Live Arts Week


April 24 – 29, 2012

Live Arts Week – Bologna

Live Arts Week a new project born out the fusion of the experiences of the two Bologna festivals: Netmage – International Live Media Festival and F.I.S.Co. – Festival Internazionale sullo Spettacolo Contemporaneo.

The event takes place in Bologna, from april 24 to 29, 2012, and is developed throughout one week in six different locations and settings in the historical centre of the town. Live Arts Week intensifies a weave between disciplines and forms of expression, and cohabitation between artists and audiences from different backgrounds. Focused on live arts, it offers a program that reflects an idea of art as experience made of temporalities, postures and the imaginaries. The decision to launch the new event as ’week-long’ is an attempt to break away from the concept of a festival as a consumer point in the cultural life of a city.

The program allows the visitor to cross a number of world-spaces created by important personalities in international and contemporary research. Thirty artists in all are grouped into ‘scenes’ and ’companion species’. The set-up suggests a city-wide event, divided into a schedule of events, performances, shows, concerts and live media with unique dates, productions and premieres, building a space/time polyhedral sinusoid. The series offers a coherent and fragmented vision, to be appreciated by the audience both as a whole and in its components, offering the chance to ’attend’ projects and follow their evolution: enter/exit, return/leave, insist/ignore, isolate oneself/participate.

A distinctive feature is the variation in lengths and densities of the events, with some very drawn-out in long and slow succession, and others a quick snap of the whip. Places and situations characterized by productions that are open and in progress, hybrid formulas that lie between scientific conference and action, research Salons, and hyper-footage of images and sounds.

wednesday 25 april 4 pm>12 pm Palazzo Re Enzo

Hartmut Geerken

The White Screen is a Red Cape is a film in progress started in the mid-70s that is now twenty-six hours in length. The film, begun at the time of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, is an assemblage of images on 16mm and video from disparate sources, partly collected and partly filmed by Geerken himself. A ‘fast footage film’, scattered with rare audio and visual moments of pure ecstasy. The version of the film presented to Live Arts Week unfolds over the course of eight hours, segmented into three adjoining rooms, and accompanied by live sound performed by Hartmut Geerken mixed with audio inserts and excerpts from his vast collection of tapes. An invitation to immerse oneself in a translucent world, a vast, vivid and wild historical archive.

Hartmut Geerken, born in 1939 in Stuttgart, belongs to the generation that after World War II decided to leave to carry out a variety of geographic and cultural research, contributing to the expansion of perception and references that were to give relativity to many certainties and centralisms in the European tradition. He studied Oriental languages, comparative religion and philosophy in Tübingen, Constantine (Algeria) and Istanbul. Between 1966 and 1984 he worked at the Goethe Institut in Cairo, Kabul, and Athens. Geerken is also a composer, musician, filmmaker, actor, mycologist, logger and publisher of authors linked to the literary field of dada and expressionism. At the age of eight he began playing the piano and performed his first radio concert at age fourteen, playing Bela Bartok. After a classical education he discovered jazz and contemporary music. He studied with Karlheinz Stockhausen, György Ligeti, Aloys Kontarsky and has collaborated with John Tchicai, Salah Ragab, Famoudou Don Moye, Sunny Murray, Grace Yoon, Don Cherry, Takehisa Kosugi, Sainkho Namtchilak, Robert Lax, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago. During his time in Cairo, he invited Sun Ra to be reunited with his spiritual land and, as owner of one of the most complete archives of Sun Ra in the world, since 1994, he annually organizes the International Sun Ra Convention. He co-edited the complete edition in 35 volumes of the entire philosophical work of Solomon Friedlaender/Mynona and has produced a countless number of books, LPs, CDs, films and exhibitions.tuesday 24 april 9 pm Teatro Duse

Xavier Le Roy

Low Pieces

What means the social image of the dancer? How does the perception of both dancers and spectators change?  How can they create a common space?Low Pieces by French choreographer Xavier Le Roy, involves an extraordinary team of eight international artists and performers. Refusing the clothing codes and evading social habits, Le Roy offers to the viewer a community released from its humanity. Low Pieces does not embrace any standard. One cannot judge in terms of virtuosity, dynamics, aesthetics, or emotion, or by the performance criteria associated to the couple Representation/Recognition. Here there is another intelligence, the intelligence of plants or animals, an intelligence that has no need for translation devices. We are fascinated by the choreographic landscapes that suggest other forms of being in the world, but also the feeling of sharing a collective experience that is not exclusively of the theatre. Low Pieces demonstrates the power of performance for opening up to ideas and permitting knowledge.Xavier Le Roy holds a doctorate in molecular biology from the University of Montpellier, France, and has worked as a dancer and choreographer since 1991. He has performed with diverse companies and choreographers. From 1996 to 2003 he was artist in residence at Podewil in Berlin, in 2007-2008 he was associated artist at Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier and in 2010 artist in residence at MIT Program in Art Culture and Technology (Cambridge, MA). Through his solo works such as Self Unfinished (1998) and Product of Circumstances (1999), he has opened new perspectives for dance and his individual approach has radicalized academic discourse about the body and choreographic art. Le Roy develops his work like a researcher, while simultaneously focusing on the relationships between process and product and his own involvement in the process. He regularly initiates projects to question modes of production, collaboration and conditions of group work with projects such as E.X.T.E.N.S.I.O.N.S. (1999-2000), Project (2003), and 6 Months 1 Location (2008). His latest works, such as the solos Le Sacre du Printemps (2007) and Product of Other Circumstances (2009), as well as the group piece Low Pieces (2009>2011) explore more explicitly diverse mode of relationships between spectators and performers. He recently created with Mårten Spångberg Production, a piece for the ‘activators’ of the exhibition MOVE:Choreographing You at Hayward Gallery, London. In 2012 Fundació Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona hosts a 2 month’s project, Retrospective  by Xavier Le Roy, an exhibition conceived as a choreography of actions and situations inquiring into various experiences about how we use, consume or produce time.

Luís Miguel Félix, portuguese performer and dancer, has worked mainly for choreographers as Sidney Leoni, Juan Dominguez and Jan Ritsema, and recently he started to develop his own research projects. In 2008 he attended the educational program ex.e.r.ce at the Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier, where he initiated the online project Wedance.

Krõõt Juurak, choreographer and performer from Estonia, works between Vienna and Amsterdam. She has directed and performed with Anne Juren, Laura Kalauz, Ralo Mayer, and collaborated with the projects EVERYBODYS, Multiplex Fiction, and Chicks on Speed. She is currently choreographic coach at MA Fashion department of Elisava Academy Barcelona. Recent projects include Autodomestication, Scripted Smalltalk,Ride the Wave Dude and The Force, the Movie, the Vague with Mårten Spångberg.

Jan Ritsema, dutch theatre director, makes theatre that triggers these strange moments where thinking and performing meet each other. Ritsema directed repertoire from Shakespeare, Bernard-Marie Koltès, Elfriede Jelinek, and Heiner Müller for big and small companies in Europe. Active since 1978, he has danced in performances with a.o. Jonathan Burrows, Boris Charmatz and Meg Stuart. In 2006 he created the PerformingArtsForum in France, an alternative artists residency run by artists. Recently he staged the collaborative projects Oedipous, my foot , Agora- Open Space and Shakespeare’s As You Like It, A Body Part.

Saša Asenti?, serbian artist, has autodidactic informal education in the field of performing arts. He is interested in reformulating the (performer’s) state of ‘I am…’ through artistic/social/political (re)actions. He has experience as an author, co-author and performer in diverse forms and contexts since 1998. He has initiated the artistic organisation Per.Art and is author and leader of the program Art and Inclusion for mentally disabled people.

Anne Juren, french choreographer, dancer and performer based in Vienna. She collaborated with Krõõt Juurak, Marianne Baillot, Agata Maszkiewicz, Alix Eynaudi, DD Dorvillier and Annie Dorsen. She was artist in residence at Tanzquartier Wien and took part in the two European artistic programs IDEE and APAP. In 2009 she worked as a choreographer at the Burgtheater  Wien and co-curated the festival Quick Change at the Tanzquartier in Vienna. Her new creation is Tableaux Vivants, with the Vienna Ensemble for Contemporary music Phace.

Christine De Smedt is a belgian artist. Her artistic work is situated between dancing/performing, choreographing, coordinating, organizing and curating artistic projects. Being a member of the company Les Ballets C. de la B. in Gent, Belgium, she produced her own work since 1993. She collaborated with Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods, Mette Edvardsen, Mårten Spångberg, Xavier Le Roy, Philipp Gehmacher, Vladimir Miller, Myriam Van Imschoot. From 2005 produced with Eszter Salamon nvsbl, dance#1, dance#2, and the project Transformers. Currently she works on 4 Choreographic Portraits and curates the artist residence SummerIntensive.

Salka Ardal Rosengre, swedish dance performer and choreographer. She started dancing in Stockholm and continued her studies at P.A.R.T.S in Brussels, where she graduated in 2010. Salka received the DanceWEB scholarship in 2009. She has created Trash Talk, and worked at two project by Daniel Linehan, Montage for Three and Zombie Aporia.

Image Above: Luca Trevisani -  Giovanni Anceschi - Ambienti plurali, partiture somatiche e frutta di stagione




Xavier Le Roy

Low Pieces

Teatro Duse – April 24

Photographer: Vincent Cavaroc