Do you want me to dance, or do you want me to talk?
Behind the question that Cristiana Morganti puts to her audience lies the key to understanding Jessica an Me. In this piece, the long-standing soloist of the Pina Baush Tanztheater of Wuppertal has reached a crucial moment in her professional development and is finally taking time out to reflect on herself, her relationship with her body and with the art of dance. She asks what it means “to be on stage” and examines the distinction between “the other” and “the self” which theatre inevitably creates.
The answer is a sort of Self-portrature told in two voices, those of the inner self (Me) and of her alter-ego (Jessica), in which, with piquant irony, Cristiana reveals a dancer’s on- and off-stage life journey, using a patchwork of gestures, shadows, muscles, tenacious grit and gentle irreverence, past memories and visions of the future.
Choreography and performance Cristiana Morganti
Artistic collaboration Gloria Paris
Light design Laurent P. Berger
Video Connie Prantera
Musical advice Kenji Takagi
Edit music Bernd Kirchhoefer
Technical director Jacopo Pantani
Audio & video technician Simone Mancini
Lighting technician Sgommino Berselli
Production il Funaro –‐ Pistoia (Italy) in collaboration with Fondazione I Teatri – Reggio Emilia (Italy)
Text: Italian / Overtitled: Spanish
She obtained her training and degree in Classical Dance at the National Dance Academy in Rome and in Modern Dance at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen. Following her studies, Cristiana collaborated with a number of established choreographers such as Susanne Linke, Urs Dietrich, Joachim Schlömer, Felix Ruckert, and with the company NEUER TANZ directed by VA Wölfl and Wanda Golonka.
In order to advance her interest in experimental Theatre and particularly in the use of the voice, Cristiana furthered her performative education with the Odin Teatret of Eugenio Barba.
From 1993 until 2014, Cristiana Morganti was soloist dancer with PINA BAUSCH’S TANZTHEATER, WUPPERTAL, where she is regularly invited back as guest artist to this day. She has danced in most of the repertoire performances and participated in many new creations since. As part of Pina Bausch Tanztheater, Cristiana starred in Pedro Almodovar’s “TALK TO HER” (2001) and in Wim Wenders’ “PINA” (2011).
Currently, Cristiana Morganti is Professeur Invitée at the Conservatoire Nationale Superièure de Paris and teaches regularly at the Accademia Nazional D’Arte Drammatica Silvio D’amico in Rome. For the Conservatoire de Paris Cristiana Morganti created the choreographies OUT OF TWELVE (for 12 dancers) in 2012 and SACRÉ PRINTEMPS! (for 24 dancers) in 2013.
In 2010, Cristiana Morganti created her homage to Pina Bausch: the lecture-performance MOVING WITH PINA, staged to great acclaim in many Italian Theatres and recently also in Germany in Bonn and in Berlin. In 2011 she received the Positano Leonide Massine Award as Best Contemporary Dancer of the Year.
For her solo creation JESSICA AND ME, which sees her as Author, Choreographer and Interpreter, Cristiana has been awarded the Critic Award Danza & Danza as best Interpreter/Choreographer in 2014. The full performace of JESSICA AND ME has been broadcasted on Italian Public Television RAI 5, directed by Felice Cappa. Her acclaimed creation has since been presented in over 30 cities in Italy, France and Ireland, with performances at the DUBLIN DANCE FESTIVAL, Dublin and BIENNALE DE LA DANSE, Lyon. Further representations of JESSICA AND ME are programmed already in Spring/Summer 2017 in Theâtre des Abbesses /THEATRE DE LA VILLE – Paris, at THE PLACE – London and in Festival TANZ IM AUGUST – Berlin.
Cristiana Morganti’s latest work A FURY TALE has premiered at the Festival Aperto – Reggio Emilia ( Italy ) in October 2016.