presenta la performance opera
Anam Cara – Dwelling Body (Corpo Dimora)
Sabato 15 dicembre 2018, dalle ore 16
European Cultural Centre | Palazzo Mora, Venezia
Essere capiti è sentirsi a
casa — e qui restare.
A Palazzo Mora, sede dell’European Cultural Centre,
sabato 15 dicembre 2018, a partire dalle ore 16 in poi, la Venice International Performance Art Week inaugura il nuovo ciclo di incontri sullla performance
BODY MATTERS con la performance opera ANAM CARA – Dwelling Body.
Ideata dagli artisti VestAndPage e Andrigo & Aliprandi, studiata concettualmente insieme a Francesco Kiais (GR/IT), ANAM CARA – Dwelling Body è realizzata in collaborazione agli artisti Giorgia de Santi (IT), daz disley (UK), Marisa Garreffa (AU/IT), Fenia Kotsopoulou (GR/UK), Pavlos Kountouriotis (GR/BE), Enok Ripley (CA), Sara Simeoni (IT/DE), Mauro & Matilde Sambo (IT), Marcel Sparmann (DE), Susanne Weins (DE), con l'assistenza artistica e organizzativa di Sabrina Bellenzier (IT) e Gülbeden Kulbay (SW), e la direzione tecnica di Giovanni Dantomio – We Exhibit.
ANAM CARA – Dwelling Body non è un atto scenico che univocamente descrive o rappresenta.
Non ha una trama predefinita. È semmai un luogo di dimore multiformi, reali e
immaginarie, abitato da biografie, sogni e destini che s’intrecciano in un
caleidoscopio performatico a struttura narrativa non-lineare, discontinua, generata
da interazioni che si sviluppano nel tempo. Motivi e visioni si riflettono, collidono,
spesso si compenetrano formando un corpo unico che assorbe immagini, linguaggi,
Come il termine proto-gaelico
anam cara (o anamchara) suggerisce, gli artisti, amici d’anima, si riuniscono, confrontano le proprie emergenze, svelano
intimità celate delle loro vite. In questo tessuto esistenziale condiviso, innescano
processi temporanei di co-creazione riconoscendosi nel gesto, nell’azione che
incontra l’altro, alla ricerca di un’origine comune, radicale, dove sia
possibile determinare un senso di appartenenza oltre la norma, la moralità, le categorie
Un io assoluto è impensabile in quanto l'io è sociale. Quando più persone vivono la
percezione della realtà come un'esperienza reciproca sentita, lo specchio di
Narciso implode e si frantuma: il sé individuale diventa relazionale, aspira al
collettivo non avendo più ragione di imporre la propria singolarità.
che si instaura tra artisti e pubblico, persone e culture, la nozione di
convivenza si riconfigura continuamente in una successione di momenti estetici,
fondativi e l’anima, libera da costrizioni, si associa a quanto più le è simile.
VestAndPage & Francesco Kiais, September 2018
On behalf of the curatorial team of the VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK
VestAndPage, Thou Twin of Slumber (Hemolymph), VIVO Media Arts Centre, Vancouver (2013). Image © Ash Tanasiychuk
German artist Verena Stenke and Venetian-born artist and writer Andrea Pagnes have been working together since 2006 as VestAndPage in a collaborative practice encompassing live performance art, performance-based film, writing, publishing and temporary artistic community projects. Since over a decade, VestAndPage have been exploring performance art as a phenomena through their artistic practice, theoretical artistic research and curatorial projects. Their writings have been translated into various languages and extensively published in books and magazines of contemporary art. They are the conceivers and the independent curatorial force behind projects such as the Venice International Performance Art Week.
Their art roots in contemporary visual and conceptual art; classical, oriental and social theatre; philosophy, anthropology, anthropoetics and political science. The study of rites, myths and spiritual-philosophical sciences – particularly alchemy, ancient Greek and Christian iconology, sufism and yoga, animates their nomadic, confrontational spirit. Contextual and situation-responsive, their works are conceived psycho-geographically in response to social contexts, natural surroundings, historical sites and architectures. In a "Poetics of Relations", VestAndPage examine notions of perception, memory strata, communication and fragility of the individual and the collective within social and environmental spheres. They apply the themes of pain sublimation, endurance, union, trust in change, and risk-taking with a poetic bodily approach to art practice and a focus on universal human experiences. www.vest-and-page.de
ANDRIGO & ALIPRANDI
Andrigo&Aliprandi, vacuum, Palazzo Mora, Venice (2014). Image © Monika Sobczak
Dancer and performer Marianna Andrigo and multimedia artist and sound performer Aldo Aliprandi have been collaborating since 2009. Their oeuvre and artistic research intertwine various performative languages, deepening the relationship between body movement and sound-motion. Andrigo & Aliprandi's live performances are mainly conceived site-specific, often in places characterized by the full verticality and the consequent shiver of vertigo that it produces. In their reference landscape, they move between philosophy, theatre, sound and movement experimentation by investigating an aesthetic that falls in love with detail and silence, as well with an entropic dynamic energy moved by emotions as enlightenment in the creative process. They are the directors of C32 performing art work space at Forte Marghera, Mestre-Venice, the cultural association Live Arts Cultures, and core-partners of the Venice International Performance Art Week since its inception. www.mariannanandrigo.it | www.aldoaliprandi.it
Francesco Kiais, IN DEATH OF PAVLOSS FYASSAS, 2nd from the series ELPIDA/LEPIDA (Hope-Blade), Athens (2013). Image © Dimitris Priftis
Italian artist, independent art writer and curator Francesco Kiàis is currently based in Athens. He is the co-founder and director of the initiative [mind the] G.A.P. - Gathering Around Performance, as well as an associate curator of the Venice International Performance Art Week. His artistic practice consists of ephemeral installations, video, and performance art, and focuses on dialogue between contrasts and differences, bringing site-specificity, and people's memories to be poetically activated in an individual and collective ritual, played on the ground of the mutual presence. In this process all media and materials can be used. In the last years Kiais collaborated with different educational programs both as a theoretician and as an artist, holding workshops and lectures, also for several universities (Athens, Corfu, Chicago, Venice, Florina, Dresden). www.francescokiais.com
GIORGIA DE SANTI
Giorgia de Santi, Rest, Palazzo Mora, Venice (2017). Image © Dominique Wainstein M.
Italian artist Giorgia de Santi studied Visual and Performing Arts at IUAV University and Centro Teatrale di Ricerca in Venice. They worked in Bucharest leading an expressive/research atelier with artist Arianna Marcolini, in the framework of Parada Foundation. Currently, she works as exhibition handler for La Biennale di Venezia and GAA Foundation. Since 2012, he has been working for and performing at the Venice International Performance Art Week, and is an active member of the non-profit Cultural Association Studio Contemporaneo. Their performance practice develops from the urgency to inquire and display the complexity of different bodies and identities. Between activism and performance art and with humbleness she acts and calls for non-binary possibilities, where he tries to honor diversity. www.giorgia-desanti.com
daz disley – Image © Fenia Kotsopoulou
daz disley is a British musician, producer and audio-engineer working in the field of sound art and software development. He has been involved in back-end production and design in the worlds of recording, educational-publishing, marketing, and media-production. Since several years, he is producing works in the fields of video-dance and performance for camera, along with experimental technology-related image-making. He is a board member and resident artist with the organization SlumGothic, working with disadvantaged communities in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, to leverage arts and art practice as social-glue, and regularly gets involved in delivering events and festivals at x-church. His creative practice experimentally investigates time, often using musical-perspectives to make images and video. www.dazdisley.co.uk
Marisa Garreffa, Forte Marghera, Venice (2018). Image © Lorenza Cini
Marisa Garreffa is a writer and performance artist from Perth, Australia, living in Florence, Italy. In Australia she created theatrical and performance experiences, combining storytelling with immersive art installation and ritual. She has performed her works across Australia, Asia, and Europe. Garreffa's Rituals of Healing Cycles are physical expressions of the moment by moment response to waves of emotion and re-comprehension of one's life after a traumatic event. By purposefully passing beyond traditional paths of recovery dialogue within a clinical environment, Garreffa creates new forms of physical linguistics, sharing her individual and our universal experience of traumatic events in order to rediscover a sense of peace, humanity, and being. She presents talks at schools and universities educating young people about what to expect and what to do in the case of sexual or violent assault. She is the founder of the Open Mic at Tasso Hostel series in Florence, now in its third year. www.marisagarreffa.com
Fenia Kotsopoulou, Still from the video This Dance Has No End (2018) © Fenia Kotsopoulou
A Greek cross-disciplinary artist who straddles performance art and site-specific performance, dance and videography, Fenia Kotsopoulou currently lives in Lincoln (UK) where she graduated from University of Lincoln's MFA Choreographing Live Art. She holds a BA honors in Dance from the National Dance Academy of Rome (IT) and a BA honors in Italian Literature and Language from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (GR). She develops interactive and site-specific performances, as well as short dance and documentation videos. She is inspired from the daily life and every detail related to human interaction with technology and nature, gender roles and diversity, social and political issues. In search of an holistic way to express her vision, and based on a rhizomatic approach of making art, she collaborates with artists from different fields and cultural backgrounds. She is interested to discover how tradition can influence a contemporary dance and performance setting, or to become rich source for socially engaged art projects. She created and curated the first edition of the mini festival "Interconnectivity & Live Art" at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre. feniakotsopoulou.wixsite.com/artist
Pavlos Kountouriotis, Movement Monochromes (2015). Image © Roland Szabo
Pavlos Kountouriotis is a performance artist, choreographer and performance theoretician. He has a PhD from the University of Roehampton and studied at P.A.R.T.S. (research) and Laban (MA). He has worked with seminal choreographers and live artists, and he is an artist of the sweet and tender collaborations. His own performance work has been presented in several countries in Europe and US. He is the artistic director of GNARL fest, the East Midland Platform for International Live Art. Pavlos is currently the resident artists at K-3, Kampnagel in Hamburg, at the Seoul Dance Center in Korea, a visiting senior lecturer in choreography at the University of Malta and a professor in dance, and artistic director of the postgraduate research studies at SOZO visions in motion. He also has written and directed as the programme leader of the MA/MFA choreographing live art at the University of Lincoln. www.kountouriotis.org
Enok Ripley, Clown Prince (2017) © Enok Ripley
Canadian artist Enok Ripley explore through their performances and rituals the dissonance of body images to their environment in society. These are bodies that deal with injustices and resist normative limits. Recurring themes in their work are body rituals, religious iconography and objects that are often overlooked, forgotten, subjugated or rejected. www.enokripley.com
Sara Simeoni, Sara's Table, Palazzo Mora, Venice (2017). Image © Edward Smith
Berlin-based, Italian born dancer, performer, and choreographer Sara Simeoni creates works for dance-theatre, film and exhibitions. She graduated from the National Dance Academy in Rome, attended the Accademia Isola Danza in Venice under the direction of Carolyn Carlson, and studied with numerous renown choreographers such as Carolyn Carlson, Nigel Charnock, Rehinild Hoffman, Ismael Ivo, Susanne Linke, Ted Stoffer, Sebastian Prantl, Wim Vandekeybus, David Zambrano, and others. Her artistic practice intertwines the energy of movement and the power of image, forming a convergent choreography. Her focus is to put the body in a constant state of urgency, a "nowness". Presence and energy are fundamental elements for her that give the body the freedom to create a new dynamic in relation to space and time. www.sarasimeoni.com
MAURO & MATILDE SAMBO
© Mauro Sambo
Italian artist Mauro Sambo straddles the fine lines that separate music, sculpture, drawing, installations and live performances. He plays wind instruments, hits skins, tortures his double bass, and is interested in playing and manipulating electronic instruments. He has released several albums, in some he plays alone, in others he collaborates with musicians from all around the world. soundcloud.com/maurosambo
His daughter Matilde Sambo graduated in Visual Art at the IUAV University, Venice, Italy, and is currently an artist-in-residence at Via Farini Residence, Milan. She works mostly with video and photography, but also sound is always an important element of her practice. Her central topic of research is perception: taking the idea that "your perception is not my reality" as a point of departure, she develops it further through the study of the human body in relationship with perceptual senses. Her work can be considered as a hybrid between cinema, documentary and video art, through which she investigates how one draws meaning from the world through perception; and how the senses and reality function differently in every form of life on the planet. www.matildesambo.com
© Marcel Sparmann
Marcel Sparmann is a German visual artist, working in performance art, theatre, dance, public art and installation. After having studied Theatre, Performance Art and Environmental Art in Germany and Scotland, Sparmann now works internationally, both as artist and researcher-in-residence. He is a guest lecturer for Performance and Experimental Theatre including theatre pedagogy in Europe, North and South America, China and Japan. Currently he holds guest teaching positions at several German universities. He is the co-founder and director of the festival Kaffee&Kuchen Action Art in Weimar, as well as of the Performance Netzwerk Thüringen. www.marcelsparmann.com
Susanne Weins – Image © Piero Viti | Labotiv
Susanne Weins is a German vocal artist, voice trainer and certified Roy-Hart teacher. With backgrounds in classical and Extended Voice, her work encompasses approaches to a variety of vocal techniques, experimental voice work and the knowledge of linguistic teaching and research. She is the founder and director of the Atelier Performative Künste, a voice formation and performance production space in Düsseldorf (DE). Through a targeted use of the body and movement, she seeks the greatest possible flexibility of the voice. Her performances circulate around the notion of "how to do things with words". www.weinsvoicemove.de
SABRINA BELLENZIER (Artistic & organisational assistance)
Sabrina Bellenzier is a photographer and performance artist based in Padua. Graduated in Law, she studied Event Managment, as well as Photography and Theater at the University of Padova. Since 2014, she is a collaborator of the Venice International Performance Art Week, and active member of the non-profit Cultural Association Studio Contemporaneo. www.instagram.com/sabrina_bellenzier
GULBEDEN KULBAY (Artistic & organisational assistance)
Gülbeden Kulbay is a performance artist and community worker based in Gnesta, Sweden. https://gulbedenkulbay.wordpress.com/
GIOVANNI DANTOMIO (Technical Director)
Giovanni Dantomio is the co-founder and Head of Media and Technologies of We Exhibit, core-partner of the Venice International Performance Art Week since its inception, as well as the president of the non-profit Cultural Association Studio Contemporaneo. www.weexhibit.biz
Presented by Studio Contemporaneo and Live Arts Cultures non-profit Cultural Associations in collaboration with European Cultural Centre | Global Art Affairs Foundation, We Exhibit and Venice Open Gates.
With the kind support of ConCAVe.
tradizione gaelica, la concezione dell'amore e dell'amicizia ha significati
profondi, radicati nell’idea di 'anima-amore': anam cara. Il termine anam significa 'anima' e
corrisponde al latino animus e al
greco antico anemos (vento, soffio),
con cui condivide la radice an- (soffiare, spirare) presente anche nel sanscrito (ad esempio in an-imi [io – respiro], o in an-asa [alito]). Il proto-Celtico ana- significa 'rimanere' e si suppone si sia evoluto in questo modo: 'breathe' (respirare)
> 'pause' (sosta, pausa) > 'remain' (rimanere, restare).
Il termine cara significa 'cara', 'amata' e deriva dal proto-celtico kar-o (amore). Come per il latino carus (prezioso), sembra doversi riferire alla radice ka- (desiderare) presente anche nel
sanscrito kama (amore). Dello stesso
termine kar-o, abbiamo karant- (amico).
Corpo DIMORA (DWELLING Body)
Dal latino demorari (trattenersi, ritardare, indugiare) e che significa 'abitare - più o meno
stabilmente - in un luogo'. In inglese, il corrispondente 'dwell' proviene
dalla radice proto-indoeuropea dhwel-,
estensione della radice dheu- (polvere,
nuvola, vapore, fumo), così come per l'antico inglese gedweola (errore, eresia, follia). Il senso si trasformò nel medio
inglese attraverso 'to hinder' (ostacolare), 'to delay' (ritardare), 'to
linger' (restare, soffermarsi, indugiare), come nella frasi 'to dwell upon' (soffermarsi
su qualcosa) XI secolo, e 'to make a home' (fare/costruire una casa) metà del XII
secolo, che richiama la parola latina demorari.
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