Alessandro Schiattarella [CH/IT] turns an apparent limitation into the impetus for his creative process. Diagnosed as a teenager with a rare condition (Hirayama Disease, which causes atrophy of the muscles in his upper limbs), the choreographer and performer uses the stage to explore how physical restrictions can reveal previously unknown abilities.
That is the case of «One at a Time», a performance created in 2018 with Cie BewegGrund [CH] and based on the choreographic idea of the chain reaction.
In particular, the work is inspired by «Der Lauf der Dinge» (The Way Things Go), a 1987 film in which the artistic duo Peter Fischli and David Weiss [CH] depicts a chain circuit made of everyday objects and industrial materials.
Schiattarella returns to choreography, in 2022, for his participation in the festival Sin Límites, Uruguay’s first inclusive performing arts programme. The choreographer works with local artists, with and without disabilities, in a recreation of the show, exploring individual and collective chains by the use of movement, rhythm, and voice.
The idea is to generate a new mechanism in which the performers can participate in a way that is both autonomous and independent, despite their different physiques and experiences. In addition to reflecting on everyday interactions and how they are determined by trust-based relationships – especially when they involve people with disabilities.
ABOUT ALESSANDRO SCHIATTARELLA
Alessandro Schiattarella was born in Naples [IT] in 1982 and currently lives and works in Switzerland. As a performer he has collaborated with names such as Maurice Bejart, Marco Goecke, Koen Augustijnen, and Haris Pasovic. In 1996, he was diagnosed with Hirayama Disease, a condition that led him to create his first solo, «Altrove» (2014), in which he explores movements beyond standard gestures. Soon after, he began to develop choreographic projects in the field of disability, such as «Tell me Where It Is» (2015), «Strano” (2017), «One at a Time» (2018), and with the theme of masculinity, like «Rejected» (2019).