Cie Essevesse was founded by choreographer and dancer Antonino Ceresia in 2013 in Marseille. In 2018 choreographer and dancer Fabio Dolce became Cie Essevesse’s co-director. Both Sicilian artists came together to combine their knowledge and artistic visions to develop the three main directions of the company: creation, education and raise awareness of dance & body expression. Central to their research is the relationship between the relentlessness of the creative process and the attention to the evolution of the contemporary world. They showcase instinctive movements, which are intrinsically linked to the emotions invoked by the world around them, seen in their own movement language. Their choreographic signature can be seen in their performances which embody their interest in working with a wide variety of art, from urban / alternative contexts to theatrical scenes.
In doing so, they wish to attract a vast and diversified audience to make them aware of the importance of being mindful of the progress of the arts, but also appreciative of the artistic heritage around us. Simultaneously the two choreographers are developing new approaches for self-empowerment and social inclusion, using body expression as a non-formal education tool. They continuously aim to reach as many people as possible through European projects as this allows them to collaborate with partners all over Europe with a single overarching goal, together towards a better world.
On going work:
Les Trans Dansent!
Sensitive to the topics of gender-identity and diversity, Antonino and Fabio are committed to participate in the fight for equal rights, through the expression of gesture, within the diversity of gender: transgender, non-binary, people who question their identity. The transformation of the body and the freedom of its representation are the main inspiration for the artists, who wish to explore all the poetry that emerges from it. To do so, Antonino and Fabio, in collaboration with Transat association, have created an artistic project with a strong social impact : Les Trans Dansent!
Its first aim is to give the opportunity to non-binary & transgender people to express their deep emotions through dance, within a safe space. It is an ongoing project over the year 2022 through:
– dance workshops aimed for self-exploration and expression as an individual and within a group;
– the creation of a performance presented to the audience, in order to exist in the public space and share their word thorough dance.
Mylène Chrisso made a documentary (16 min) during the first workshop made in 2021, which represents the first meeting between the artists and the first transgender and non-binary participants at the Théâtre de l’Œuvre. They performed the very first performance at Memoire des Sexualités on the 17th of May 21, world-day of the fight against transphobia and homophobia.
This object, valuing the experience lived by the participants, is an educational tool to raise awareness of trans-identity, intended for the general audience.
Les Trans Dansent project! is supported by the Théâtre de l’Œuvre, the Pôle 164, Coco Velten, Montévidéo, the Delta Festival, the Pride Marseille, the Town Hall of the 4th-5th arrondissement, the City of Marseille.
Fabio & Antonino propose a weekly dance workshop, open to every transgender or non-binary person, at the Théâtre de l’Œuvre Marseille.
The participants are free to go to the dance workshop whenever they feel. No need to have particular skills to participate.
The free and individual expression is enhanced as well as the cohesion of the group.
The artistes propose an intense dance workshop of 3 days (4-5 hours per day) to create a performance with the participants who will wish to take part in this creative adventure.
The choreographer open a space for them to rise their voice though dance in the public space. The performance are often organised during significant days for the LGBTQIA+ community.
The event is generally composed by the projection of the documentary made by Mylène Chrisso (16 min), the dance performance (around 30 min), and a Q&A between the audience and the amateur performers, the choreographer and a representative of Transat Association.
La Commedia Divina #like4like
is the result of the second part of Antonino & Fabio’s research on Dante Alighieri’s masterpiece The Comedy.
Very early, the two artists decide not to represent Dante’s narrative and focus on the structure, the form, the specificities and the purpose of the poem, used as an encyclopaedia of scientific discovery, astrology, philosophy, numerology, religion, politics, social topics of the 14th century.
Inspired by the variety and the meaningfulness of those topics, the two artists are driven by the following questions : What social issues do we need to address in the 21st century? What language is unifying the world? What is going on around us? What place has Love in all this ?
In collaboration with Visual Artist Nicolas Clauss and Music Composer Romain Aweduti, Fabio & Antonino develop an installation / performance guiding the audience through an atmosphere full of lively and extravagant allegories inspired by key images of ‘The Comedy’.
The Comedy is the name that Dante gave to his work, the adjective ´ divine ´ is most probably given by Lodovico Dolce in 1555.