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Infaust

 

This work is loosely based on Goethe’s dramatic poem, offering the audience a journey through the darkest alleys of the human soul. The performance starts where it all ends ... Old again and tired, Faust, in the final moments of his life, looks back on his past: his love affairs, his adventures, Wagner and Margaret. In Matteini and Broeckx’s version, the story’s villain, Mephistopheles, is a dual being – male and female. The cast of characters also includes Satana, evil personified. She is a character alien to Goethe’s poem, deliberately introduced to tie the story together. Like a spider in its web, she weaves the threads of Destiny. INFAUST a complex work where life is struggle, passion, yearning, love, desire for redemption; where even the supreme personification of evil ends up being human. For better or for worse to each his Journey, his Pact, his Destiny.

 

The piece also features a live performance by Italian painter Paolo Cervi Kervischer. Premiered on 7 May 2016 (Teatro Verdi in Pisa, Italy)

 

 

Duration: 75 min.
Concept & choreography: Walter Matteini – Ina Broeckx
Costumes: Ina Broeckx
Stage design: Ina Broeckx
Lighting design: Bruno Ciulli
Music: Arvo Part, Philip Glass, Max Richter, Ezio Bosso, Giuseppe Verdi

 


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Black Swan

 

The Black Swan... is it black because it wants to bring evil into the world? Or is it a hero, fiercely defending the right to be different?
All too often, being different is seen as synonymous with being bad – as a paradigm of the unwanted. Anyone who is different automatically excludes himself, taking refuge behind a sad song full of fear and rebellion. He becomes, as it were, the pistil of a black flower. We idealise the White Swan – so white, pure and trustworthy – as much as we condemn the Black Swan as infamous, wicked and perfidious – a dangerous, ferocious, bloodthirsty and power-hungry monster, driven by hatred and anger.
There is no beginning... There is no end... There are no conquering princes, or bewitching knights... There are no excuses and no survivors. The Black Swan is not a symbol; it is the very essence of life!

 

Dedicated to Hubert Broeckx
Premiered on 10 May 2015 (Teatro Verdi in Pisa, Italy)

 

Duration: 75 min.
Choreography: Walter Matteini – Ina Broeckx
Costumes: Ina Broeckx
Stage design: Ina Broeckx
Lighting design: Bruno Ciulli
Music: Tchaikovsky and Massimiliano Pace

 


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Anne Frank, Words from the Shadows

 

“Anne Frank, Words from the Shadows” is an inspirational tribute to a young woman's life and her spiritual strength during one of the darkest moments of the 20th century. This powerful and moving production takes the audience back in time: after the liberation of Auschwitz, Anne’s father, the only survivor of the Frank family, returns to the Secret Annex where he is given his daughter’s diary. While reading it, he discovers sides of her personality that he did not expect. He relives the time when they went into hiding and the tragic events that followed.

 

Premiered on 10 May 2014 (Teatro Verdi in Pisa, Italy)
Created to commemorate the seventieth anniversary of Anne Frank’s arrest and deportation. To coincide with the premiere, Italian television broadcaster Rai 2 featured a special.

 

Duration: 75 min.
Choreography: Walter Matteini – Ina Broeckx
Costumes: Ina Broeckx
Stage design: Ina Broeckx
Lighting design: Bruno Ciulli
Music: Traditional Jewish Choir, Haendel, J.S.Bach, Max Richter, Arvo Part, A.Vivaldi, Marcello

 

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Madame Butterfly's Son

 

Puccini's immortal opera, Madame Butterfly, is a legendary story of heartbreak and betrayal. This ballet tells that story through the eyes of Madame Butterfly's son. A suitcase containing a few items is all that is left of this past and of the mother he never really knew. Finding the suitcase prompts him to embark on a journey – a journey that will lead him to discover his mother's culture and traditions and help him understand what drove her to such an extreme act. When he encounters Suzuki, the only witness of the tragedy, two cultures clash – completely different and mutually incomprehensible.

 

Premiered on 20 April 2013 (Teatro Verdi in Pisa, Italy)

 

Duration: 75 min.
Choreography: Walter Matteini – Ina Broeckx
Costumes: Ina Broeckx
Stage design: Ina Broeckx
Lighting design: Bruno Ciulli
Music: G.Puccini, Haendel, Max Richter, Beethoven, Glass

 

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The Unseen Garden

 

In “The Unseen Garden”, the impossible becomes possible. It is a place where all our memories, all our recollections – those things we thought we had left behind and lost to our childhood – come back, restoring in us our innocence. Here, words are not empty. Gestures are not meaningless. This garden, which is in each of us, is waiting for us, waiting to feed our emotions, to fill us with passion and admiration, to leave us finally found, loved and cared for. Nothing here is useless. No deed is wasted. It is the garden of ourselves without our scars.

 

Premiered on 6 March 2014 (Chutzpah Festival in Vancouver, Canada)

 

Duration: 45 min.
Choreography: Walter Matteini – Ina Broeckx
Costumes: Ina Broeckx
Stage design: Ina Broeckx
Lighting design: Walter Matteini
Music: Max Richter, Bach, Vivaldi, Part, Glass

 

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Istante

 

Created for the International Dance Gala in Stuttgart to raise funds in aid of Alzheimer's, “Istante” is a deeply spiritual work in which the dancers personify the hearts and souls, the very essence, of Alzheimer’s sufferers and their loved ones, connecting in those rare, precious, unpredictable but intense moments of lucidity – intimate moments when they come together again, when their hearts and souls become one. “Istante” aims to draw the audience directly into this world and into a reflection on the profound fragility of life.

 

Premiered on 10 May 2011 (Stuttgart, Germany)

 

Duration: 13 min.
Choreography: Walter Matteini – Ina Broeckx
Costumes: Ina Broeckx
Stage design: Ina Broeckx
Lighting design: Walter Matteini
Music: Bach, Vivaldi, Pergolesi

 

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Thinking Outside the Box

 

“Thinking Outside the Box” is about the relationship between people, even when apparently there is none. A huge black box represents refuge and prison, new and old. The transparency and simplicity of the costumes evoke the intangibility and purity of the feelings involved. As human beings we tell the story of our lives simply by living them, without filters but with the consciousness that every choice we make has an impact on the lives of others. It is hard to imagine that every individual has their own life, and everything happens at the same time, and is equally valuable and important. “Thinking Outside the Box” is freedom – like a perfume wafting in the air.

 

Premiered on 7 November 2012 (Tanztage Dance Festival in Regensburg, Germany)

 

Duration: 45 min.
Choreography: Walter Matteini – Ina Broeckx
Costumes: Ina Broeckx
Stage design: Ina Broeckx - Walter Matteini
Lighting design: Walter Matteini
Music: M. Richter – A. Vivaldi – J.S.Bach – A.Part – P.Glass

 

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Sacre

 

The rapid pace of modern life overwhelms all of us on the road to destiny. We are torn between choices, between being part of a system we reject and failing to be part of the system we aspire to, because we do not have the strength or courage to pursue our dreams. Time moves on relentlessly, its passing marked by the changing seasons. Spring always comes around, bringing with it the first rays of sunshine that warm us, harbingers of different times. In this swirling turbulent world, we long for “time to stand and stare”.

 

Premiered on 5 July 2010 (Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, Italy)

 

Duration: 37 min.
Choreography: Walter Matteini – Ina Broeckx
Costumes: Ina Broeckx
Stage design: Ina Broeckx - Walter Matteini
Lighting design: Walter Matteini
Music: Stravinsky

 

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