In 1996 Ariella Vidach and Claudio Prati, established in Milan the dance company, Ariella Vidach – AiEP, widening the geographic and artistic horizons defined by Avventure in Elicottero Prodotti, a pre-existing cultural association founded in Lugano in 1988 with other artist, in order to deep the research on new technologies applied to contemporary dance and performing arts.

For more than 20 years, AiEP’s artistic path has been exploring interactivity in a growing of complexity: from video projections on stage to nearly invisible sensors worn by the dancers, passing for motion capture and computer graphic, the relation between body, choreography and interactive systems has gone deepening and the interferences between art and technology have become more and more refined and evocative.

Ariella Vidach – AiEP has been awarded the World Summit Award WSA 2013 during the Congress held last October 23 to 26 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, an initiative of the United Nations. The award went to the interactive system INaxyz, judged “one of the most innovative and technically advanced products applied to the dance in the world.”



“Relais” is a show for five dancers of the company, the first – for twenty years now – that does not feature digital technologies applied to dance. “The history of the company that is the distinction in the national and international scene for the application of new technologies to dance,” Relais “resizes the presence of the computer, the image and its projection, to bring attention to the body, on the subject and its consistency.

With the new production, Ariella Vidach wants to return to the concreteness of reality, of things and people that dialogue through the volumes, forms and sounds of matter.

“I wanted to return to the senses – says Ariella Vidach – to the sense of smell and touch in particular, always chased and never grasped in experimentation with virtual reality, augmented and immersive”.

On the pages of “Il Sole 24 Ore”, Marinella Guatterini has defined it as follows: “Relais combines sounds with crunching fragments, but also moments of life, feelings of play, wonder, fleeting memories, unwanted obliques, scanned in the foreground by expressions gestures facial […] “.

Regia Ariella Vidach e Claudio Prati | Coreografia Ariella Vidach | Danzatori Compagnia AiEP Annamaria Ajmone, Chiara Ameglio, Roberto Costa Augusto, Pieradolfo Ciulli, Els Smekens | Assistente alla coreografia Elena Molon | Riprese e montaggio video Antonella Spatti | Organizzazione e ufficio stampa Stefania Mangano e Giulia Basaglia | Sistema di rilevamento STmicroelectronics Federico Lupica | Disegno sonoro interattivo Andrea Giomi | Scenografia e costumi Claudio Prati e Ariella Vidach

Con il sostegno di MiBAC – Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, Regione Lombardia – Progetto NEXT 2012, Comune di Milano – Settore Spettacolo, Moda e Design e Comune di Milano – Settore Cultura, Teatro Convenzionato, Cantone Ticino D.E.C.S. Divisione Cultura, Swisslos, DAC Comune di Lugano (CH).