Idiot-Syncrasy

Igor and Moreno presented by The Place

Overview

Igor Urzelai and Moreno Solinas are London-based dance artists whose work is characterised by their interest in the moving body and the immediacy of action as a vehicle for meaning, ideas and desires; and by a generosity of spirit. Looking both to reclaim the theatre as a genuinely meaningful place for assembly and to explore the cathartic properties of live performance, their ambition is to create a frame in which to share their views without dictating a single reading, instead creating space for reflection for the viewer.

Idiot-Syncrasy – the result of Igor and Moreno’s first collaboration as a duo in 2013 - is about commitment, perseverance and dance’s potential as an agent for change. Initially setting out to change an increasingly austere world through their performance, the futility and naivety of that ambition made them feel like idiots. Calling on the songs and dances from their respective Basque and Sardinian folk traditions, they began again - by singing, then jumping, then jumping a lot more. Capturing the essence of that shared act of endurance, the show’s minimalist, repetitive choreography retains an ancient dance’s sense of empowerment and joy while commenting subtly on the dysfunction of 21st Century humanity.

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In the press

"Unmissable! A simple but immersive performance that defies all initial expectations and explanations" ✭✭✭✭✭ Everything Theatre

"At once loose and improvisation-like, poetic and entertaining" A Younger Theatre

Production details

  • Choreographer

    Moreno Solinas, Igor Urzelai
  • Designer

    Kasper Hansen (Set & Costumes), Seth Rook Williams (Lighting), Alberto Ruiz Soler (Sound)
  • Number of people on stage

    2
  • Number of people in touring company

    3 – 4 (2 performers, 1 technician and 1 producer where required)
  • Freight

    Excess baggage

    2 x 20kg bags

  • Touring Availability

    From autumn 2015
  • Scale of venue

    Small-scale (capacity up to 400),
    Middle-scale (capacity 400-850)
  • Minimum performance space

    8m x 8m x 6m (height)
  • Text-based

    Light (very little or no text)
  • Also contains:

    Interactivity

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    Summerhall, Main Hall
  • Production dates

    6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29 AUGUST
  • Production times

    1620 – 1720
  • Duration

    60 MINS
  • Audience capacity

    150

Contact

Wraparound

Workshops including: Technique Classes, Dance and Singing, Daily Dances - Choreographic workshops (an introduction to creative process workshops available for all above 14 years including those from different art form or from non-arts based professions).

In Conversation with Igor and Moreno: Curated talks designed for post-show Q&A’s, lecture demonstrations for academia and artist collective discussions are available.

Additional productions

A Room For All Our Tomorrows