Stage as a social platform: Jérôme Bel, Alex Blake, Luigi Coppola, Christian Nyampeta at Teatro Continuo in Milan

In 1973, on the occasion of the XV Triennale International Exhibition of Milano, Alberto Burri inaugurates Teatro Continuo in the frame of the project Contatto Arte-Città curated by Giulio Macchi for Parco Sempione. Teatro Continuo is an architectural installation that functions as a open access stage and as a theatrical machine always ready for use, hosting a wide range of activities, from artistic acts to indipendent initiatives triggered by the civil society. The theatre is placed on an imaginary axis that, cutting the park, connects the Duomo with Corso Sempione and generates a telescope between the Filarete tower of the Castello Sforzesco and the Arco della Pace.

Offering itself to different forms of participation of citizens, Teatro Continuo communicates the idea of a theatre that envelopes and includes the urban space and which is characterized by a focus on new possibilities of dialogue with the audience.

This theatre is then “continuous” because of its inherent ability to react to the social and urban transformation and to incorporate the desire of a city and a society of representing themselves. At the same time, the theatre is discontinuous due to its demolition in 1989 and the fall into a latent state for the following 26 years, until it was brought back to the city in 2015 in occasion of the hundredth anniversary of Alberto Burri’s birth.

Taking as a starting point the very ambiguous and challenging nature of Teatro Continuo, Stage as a social platform focuses on the public, social and political intelligibility of performance. Teatro Continuo appears in fact as a fluid spot in the public space: an hybrid form which has abandoned its classical strictly theatrical posture, becoming a transitional and actually lived and livable place. Articulated around the idea that such a stage can function as a social catalyst, Stage as a social platform will activate Teatro Continuo with performative practices that progressively emerged from a participatory, nomadic and community-driven production phase.

Through a process of production workshops organized by Viafarini with different social groups, the invited artists have performatively rearticulated the interesting on/off dynamic that qualifies Teatro Continuo as a continuous flow of different activities, both staged and non-staged: four different approaches to the stage, in the aim of proposing different form of collective occupations of the urban space.

Program

Saturday 9 April 2016, 3 pm.
Alexis Blake, We Will Not Be Moved (2016)
with: Mar Amie, Valerie Claroni, Noura Faouzi, Francesca Lastella, Marika Meoli, Laura Pante, Carolina Ramirez, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Maru Rivas, Carolina Valencia.

The performance conceived by Alexis Blake for Stage as a social platform is a new production strictly connected to the urban territory of Milano and it opens a new phase of work on the on the ambivalent relationship between individual and collective and the normation and freedom of the contemporary female body. The performance reformulates an archive of urban protest postures – socialist, feminist and support to civil rights that women have assumed during the history of dissidence, reactivating these poses in a close historical relevance.

Saturday 9 April 2016, 4.30 pm
Luigi Coppola, Continuum (2016)
Project coordinator: Lucia Mazzi
Soundtrack: Nicola Ratti
Performer: Elena Adamou, Lenia Georgiou, Antonella Fittipaldi, Caterina Gobbi, Carlotta Mansi, Sofia Paggiaro, Lucia Palmero, Emilia Piz, Miriam Secco, Floida Skraqi, Simona Rinaldo, Erica Romano, Claudia Scarsella, Letizia Scarpello.
Narration: Alessio Baù, Daniel Blanga Gubbay, Barbara Boiocchi, Daria Carmi, Ivan Carozzi, Ilaria Cuccagna, Giulia Ferrarese, Cristina Lorenzi, Lucia Palmero, Erica Romano, Giacomo Zani.

The public action and installation Continuum conceived by Luigi Coppola will operate an imaginary and ritual reconnection with the spatial and temporal hole in which Teatro Continuo has disappeared from the history of Milano from 1989 to 2015. This absence becomes a potential element for re-examining the history and the events that occurred in Milan in that period, by imagining this “urban space of possibilities” – as Burri defined it – as a theatre of public, political and cultural actions.
Thanks to Seterie Argenti S.p.A, technical sponsor.

Sunday 10 April 2016, 11.30 a.m.
Jérôme Bel, Alexis Blake, Luigi Coppola and Christian Nyampeta in conversation with Simone Frangi, Tommaso Sacchi and Gabi Scardi at Teatro Agorà, La Triennale di Milano, Via Alemagna 6, Milano.

Sunday 10 April 2016, 3 pm
Jérôme Bel, Compagnie, Compagnie (2015)
with: Annamaria Ajmone, Valentina Alessandria, Jemma Beatty, Federica Bizzotto, Cesare D’Amico, Giuseppe Dagostino, Asia Erminio, Anita Grisi, Roberto Macchi, Mahmoud Saleh Mohammadi, Veronica Pina, Costanza Pratesi, Laura Rolandi, Ludovica Santini, Cristina Scalabrini.

The performance is generated by a mixed group of local professional performers as well as amateurs who are gathered in a rigid exercise, in order to become a mirror of how performativity has filtered in everyday attitudes. By sharing competences and incompetences, the group gives shape to an utopia, in the form of the democratic equity: through a plural experience in which every individuality finds the way of negating its active presence within a group, this performance highlights the power of singularities as well as of skills sharing.
Sunday 10 April 2016, 4.30 pm
Christian Nyampeta, The Lives of Ideas (2016)

with: Elisabetta Boi, Samantha Caligaris, Antonella Fittipaldi, Roberta Garbagnati, Laura Ghirlandetti, Lodovica Guarnieri, Giuseppe Laterza, Cristina Lorenzi, Luca Moncaleano, Marco Morandi, Sergio Racanati, Gilda Marconi Sancisi, Maurizio Vicerè, Chiara Tirloni. Props designed by Canedicoda.

“What role does rhythm play in the shaping of our life? Which individual and collective rhythms can we develop, for better harmonies between ourselves, our communities and our localities? Starting from these questions, Nyampeta reveals the link between power and rhythm, suggesting that power can be understood as a “rhythmic medium. The Lives of Ideas will try to deconstruct the “scene”, understood as dominant way of thinking, feeling, of making space and spending time, of living and working.”

Stage as a social platform
Jérôme Bel ~ Alexis Blake ~ Luigi Coppola ~ Christian Nyampeta

A project by nctm e l’arte, developed in the context of the XXI Triennale di Milano

Curated by: Simone Frangi, Tommaso Sacchi
Curatorial assistant: Giovanna Manzotti
Organization of workshop: Viafarini – Fabbrica del Vapore

Teatro Continuo – Parco Sempione, Milano
9 – 10 Aprile, 2016