November 2016_by Marcella Vanzo
(IT) CollettivO CineticO is an experimental Performing Art group founded in 2007 by choreographer Francesca Pennini with dramaturg Angelo Pedroni and more than 50 artists from different disciplines. Their research focuses on the mechanisms of the performative event, reformatting its rules, with a rigorous yet ironic approach, across dance, theater and the visual arts. The company is resident at the Teatro Comunale of Ferrara. So far Pennini created 34 pieces and won several awards: Rete Critica Award/Best Italian artist 2014; Jurislav Korenić Award Best Young Theatre Director 2014; Danza & Danza Prize/Best choreographer and interpreter 2015; MESS Prize 2016 at BE Festival - Birmingham; Hystrio Iceberg Award 2016.
Never dance has been so exhilarating. Francesca Pennini is clearly a gymnast, a contortionist, a dancer, a philosopher and much more. And she is a fun woman.
Alone onstage with a big bunch of white feathers, an old recorder playing seawaves, clad in a red athletic catsuit, she tells us exactly what she’s going to perform in a weird yet exact scientific way. Then she parks her body in the most uncanny position, elastic to a point to leave us speechless and amused, before jumping into a dance on unexpected baroque music. She ranges from J. S. Bach, and Girolamo Frescobaldi toGyörgy Sándor Ligeti.
When she disappears, a drone comes in, and relaying on a Strauss Lied, it flies about spreading feathers in a joyous dance. When Francesca comes back, contorting around a dangling microphone, this time a serious dancer in a black body suit, she announces she’s going to perform short dances from an exercise book she found from when she was in primary school. And she does, each time changing and citing with lots of humor all the sacré monstres of classic and modern dance, Purcell giving way to Cher and then Britten, the dancer ready to disappear in her own version of the Swan lake, her body black with paint in a cloud of white smoke. Not to be missed.