Mixed Doubles at Oriente Occidente

Date: September 12, 2021 - September 12, 2021
Location: Italy

The Oriente Occidente Dance Festival presents the Italian premiere of Mixed Doubles, four duets with disabled and non-disabled dancers created by Faizah Grootens, Venetsiana Kalampaliki, Diego Tortelli, and Roser López Espinosa. The duets have been commissioned by Holland Dance Festival (The Netherlands), Onassis STEGI (Greece), Skånes Dansteater (Sweden) and Oriente Occidente Dance Festival (Italy), as part of our Europe Beyond Access programme.

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Four duets will fill the Auditorium Melotti stage in an evening of international dance

Feeling Good

  • Choreography: Diego Tortelli.
  • Dancers: Cristian Cucco and Annemieke Mooij.
  • Light design: Carlo Cerri.
  • Video graphic design: Michele Innocente. 
  • Duration: 15′.
  • Co-production: Oriente Occidente and Fondazione Nazionale della Danza/Aterballetto.           

A poetic duet on the ability to “be” and to “feel”, by the Italian choreographer Diego Tortelli for the Oriente Occidente Dance Festival. Tortelli takes his inspiration for his compositions from aesthetic references and spatial geometries and, in this specific case, from Leonardo’s Vitruvian Man as well, to reflect on the concepts of “squaring”, return to order, perfection, sliding into the necessity of the circle as a symbol of perpetual motion and acceptance.


  • Choreography: Faizah Grootens. 
  • Performers: Aymeric Aude and Annemieke Mooij. 
  • Music: Nils Frahm, Ólafur Arnalds and Raime. 
  • Set design: Faizah Grootens. 
  • Light design: Faizah Grootens and Sanne Rosbag.  
  • Duration: 15′. 
  • Production: Holland Dance Festival.      

Cornered, by the young choreographer Faizah Grootens, is produced by the Holland Dance Festival outlining, through intense physical work, the balance between empathy and struggle achieved by two bodies trying not to betray themselves in the search for a necessary mutual understanding.


  • Choreography: Venetsiana Kalampaliki. 
  • Performers: Irini Kourouvani and Vivi Christodoulopoulou. 
  • Sound design: Thalia Ioannidou. 
  • Light design: Eliza Alexandropoulou. 
  • Duration: 20′. 
  • Production: Onassis Stegi.         

The duet Re-call, by choreographer Venetsiana Kalampaliki, is produced by the Athens-based Onassis Stegi, which focuses on how the body changes in relation to time, through two portraits of women caught in the simplicity of the traces left behind by their stories. 

Fine Lines 

  • Creation and choreography: Roser López Espinosa. 
  • Performers: Madeleine Månsson and Anna Borràs Picó.  
  • Music: Mark Drillich.    
  • Light design: Mattias Jonsson. 
  • Costume design: Åsa Gjerstad. 
  • Duration: 20′. 
  • Production: Skånes Dansteatre. 

 Two women are also the protagonists of the latest duet performance designed by choreographer Roser López Espinosa for the Swedish company Skånes Dansteater, in which two delicate yet powerful figures meet, allowing the boundaries of relationships to emerge as they do so: what brings us closer and what separates us? A refined poetics combined with physical prowess against the backdrop of a lively, playful and sometimes ironic universe.