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Dead Dance

by Domenico Palma
Italy, 2023, 54
Presented at the 16th edition of Lo schermo dell’arte, 2023
Screenplay: Domenico Palma
Cinematography: Domenico Palma
Second camera: Francesco Scalvini
Editing: Domenico Palma
Sound: Marcello LaFortezza, Santiago Torresagasti
Color: Silvia Lombardo
Sound mix: Full Code
Producers: SpazioA and Palma Productions
Language: Italian; Subtitles: English
Giulia Cenci’s large installation Dead Dance, created for the 2022 Venice Biennale, accompanied exhibition visitors to the exit of the Arsenale, and forced them to look towards the sky. Filmed in the artist’s studio in the Tuscan countryside, we follow her creative process: a detailed account of the genesis of the work and the episodes that fueled it. Suspended heads, dismembered horses and dancing skeletons divide the space inside the former stable where the work takes shape. Cenci seamlessly mixes art history references and memories which merge with reflections on ecological themes, and intricate inter-species dynamics: an appeal for awareness of the role that humanity plays in the natural world.
Domenico Palma (Ostuni, 1978) is a filmmaker and lecturer. In his documentaries, he has explored the works and the exhibitions of artists such as Josef Albers, Pawel Althamer, Carl Andre, Francesco Arena, John Armleder, Alberto Giacometti, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Francesco Vezzoli among others.
Selected Filmography
2023, Gilardi: Tappeto Natura ; 2021, ARA Antonio Ratti; 2021, Anello, Francesco Arena; 2020, Installing Magazzino; 2020, Miguel Quasimodo, Magazzino; 2020, Bochner Boetti Fontana; 2020, Marinella Senatore-The school of narrative dance, Napoli; 2018, Francesco Arena Linea di 18,53 km