GUEST ARTIST SPOTLIGHT 07: MARINA GIOVANNINI + JACOPO JENNA

Get to know Marina Giovannini + Jacopo Jenna, choreographers and filmmakers, and 7 of 12 presented artists during our upcoming performance series, Volume VI, Issue I. from March 11 to 13, 2016. Born from a fascination for geometric shapes, the Italian duet uses dance on film as a study of aesthetics and the feminine. Learn more about Marina + Jacopo on our Artist Spotlight and see their work in Program 02: Design Vs. Narrative + Program 03: Distorting The Frame.

Photo by Marina Giovannini

Photo by Marina Giovannini

MARINA GIOVANNINI + JACOPO JENNA

Three words that Describe your Choreography
JJ: Freedom, Embodiment, Vision
MG: Naturalness, Geometrical, Interrogative 

About Marina
Initially as a soloist for Balletto di Toscana, Marina Giovannini also worked with Letizia Renzini, the Biennale Danza di Venezia, The Place-London, and Dansens Hus-Stockholm, among others. Since working with Compagnia Virgilio Sieni, she has been interested in the language of contemporary Italian dance. Marina is a recipient of the Equilibrio Award from the Fondazione Musica per Roma. She is the choreographer of "Meditation of Beauty" directed by Jacopo Jenna.

About Jacopo
Jacopo Jenna is a choreographer, performer and filmmaker creating stage works, video pieces, and installations. His works are oriented towards research concerning the perception of dance or choreography as an extended practice. As a graduate of Sociology, Jacopo also studied dance at Codarts / Rotterdam Dance Academy. In Europe, he has worked with Anouk Van Dijk DC, Zappalà Dance Company, Virgilio Sieni Dance Company, Kinkaleri. In 2012, Jacopo founded CANI, a group experimenting with choreographic research, with Ramona Caia and Giulia Mureddu. He is the director of the film "Meditation on Beauty" with choregrapher Marina Giovannini.

About the Creative Process
JJ: I’m interested in making video works that think about how we see dance through the camera. Dance is a live art, dance lives in the moment, but with video, you create a frame and capture a point of view. When filming, I can re-choreograph movements through framing and editing. I like to work with other choreographers to understand their physical dance approach. As a dancer/choreographer, my movement knowledge helps me to communicate through film what the choreographer intended.

MG: Every passage of my work responds to the aesthetics of a choreographic act that doesn’t want to make a show of the movements, but instead to become a sign of existence, an action to regain space for the body. Space and time are the Cartesian axes of dance, the body marking the rhythm, considered from a feminine viewpoint of constant all-round change, fragility and strength, of positions taken and immediately faded away. 

Photo by Ilaria Costanzo

Photo by Ilaria Costanzo

How did you both meet and why decide to collaborate on “Meditation on Beauty”?
MG: I appreciate Jacopo's works and I suggested we collaborate. He agreed!

JJ: I've seen Marina on stage for a long time and always thought she was one the the greatest contemporary dancers in Italy. Her choreography fascinates me. She asked me to create a short film on her choreography and I felt honored to work with her.

Do you work in other mediums other than dance/performance? If so, what, and how/why did you get into it?
JJ: I work with Choreography, Film, and Photography as equal mediums, all at the same level for artistic creation. I first began with video and photography and I discovered dance/performance later.

What influenced the concept/work that you are presenting at the CURRENT SESSIONS?
MG: Meditation on beauty is composed of 3 complementary fragments of one single reflection. The piece is born from a fascination for geometric shapes, used both as measure of the space and as basic essence of difficult balance exercises, tense movements and poses that require total confidence in the body and in the stability of the other. The feminine, traced in graceful gestures, is the fulcrum of the whole work: the referential figures are women, including artists of such different arts as Nina Simone and Maya Deren.

Define “contemporary dance/performance” in your own words.
MG: Body and dance are related to freedom, a question about freedom.

What does the dance/performance world need more of? Less of?
MG: Practice more, advertise less

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Connect with Jacopo Jenna on Facebook + Instagram.

See Marina + Jacopo's film in Volume VI, Issue I., on Saturday, March 12 at 7:30pm + Sunday, March 13 at 3pm + Talkback.

Volume VI, Issue I. is happening March 11 to 13, 2016 at the wild project.
See the full schedule and get tickets here.