The ingredients for Lea Moro’s choreographies can be summoned up in the following formula: opulent music, impossible tasks and borrowing from canonical works or genres. So, for example, she takes the title of her solo piece Le Sacre du Printemps, a ballet for a single body literally by setting herself the challenge of dancing the role of the entire corps de ballet as a solo, accompanied by Stravinksy’s composition. There is also the trio (b)reaching stillness, set to Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2; an attempt to transfer three dancers’ bodies into a condition somewhere between ossification and liquefaction; the source of inspiration for this were the morbid motifs of still-life painting. The hight of fall could scarcely be greater, but the endeavour succeeds because in Lea Moro’s work an analytical exactness prevails and she does not recoil from bridging the gap between popular or everyday culture. Thus, the inclusion of a heavy metal song by Black Sabbath or a collective head massage no longer appear unexpectedly out of place but turn out to be functional elements (like the contemporary sacrificial ritual in Sacre or the idea of revitalising those present in the choreographic still-life). That sections of the whole thing come across as humorous is down to the unceremonious deployment of plastic palm trees and theatrical smoke. We cannot but wonder how her second solo to Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons will turn out – commentary on the much-testified crisis of large scale productions in dance, taking the form of a musical on roller blades.
Le Sacre du Printemps a ballet for a single body (2013-14)
(b)reaching stillness (2015)
The End of the Alphabet (2016)
Lea Moro studied at the Scuola Teatro Dmitri in Switzerland, the LABAN Centre in London and the Inter-University Centre for Dance, Berlin (HZT). She was nominated most promising breakthrough artist 2015 by the specialist journal tanz in the tanz yearbook of 2015. Her group work (b)reaching stillness was premiered in June 2015 in Berlin’s Sophiensæle. Her solo performance Le Sacre du Printemps, a ballet for a single body (2013-14) was shown at HAU Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin, at Tanztage Festival Berlin 2015 in the Sophiensaele, Tanzhaus Zurich and Dampfzentrale Bern. In 2015/16 she is choreographer in residence at K3 – Centre for Choreography | Tanzplan Hamburg. Her new solo musical, The End of the Alphabet, is due to be premiered in spring 2016.