A performance-installation that brings together dance with BDSM jousting, questioning the power stakes that exist in both practices.
Vincenzo Carta & David Zagari (BE/IT)
Vincenzo Carta is an Italian dancer, born in Syracuse. He started dancing while studying architecture in Florence. He studied at the CEM Contemporary Art Studio in Lisbon and at P.A.R.T.S. In 2004, he created Audience with Solo. The same year, he collaborated with Benjamin Vandewalle on the project We Go, for which he won the Moving Movimento competition (2005), and then created InBetween. In 2006, he developed Urban Project X, a performance for places of passage. He has danced with Andy Deneis, Giorgio Rossi, David Hernandez. For and together with Passerelle in Kortrijk (BE), he created We All Go and Gnosis. With his creation Gnosis#1 (2011), in collaboration with Ongakuaw (Andrew Ferrara), he was awarded the European competition Focus on Art and Science. Between 2013 and 2018, he collaborated with Adrien Monfleur on various projects including Secret Garden, a multimedia and interactive project crossing the borderline between cinema, performance and installation. From 2019 on, he has been developing a series of performances In Your Hands and Disco Balls, inspired by BDSM practices. Since 2018, he has been collaborating with Thierry Smits as assistant choreographer.
After training in contemporary dance at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Lyon, David Zagari collaborated with numerous international companies such as Philippe Saire (CH), Thierry Smits (BE), Jorge Garcia (BR), Willy Dorner (AU) and Jemima Hoadley (UK). Since 2008, he has been collaborating in performances with les gens d’Uterpan and with the video and performance artist Alessandra Coppola. In 2011, he researched how smells can interfere with how we receive an image, during a Postmaster in Performative Arts at a.pass in Antwerp. This work inspired him to be more active in public space. This space has become a “workshop” during the Masters in urban space he obtained in June 2014 at ENSAV––La Cambre. Ever since, the body and one’s home-turf have been the focus of his work. By setting up a mobile artists’ residency –La Dent creuse–in collaboration with Maud Soudain, and initiating an art space– Hypercorps–– Zagari has also been developing, since 2015, a curatorial practice prioritising collaboration and in-situ creations.