OKOKOK is performed as part of ŻfinDays: 1 DOUBLE BILL, 2 FULL LENGTH WORKS, OVER TWO WEEKENDS
ŻfinDays is an annual programme of works by choreographers who are currently in the spotlight on the international dance stage. Introduced in 2019 by ŻfinMalta’s Artistic Director Paolo Mangiola, ŻfinDays has become one of the company’s annual signature programmes, exposing ŻfinMalta’s company dancers, and its audiences, to the extraordinary diversity of talent on the European choreographic scene. For the first time, ŻfinDays 2023 will run over two weekends, each weekend featuring the D’Agostin/Mangiola double bill on the first night, and one full length work on the following two nights.
General rehearsal for a nuclear variety show; a genetically modified musical; a seductive choreography with the worst intentions. OKOKOK wants to conquer the record of stared stares, break the hardest of hearts, compete with itself and with every other choreography ever seen and danced before.
In this new work created for ŻfinMalta, Marco D’Agostin extends his research around entertainment as a specific form of relationship between performer and spectator (with Everything is ok, which toured Europe for over 6 years, and Best Regards, his recent tribute show to Nigel Charnock/DV8). OKOKOK tests the possibility of an irresistible, unabashedly frontal, hyper-citationist choreography, continually striving to tear itself and the dancers who perform it apart, to reveal the deafening silence in which we all move when we try to entertain someone.
Marco D’Agostin is an Italian artist active in the fields of dance and performance. He is currently Associate Artist at Piccolo Teatro in Milan, 2022-24. After training with renowned leaders including Yasmeen Godder, Nigel Charnock, Rosemary Butcher, Wendy Houstoun, and Emio Greco, and dancing for Claudia Castellucci / Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio, Alessandro Sciarroni, Liz Santoro, Iris Erez, and Tabea Martin, in 2010 he set out to establish his own choreographic practice. Credits include twice named at Aerowaves, and performances at Théatre de La Ville in Paris, Les Brigittines in Brussels, The Place Theatre in London, Sala Hiroshima in Barcelona, Tanzhaus Zürich, Romaeuropa, Torinodanza, OperaEstate, and many more.
Co-produced with Associazione Culturale VAN. Supported by the Italian Cultural Institute of Valletta.