In 2022, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is presenting Alessandro Sciarroni's Save the last dance for me in collaboration with the Royal Opera House as part of the first Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels Festival in London.
In Save the last dance for me, Alessandro Sciarroni works with dancers Gianmaria Borzillo and Giovanfrancesco Giannini using a Bolognese dance step known as ‘Polka Chinata’. A courtship dance dating back to the early thwentieth century, it was originally performed only by men: physically demanding, even acrobatic, it involves dancers whirling around in a crouching position, facing each other with arms interlocked. The work was created in collaboration with Giancarlo Stagni, a Filuzzi dance master who brought this age-old tradition back to life by studying unearthed documentary videos from the 1960s. Sciarroni discovered this dance in December 2018. At that time, it was practiced by no more than five dancers in all of Italy. The project was thus designed to include a performance by two of these dancers, as well as a series of workshops intended to promote and revive this endangered popular tradition.
Photo : © Claudia Borgia - Chiara Bruschini
About the artist
In 2022, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting choreographer Alessandro Sciarroni for his creation DREAM.