News: Riccardo Buscarini wins The Place Prize

Sunday 28 April 2013 by Carmel Smith

Riccardo Buscarini - The Place Prize for dance winner 2013

At the end of ten evenings’ performances of the four works which made it through to the final of the UK’s biggest competition for contemporary choreography, Riccardo Buscarini emerged as the judges choice to win this year’s Place Prize for dance on Saturday (27 April).

His work Athletes is ‘a reflection on competition viewed as tension between man and machine’ and was made in colloboration with fashion designer Brooke Roberts, set by Lucy Hansom, lighting by Michael Mannion, a sound score which featured silence punctuated by Bernard Herrmann’s haunting score from the film Vertigo and mesmeric performances from Harriet Bone, Karolina Kraczkowska and Victoria Hoyland.

Talking about the making of Athletes Buscarini said: “I wanted to create a dark piece using brightness, to build an engine using bodies, to show hate using love. Things constantly transform into their opposite.”

Although h2dance were the audience favourites on seven nights and Eva Recacha on three, Buscarini was chosen unanimously by the judging panel, which included playwright, novelist and critic Bonnie Greer and Artistic Director of Young Vic David Lan. Our reviewer *Lise Smith said: Full marks to both choreographer and dancers for commitment and style; this chilly sci-fi aesthetic lingers in the memory long after the lights fade.

Eddie Nixon, Director of Theatre and Artist Development at The Place and chair of the judging panel said: “This year’s Place Prize finalists are perhaps the most provocative, exciting line up we’ve ever had. They make demands and they give rewards. They are unapologetically contemporary. Any of them would be a worthy winner, but I’m delighted with the judges’ choice. Riccardo is a brilliantly creative artist, and Athletes is a perfectly realised piece. I can’t wait to see what he does next.”

Riccardo Buscarini is an Italian dancer and choreographer based in London. He trained at London Contemporary Dance School, graduating in 2009. In 2011 he was a Place Prize finalist with Antonio de la Fe, and became a creative in residence at The Hospital Club. He has worked extensively in the UK and Italy, and teaches choreography and performance at Birkbeck, University of London.

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