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Tormenta Art Company presents "Escalation" (excerpt)
October 26, 2014
 
Dance is a vibrant part of the liturgical, community and artistic life of Saint Peter’s Church. Newly-conceived and refreshed works are presented regularly.

For Reconciliation | Reformation Sunday, Dance at Saint Peter's welcomes Tormenta Art Company's Ana Paula Oropeza and Moises Himmelfarb, who will offer "Escalation" during the 11:00 AM Mass.

Piece: "Tormenta Art Company" presents "Escalation" (excerpt)
Choreography: Moises Himmelfarb
Dancers: Ana Paula Oropeza and Moises Himmelfarb
Music: Kelly Wyse

About the work

Escalation is a dance piece inspired by scenes of war and the way violent events are portrayed in the media. It explores the sentiment of inevitability that arises from such conflicts when seen from a distance and through the media's very distorted point of view.
This particular excerpt is a duet which contains a poem by Giusseppe Ungaretti, one of the great Italian poets of the 20th century whose work consistently speaks of his experiences on the battlefield, the music is an original composition by Seattle based musician Kelly Wyse.

English Translation of I Fiumi (The Rivers) by Giuseppe Ungaretti

I hold on this mutilated tree
left in this sinkhole
which has the melancholy
of a circus
before the show or after
and watch
the quiet passage
of clouds over the moon

This morning I stretched
myself in an urn of water
and like a relic
rested

The flowing Isonzo
scoured me
like one of its stones
I pulled my four
limbs together
and went
like an acrobat
over the water

Crouched
by my clothes
fouled with war
I bent
like a bedouin
to receive the sun.

This is the Isonzo
and it is here
I most see myself
as a compliant thread
in the universe

My pain
is when
I do not believe
myself in harmony

But those hidden
hands
give
as they knead me
a rare
joy

I have relived
the stages
of my life

These are
my rivers

This is the Serchio
from which have drawn
perhaps for two thousand years
my country people
and my father
and my mother

This is the Nile
that has seen me
be born and grow
and burn in unawareness
over the wide plains

This is the Seine
and in that muddiness
I mingled
and I knew myself
These are my rivers
melted with the Isonzo.

This is my nostalgia
that in each one
shines through me
now that it is night
and my life seems
a blossoming
of darkness