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The international sculptor, Master Kan Yasuda, world-renowned for the wisdom and beauty of his works of art collaborates in this dance with choreographer Adria Ferrali and the Taiwanese dancer PeiJu Chien-Pott



A Choreography Inspired by the sculpture “Unconscious” by Kan Yasuda.

Alongside our conscious life, there is a parallel reality, the world of our dreams. Through the language of gesture, dance seeks purity and the essentiality of its forms.
Kan Yasuda’s sculpture and dance stand in space as sacred presences. The unconscious is that unknown part of our psyche that does not easily reach any level of consciousness. This invisible aspect, beyond our control, is very similar to and powerful like water.

Under the impulse of a dance ritual, the dancer comes alive like the earth’s rhythm. The dance dialogues with the sculpture and enters the unconscious of each spectator, where we find the most remote childhood memories and all the hidden emotions, passions and unconfessed desires. Life leads us to discover new horizons, but above all, to cross that border door pervaded by strong feelings. The dance confronts the idea of what it is to be human and our earthly nature.

Adria Ferrali


Adria Ferrali

Adria danced with the Martha Graham Dance Company, the Pearl Lang Dance Theater and played legendary solo roles from the Graham repertoire. She won the Nijinsky Award as best dancer and choreographer at the National Opera in Kiev. She was Yuriko’s assistant at the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam and worked as a guest lecturer and choreographer in Copenhagen at the Royal Danish Ballet School. She also taught at the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala in Milan and at the University College of Dance in Stockholm.

In the United States she recreated various Martha Graham ballets such as Diversion of Angels, at the Boston Conservatory and Steps in the Street at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs with Martha Graham Resources’ permission. She served as resident choreographer and teacher at Montgomery Ballet and taught at Alabama State University. President of the Jury at the VII International Contest for Choreographers and Ballet Masters in Novosibirsk. She was guest choreographer and visiting, professor at the Kemerovo State University of Culture and Arts of Siberia.

She was also professor of contemporary dance at the Balettakademien Göteborg. She worked in Berlin, Cologne, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Ravenna, Cremona, Milan, Bergamo, Florence, Rome. Her choreographies have been staged at the Royal Danish Theater; the Opera House of the Kennedy Center, Washington DC; the National Opera House, Kiev; the Thalia Theater, Stora Teatern and Atalanta Theater, Göteborg; the Drama Theater in Kemerovo, Siberia; the Davis Theater; the Performing Arts Center and the Museum of Modern Art, Montgomery, Alabama;

La Versiliana Festival and the Pietrasanta in Concerto; Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Florence; the Dante Alighieri Theater, Ravenna; the Arena di Cremona; the Teatro Greco di Roma and at Estate Regina, Montecatini Terme and the Italian Embassy in Moscow. In 2013 she was appointed Director of the Alabama River Region Ballet Modern Dance Department in Montgomery and in 2016 Visiting Professor at Troy University in Alabama. She is the artistic executive director and founder of the DAP Festival Dance in Arte a Pietrasanta.

PeiJu Chien-Pott


Peiju Chien-Pott

Peiju is an internationally acclaimed contemporary dance artist from Taiwan, described as “one of the greatest living modern dancers”, celebrated particularly for her work as Principal Dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company and her iconic roles of the Graham repertory. On the theater stage, PeiJu was a Principal Actress in the Kung Fu musical Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise commissioned by The Shed and choreographed by Akram Khan. She holds a BFA in Dance from Taipei National University of the Arts where she was honored with the “Outstanding Alumni Award”.

Her many awards include a Bessie for “Outstanding Performance”, Positano Premia La Danza Leonide Massine for “Best Female Contemporary Dancer”, Capri International Dance Awards, included “Best Performers” in the 2014 and 2017 Dance Magazine and numerous awards in her native Taiwan. She was recently recognized by the New York Times as one of the “Best Dancers of 2021” in Richard Move’s “Her Story of the Universe”. PeiJu currently serves as a faculty member at The Ailey School and her commercial work is represented by MMG New York.

Besides her on-stage performances, her most recent choreography includes Rebirth in collaboration with renowned sculptor Kang Mu-Xiang for Taipei 101, Island created during the pandemic commissioned by the Iron Rose Festival of Taiwan, and Unity completed for the late choreographer Nai-Ni Chen premiered in New York City in March, 2022.

kan Yasuda


kan Yasuda

Kan was born in Bibai on the island of Hokkaido in 1945. In 1969 he received the highest recognition for his artistic work from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. He came to Italy for the first time in 1970 with a scholarship from the Italian government: he studied under the guidance of Pericle Fazzini, at the Academy of Art in Rome.

Kan Yasuda later set up his studio in Pietrasanta, Tuscany. The area is famous worldwide for its marble, especially for marble carving and its bronze foundries. Maestro Kan Yasuda won numerous international awards and collaborated with Studio Giorgio Angeli in the creation of his marble sculptures and the scenography of the Unconscious.

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