Photo: Irene Trancossi

Ballet Mécanique

ballet by Georges Antheil for 4 pianists and 4 percussionists

Technology has become connection, information for everybody; it is hard to live without it. An object that can be disassembled, complex and playful as a rubik’s cube, was used by the dancers as symbol of the strength and bond of the whole society.

During the choreography, the dancers try to detach from the object, but find no real reason to reject it and therefore, the connection intensifies. There was a perpetual confrontation with the object, its shape, its colors and the unpredictable sounds of the environment. All dancers experiment and develop their creative potential through this object & support, which can result to our eyes “strength” and “limit” at the same time.


Idea, choreography: Francesca Mommo
piano RNCM percussionists: Markus Bellheim, Irene Novi, Alessio Tiezzi and Michela Caldesi 
Music Director: Alessandro Ferrari
Lights: Stefano Pirandello
Assistant choreographer: Nicoletta Serio
Dancers: Francesco Aversano, Lorenzo Colella, Annachiara Corti, Irene La Monaca, Marco Lo Presti,
Alba Metushi, Claudio Murabito and Margherita Petrosino
Premiere: 23.07.2017, Piazza Grande, Montepulciano (SI, Italy)
Artistic Coordination: Azzurra di Meco
Production by 41th Cantiere Internazionale D’arte, directed by Roland Böer
In collaboration with the Accademia Nazionale di Danza (Rome, Italy)


Special Thanks to: 
Gabriella Borni and Mario Piazza, Composition teachers of the Accademia Nazionale di Danza; Stefano Pirandello, lights technical manager of the Accademia Nazionale di Danza; Mimì Rita Grassi, Scenic Space Teacher of the Accademia Nazionale di Danza; Mauro Viscardi, Master Accompanist of the Accademia Nazionale di Danza.