Emio Greco


For Blasphemy the new creation of Emio Greco | Pieter C. Scholten at ICK, the choreographers take inspiration from a ritual folk dance from Greco’s native ground in Puglia, southern Italy: the Pizzica. It is said there is a relationship with particular rituals of the ancient Greeks, who used to live in this part of Italy, but this dance originates also from popular habits and customs. While working in the fields, the peasants were likely to be bitten by some species of spiders whose venom causes reactions such as spasms, convulsions, fainting fits. It was a common belief that the only therapy was to “oblige” the patient to dance to the rhythm of a very fast music played by specific musicians, in order to eliminate the venom from the organism. They danced until the dancer fell to the ground from exhaustion. From that moment on one could only hope for healing. ICK dancer Beatrice Cardone will demonstrate parts of the dance.

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Emio Greco (IT) received his dance training at the Centre de Danse International Rosella Hightower in Cannes and began his dancing career with Ballet Antibes Côte d'Azur. From 1993 until 1996 he danced in the work of visual artist and theatre director Jan Fabre and from 1996 until 1998 he collaborated in various productions with Japanese choreographer Saburo Teshigawara. In 1995 he met the Dutch director and dramaturge Pieter C. Scholten and in 1996, they established the Emio Greco | PC dance company for which, besides creating choreographies, they initiated research programs, debates and educational projects. In 2009, Greco and Scholten brought all these activities into the International Choreographic Arts Centre (ICK), from which they were able to offer space for talent development, education, and research in a structural setting. From 2014 to 2018, Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten were also directors of the Ballet National de Marseille (BNM).