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Zone of Acceptance (ZoA) is the dance of human and non-human animals and plants. ZoA is a biological interdependence that offers audiences unexpected perspectives. ZoA is an encounter with the other and a new togetherness. ZoA is a place where perception of space opens up an interconnected sensory experience.

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ZoA asks: What is this universal, aesthetic ‘larger pattern which connects”? (Bateson 1979). Bateson systematizes a cybernetic synthesis of mind and nature through the basic unit of difference. What makes evolutionary life and our meaning making it possible is the demarcation and identification of differences. The ‘larger pattern which connects’ is the binding idea.

Within this view Bateson identified human’s greatest failure of thinking the disjunction between accepted ways of thinking and the ecological systems approach of ‘mind’ in nature, vividly evidenced by the continuance of humankind’s widespread ecologically disastrous economic practices. The ‘larger pattern which connects’ is in mind and nature: within creatura and pleroma - individuals, groups, society, and the universe. With the help of plants and dogs, Zone of Acceptance embodies and performs Bateson’s ecological vision.
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Supported by the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK - STEPPING OUT, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the framework of the initiative NEUSTART KULTUR. Assistance Program for Dance. In collaboration with Dialogues-Residences of Performing Arts at Villa Manin 2021. Co Production: Ariella Vidach Aiep. With the support of:MiC- Ministry of Culture and Municipality of Milan - Culture Sector.

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Concept development, choreographer and performer: Barbara Berti | researcher and performer: Paolo Rosini | Researcher and performer: Claudia Tomasi | Sound Design/ Komposition: Simon Rose | Executive Producer: Iaci Lomonaco | Press Release: Anita Gross
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