Crossing the sea

From February 2 to 28 the first stage of the project
in India at Attakkalari India Biennial in Bangalore


The Crossing the Sea project, supported by the MIBAC (the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities) as part of the Boarding Pass Plus program, was created to promote Italian artists in Middle East and Asian countries. The project aims to establish long-term relations with foreign organizations working in contemporary performing arts that are expressing interest in Italian artistic production.

The 20 Italian projects, selected by a jury composed of the artistic directors of the project partner organizations*, were presented by the artists Barbara BertiTeodoro Bonci Del BeneAndrea Costanzo MartiniEffetto LarsenJacopo JennaSalvo LombardoPietro MarulloTecnologia FilosoficaDavide ValrossoLuna CenereCollettivo CineticoMarco D’AgostinDewey DellDispensa BarzottiFattoria VittadiniIsabella GiustinaGiovanfrancesco GianniniFabio NovembriniValentina ZappaClaudia MezzollaAntonio MontanileIlenia RomanoIrene RussolilloTeatro Sotterraneo.

Foreign partners** will then choose which projects to present to their audience. The selected artists will be hosted in Middle East and Asia for periods of residency and will lead workshops involving local artists.
For the selected projects there will be also phases of work and public presentations in Italy to which artists from partners will be invited.

The first Italian artists who left for Attakkalari India Biennial in Bangalore are Salvo Lombardo and Davide Valrosso who will be involved in creative residencies.
Salvo Lombardo will present Bodies Memories, a workshop in collaboration with Daria Greco. Davide Valrosso will work on The Golden Age, an exchange of creative processes with local artists and communities.
The results of these residences will be presented to the public in Bangalore on February 8 and 28.
On February 2, always within the Attakalari Biennial, Salvo Lombardo will present his creation Outdoor Dance Floor, and Davide Valrosso his choreography Joseph.

The Italian partners of Crossing the Sea will also select five young curators, managers and operators under 35 who will participate as an Italian delegation in one or more networking opportunities in the partner countries, in particular platforms or festivals.
*The project is promoted by a network of Italian organizations composed of Marche Teatro / Teatro di Rilevante Interesse Culturale (project coordinator); Anghiari Dance Hub, Armunia / Inequilibrio Festival, Associazione Incontri Internazionali di Rovereto / Festival Oriente Occidente, Fondazione Fabbrica Europa, Lis Lab Performing Arts / Cross Festival, Mosaico Danza / Interplay Festival, in partnership with Middle East and Asian partners** : Maqamat (Beirut, Lebanon), Attakalari Centre for Movement Arts (Bangalore, India), T.H.E. Dance Company (Singapore), SIDance (Seul, Korea), City Contemporary Dance Company (Hong Kong, China), Shangai Dramatic Arts Center (Shangai, China), Hong Kong Arts Festival (Hong Kong, China), National Performing Arts Center (Taipei, Taiwan).

ACS Abruzzo Circuito Spettacolo, Associazione Culturale Danza Urbana, Triangolo Scaleno / Teatri di vetro Festival, Live internationalization gateway will take part in the project as supporters and multipliers.



















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