Leonardo is an actor, dancer and performer.
“I am co-founder and Art Director at Spazio Seme – www.spazioseme.com – an international cultural and arts center in Arezzo (Tuscany). In my center I create opportunities for research, I organize and manage festivals, intensive workshops, performances, artistic productions, residences. I elaborate and lead courses for children: ContaKids, PlayContact and Contact Improvisation for adults and students of Art and University Schools. I am one of the organizers of the ItalyContactFest – www.italycontactfest.com – international festival of Contact Improvisation.
I’m attracted from the places or contexts where different art forms meet, communicate and create something, beyond languages and differences.”
“A path through the encounter and the confrontation, a journey with the resistance to and the acceptance of the contact, in relation to the structures and the fertile chaos of improvisation.
Through the lightness of the playing, the suggestions of the theatre, we will wear the masks allowing us to embody our characters. The emotions will suggest new possibilities for the movement and the relationship.
Without masks, hereinafter, the bodies will be free to perceive and interact.
The forms and energies emerging in the dance will be “sudden”, and not conditioned by language or cultural diversity.
We will find and investigate moments of crisis in the movement, when certainty stumbles. States which might, at first glance, appear difficult – in which we can explore the sense of disorientation – become occasions for the emergence of new opportunities, new input and conditions useful to the dance.
There will be time to dance, and we will use some technical elements without losing the status of a relaxed and dynamic body in the dance.
Be prepared to wait, to be lost, to leave, to start something new. The workshop is open to all levels of experience with C.I. and will end with a performance, leaving space for improvisation and maintaining focus on the material proposed during the workshop.”
Nhandan Chirco is a performer, choreographer and activist. Her work has been presented at numerous festivals and institutions throughout Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Germany, France and Austria. From ’94 to ’98 she was part of the artistic team at the Workcenter of Jerry Grotowski and Thomas Richards; afterwards she collaborated with directors Branko Popovic, Tomi Janezic and Zlatko Sviben. She worked as a performer and pedagogue with the choreographer Maja Delak, with contemporary dance company EN-KNAP in Ljubljana and collaborated in artistic creations with different choreographers.
Scott McGehee is a historian and founding director of the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo. He is a life-long activist whose research and interests reach across Marxist theory, the arts and radical social movements.
Nikolai Jeffs holds a BA and a PhD from the University of Essex (UK) and currently teaches at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Primorska in Koper-Capodistria and at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
He has published several articles and book chapters in the field of literary, cultural, and political critique. Among other things, he is also an editor of a reader in postcolonial studies (2007) and, together with Andrej Pavlišič, the coauthor of a documentary film We Shall Fight Them: Howlings Towards Understanding the Old Violence of New Europe (2004).
As an activist he helped transform a former military barracks in Ljubljana into the Autonomous Cultural Centre Metelkova and took part in the antiracist and alteglobalisation coalition The Office for Interventions.
He also a member of the editorial board of the journal Casopis za kritiko znanosti and the Director of its institute.
Nike Redding and Heidee Alsdorf
Tatjana Macic is an interdisciplinary visual artist, writer, researcher and theoretician based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She studied art at the Academy of Art and Design AKI in Enschede, and got her Master’s degree from the University of Amsterdam, where she wrote a thesis about curating, politics and innovation in turbulent times. She is deploying her artistic practice as an agency for critical thinking and to blur boundaries between visual art, theory, curating and written and spoken language.
Tatjana Macic teaches Artistic Research at the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague, where she developed an interdisciplinary study curriculum which brings together visual and performing arts, theory and philosophy. She is a chair of the jury of the annual Thesis Award of the Royal Academy. In addition, she actively engages in the fields of Arts and Culture as an adviser, lecturer, board member, creative thinker and speaker. Some examples of such engagement are: advisor for the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK), advisor of the mayor of Amsterdam as a member of the Commission for Art spaces (CAWA) and an independent researcher for Platform BK.
She is a founder of Urgent Matters / Srettam Tnegru, an initiative for art, research, dialogue and exchange. Dealing with artistic urgency, experimentation and research, and by shaping a dialogue between theory and practice, discourses and agencies, whilst testing the framework of public talks and exhibition making, Urgent Matters / Srettam Tnegru questions conditions and forms for artistic practice, research and critical thinking.
“My brother was murdered when I was 15. If it were possible to take the eagle’s perspective of his entire life, would I be able to look at it as a map, place my finger on a point, and say, “That’s where violence comes from”? Would I be able to trace it back to some source like a tributary to a bubbling abyss? Or is it an intersection? A meeting point between two opposing forces whose lives only begin to scratch the surface of the history that lead them to this moment? Does the mother of a murdered child experience the same grief as the mother of a murderer? Does William Penn’s ideal vision of Philadelphia have any bearing on why my brother was killed there? Can I be a sociologist of my own experience? And maybe moreso than any of these, is it possible for me to foster empathy towards a murderer when his victim was my best friend? I want to understand. Crisis is so often the parent of fear and hatred. But it can also be an arbiter of awareness, empathy, generosity of spirit. Maybe. I suppose that’s what I’ll find out.
Semi-Circus is a Chicago-based physical theatre collective that fuses contemporary circus, dance, and character work.
Workshop: In our workshop, we would like to explore the process of taking a personal story and putting it on stage in a way that remains personal but can also be universal enough to reach the audience. This will be a practical workshop of writing and physical exercises on devising from a personal place. In the creation of this piece, we confronted the idea of identity and wondered how this tied to immigration. We realised that our identity is based on the fact that we are children of immigration and represent the next step in the process. It is easy to think of immigration as something that happened to our ancestors, however it is still a very relevant topic today and we must be mindful of how we think about immigration today, not only in terms of others but also ourselves.