JARDIN POILU is an interactive dance piece inspired by the landscape of the Arctic tundra.

The audience is invited to follow the instructions given by the sound of a singing bowl. Throughout the piece, one sound of the bowl means “eyes closed” and two sounds mean “eyes opened”.

In this way, the attention and perception of the audience is guided by the choreography itself, interacting with each one of the viewers’ possible choice to see or not to see.

The performative space provides a wonderful and malleable platform for the choreographer to build a new reality. A reality which slips away from the ordinary and somehow becomes tangible and reliable for the audience in that moment. Poetry is what defines the rules of this new realm: memories as fragments of life and natural phenomena slide into an absurd and very clear atmosphere, interweaving in an authentic and unique way. The extremely cold and desolate white space surrounds and invites the audience into an individual and yet common experience of the memories of an absurd family, which are photographically displayed and dynamically shaken. The atmosphere, the air and the environment perceived are defined by a detailed melange made of natural elements and human interaction and enriched by texture and depth.

The warmth, closeness and primordial aspect of the family as opposites to the ice cold prickly and widely open distances establish a contrast of emotions in the space, guiding and literally moving the viewer’s eye. JARDIN POILU is an Arctic garden in which the flowers are furry and spiky childhood memories expressively retraced by the performers.

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Francesca Chiodi Latini

1993 BE, IT
Born in Torino, Italy in 1993, Francesca is a performer and choreographer currently based in Leuven. After pursuing her studies in contemporary dance in Torino and in Paris, she moved to Belgium where she attended the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp, graduating in 2017. She is currently performing in The Sea Within by Voetvolk/Lisbeth Gruwez.

Her education has always intertwined with creative working projects as well as personal choreographic creations: in Paris she performed for Corinne Lanselle in the choreographic concert Room 83 (2013).

She composed in 2014 her first solo PRIMARI, presented in different festivals in Europe: SOLOCOREOGRAFICO, Turin (IT), IX FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE SOLOS DE DANçA CONTEMPORANEA, Lisbon (P), DANCE FESTIVAL INGOLSTADT 2014, Ingolstadt, (D).

She then joined Batucada, from Marcelo Evelin, performed in the Kunstenfestivaldesarts 2014. In 2015 she joined the project Atlante del Gesto from Virgilio Sieni Company, performed in the Prada Foundation in Milano (IT). In 2016 she composed her second solo AMARYLLIS, finalist of the BCDC Brussels Contemporary Dance Competition.Her first purely choreographic creation, JARDIN POILU, was finalist of the ROEL VERNIERS PRIJS 2017 and will premiere in September 2020.

Kaori Ishiguro

Kaori Ishiguro started her dance practice at an early age. She studied modern dance and ballet in Japan. In 2016 she moved to Belgium to study contemporary dance at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp, where she graduated in 2019. She is currently establishing herself as a choreographer and a dancer. Her project HACHŌ, in collaboration with musician Anton Lambert, was selected for “PowerTalks” from Het TheaterFestival 2019, and she will have a residency in WorkspaceBrussels in July 2020.

Giada Castioni

1990 IT
Giada Castioni, born in Italy in 1990, graduated as a contemporary dancer in 2014 at the Koninklijk Conservatorium of Antwerpen. She has worked with Voetvolk/Lisbeth Gruwez (2019/2020), Moonstein Cie (2014 to 2018), La Verita Dance Company (2017), Solo Conversations Dance Collective (2016), Compagnia Virgilio Sieni (2015). She has created the dance solo performances Lentamente (2014) and Goodbye Princess (2018). She is currently part of JARDIN POILU by Francesca Chiodi Latini.

Jacopo Buccino

1995 IT
Jacopo Buccino was born and raised in Italy, where he approached the study both of dance and drama.After many years of travelling around Europe, in 2016 he got accepted at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp in the the dance department, where he graduated in 2019.
Lately he has been performing his solo work Grand Finale and he is now part of the new creation of Francesca Chiodi Latini: JARDIN POILU.


Concept & choreography: Francesca Chiodi LatiniPerformer, co-creator: Jacopo Buccino, Giada Castioni, Kaori IshiguroCostume design: Miguel PeñarandaCo-production: KAAP & C-taktVideo: Henri ArduiMusic: Poor Isa (Ruben Machtelinckx & Frederik Leroux)Sound design: Thomas JillingsProduction: wpZimmerPictures: Boris BreugelWith support of: The City of Antwerp