Performing Arts in Urban Space

ROME |IT – PRESENTATION

Presentation - Rome

1 > 11 OCTOBER 2015

The Contact Zones project develops / amplifies at a European level the artistic research of Margine Operativo on the relations / mixtures between contemporary performing arts, urban spaces and audiences. The group’s long involvement in this research is exemplified by the Attraversamenti Multipli (Multiple Crossovers).

Attraversamenti Multipli is a multidisciplinary festival created by Margine Operativo on yearly basis since 2001 – attraversamentimultipli.it -.

Contact Zones, similarly to Attraversamenti Multipli, is a project running on the bordering lines between artistic languages and in the proximity zones between arts and life.

The artists, the performances, the residences, the videobox and the workshops planned in Rome by Contact Zones, all share the same characteristic of blending different artistic languages, stressing in an innovative way the initial genres, cross-breeding them and making them meet with other languages, unusual locations and new audiences.

Contact Zones @ Rome aimes at being a multi-discipline, multifaceted and “crossbred” entity, welcoming in a mutual dialogue different artistic practices, ranging from contemporary scenic arts to contemporary visual arts such as theater, dance, site-specific performance, music, video-making, street art.

Contact Zones meets Attraversamenti Multipli 2015 going through it and offering two site-specific performances created for Contact Zones by two international ensembles, and three site-specific performances / actions / happenings of Italian artists, created specifically for Contact Zones and the host locations.
The events are staged in the outdoor section of the festival, which takes place in the uptown and popular neighborhood of Rome’s Quadraro, between October 8 and 11.

The 2 international site-specific performances are created through 2 artistic residences of the 2 European ensembles involved, which will take place in selected areas of Quadraro. During the residence, these 2 ensembles will host 2 workshops, open to professionals and also the general citizenship. The workshops will entwine their efforts with the 2 residences and with the setting up of the 2 site-specific performances. The participants to the workshops will be actually involved in the performances / actions.

A further “contact area” is the urban video-box by Contact Zones, which will go through all the artistic events of the 8 days of Attraversamenti Multiply and gather the voices and concerns of the audience and citizens it will meet on its path, raising questions on the subject of the “ideal city”.

Contact Zones @ Rome creates areas of active involvement of the audience through:

– using the blog and social networks as a “virtual square”, a place where spectators can interact

– the Under 25 multitasking project, which will involve a group of youths under 25 years of age, as active observers and multitasking narrators of the project’s steps

– the programming of artistic performances and actions co-produced by the project and including in their design dynamic residences and workshops interacting with the places and the citizens that live there.