La Cosa is the result of a three year long research during which two subjects have been extensively explored: the importance of rituals and the impact of a natural material on the audience’s impressions. Since September 2014, wood has imposed itself as key material on stage. It has become the source of the choreographical purpose of la Cosa.
Claudio Stellato’s goal here is to scenarize the making of objects and spaces from a raw material, for instance by showing the physical process implied in the construction aswell as in the destruction of a structure or a sculpture. During the show, the four performers produce intense physical efforts with a lot of technical precision. Meanwhile, they focus on a range of human relations such as cooperation, competition, violence, gentleness, trust and complicity.
La Cosa goes beyond the principle of having a narrative, in order to invite the audience to a deep and malicious trip to discover all of the many aspect of this one and only element: wood.
Born in Milano in 1977, Claudio Stellato is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Brussels. He first trained as a jazz musician at the Scuola Civica Jazz in Milan while working on street theatre. He then travelled and trained for several years in theatre and circus in different countries before entering Le Lido, Centre for Circus Arts in Toulouse in 2001.
From 2004 to present day he has collaborated with several theatre and dance artists and choreographers, among whom are Cie Kdanse, Olivier Py, Roberto Olivan, Cie Arcat, Fré Werbrouck, Karine Pontiès, la Crida Company and L.O.D. In 2010 he won two contemporary dance solo contests with his show 240d. His first production L’Autre premiered at Les Brigittines in Brussels in March 2011 and has been touring the world since.
Besides his own projects, he organises workshops and provides external advice on peer productions. Since 2014 he is Associate Artist at the Halles de Schaerbeek in Brussels. He currently collaborates with the Crida Company on their project for 2016, Mama et papa carnaval. In December 2015 he will direct the final graduates’ show at the E.S.A.C. the Circus Arts School in Brussels.