Come as You Are

The frontman of the band Nirvana defined the lyrics of Come as You Are as contradictory and muddled, asserting that song concerns “people and what they’re expected to act like”. This choreographic project – created with the collaboration of the visual artist Jacopo Miliani – borrows its title from the 1991 Kurt Cobain song, both as an invitation to the audience and as a statement of intent for the dance that will be enacted, which dilates or contracts the moment when one gaze catches another and pure movements results. The semantic space of the song’s lyrics is deconstructed in Miliani’s work in the form of images and brought to the stage as 20 big white and red towels. The choreography absorbs the image transforming the body and reframing the space, creating a series of actions and reactions, an hypnotic flow of perpetually overlapping images while morphing into rhythmic variations, in which perception selects a world where things move or are moved.

“And I swear that I don’t have a gun
No, I don’t have a gun”

Choreography and Dance/ Jacopo Jenna
Set and images/ Jacopo Miliani
Music and Sound Design/ Luca Scapellato LSKA
Live Guest/ Artu Trash
Light Design/ Giulia Broggi
Organization/ Luisa Zuffo
Production/ Kinkaleri
Co-production/ Cango – Centro di produzione sui linguaggi del corpo e della danza
with the support of Centrale Fies