Interview: MOTUS Company
Luca Curci talks with MOTUS Company during ALCHEMIC BODY at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space.
MOTUS is a dance company based in Siena (Italy), supported by Tuscany Region and Siena City, with artistic residencies in Italy and abroad. Featuring a repertoire rich in collaboration with composers and artists, the Company has embraced the search for new vocabularies where the body language is used to treat arguments of social impact.Directed by Simona Cieri, choreographer and dancer, who founded the Company in 1991, MOTUS tour extensively to all major theatres in Italy and abroad and by invitation to international festivals. The work of the MOTUS Company is well estimated in foreign countries ( Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Germany, Greece, India, Kosovo, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Spain, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, USA) as shown by international recognitions (International Prize TEATARFEST 2006 and 2008). The Company was awarded with the National Prize for Choreography in 1994 (Spello, Italy) and with the official praise of the President of the Italian Republic in 2009 and in 2010, for the plays “Iris under the sea” and “Della tua carne – Just’us” respectively. In 2011, the book VENTI DI MOTUS (20 of MOTUS) written by Prof. Andrea Mancini about 20 years’ activity of the MOTUS Company was published. Since 2009 the MOTUS Company manages the International Festival Move Off with the aim to show to the Italian audience the best of contemporary dance created in Italy and around the world.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
MOTUS Company – It is the need to say something that has to do with living in the contemporary world.
LC – What are you currently working on?
MC – We are currently working on the concept of diversity
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
MC – Mainly from events that impact our daily life interpreted through an artistic commitment and contaminated by many other art expressions
LC – What is your creative process like?
MC – It is a continuous research of gestures able to describe the concept that we want to communicate. In other words, it is the search of the right shape to deliver the message
LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
MC – Indeed, they do.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? In which way did it inspire you?
MC – The concept of the festival is pretty in line with our philosophy of contamination between different art expressions. Any visual artist can enrich our vision of dance and theatre. On the other hand, we think that performative arts can influence and stimulate the creative process of a visual artist.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
MC – The theme ALCHEMIC BODY was particularly inspiring for the performance presented in London, since dance is body and body is the mean through which the society often defines women condition. Therefore, “Broken Lady” was a performance designed to describe this particular condition having in mind the interaction with the paintings of the exhibition.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
MC – We think this is a very dynamic organization with a lot of interactions with artists worldwide. This creates the opportunity for each artist to meet and exchange with others and to be in contact with a wide audience.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
MC – It was a very nice experience!
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
MC – We did enjoy the cooperation and we hope there will be other occasions for further collaboration.