This ‘Tribute to Antonin Artaud’, a Villa Medici commission to Silvère Jarrosson, was screened in mapping format on the Villa’s façade as part of the Ninth Edition of the Villa Aperta Festival. As proposed b y Artistic Director Cristiano Leone, it was made up of three videos of five minutes each, staging Silvère Jarrosson as both the painter and the dancer he once was.
The music score, composed for the occasion by Matrix, included readings of poetry including references to wounds and to death—but also to love and to the possibility of rebirth through art—by Antonin Artaud and Alda Merini, in French and in Italian. With his personal background as a wounded ballet dancer, Silvère Jarrosson, provided suitable embodiment of this posture. The first video plays out an allegorical representation of a painful and merciless fight for existence. In the second screening, dancing poises gradually replaced the violence of the initial battle, symbolizing renewal. In the final part, actual dancing is in evidence, both improvised and carnal, accompanied by love messages by Alda Marini.
With this production, which was shot within the Villa, the audience witnesses an encounter between dancing and poetry, united by the madness which Antonin Artaud and Alda Merini had in common—while Silvère Jarrosson rekindles his former career as a ballet dancer, giving visibility to the reconstruction that had underpinned his work as a painter from the very beginning.
The event was extensively covered by the Italian press:
Trova Roma · Villa Aperta alza il volume · Stefano Petrella 13/6/2019
La Repubblica · Musica off genio e follia a Villa Medici · Felice Liperi 13/6/2019
Corriere della sera · Incontri di note, poesia e immagini tra arte e follia · Marco Andreetti 10/6/2019
Music : Martux
Director and editor : Luca Iavarone
Curator : Cristiano Leone
Singing by Paola Severini, Donatella Finocchiaro et Pino Saulo