Teatro Utile/ Mascherenere
The body, the media, towards a transnational identity
Two companies meet for a project on the theme of identity.
The artistic duo Ariosio/Boscaro and the company Teatro Utile/Mascherenere accept ZONA K’s invitation to collaborate in a research project on intercultural issues.
Ariosio/Boscaro provide Focus Identity with their research programme Per un Novissimo Bestiario, whose aim is the definition of a bestiary dedicated to the “symbolic beings” of the contemporary world and their skills in contact and videomapping.
Teatro Utile/Mascherenere offers its performers and its experience in intercultural work.
The research path will be divided into three stages.
The first one will be dedicated to the research on the cultural background of performers, dancers and actors of non-Italian cultural origin. A collection, through interviews and workshop sessions, of personal stories, traditional tales, images and visions, bodily memories. The narrative and iconographic materials collected in this way will be reworked into a textual, video and/or scenic dramaturgy, which will provide the backbone for the subsequent work with dancers and performers.
The second stage will be dedicated to the encounter between the bodies of the dancers and the projection of the video images resulting from the previous research. What happens when the scene is made up of immaterial elements, such as the projection of images and videos? What are the demands that this type of scene makes on the bodies that pass through and act on it? The physical scores will be aimed at the creation of collective or multiple bodies, so that they can become shaped screens capable of giving light to the appearance of imaginary beings born from the visions of the non-Italian participants.
The last stage of the workshop will involve a return in scenic or installation form during the Identity Focus and the creation of an online platform that will become a constantly updated archive of the research process. This platform will make it possible to strengthen the work at a distance, and will be the place where all the materials collected will converge, concretely increasing the possibilities of authorial participation.
Fedra Boscaro is a multi-disciplinary artist who has alchemically fused different languages and paths in her profile and research. After an initial journey into the visual arts (photography, design and lighting installation), she recognised the theatre scene as the natural place for her artistic research. After graduating from the Alessandra Galante Garrone School of Theatre in Bologna, in 2003 she attended Arnaldo Picchi’s permanent workshop at the DAMS in Bologna, where she also graduated with a thesis in Documentary Cinematography on Participatory Video. She continues part of her activities as an actress (including No-Signal of Teatrino Clandestino) and contemporary dancer (with Anna Albertarelli and Silvia Traversi, among others). In 2006, she founded a performance research group, Ipazia, creating the stage play La casa di Asterione (semi-finals of the Premio Scenario) and the series of multimedia and performance installations Cables#, which together will become the first chapter of the research programme Per un Novissimo Bestiario (2007-2021). Since 2010 he has been involved in the creation and management of Æliamedia, a project that won the first edition of the International Award for Participatory Art, promoted by the Legislative Assembly of the Emilia-Romagna Region.
Tommaso Arosio, after a degree at DAMS (Cinema) in Bologna and a long training in the field of theatre with Arnaldo Picchi, specialises as a video researcher, taking care of the creation of scenic images for shows, large cultural and commercial events, and also dealing with the technical set-up and programming. With the group H.Blumaverde, he devotes himself to the production of installations, performances and workshops dedicated to live video setting and interaction. In 2006 he is among the founders of Areaodeon association in Monza, dedicated to the production of public art initiatives, with which he collaborates since 2011 to the technical and artistic realization of the visual arts festival Kernel (architectural mapping section). Since 2007 he has been working as a freelancer, devoting himself mainly to the design and processing of scenic images, and collaborates with other authors and various promotion agencies.
for Arosio/Boscaro pic by Francesco Burlando
Milo Rau / IIPM
Hate Radio (Switzerland/Germany 2011) tells the story of RTLM/Radio-Télévision Libre des Mille Collines, a Rwandan radio station that played a crucial role in Rwanda’s genocide of the Tutsi minority in 1994.
On 6 April 1994, Rwandan President Habyaruman’s plane was hit by two missiles during take-off. This event marked the beginning of the most brutal genocide since the end of the Cold War.
In the months of April, May and June 1994, the estimated death toll in Rwanda among the Tutsi minority ranged from 800,000 to 1,000,000, and thousands were killed among the moderate Hutus.
The most powerful weapon used during the genocide was the “Radio-Télévision Libre des Mille Col-lines” (RTLM). With inexplicable cynicism, the operators of the radio station cultivated and prepared for the genocide for months, integrating music, sports, political communiqués and genuine incitements to murder into their programming.
How does the process of establishing racist ideology work? How is it possible to purge the individual of his humanity?
Director Milo Rau’s work uses documents and direct testimony from members of the Hutu ethnic group and survivors of the genocide itself to answer these questions, letting people experience first-hand what happened in the history of Rwanda.
French with Italian subtitles, duration 65 min.
Admission: € 5,00
Screenplay and direction: Milo Rau; dramaturgy and conceptual management: Jens Dietrich; set design and costumes: Anton Lukas; video: Marcel Bächtiger; sound: Jens Baudisch; video cast: Estelle Marion, Nancy Nkusi; assistant director: Mascha Euchner-Martinez; production and dramaturgy manager: Milena Kipfmüller; public relations: Yven Augustin; scientific collaboration: Eva-Maria Bertschy. “Hate Radio” is a production of IIPM – International Institut for Political Murder Berlin/Zürich with Migros-Kulturprozent Schweiz, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Hebbel am Ufer (HAU) Berlin, Schlachthaus Theater Bern, Beursschouwburg Brüssel, migros museum für gegenwartskunst Zürich, Kaserne Basel, Südpol Luzern, Verbrecher Verlag Berlin, Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre and Ishyo Arts Centre Kigali. Supported by: Hauptstadtkulturfonds (HKF), Migros-Kulturprozent Schweiz, Pro Helvetia – Schweizer Kulturstiftung, Kulturelles.bl (Basel), Bildungs- und Kulturdepartement des Kantons Luzern, Amt für Kultur St. Gallen, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung, Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F. V. S., GGG Basel, Goethe- Institut Brüssel, Goethe-Institut Johannesburg, Brussels Airlines, Spacial Solutions, Commission Nationale de Lutte contre le Génocide (CNLG), Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst (DED), Contact FM Kigali, IBUKA Rwanda (Dachorganisation der Opferverbände des Genozids in Rwanda) and the Hochschule der Künste Bern (HKB), Friede Springer Stiftung.
Milo Rau – 1977, Bern, Switzerland. Director and playwright, he studied sociology, Germanistics and Romanistics in Paris, Zurich and Berlin, attending lectures by, among others, Tzvetan Todorov and Pierre Bourdieu. He began writing international reportage in 1997, travelling to Ciapas and Cuba. From 2000 he worked for the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, and from 2003 he began his career as a director and author in Switzerland and abroad. In 2007 Rau founded the IIPM (International Institute of Political Murder), the theatre and film production centre with which he still produces all his work today. In addition to his theatre and film work, Milo Rau lectures on directing and cultural theory at several universities. His theatre and film works are based on long and meticulous research in the field, sometimes they are full-fledged cultural and social campaigns (e.g. “Montana”, “The Last Hours of Elena and Nicolae Ceausescu”, “Hate Radio”, “City of Change”, “Breivik’s Statement”, “The Moscow Trials”, “The Zurich Trials”, “The Civil Wars”, “The Dark Ages” and “The Congo Tribunal”). They have been invited to more than thirty different countries around the world and hosted by some of the most important festivals and centres worldwide, including Berliner Theatertreffen, Avignon Festival, Theaterspektakel Zürich, Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival Groningen, Festival TransAmeriques, Wiener Festwochen, Kunstenfestival Brussels, Santarcangelo Festival, Terni Festival, Venice Biennale. He is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the Swiss Theatre Price, the Best Radio Drama Award of the Association of the War Blind (for “Hate Radio”), the Special Jury Prize of the German Film Festival (for “The Moscow Trials”) and the Grand Jury Prize of the Triennial German Theatre Festival “Politik im Freien Theater” (for “The Civil Wars”). His philosophical essay “What is to be done. Critique of the Postmodern Reason” (2013) became a bestseller and was nominated “Best Political Essay of the Year”.