My research analyzes themes of life and human nature, of what influences our choices as a community and as individuals, of how free will can reinforce or destroy the course of events. With religion, industrialism, capitalism, and technology taking over the nature of both earth and human bodies, it is fundamental to integrate the animal nature, subconscious experience, and the conscious perception of reality.
I have been developing an approach to dance and performance, through a methodology that examines the effects of the hidden connection between the body, the mind and how those connections manifest in relation with an observer, in a performative frame with an audience. The methodology can create a choreographic movement-language as well as create a specific performative quality of how to be with an audience in the moment of a live- performance.
Born and raised in Bologna, Italy, Barbara Berti bases herself between Berlin and Bologna. She works on her own choreographic projects and collaborates with dance and theatre artists in performance art work through Western Europe, like: Judith Seng, Tino Seghal, Gabi Schilling and Isabelle Schad.
She rooted her career in graphic design then in physical theatre and dance; continued studying different techniques in contemporary dance, contact improvisation and Body-Mind Centering approaches, meditation. She is interested in issues of kinesthetic empathy and the embodied transmission of physical experience in the interaction with the audience.
In 2014, winner of the Jury Prize HAU 2 of her solo “I am a shape, in a shape, doing a shape” for the festival 100° Berlin; with the short Italian version it was selected in ‘Vetrina Gd’a’ 2016. (In September 2017 participation to the prize Gd’a 2017 – Teatri di Reggio Emilia).
2017 winner in ex-quo of the award ‘Premio Scenario’ with ‘BAU#2‘ – From the series ‘Choreography of thinking’.