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“Save the last dance for me”, by Alessandro Sciarroni at the Festival TransAmériques



“Save the last dance for me”, by Alessandro Sciarroni at the Festival TransAmériques

In “Save the last dance for me”, Alessandro Sciarroni collaborates with the dancers Gianmaria Borzillo and Giovanfrancesco Giannini, following the steps of a Bolognese dance called Polka Chinata. It is a courtship dance originally performed only by men and dating back to the early twentieth century: physically demanding, almost acrobatic, it requires the dancers to hug each other, spin as they bend on their knees almost to the ground.

The work was carried out in collaboration with Giancarlo Stagni, a Filuzziani dance master who revived this ancient tradition thanks to the rediscovery and study of some documentation videos dating back to the sixties. Sciarroni discovered this dance in December 2018, when in Italy it was now only practiced by five people. For this reason, the project consists of a performance performed by the two dancers and a series of workshops aimed at spreading and reviving this popular tradition in danger of extinction.


May 28 – 4:00pm
May 29 – 4:00pm
Marché Maisonneuve - 4445 Rue Ontario E – Free admission

May 31 – 6:00pm
June 1- 6:00pm
Cité-des-Hospitalières - 251, avenue des Pins - Tickets

June 2 – 7:00pm
June 3 – 5:30pm
Casa d’Italia - 505, rue Jean-Talon Est – Tickets

Alessandro Sciarroni is an Italian artist active in the performing arts with several years of training in the field of visual arts and theatrical research behind him. His works are presented in contemporary dance and theater festivals, museums and art galleries, as well as in unconventional spaces compared to traditional places of use and involve the involvement of professionals from different disciplines. In 2019 the Venice Biennale Danza awards Alessandro Sciarroni the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.


Date: Da Saturday, May 28, 2022 a Friday, June 03, 2022

Organized by : Festival TransAmériques

In collaboration with : IIC Montréal

Entrance : With fee