REALITY

February – December 2020

You don’t want to do a philosophical analysis of realism, neo-realism, modernity and post-modernism.
Neither simplify an English word that by now has entered the common Italian vocabulary and sees Reality only and solely linked to show.

For us, Reality is simply, and perhaps trivially, the reality. That reality which keeps us anchored to the present day, to its observation, to its analysis, to its interpretation. It is the reality of the facts, the matter of reality, which we believe to exist despite the disorientation caused by the overload of information, despite the spread of “fake news”, despite shameless political propaganda that fears neither self-contradiction nor the explicit lie.

It is that reality that in 2018, with the rise of populist movements and a new form of power that disdained knowledge but was built on communication, made us think of Power. That same reality that the following year with Economy led us to turn our gaze to the economic world, its excesses and its distortions.

And it is always the reality that, at the end of the three-year period with Reality, takes the place of honour and, after two years of glossy and metaphorical images, invade with its power, as a quick overview of global reality. An overview that questions the meaning of the world and would like to be “cosmopolitan” following the thought of the German sociologist Ulrich Beck who spoke of the need for a “daily look, vigilant at history, reflective, which arises in an environment in which borders, differences and cultural contradictions vanish […] “.

GLOBAL, VIRTUAL and HUMAN are the three focuses that accompany the season, keys of interpretation to explore the current framework of contemporary society. Three focuses and not four as in previous years, to give more unity and coherence to the autumn programme and to allow a longer holding of some shows.

At the closing, not only of the year but also of the three-year period and of a path that until today has led us to invite the most representative names of that genre defined Theatre of reality, we will dedicate two days to a convention of reflection and discussion on how we view the future of the theatre in relation to the reality.

An important opportunity to take stock of the current situation in Europe but also to bring up new issues and questions. For the occasion, we’ll invite some of the artists we hosted over the years, and the representatives and critics that are the most sensitive to this topic.

 

SPECIAL EVENT
15 February
WIM VANDEKEYBUS/ULTIMA VEZ (BE)
GO FIGURE OUT YOURSELF
[dance performance]
presented in collaboration with and c/o Casa degli Artisti

 

FOCUS #1 • GLOBAL • 27 February – 22 March 2020

27 + 28 February
VALTERS SĪLIS (LV)
BEING A NATIONALIST
[show]
c/o ZONA K

14 + 15 March
GUINEA PIGS (IT)
#NUOVIPOVERI
[show]
c/o ZONA K

21 + 22 March
ROGER BERNAT / FFF (ES)
NESSUNA CONVERSAZIONE DEGNA DI RILIEVO
[show with headset]
c/o ZONA K

 

FOCUS #2 • VIRTUAL • 2 APRIL – 17 May 2020

2 + 3 April
SILKE HUYSMANS & HANNES DEREERE | CAMPO (BE)
PLEASANT ISLAND
[multidisciplinary theatre documentary]
presented in collaboration with Fattoria Vittadini c/o Spazio Fattoria

22 + 23 + 24 MAY
MAMMALIAN DIVING REFLEX (Canada)
THE LAST MINUTES BEFORE MARS
[multimedia performance]
A project of ZONA K and FOG Triennale Milano Performing Arts
c/o ZONA K

13 + 14 and 16 + 17 May
CODICEFIONDA (IT)
PLAY ME (Origins Project)
[multimedia performance]
A project of ZONA K
c/o ZONA K

 

FOCUS #3 • HUMAN • Octobre – Novembre 2020

start October – end Novembre
RIMINI PROTOKOLL (DE)
TURNO DI NOTTE
[travelling urban performance]
A project of ZONA K in collaboration with Casa degli Artisti
c/o places in the city

22 + 23 October
BABILONIA TEATRI (IT)
GIULIO
[show]
c/o ZONA K

12 + 13 Novembre
M. Anderson, I. Kralj THEATRE GIGANTE (USA)
A. Renda TEATRO DELLE ALBE /RAVENNA TEATRO (IT)
IN THE BELLY OF THE BEAST
[show]
c/o ZONA K

28 + 29 Novembre
AGRUPACIÓN SEÑOR SERRANO (ES)
THE MOUNTAIN
[multimedia show]
A co-production of ZONA K presented in collaboration with Olinda Onlus
c/o TeatroLaCucina

Novembre
CONVENTION

 

The artists in residence during 2020 are:
Anna Serlenga (IT)
Guinea Pigs (IT)
Muna Mussie (IT)
Yan Duyvendak (CH)
Mats Staub (DE)
Michele Losi (IT)
+ the winner of the IntercettAzioni contest 2020

 

photo ©Michele Borzoni / TerraProject

 

The season REALITY is a ZONA K project – Subject of regional relevance of the Lombardy region – With support of MIBACT Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo, ORA! Compagnia di San Paolo – With the patronage of the Comune di Milano, the Belgian embassy in Rome, Istituto Cervantes Milano, Goethe Institut, Italian embassy in Canada – In collaboration with Casa degli Artisti, Fattoria Vittadini, Triennale Milano, Olinda, Stratagemmi, Mare culturale urbano, Claps Circuito Lombardia Arti Performative, Industria Scenica, Teatro delle Moire, Milano Musica – Communication partner: Profili, Neo Studio