you PARA | DISO is the final part of a cycle that is inspired by Dante Alighieri’s La Divina Commedia. This creation of Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten follows the successful pieces HELL and the recently presented diptych [purgatorio] POPOPERA and [purgatorio] IN VISIONE (2008).
In this performance, as in the previous parts of their Dante trilogy, Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten break away from the usual assumptions about the hereafter. They set out with open visors to look for the answer to the question: what is paradise? When we separate paradise from all those prejudices, it turns out that this is not a simple question to answer. What should we expect from something we value so highly?
For you PARA | DISO, Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten set up a collaboration with various designers, who brought their own visions of paradise. For instance, Korean architect Minsuk Cho created a monumental scenery in which the grandeur and vulnerability of paradise becomes visible. To provide the overall structure, Greco and Scholten wrote a decalogue and a guide to entering paradise, which the designers and dancers then appropriated.
In you PARA | DISO the six performers follow their individual paths to paradise and seduce one another with their slogans: I am futuristic, I am cosmic, I am generous, I am divine, I am pure, I am exclusive. Guided by an anonymous muse they gradually surrender themselves. A dance in a vacuum: suffocating, but without a fatal ending.
PRESS ABOUT you PARA | DISO
“Now is the time to give Greco’s and Scholten’s dantesque trinity the chance to show, on a single night, the power that is contained within its contrasts. you PARA | DISO is the snowy cream topping on the elegance of their HELL and the grotesqueness of their [purgatorio].” – Thomas Hahn (kultiversum.de, July 3, 2010)
“[…] intoxicated by the heavenly gold that shone at him from all directions, by the beautifully draped curtains that Korean architect MinSuk Cho (responsible, with others, for the Korean pavillion at the World Expo in Shanghai) designed for the scenography and the insect-like movements of the dancers, with Derek Cayla being foremost. In this paradise the dancers appeared to feel at ease, more so than in the previous performances, with the dance language of Greco and Scholten. Although paradise was not ultimately reached, by the end of the performance the gates of heaven were wide open. […]” – Contant Meijers (TM, september 2010)