WALL DIALOGUE RESISTANCE
The project aims to recreate a different way of experiencing public space through direct performance and the indirect involvement of the public in the creative process, describing a landscape and a community through a contemporary interdisciplinary narrative. In a broader European vision, it wants to stimulate the dialogue / participation / interaction of European citizens through a human-site specif participatory approach; apply the creative process for overcoming separations from others, even outside the artistic context; disseminate a creative methodological format to make culture more inclusive. At the center an international artistic team, involved in the development of tools useful for the continuous evolution of the "open" process. This team, at the end of the project, will produce a podcast, a visual story, a documentary, five residence-formats specific to each place, a durational performance of the entire experience and finally a mature and reapplicable methodological process.
Wall as a symbol of the spatial and emotional distances existing in human relationships
Dialogue as the indirect involvement of voices gathered in response to the question: what is beyond the wall?
Resistance as the necessary limit to look beyond, to see a common space that can emerge in all its presence, necessity and poetics.
more info on the artistic project on the Il Cantiere website
The idea for the project was born in the summer of 2019, with a first residency that involves a group of students from a Faro Theater school and that interrogates the wall also through the 1,2,3 star game. In 2020 the project is suspended but, after a period of reflection and remote rehearsals, it is presented in the form of the first study on the occasion of the reopening of the theaters in Italy, in Bologna, losing the possibility of interaction and direct participation but gaining unpublished and new meanings.
The symbolic object and the practical guide of this research remains the wall as a border symbol, a real limit and an imaginary place, which shows us the tension between the need for protection and the desire to go beyond the known, allowing us to explore that "dimension hidden ”of space, which is both physical and emotional.
Recognizing a centrality to the body as a tool for listening and dialogue, participation in proximity as well as in physical distance with other bodies, the project continues to involve people through an open question: what is beyond the wall?
WALL DIALOGUE RESISTANCE: how performing arts could be an experience of resonance in a time of collective apnea?
The project WALL DIALOGUE RESISTANCE, co-funded by the European Union within the Creative Europe programme, led by Teatro di Sardegnaas main partner and with the artistic direction of Il Cantiere - Sara Marasso and Stefano Risso,aims to recreate a different way of experiencing public space through direct and indirect involvement of the audience in the creative process, describing a landscape and a community through a contemporary interdisciplinary narrative. The project wants to stimulatethe dialogue / participation / interaction of European citizens through a human site-specific participatory approachto the creation in performing arts, to applythe creative process for overcoming separations from each other,and to disseminatea methodological creative format to make culture more inclusive.
Thestructure unfolds through five artistic residencieshosted by the partners involvedand realized through a single journey linking them all, which takes place from August 21st to October 1st 2022.The residencies will use action tools such as workshops, thinking laboratories and thepopular crossnational game 1,2,3 STELLA!
Each residence will end with a PERFORMANCEas a collective emotional experience of a common space.After this, aperiod ofreworkingandpost-productionof the multimedia and textual contents produced will follow, and it will include a FILM, a GRAPHIC STORYTELLING, a PERFORMANCE FORMAT and PODCASTS.
The project focuses on the open process, emphasizing the work of questioning and research, on the eco-sustainabilityand the human impact that will resonate withthe people of the four Mediterranean countries involved: Italy, France, Spain and Portugal.
The partnership of the project includes: Teatro di Sardegna [Main Partner, Cagliari – Italy], Il Cantiere [Artistic Direction, Torino – Italy], noau | officinaculturale [Cuneo – Italy], Les Têtes de l'Art, [Marseille – France], ColectivoNoray [Zaragoza – Spain],AsociaciónHacendera, [Noviercas – Spain], Balleteatro [Porto – Portugal] and it is joined by two associated partners: Pares Sueltos [Zaragoza – Spain],Spazio Danza[Cagliari – Italy].The project is also sponsored by Fondazione Sardegna Film Commission(here you can add local sponsor).
The mainartists who will take part in the project are: Sara Marasso, Stefano Risso,Stefano Odoardi, Nicolás Lange, Miriam Tello, Simone Sims Longo, Wrong Time Collective – Julie Yousef and Cyril Limousin, Carlos Silva and Rossana Fonseca.
Theresearch, aware about the complex times we are all living, chooses to explore the concept of the WALL as a physical and symbolic guide for a creative process considering the meanings of the words dialogue and resistance from the following perspective:Wall as a symbol of the spatial and emotional distances existing in human relationships, considering limit relatedto opportunity; Dialogue as involvement of bodies and voices in relation to the question:what’s beyond the wall?; Resistance as ability to look beyond, to reinforce the tool of imagination, to see a common space that can emerge in all its necessity.
[The following part is an in-depthpart]:The wall relates us to the concepts and questions around balance, freedom and boundaries, offering a practical experience about how verticality can dialogue with the horizontal plan, and how the individual is placed in a space where everyone is connected.The wallwith its qualities becomes the tool to explore the resonance, the limit and the quality of the resistance in terms of movementand sound / rhythmrecognizing the pivotal role of the body.
The history of the project dates back tothe pre-pandemic period in 2019, when Sara Marasso and Stefano Risso started researching this concept during a residence in Faro – Portugal, promoted by Rede MORE /DevirCapa Centro Artes Performativas do Algarve.Then the project, after the covid’s suspension, came back to life thanks to many residencies at: Teatri di Vita in Bologna – Italy (2020), MargineOperativo in Rome – Italy (2020), Autunno Danza Festival in Cagliari (2021), and Centro Artistico Il Grattacielo in Livorno – Italy (2021).
In 2021 the project has been selected for Incubator Consultancy Retreat inLas Palmas - Gran Canaria curated by ENCC European Network for Cultural Centres.