A bilingual exploration of competitive behaviour between an Italian man and a Swiss woman, Duel won 2nd prize at the International Competition for Choreographers in Groningen, Holland in 2000 and was recreated for the Dutch dance company Galili Dance in 2001.
“Duel’s witty cut and thrust plays like a surreal sitcom, straying from language lab to nostalgic dancehall as the protagonists zealously mark their territory in the court of love. Short and bittersweet, Duel is a minor modern classic.”
“Dressed in neat, emphatically pressed formal clothes, Strickler (Swiss) and Silvestrini (Italian) begin with a fast, impacted little dance that rapidly turns into a study of insecurity and bad timing”
Conceived and directed by
Luca Silvestrini and Bettina Strickler
Bettina Strickler/Esther Weisskopf
Steiner BBC Italian Master
21 January 1998