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I demoni di Nietzsche (Nietzsche’s Demons) Matteo Mascolo

In September 2021, deeply fascinated by Nietzsche’s oeuvre The birth of tragedy, I wrote and create the pièce I demoni di Nietzsche.


At the beginning of XX century, the German philosopher inspired one of the greatest American modern dancers: Doris Humphrey. In his book The birth of tragedy, published in 1872, he introduces the reader to the opposite forces of Apollonian and Dionysian. The sense of play amid these extremities allows Humphrey to broaden her philosophical scheme, giving life to her arc between two deaths, composed by the actions of fall and recovery. Inside the arc, the swing of a body creates life and potential energy to generate movement, the place where the natural forces to which we are subject meet the way we choose to face them. 

Inspired, in my turn, by Humphrey’s work and Nietzsche’s philosophy, I carved behind Apollonian and Dionysian in order to rediscover my own spirit swinging beyond this dichotomy. At the mercy of composure and brightness of Apollonian movements in contrast to the total abandonment to gravity of Dionysian ones, in this solo I recount how these instincts are an integral part of the human being. I have drawn inspiration from The birth of tragedy in order to compose movements and to create the monologue, present inside the music track and interpreted by the actor Odoardo Maggioni. 


The solo won the open call of the 8th Edition of Festival A due voci – Dialoghi di musica e filosofia (a festival dedicated to the dialogue between music and philosophy), and the 19th of November 2021 I had the opportunity to present and dance it at the Academy of Music and Dance Giuditta Pasta of Como (Italy). The Festival was promoted, for the first time, as part of the World Philosophy Day sponsored by UNESCO and realized with the support of the Council’s Culture Department of Como. 

I demoni di Nietzsche will be presented at DAP Festival 2022 VI EDITION, that will take place in Pietrasanta (Tuscany, Italy) from the 26th of June until the 9th of July. It has been included within the event Italian Factory, scheduled for the 5th of July, that will showcase the works of emerging Italian coreographers, like Roberta Ferrara, Adriano Bolognino and Tamara Fragale. The festival is featuring national and international dance companies including MM Contemporary Dance Company, Spellbound Contemporary Ballet, Kseniya Mikheeva Dance Projects, Shahar Binyamini, Equilibrio Dinamico Dance Company and prestigious artists such as Maria Kochetkova and Peiju Chien-Pott.

Credits and datasheet
Premiered: 19/11/2021 / Available

Choreographer/Dancer: Matteo Mascolo
Monologue: Odoardo Maggioni
Duration: 15 minutes
Music: White space poetry – John Beltran + Monólogo + Source voice – AGF