Thomas Vantuycom.
Dramaturgy: Sasa Bozic.
Costume design: Gjøril Bjercke Sæther.
Stage: Francesco Scavetta, Gjøril Bjercke Sæther and Per-Anders Karlsson.
Production: Wee.
Co-production: Dansens Hus.
In collaboration with: Vitlycke-Centre for performing arts, Göteborg Dans & Teater Festival and WASP/4Culture Bucharest.
Supported by: Arts Council Norway and Fond for lyd og bilde.

Wee`s new creation Hardly ever explores the notion of truth and lies in theatre and everyday experience, bringing forward an investigation started with Sincerely yours (2008-2009).

The work plays with the gap between creating expectations and allowing the unexpected. Presenting the juxtaposition of physical responses to verbal statements, where the slight mismatch opens for new associations. Involving the body as cartography of the space and using the voice, singing and talking, with a significant text that informs with its meanings and affects for what it evokes.
In Hardly ever the body of the performer is understood as a fiction upon which an endless multiplicity of possible body fictions and concepts could be written and become visible through their articulation in movement. The performance focuses on the transformative capacity of the performers, being in a state of flux and constantly re-negotiating their own creation in the eyes and ears of the audience members.
The space that surrounds the performers provides a platform for undefined expression, an experimental playground where the dancers construct various physical identities, personas and body fictions that in turn, communicate corporally and develop physical languages according to their newly found characters.
How to allow and encourage the body to work in ways that are new, questionable, doted and non-efficient? What does this mean for the spectator’s gaze and how do we confront the spectator with the production of something beautiful, but at the same time revealed as a fiction or lie?


Francesco Scavetta studied at National Academy of Dance of Rome, graduated in Theatre and Performing Arts and Post-graduated in Sciences of Communication. Along his artistical path, he regards as a particularly valuable his meetings with such choreographers, teachers and director as Anne Theresa De Keersmaeker/Rosas, Giorgio Rossi/Sosta Palmizi, Dominique Dupuy, Adriana Borriello, Lans Gries/Trisha Brown and Bernardo Bertolucci.
Scavetta’s theatricality have often been associated with the atmosphere of a weird dream or to a playful world of a child: strange, funny, poetic and, at the same time, surprising. The created performances change in format and aesthetics.

Hardly Ever is a cultural event presented in the frame of eXplore festival #10.