2012 will be a year of transformation with respect to the dissemination of czd’s language. We will begin to direct the currently broader training methods of ‘modem’ – czd’s development programme – towards a more rigorous study of our choreographic language. Roberto Zappalà feels the need to dedicate increasingly more time to the detailed craft that his dance requires, maintaining those principles on the use of the body and the construction of his dance that focus increasingly on the physicality. Bodies as still the principal motor of his creativity: their power, dynamics, musicality enter an ever closer relationship with society. The idea that everyday life can act as a stimulus for a more authentic and honest movement is one of the recurrent objectives of our training programme, and more generally, of our way to disseminate our vocabulary.
Starting from the end of 2012, the programme will consist of two different sections: MoDem PRO, a single intensive 3-month course (October to December) dedicated to more mature dancers (professionals included); and MoDem STUDIO, an extensive 8-month course dedicated to younger dancers, which will give both groups the chance to delve deeper into our practice.
Together with a new graphic layout for MoDem, we felt the need to add a new connotation to the existing one, related to the possibility of de-codifying many of the previous codes coming from ballet and contemporary; this connotation comes from the world
“Recent studies by economists and mathematicians show how democracy is not something defined and set, as we tend to commonly think.
In philosophy, democracy is regarded as an imperfect concept; so is my dance. It requires constant investigation, a constant revolution/remodulation.
Revolution and democracy do not often go hand in hand.
Revolution in contemporary dance - as in all contemporary art - will always be necessary. Democracy in its etymological meaning of ruling of people is ever more indispensable; even if the choices are made by an ‘internal government’, aka choreographer and dancers, the final vote is cast by the public, who decides the outcome.
Too often misunderstood, the words “democracy” and “freedom” are not synonyms. Democracy in czd remains an “imperfect” democracy, as the firm and precise codes of our dance challenge the freedom of the dancers.
The term “democratic movement” does not wink at the world of politics, which would have used this term back in the past; rather to the physical movement of a body or to one of the parts in which a “composition” is articulated.
“The dancer’s body must be at the same time athletic and poetic, sad and joyful. My task is to use it appropriately in time, taste and dynamics.
What dancers want from me are those necessary suggestions, cues, information that mark the difference between one choreographer and the other, the details…infinite details that multiply and build into a style. Curiosity, self-abnegation, thought, consideration is what dancers expect from me.
The optimal outcome would be to make all these elements dynamic within a single path, and this is what I am aiming at.” ( Roberto Zappalà )