<img src="http://www.criticaldance.com/interviews/2003/images/10bella_b_000.jpg" alt="" /> Beautiful Minds - Interview with Simone Sandroni, cofounder of Déja Donné
by Donald Hutera
Déja‘ Donné’s 1999 international hit “Aria Spinta” (roughly translated from the Italian as ‘pushed air’) was a post-modern kinetic screwball comedy. Dance Umbrella audiences laughed and lapped it up in 2001. That same year company cofounders Lenka Flory and Simone Sandroni premiered “In Bella Copia”, a 75-minute performance that will be seen in Umbrella 2003. In English the title converts into ‘fair copy’. Speaking in early May near the middle of a three-week research residency at Dance 4, Nottingham’s national dance agency, Sandroni links the production’s name to the idea of a ‘final draft.’ The phrase “In Bella Copia”, he explains, alludes to ‘going out in our Sunday best to behave in a different way and become somebody or something else.’ But, he and the show itself caution, people sometimes become the masks they wear.
As in “Aria Spinta”, Déja‘ Donné again explore the disparity between the real and actual, the public and private face. They do so with humour, passion and an unruly heroism. Like the earlier performance, this one is full of seduction and play. click for more