Creative processes

project supported by
Boarding Pass Plus 2019-2020 programme
MiBACT Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism


The CRISOL (crucible) project has been designed with the aim of interweaving experiences between artists – Italian and from different countries – with the idea of a future that will go beyond identity boundaries and where the melting pot of cultures will represent an enrichment based on differences and a pluralism of identities.
By favoring an exchange of knowledge, in which ideas, cultures and territories come together like metals in the crucible, it is possible to create a virtuous circle that can give life to new scenarios of meeting and cooperation.
CRISOL intends to be an instrument to access unknown territories and to bring out new artistic knowledge, leading us to open a network of cultural communication and co-operation between Italy and European and extra-European countries through which the artists involved will be able to broaden their horizons and internationalize their research and their practices.

The project, that is promoted by 7 Italian and 14 international partners, aims to undertake a path of internationalization that on the one hand involves emerging Italian artists in a process of development of co-creation methodologies and sharing of artistic processes with authors with different backgrounds and languages; on the other hand, to contribute to the acquisition of new skills at the international level by young cultural operators.

The project develops in four different paths dedicated to four geographic areas: Africa, Near East, East, Far East. Each path, which also involves young operators, is aimed at meeting, dialogue and shared work between Italian and foreign artists.
Each geographic area corresponds to a theme.

Africa – Community
The first path addresses Africa and focuses on the “community” theme, involving cultural organisations from Tunisia (Association MADA Tataouine), Morocco (On Marche, Marrakesh) and Senegal (Cie 5e Dimension / Dakar in Mouvement).
Analyzing this theme, which in recent years has taken on great importance in European artistic research, from different perspectives and cultures, becomes a way to better understand what function art assumes in the current historical context, and to investigate how art can play the role of connector of a community to its territory, its history and its culture.

Near East – Tradition
The second path involves the Near East, a geographical area characterized by millenary civilizations, a strong cultural identity and traditions deeply rooted in society. The proposed itinerary unites apparently uneven territories, where, however, there are strong historical and cultural connections: Armenia (High Fest, Yerevan), Bulgaria (One Foundation, Plovdiv), Lebanon (Maqamat / BIPOD, Beirut).
In this historical period, in which the processes of economic globalization determine profound social and cultural changes, attachment to cultural identity and traditions is often the attempted defense implemented by each community to contain the effects of the transformations underway. Meeting other artistic traditions is an extraordinary opportunity to get in touch with the wealth of differences in opposition to cultural homologation.

East – Innovation and technology
The third project core brings together some cultural organisations – Seoul Institute of the Arts and Duri Theater in Seoul (Korea), Attakkalari Center for Movement Arts in Bangalore (India) – located in countries with high technological innovation or involved in the experimentation and employment of new technologies in the processes of creation and artistic production. A work in and with these territories can open new scenarios for artistic creation.

Far East – Form
The path dedicated to Far Eastern cities – Beijing (BeijingDance / LDTX), Macao (Stella & Artists), Singapore (Dans Nucleus), Hong Kong (City Contemporary Dance Company, SETA Sino-European Transcreation Agency) – focuses on form as a core element of the concept of art in oriental culture, to offer a path of research and creation on the formal qualities of the artistic work.
The meeting with different cultural languages and the search within already known codes or forms will allow participants to refine their creation and composition tools.


Fondazione Fabbrica Europa, Firenze, project leader
Associazione Capotrave / Kilowatt Festival, Sansepolcro
Associazione Lis Lab Performing Arts / Cross Festival, Verbania
Danza Urbana Festival, Bologna
Associazione Tersicorea / Corto in Danza Platform, Cagliari
Muxarte / ConFormazioni Dance Festival, Palermo
Associazione Menhir / Festival Ruvo di Puglia

On marche… Festival International de danse contemporaine, Marrakech / Morocco
Association MADA Theatre, Tatouine / Tunisia
Dakar in Mouvement | 5th Dimension Company  / Senegal

Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts / India
S.E.T.A. Sino European Transcreation Agency / Hong Kong
City Contemporary Dance Festival / Hong Kong
Beijing Dance / LDTX  / China
Stella&Artists-China Dance Courier Stations Network / Macao
Dance Nucleus / Singapore
Seoul Institute of the Arts / Korea
Duri Thetre / Korea

BIPOD – Maqama Beit El Raqs / Lebanon
High Fest Yerevan / Armenia
One Foundation of Culture and Arts / Bulgaria


> December 2019
Creation of the network and establishment of the RTO, the temporary grouping of Italian operators that implement and support the project

Africa path
> March 23 – 28, 2020
Marrakesh, Biennale Danse en Afrique
> March 29 marzo – April 5 (dates to be confirmed)
Tataouine, residenza
> April 6 – 13, 2020
Dakar, residency
> April 15 – 22, 2020
Palermo, residency and first public presentation of the process within Festival Conformazioni
> June 27 – July 4, 2020 (dates to be confirmed)
Ravenna, residency and public presentations within Ravenna Festival
> July 5, 2020
Arezzo, public presentation/preview within Kilowatt Festival
> August 26 – September 4, 2020
Bologna, residency and public presentation within Danza Urbana
> September 6, 2020
Ravenna, public presentation within Festival Ammutinamenti
> September 9, 2020
Potenza, public presentation within Festival Città delle 100 scale
> September 11, 2020
Ruvo di Puglia, public presentation within Talos Festival

Far East path
> May 22 – June 15, 2020
Cagliari, Verbania, Firenze
> June 28 – July 13, 2020
Macao, Singapore, Hong Kong

Near East path
> June 2020-2021
Ruvo di Puglia, Beirut,
others to be defined

East path
> May 2020-2021
Florence, first step
> June 2020 – June 2021
Bangalore, Seoul, Sansepolcro
others to be defined










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