She gives him the cold shoulder. He pushes her away. Yet both would rather passionately embrace.
Love is at once heaven and hell. Complex, sexy, and irreverently imaginative, Tangram redraws the boundaries of dance, contemporary circus, and physical theatre. Created and performed by renowned dancer Cristiana Casadio and world class juggler Stefan Sing, Tangram engagingly describes the human struggle of attraction and repulsion.
Where danceshoes once remained on the dance floor and juggling balls were once confined to the circus ring, both now run wild across the stage. Casadio and Sing breathe new life into their art forms as they come together to tell a story of love, scorn and, above all, power. Whether she is hanging from her partner’s fingertips like a marionette or he is shielding himself from a barrage of balls landing like missiles, the pair embody both passion and fury at once. Tangram questions what it is to surrender to love and asks us, who is in control?
Duration: 60 minutes (no intermission)
Hero Image: Andrea Macchia
Photos: Ellen Schmaus, Ilaria Costanzo, Joshua Dyffort
About the company
After her professional rhythmic gymnastics career (italian champion 1993), Cristiana continued the study of ballet and contemporary dance and in 1998 was chosen to join as a trainee the Aterballetto Company, directed by Mauro Bigonzetti. She also received scholarships at the “Merce Cunninghum Studio” and at the ”Peridance Center”, in New York.
She danced, among others, for Botega Dance Company (IT), J.K.Tyl Theater Pilsen (CZ) and from 2002-2009 she joined Balletto dell’Esperia (Turin,IT) dancing principal roles. She performed pieces by Enzo Celli, Michele Pogliani, Renato Greco, Bronislav Rosnos, Alena Peskova, Libor Vaculìk, Inmacolada Rubio, Hervè Costa, Eugenio Scigliano, Laura Corradi, Paolo Mohovich,…
Since 2010 Cristiana works as free-lancer, based in Berlin. She takes part in different productions as a dancer as well as a choreographer. In 2017/18 she takes part, as a dancer and choreographer, in “Menschen, Orte und Dinge” by Berliner Ensemble. She is currently touring with her new works “home” and “double”.
Cristiana gives also contemporary dance classes and choreographic workshops (e.g.: Barker theatre (Turku, Finland) – “Officina delle arti” (Cesenatico, Italy) -Japanese new circus-festival (Yamaguchi, Japan) – Centro Nacional de las Artes CENART (Mexico city) – Dock11 (Berlin) – “Katakomben-center for performing arts” (Berlin), etc.) – Katapult (Berlin) – Marameo (Berlin).
Stefan Sing, a master of contemporary juggling, has been developing his unique style since 1985. Stefan completed his university studies in philosophy and German literature and went on to study performance technique and dance at ICAT in Berlin. IN 2009 Stefan was named a laureate by new circus company “AIUAIO” of Jeunes Talents Cirque. In the same year he created his solo production “Pigeon, why do you scare me?”. Currently Stefan is touring his solo-piece “entropía” and is working as director/choreographer of the juggling-company “critical-mess”, which will premiere their piece “DODAI” in spring 2019. Stefan continues to teach at circus-schools across the world including ESAC in Brussels, Lido in Toulouse, ENC in quebec, etc…