Vertical Dance Routes
by Wanda Moretti


Vertical Dance Routes is mainly a long research around dance that has encompassed almost my entire life and my interest as an artist and choreographer. It introduces and documents the evolution of vertical dance from its inception until the present day. To trace the history of this unique art form now, at this incredible moment of invention, is an important undertaking for present and future generations. The research is divided in three parts: First Generation, Moon and the Movement, Reason.

I am not a writer so I preferred another writing system, each of these publications is related to a video together with a narration in my voice.


Vertical Dance Routes è una lunga ricerca sulla danza verticale che ha abbracciato quasi tutta la mia vita e il mio interesse come artista e coreografa. VDR introduce e documenta l'eccezionale evoluzione della danza verticale dal suo inizio fino ai nostri giorni. Tracciare la storia di questa forma d'arte unica, in un incredibile momento di grande espansione, è un impegno verso le generazioni presenti e quelle future. La ricerca è divisa in tre parti: 
First Generation, Moon and the Movement, Reason.

Non essendo una scrittrice, ho preferito un altro sistema di narrazione, ognuna di queste pubblicazioni è un video accompagnato dalla mia voce.


This is how the story of the movement in perpendicular to the wall began. Learn to walk, to move on the vertical plane, on planes with different inclinations. What did the moon landing leave us?
Ecco come è iniziata la storia del movimento perpendicolare alla parete. Imparare a camminare e a muoversi sul piano verticale, su piani con diverse inclinazioni. Cosa ci ha lasciato lo sbarco sulla luna?


Vertical dance was born out of the extreme need to connect spaces and unite artists with the audience in a new way of seeing the universe, as body and space together.
La danza verticale è nata dall'estrema necessità di mettere insieme spazi, artisti e pubblico, in un nuovo modo di vedere l'universo come un insieme unico  di corpo e spazio.


How did the movement /dance/ choreography of each artist develop? What was the motivation for dance artists to develop vertical dance, even if they didn't call it vertical dance?
Come si è sviluppato il movimento / la danza / la coreografia di ogni artista? Qual è stata la motivazione che ha spinto gli artisti di danza a sviluppare la danza verticale, anche se non si chiamava ancora così?

Platonov Festival Voronezh, Russia 
September 13rd 2020

past lecture

Irish Aerial Dance Festival    

directed by Chantal McCormik
10th July 2018
An Griánan Theater
co-founded by Creative Europe Programme of the European Union
Letterkenny, Ireland, EU  

San Francisco Aerial Arts Festival

directed by Joanna Haigood    
12th August 2018
Fort Mason
Centre for Arts and Culture
Festival Pavillon  
San Francisco, California, USA

L'ascension de la Danse Verticale

directed by Fabrice Guillot
15th May 2019
Bibliotéque National de France
co-founded by Creative Europe Programme of the European Union
Paris, France, EU                       
Thinking Dance
In all the equipment pieces the choreographic decisions, time, place, order of movements, kinds of movements, the nature of the sound (for example, dialogue) are strictly governed by the choice of equipment. The movement and language are generated in terms of the most economical use of the equipment. It is hard to imagine anyone choosing or inventing those particular movements or that language outside of the chosen equipment situation. 

Trisha Brown, September 1972

photo courtesy of NASA/Langley Research Center LaRC 

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