Q&A: Caterina Rago from CRDANCE
We are so lucky to interview Artistic Director and Choreographer of CRDANCE, Caterina Rago, about the books on her mind this season. Find her answers below, and check out her new piece, ALTA MAREA, on January 27 & 28 at the KNJ Theatre at Peridance Center
1) Throughout your career, how have you found literature and dance to relate to each other?
Literature, much like painting, has consistently been a significant source of inspiration for me, continually sparking my imagination. A profound synergy exists between these art forms, with literature and dance seamlessly complementing each other. I frequently find myself immersed in literary texts that, in various ways, breathe life into, enrich, deepen, or even simplify the ideas behind my artistic creations. Encountering a literary text is an intimate experience, saturated with emotions, akin to the sensations one should feel when watching dance. In fact, watching dance is like reading a literary composition, and vice versa. It is a rich and dynamic relationship, with each art form influencing and enhancing the other in a multitude of ways. Recently, I revisited 'The Odyssey,' a work that resonates deeply with the world premiere of 'ALTA MAREA,' which my company and I will debut in January 2024.
2) What is a book you recently read and loved?
I'm not sure if I'm going to love this book yet, as I've recently started, but I loved how it ended up in my hands. While walking by the sea in the south of Italy, I saw an elderly Italian man with his hat, sitting at a beautiful stand, writing on a handcrafted reading stand in front of the sea. He asked me if I wanted to buy his book, and I said yes without hesitation. He was looking at the ocean and writing, and I was curious to know what he was jotting down while watching the sea. I found a special connection with the man that day as I was returning from staring at the sea as well. I took the book, and its title was 'L'Amore Vince Sempre' (Love Always Wins) by Attilio Forte.
3) What is your go-to book to recommend to people?
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, The Baron in the Tree by Italo Calvino, One, No One, and One Hundred Thousand by Luigi Pirandello, and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.
4) Do you have a personal favorite book of all time? If so, can you share it and tell us why?
La Divina Commedia, (The Divine Comedy) by Dante Alighieri is my favorite book so far. This work, for me, is a brilliant choreographic masterpiece. Perhaps one day I will bring it to the stage, even though the poetic guidance of Virgil and Beatrice has already been a source of inspiration for me. The work is a masterpiece of imagination and creativity. It is a detailed and evocative piece, rich in symbolism and allegory. Despite being set in a medieval context, the work addresses universal themes that can be understood and appreciated in any era.
5) Whatâ€™s next? Any upcoming projects in the works that you can tell us about? How can people support the work of CRDance Company
CRDANCE will premiere ALTA MAREA on January 27 & 28 at the KNJ Theatre at Peridance Center. You can support CRDANCE by attending our performances, spreading the word to your friends and family about the New York performance of ALTA MAREA. Through our website, you can purchase tickets and make company donations on the support page of the website.
ALTA MAREA: A lost love and a cliffhanger join forces to deliver a powerful contemporary ballet from CRDANCE that is equally turbulent, seductive, and apocalyptic. ALTA MAREA speaks to the anxieties and uncertainties of our time. Shall we be capsized, or shall we prevail?
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Caterina Rago is the Artistic Director and Choreographer of CRDANCE founded in 2007 along with its international educational program, Tecniche Di Danza Moderna. Rago, a native of Italy, is a principal dancer of CRDANCE, having joined the Martha Graham Dance Company in 2009 after completing its Professional Training Program. Rago has received commissions from Steffi Nossen Dance Foundation, Accademia Nazionale di Danza, Alvin Ailey/Fordham, Wagner College, Marymount Manhattan College and Peridance Center where she is currently on the faculty. Rago also teaches at the Joffrey Ballet School and was named Emerging Choreographer for MET Dance Company (Houston). Rago has restaged Martha Grahamâ€™s 1935 work, â€śPanoramaâ€ť for Accademia Nazionale Di Danza at Romeâ€™s â€śSoirees Dansâ€ť and Karole Armitageâ€™s â€śAmerican Dreamâ€ť for the Ravello Festival. Ragoâ€™s contribution to the field of modern dance is ambitious in its delivery of complex new works based on Italian cultural history that also reinvent ballet for the contemporary audience.
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