Muna Mussie (IT)
10th - 12th December 2021
If I close my eyes and try to define my image, what do I see?
A blind mirror, a lack.
No one is master of their own image because it implies a co-relation.
What is immediate – my body, my image – is distant from me.
With Curva Cieca Muna Mussie represents this lack together with Filmon Yemane, a boy blind since the age of twelve. The fulcrum of the performance is the discovery of Muna’s mother tongue, in a dialogue between the word, sign, form and meaning. On stage, Filmon’s voice gives lessons in the Tigrigna language with the help of images from an alphabet book. The performer’s body will attempt to move within the sinuosity of this alphabet in a sort of dynamic mimesis, trying to cross the sign and incorporate it to extract another meaning.
Info: performance – duration 40 min. – in Italian with English subtitles
with Muna Mussie and words by Filmon Yemane video editing Lino Greco production Short Theatre, ZONA K, Santarcangelo Festival, Spazio Kor, City of Ebla with the support of Xing with the support of Fondazione Nuovi Mecenati and Teatro di Roma – Teatro Nazionale
**Performance included in “IntercettAzioni” – Centro di Residenza Artistica della Lombardia: a project by Circuito CLAPS and ZONA K, Industria Scenica, Milano Musica, Teatro delle Moire, with the contribution of Regione Lombardia, MiBACT and Fondazione Cariplo.
Muna Mussie (Eritrea 1978) began her artistic career in 1998, training and working as an actress-performer with Teatrino Clandestino until 2001. In 2002 she attends the European Course of high formation for the actor, conducted by Cesare Ronconi of Teatro Valdoca and continues the collaboration as actress until 2010. From 2001 to 2005 she was a founding member of the research collective Open, where, following the performance “opentolikemunamussie” (2005), she began to develop a desire to investigate stage modes. Muna Mussie’s work, between gesture, vision and words, investigates the languages of the stage and the performing arts to give form to the tension that arises between different expressive poles. Her productions include: Più che piccola, media (2007), Con Permesso (2008), site-specific project Galata Perform Istanbul, Ti ho sognato, ma non eri il protagonista (2010). Together with Flavio Favelli she is the author of the FFMM clothing collection (2007-2009). Among her international projects: Monkey See, Monkey Do (Chapter I-II, 2011-2012); followed by the installation and performance Milite Ignoto (2015) and the performance Oasi (2018), which investigate ghostly apparitions and minor history. Among her object-based interventions, the project Punteggiatura (2018) based on the practice of sewing, which sees language as a political-affective space, is noteworthy. Curva (2019), Curva Cieca (2021), Bologna St.173 (2021), Bientôt l’été (2021), Oblio (2021).
Her work has been presented at Art Fall/PAC Ferrara, Xing Raum and Live Arts Week Bologna, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Torino, Museo Marino Marini Firenze, Workspace Brussels, MAMbo Bologna, Màntica Cesena, proprio dello stare in Santarcangelo Festival, Viafarini Milano, Ipercorpo Festival, Museion Bolzano, Festival Pergine Spettacolo, Sale Docks Venezia, ERT Bologna, Biennale Atlas of Transitions, Vie Festival Modena, Artcity Bologna, Manifesta 2020 Marsiglia, Archive Books Milano, SAVVY Contemporary, Short Theatre.
Filmon Yemane has been living in Bologna since 2008 and holds a degree in International and Diplomatic Sciences. He also took part in several cultural activities and artistic projects, such as a docu-film with the ZimmerFrei collective within the project Atlas of Transitions.