Igor and MorenoIdiot-Syncrasy

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We started with wanting to change the world with a performance. We felt like idiots.

Then we danced a lot. We jumped. We called on the folk traditions of Sardinia and the Basque Country. We sang. We jumped some more. We committed.

Now we promise to stick together. We promise to persevere. We promise to do our best.

Choreographed and Performed by:  Igor Urzelai and Moreno Solinas
Artistic Associate:  Simon Ellis
Sound Design:  Alberto Ruiz Soler
Voice Coach:  Melanie Pappenheim
Set & Costume Design:  Kasper Hansen
Costume Maker:  Sophie Bellin Hansen
Lighting Design:  Seth Rook Williams
Management support:  Sarah Maguire

Music (sung live; extracts from):
Procurade ‘e moderare (Francesco Ignazio Mannu)
When I’m Sixty-Four (The Beatles)
Quanto t’ho amato (Roberto Benigni)
Al Alba (Luis Eduardo Aute)
Zure Begiek (Mikel Laboa)

With the support of: Idiot-Syncrasy was commissioned by The Place and created using Arts Council funding through Grants for the Arts and with support from Yorkshire Dance, Cambridge Junction, Centro per la Scena Contemporanea (Bassano, Italy) and BAD Festival (Bilbao)

Thanks to:  David Harris, Roberto Casarotto, Dantzagunea, Wieke Eringa, El Graner, Keren Kossow, Justyna Latoch, Lola Maury, Laura Ortu, Alicia Otxandategi, SÍN Culturalis Központ, Jitka Tumova, Ann Van den Broek and everyone who has helped us.   

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Igor Urzelai and Moreno Solinas are two London-based artists making and presenting performances across Europe and internationally. They are currently Work Place artists, the associate artist programme of The Place, and have been creating works together since 2007. Their work is characterised by their interest in the moving body and the immediacy of action as a vehicle for meaning, ideas and desires. Igor and Moreno want to reclaim the role of the theatre as a place for assembly whilst exploring the cathartic properties of live performance. 

Igor and Moreno are also founding members of dance collective BLOOM! and Hiru Dance Org. In 2010 CITY by BLOOM! received the Rudolf Laban Award 2010 in Budapest and an artist residency from Prix Jardin d’Europe (Brussels / Istanbul). In 2011 the work was selected by Aerowaves. TAME GAME (2011) and The End Is Near (2012) were also created with BLOOM!. Also in 2012, Hiru was selected as a nominee for the 'h.Club100' by Time Out London in a search of the most entrepreneurial, influential and innovative people in the creative media in England.

Idiot-Syncrasy (2013) is their first choreographic venture as a duo.

On his own, Moreno has created the solos URANUS and Life Is A Carnival, the latter commissioned for The Place Prize and selected by Aerowaves in 2013. He also choreographed for Balletto di Sardegna and for the Stroke Odysseys project.

Igor danced Basque folk and has worked as an actor in theatre and film; he starred in Hansel & Gretel, a short film created for the BBC, which was nominated for a BAFTA award.

Igor and Moreno’s work has been supported by The Place (London), CSC-Bassano del Grappa (Italy), Cambridge Junction, Yorkshire Dance (Leeds), Sin Cultural Centre (Budapest), BAD Festival (Bilbao), Jardin d’Europe, and Arts Council England.

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