US PREMIERE: Italian artist Alessandro Sciarroni returns to Portland with a performative reflection on the passing of time. Continuing his trilogy that began with Folk-s, will you still love me tomorrow (TBA:15), Sciarroni now focuses on another traditional artform comprised of repeated actions: juggling. By remixing the pacing and sequence of gravity-defying moves (under the leg, under the arm, above the head, etc.), there is an almost endless combination of patterns to explore. Each repetition abstracts the performers’ movements, opening the possibilities of seeing the larger picture: flight, failure, kinetic potential. Stripping away the trappings of the circus, Sciarroni lays bare the essential vocabulary of juggling and the medium’s fixation on practice,
discipline, and concentration. Every toss and every catch marks the passage of time—a hypnotic and thrilling effect—again and again and again.
Alessandro Sciarroni is an Italian performing artist with an extensive background in visual art and theater. His works are featured in dance and theater festivals, museums, art galleries, and in unconventional spaces. Sciarroni’s performances try to uncover obsessions, fears, and fragilities through the repetition of a practice at the limits of physical endurance. He collaborates with a wide range of artists and his works have been performed in 21 European countries, Canada, Brazil, Uruguay, and the United Arab Emirates, at venues including the Biennale de la Dance in Lyon, Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels, Impulstanz Festival in Vienna, the Venice Biennale, the Festival Séquence Danse at 104 in Paris, Juli Dans Festival in Amsterdam, the Centre Pompidou, and the MAXXI Museum in Rome.