The meaning of the Italian word coccola is something like to cuddle, to pet or to pamper.
It is a tender physical contact mostly exchanged between the mother and her children.
When dance artist Alessandra Corti (IT/DE) starts to work on a new projects she likes to start from different points that apparently have nothing in common. From there she starts to sew the storylines together.
Because of current traveling restriction due to the pandemic, Alessandra will carry out her DANCE ALL YEAR LONG KOKKOLA residency period distantly from her hometown Mainz in Germany. Her project still keeps a bridge of collaboration to the city of Kokkola. This puts an emphasis on the theme of cuddle, as Alessandra's collaborators in distance are elderly dancers from Kokkolan Jymy's Sunday-group.
The points of departure in the project COCCOLA are: the word coccola and the relation between two women that communicate with each other in distance.
The work, now realised in the means of dance video, explores the relation between two women and two different generations. What links these two persons? Are they mother and daughter? Sisters? Friends? Strangers? What connects these two persons? Only the space and the moment? Or more?
In her pieces Alessandra Corti likes to work with stories that touch personally the interpreter, she likes to stay on this fine line between private and fiction.
Alessadra is a dancer and choreographer born in Italy and based in Germany. During the last 20 years she worked in several German state theater companies such as Theater am Goetheplatz Bremen, Oldenburgisches Staatstheater and Staatstheater Mainz, and as a freelancer between Italy, Germany and Switzerland. She danced for many world renowned choreographers among others Urs Dietrich, Guy Weizmann & Roni Haver, Ina Christel Johannessen, Marcel Leemann, Omar Rajeh, Arco Renz, Ann Van den Broek, Sharon Eyal, Jo Stromgren, Tero Saarinen, Daniele Desnoyers, José Navas, Koen Augustjinen, Garry Stewart.
Parallel to her dance career Alessandra Corti combines own choreographic and artistic research. She produced solo and group works, she worked in various fashion and design events collaborating with MTV and the magazine Dazed&Confused. She created two solos for herself "Happy end" and "I wish I..." performed in Oldenburg, Braunschweig, Firenze, Barletta, Milano, Bremen and Mainz.
For the Teatro Libero in Milano she created "Un mondo silenzioso" piece involving a guitarist, cellist, a dancer and an actor. While being a dancer with Tanzmainz Alessandra has choreographed for the company "Fieber”, "About us" and "Unendliche Nacht" for audience from 12 years old. Also for young audiences she produced "Niemandstag" at the Oldenburgisches Staatstheater where in July 2020 she will create "Apartment 7a", her third production for young audiences and their families. Since 2016 she teaches at the Academy Paolo Grassi in Milano and at the HfmdK Frankfurt University of Musik and Performing Arts.
Alessandra Corti is mother of two beautiful girls, Emma and Eva-Louise, inspiring her life and work everyday.
Photos: DeDa Production
Screening of dance video / Syvyys Jooga