Save the Last Dance for Me

Alessandro Sciarroni


© Photo : Raoul Gilibert (Passages Transfestival – Metz 2023)

social dance
for families

Saturday July 27th at 3:30PM
Saturday July 27th at 5PM

In “Save the Last Dance for Me”, Alessandro Sciarroni collaborates with the dancers Gianmaria Borzillo and Giovanfrancesco Giannini to explore the steps of a Bolognese dance called Polka Chinata. Originating in the early 1900s, it is a courtship dance that was initially exclusive to men; physically demanding, almost acrobatic, it requires that the dancers embrace each other, whirl as they bend to their knees almost to the ground. The project was developed in partnership 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 1960s. Sciarroni discovered this dance in 2018 when it was practiced by only five individuals in Italy. Consequently, the project comprises a performance by the two dancers and a series of workshops aimed at disseminating and revitalizing this endangered popular tradition. In collaboration with Domaine Forget and Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Montreal.