Underwater performance for contemporary dance, figures and poetry


Alfredo Zinola and Felipe González present PRIMO, an unusu­al per­for­mance of under­wa­ter con­tem­po­rary dance, set in a large pool on stage. 
Sitting in front of the numer­ous win­dows, the small audi­ence dis­cov­ers the under­wa­ter scenes and observes actions that become mirac­u­lous­ly touch­ing. You can see feet, arms, hands, and legs appear and walk among strange crea­tures, you see two peo­ple who find each oth­er in a game that is play­ful, affec­tion­ate, and powerful.

It’s hard to think of a more chal­leng­ing audi­ence to make per­for­mance for than tod­dlers, which makes Primo only more impres­sive … a piece of gen­uine art. 

SUNDAY MORNING HERALD MELBOURNE Cameron Woohead, 16 October 2014

Primo is a stand­out hit…Alfredo Zinola and Felipe González’s act of grace­ful move­ment, float­ing and splash­ing through water is, gen­uine­ly, a cel­e­bra­tion of the human form. 

THE GUARDIAN Van Badham, 18 October 2014

Primo is an aston­ish­ing piece of per­for­mance installation…a bold vision for the poten­tial of con­tem­po­rary art for young children. 

Thom Browning (AU) 03/2013

An expe­ri­ence out of the ordinary! 

Que (BE) 10/2013

From and with: Alfredo Zinola and Felipe González

Music: Colorist

Light: Marek Lamprecht

A pro­duc­tion of: Alfredo Zinola and Felipe González .

Co-pro­duced with: fab­rik Potsdam and their Artists-in-Residence pro­gram, SCHAUBUDE Theater, Fondazione Teatro Ragazzi e Giovani Onlus Torino, Barnes Crossing Köln, Theaterlabor Bielefeld. PRIMO has been car­ried out with the sup­port of
 Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V., Kunststiftung NRW and Small size, big cit­i­zens – Widening of the European Network for the dif­fu­sion of the per­form­ing arts for Early Years.

Practical Info:

  • 3 per­sons on tour
  • 5 – 8 hours build-up
  • The stage can be adapt­ed to almost every situation
  • Age of Audience: 2 –5 years as well as adults