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Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

Closing Party
(arrivederci e grazie)

Alessandro Bernardeschi
Mauro Paccagnella

27.09 > 01.10.2022

After Happy Hour and El pueblo unido jamás será vencido, Alessandro Bernardeschi and Mauro Paccagnella conclude their Trilogie de la Mémoire (Memory Trilogy) with Closing Party (arrivederci e grazie). This closing ball without sequins, both absurd and ironic, makes us think and see the last convulsions of the great utopias of History. The final part of a juicy triptych depicting the escapades of the fifties, Closing Party (arrivederci e grazie) invokes the end and the breathlessness as a possible new beginning; where intimate memories and collective memory intertwine to form one body.

Alessandro and Mauro imprint the gestures and deploy their trajectories, from Marianne Faithfull to Béjart’s Boléro, the Italian leaden years to Pier Paolo Pasolini, from feathers to wigs. Not to mention the tutus.

But all of this would be nothing without the delicate beauty of their aging dancers’ bodies, reinforcing the political character of the piece where age is no longer just the metaphorical background but indeed constitutes the heart of the choreographic phrase. A dance for two, a farewell waltz, ironic and wacky, a final ball both serious and light whose scenic score is based on a disturbing double game.


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    Introduction · 20:00

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Salle Jacques Huisman


Alessandro Bernardeschi
Mauro Paccagnella

Alessandro Bernardeschi
Mauro Paccagnella
Ares D’Angelo

Light Design
Simon Stenmans

Video design
Stéphane Broc

Sound design
Eric Ronsse

Music dramaturgy
Alessandro Bernardeschi avec Simon & Garfunkel, Cœur de l’Armée Rouge, Extrait de Saló et les 120 journées de Sodome, Nilla Pizzi, Ravel, Sylvester, Lucio Battisti, Anna Magnani, Nina Simone, Marianne Faithfull, Edvard Grieg, Umberto Bindi, Paul Simon Régisseur Simon Stenmans

Wooshing Machine

Les Brigittines et Charleroi danse – Centre Chorégraphique de la Fédération de Wallonie-Bruxelles

With the support from
la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles et de la Communauté Française

Special thanks to
Lisa Gunstone, Fabienne Damiean

© Gloria Scorier