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NEGARE: A Bold Dance Theatre Experience at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2024

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Festival Fringe this August – a bold and absurdist solo dance theatre show created by acclaimed multidisciplinary choreographer and dancer Giovanni Zazzera.

Communicating through widely interpretable messages as opposed to direct narrative storytelling, NEGARE speaks uniquely to each audience member and their existing lived experience, thoughts, and perspectives – asking us exactly what it means to negate or go against something with regards to your innermost self.

Part of acclaimed three-part performance series LE TRIPTYQUE, NEGARE brings to the fore a curiously atypical and ever-shifting character to question the universal themes of identity and observation. Blending physical theatre with expressive movement and dance, Zazzera’s work probes how we see those around us – and, in exchange, how we are seen by others.

Rebuilding the deconstructed and bringing the invisible and unseen into full light, NEGARE sees the nameless performer shift through an intimate, ever-developing meditation that sees his very physicality and form viscerally change, grow, shrink, and twist on stage. Clothes disappear, a body changes; and a new face is built through the manipulation of mask and tissue. NEGARE turns everything we may know on its head to build up living and breathing identities and movement in the moment; a journey of transformation and a metamorphosis of a body.

Since 2010, he has performed regularly on the international and Luxembourg scenes; since 2020, Giovanni created and directed his company “Z ART Dance” where he established new creations such as OUT OF RANGE, CHUUUT(e) (a young audience piece) and CREDERE, (DI)SPERARE, NEGARE (a choreographic Tryptic that explores the states of human beliefs) – shows that will participate in renowned international venues like Kaunas 22 (LIT), Maggio all Infanzia festival (IT), Trier Arena (DE), Manège de Reims (FR), and the Fringe Edinburgh Festival 2024 (GB).

Z Art places great importance on the human aspect of its artistic work, fostering the artistic exchanges and collaborations that are an essential part of the company’s distinct identity. Its mission is to make dance accessible – and to share it with, and for, everyone. Giovanni Zazzera trained at the Luxembourg Dance Conservatory and continued his studies in Brazil where he was asked to work for various companies.

Performances of NEGARE will run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2024 from 12 – 25 August (C ARTS | C venues | C Aquila, venue 21). Image credit: Marco Pavone

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