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Denti is the Italian word for teeth.
In many ancient cultures, the loss of teeth is connected to the loss of a loved one, feelings of jealousy, and the need to leave one’s home country.
Denti is a journey through physical sensations and sense memory, a struggle between the impossibility of leaving and the wish to forget. It is about the impossibility of letting go, the feeling of being trapped, the illusion of homecoming, the sensation of falling, the desire to receive attention, and the need to hide ourselves.
The piece has been made in the wake of experiencing loss, loneliness and desire.
I looked at how the body gathers sensations in order to then spread them out again, at how memory stores wishes and forgets nightmares.
I found a character lost in his own memories, much too sensitive to stay on his feet and yet much too impulsive to not stand up again. A man who is incapable of resisting transformation, yet like a tooth, possesses a solid foundation underneath.
I’ve filtered all this through my own physical vocabulary, translating all the sensations that I’ve experienced into movement; allowing my dance to guide and heal itself in the process.
Denti is what remains;
it is the voice that we can still hear.
It is our wish to hang on to what is gone, to hunt, to bite, to growl.
Denti is a Tragicomedy.
Winner of the 2009 “MasDanza” audience award at the Las Palmas Gran Canaria.
Winner of the 2011 Factory Dance Competition first prize in Fabbrica, Europe.
Winner of the 2012 Baltic Dance Competition first prize in Gdańsk, Poland.
The performance DENTI by Piergiorgio Milano is presented at the 28th Kalamata Dance Festival with the support of Wallonie-Bruxelles International.