choreography Sang Jijia

composer Dickson Dee (CASH)

live video artists Luca Brinchi and Roberta Zanardo / Santasangre

lighting design Marco Policastro

costumes Giuseppina Maurizi

choreography assistants Yanan Yu and Adriana De Santis

World Premiere may 8th/9th/10th , Teatro Era-Pontedera Festival Fabbrica Europa



Fabbrica Europa per le arti contemporanee, Firenze Fondazione Milano Teatro Scuola Paolo Grassi, Milano Spellbound Contemporary Ballet, Roma

Marche Teatro –Danza alle Muse

Beijing Dance Festival, Beijing, China

Guangdong Dance Festival, Guangzhou, China


Partner for the creation residency

Fondazione Teatro della Toscana

Centro per la Sperimentazione e la Ricerca Teatrale di Pontedera


technical sponsors

Teatro Greco (E.C.O. Italia)


Noise Asia Ltd

(*) The first part original version comes from “Pathos” music by

Dickson Dee, sponsored and commissioned by Composers and Authors

Society of Hong Kong (CASH)



First act 17’

Second act 46’


Direction’s notes

Pa|Ethos is made up of two words, Pathos and Ethos, borrowed from Aristotle’s Art of Rhetoric. The choreographer Sang Jijia uses them to signify two approaches to the subject discussed. Ethos underlines precision, Pathos evokes passion and feeling. The work is based on Italian plastic art of the classical era and is divided into two parts. The first looks at the rules of social life where interpersonal relations are rigidly distributed. Each movement in space is well measured and carefully executed. In the second, emotions are translated into the physicality of the dancers; taking stage action to its most extreme, they achieve complete transparency of body through which the soul is revealed in its entirety. The poetic art of Sang Jijia, who comes from Tibet, rests on the profundity of Eastern thought and is enriched by the most important experiences of European research in dance and contemporary theatre.

A precise and original meeting between rigour and expressiveness that become the ingredients giving rise to Pa|Ethos.


The project includes the presence of the well-known composer Dickson Dee, and the collaboration of Luca Brinchi and Roberta Zanardo / santasangre, for the virtual set design.

The international project conceived by Fabbrica Europa with the choreographer Sang Jijia is a challenge that calls into play a new way of coproduction on contemporary creation. Those involved are: the Fondazione Milano Civica Scuola di Teatro Paolo Grassi (whose dancers interpret the first part of the performance), Spellbound Contemporary Ballet(interpreting the second part) together with a number of important organizations such as Marche Teatro – Danza alle Muse, Bejing Dance Festival, Guangdong Dance Festival. The executive production is in the care of Valentina Marini of the Spellbound Contemporary Ballet Company which will re-stage the first part after summer 2015, to allow the show to perform on tour from its debut to June 2018.


Sang Jijia

Then he went to the Frankfurt Ballet and became a choreographer-assistant for the Forsythe Company where he stayed until 2006. He is currently a resident artist at the Beijing Dance/LDTX. His more famous creations are: Blue in Show Your Colours, 365 Ways of Doing and Undoing Orientalism (co-choreographed with Willy Taso and Xing Liang) and As If To Nothing for the CCDC, Happening Continuous for Movement Fiber, in collaboration with Xing Liang (resident artist at CCDC), Unspeakable and Standing Before Darkness for the Beijing Dance/LDTX and Sticks for the Guangdong Modern Dance Compagny. The works of Sang Jijia have been presented at the Chang Mu Dance Festival in Korea, the Swiss International Dance Festival, the Computer Music Festival, the Taipei Arts Festival, the Holland Dance Festival, the Huayi-Chinese Festival of Arts of Singapore, the Guangdong Modern Dance Festival, the Beijing Modern Dance Festival and the Dance Salad Festival in Houston.



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