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The Dance Centre (TDC): When did you first meet Francesco Scavetta? What is he like?
Mirna Zagar (MZ): I met Francesco over a decade ago, and invited him to perform at Dance Week Festival in Zagreb, Croatia. This is one of the largest international festivals in central Europe. He is one of the most optimistic people I have ever met, so positive and energetic, and he has an amazing energy that absolutely fascinates.
TDC: How would you describe his work? What is unique about his approach?
MZ: Francesco’s work always reflects on the human condition; he has a particular interest in relationships, and keenly explores the world in which we live. As an active, alert person he reflects and brings out many issues, often through humour and with an unexpected resolve.
TDC: He’s an Italian choreographer based in Norway…. How do you think his work reflects these very different cultures and dance scenes?
MZ: Francesco is one of the most international people I know. Literally, as his work takes him all around the globe, and sometimes I wonder when and if he ever stops! His creations reflect the broadness of these perspectives and also juxtaposes them. One could perhaps trace his rigorous logic and structure to his Scandinavian side, and the emotions and humour to his Italian heritage; but he blends both really, he owns these two worlds and makes something very unique.
TDC: Why did you decide to bring Hardly Ever to Vancouver?
MZ: I thought it would be fun to bring Francesco back as audiences really embraced his work when we first presented him many years ago. He has evolved and built up his artistic fingerprint, and I always feel it is wonderful if one has the opportunity to follow an artist’s development.
TDC: What else would you like audiences to know about the show?
MZ: Hardly Ever will be of interest to those keen on contemporary theatre as much as dance. I think it will also appeal to those interested in design and visual arts - the set is wacky, the designs are so retro - and to those keen on the psychology of the human being, as the piece questions the relevance of truth and falsehood: issues which are very pressing for all of us currently.
The Dance Centre presents the Global Dance Connections series:
WEE/Francesco Scavetta: Hardly Ever
April 5-7, 2018 at 8pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre, Vancouver
Presented with the support of Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre
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