Sleep Technique.

A response to Chauvet-Pont d’Arc cave in Ardèche, France


concept by Dewey Dell

with: Agata, Teodora Castellucci, Ivan Björn Ekemark, Enrico Ticconi

choreography: Teodora Castellucci

original music: Demetrio Castellucci (electroacoustics, granular synthesis, field recordings*), Massimo Pupillo (bass, electronics)

set and light design: Eugenio Resta

vocals: Attila Csihar

costume design and realization: Guoda Jaruševičiūtė

with the contribution of the prehistoric archaeologist Dominique Baffier

special thanks to: Stefano Pilia, Benas Staškauskas, Stefaan Van Akoleyen

production: Societas 2017

co-productions: Dewey Dell, PACT Zollverein, BIT Teatergarasjen, Brut Wien, Tanzfabrik Berlin (supported by Regierender Bürgermeister von Berlin – Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten)

in collaboration with: Buda Kunstencentrum, Dialogues - Performing Arts Residencies at Villa Manin, Ateliersi, Menu Spaustuvė

duration 60′

*with a source from Chris Watson - "Lioness Threatens Male, Itong Plains, Kenya” © 1998 Touch

The perception of what is left behind from the earliest life is filtered through eyes that are very distant from ancient ways of living and understanding. Nevertheless we feel the sensitivity of the ancestors intimately close to us, as if their myths and primitive rites could still be obscurely present. We feel shaken -in our deepest selves- by a common echo that reaches us from another time and life. Although the original meanings have disappeared and only the memory of a few elements remains, the traces that persist go far beyond the need of a meaning.

When we enter a cave and we look at prehistoric paintings, an even wider and deeper connection ignites. We truly feel that the past is looking at us in the same way in which we are staring into it. Their art, hidden in the mountain’s heart, seems to call for an answer from across a deep temporal abyss.

This show is an attempt of a dialogue, an impossible response to the infinite wealth of what the first homo sapiens sapiens left inside Chauvet-Pont d’Arc Cave, home to rock paintings 36,000 years old. Through the darkness of the theater we cross the chambers of this cave, believing to approach them, conversing with them through art.


25-26/02/17 Berlino (Germania) – Tanzfabrik – premiere

3-4/03/17 Essen (Germania) – Pact Zollverein – premiere

8-9/03/17 Lipsia (Germania) – Schaubühne Lindenfels

24-25/03/17 Vienna (Austria) – Brut Wien

7/04/17 Ravenna – Festival Enter, Teatro Rasi

19-20/05/17 Milano – Triennale Teatro

4-5/05/17 Modena – ERT, Teatro delle Passioni

7/05/17 Udine – CSS Teatro Stabile FVG

17-18-19-20/05/17 Gennevilliers, Parigi (Francia) – T2G Théâtre de Gennevilliers

23-24/05/17 Ginevra (Svizzera) – Théâtre de l’Usine

16/09/17 Roma – Short Theatre

24/09/17 Terni – Terni festival

1-2/12/17 Bergen (Norvegia) – BIT Teatergarasjen

30/04/19 Cesena – ERT, Teatro Bonci