The School of Narrative Dance, Roma

Founded in 2013 by Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance is a long-term project. It is “focused on the idea of storytelling as an experience that can be explored choreographically, on non-hierarchical learning, self-training and the creation of an active citizenship through informal education. Nomadic and free of charge, the School takes different forms depending on the spaces it temporarily occupies, and proposes an alternative system of education, based on emancipation, inclusion, and self-cultivation” as the artist herself says. Further, the idea of “narrative dance” suggests different possibilities of narration, and therefore of perceiving and defining reality.

The School of Narrative Dance, Roma, winner of the 2014 MAXXI Prize, involved more than 300 people for five months in a workshop that temporarily transformed the museum into a laboratory of “alternative education” that culminated in a performance. Reflecting on the concept of the work of art as “a participatory expressive form,” Senatore orchestrated a creative process in such a way that all participants – many participating in the art world for the first time – shared their skills, memories and experiences in an open dialogue. The School of Narrative Dance is thus an indication of the artist’s ability to connect art and society, the intimate and the public, in a practice which is oriented towards the community rather than the individual and upon giving agency to everyone.

This volume, through texts by Francesco Ventrella, Hou Hanru, Anna Mattirolo, as well as a script by written by Giulia Ferracci together with Senatore, analyzes the artist’s trajectory, paying particular attention to The School of Narrative Dance. It includes a rich array of photographs: documentation of the classroom built on the piazza at MAXXI by the group of British architects ASSEMBLE, the lessons which took place there and the final theater-dance performance directed by the choreographers of the Berlin group ESPZ.

ISBN: 978-88-97503-69-9
Format: 17 x 24 cm.
Pages: 134
Language: Ita./Eng.
Edition of 500 copies
Year: 2016

Published by NERO