The project

The CRISOL – creative processes project aims to create opportunities for Italian and international artists, and all their connected operators, to cooperate through sharing ideas and practices, as well as work techniques and acquired knowledge, with the common goal to create a collective conscience and a multi-faceted identity.

The project intends to redefine a new, wider, and more inclusive, artistic identity through creative processes, and performative art products that are cross-cultural, collaborative and that represent the broader and shared identity of our times and way of being. In particular, the project Crisol will revolve in the next two years around the topic of space and our relationship to it. Such a topic will represent the stepping stone of our collaborative research, and it will embody the final artistic product.

In the last recent years the ideas and thoughts around the term landscape, and what it represents to us these days, have had an echo around the performing arts, prompting new ideas and languages, and initiating new fields of research. The increased attention towards it has propelled the development of new practices and experimentation.

Landscape, in fact, questions naturally the authors of the scene about the possible ways to do a performance and the infinite ways we approach its fruition. It’s a new keyword that introduces new language elements in the performative arts, especially in the dance field, broadening our idea of the theatrical act within the mechanism of the re/presentation. Landscapes hold within themselves different levels: the sensible and the rational, the natural and the cultural. The landscape is concrete proof of consistent negotiation and interaction between man and nature, between the intrinsic natural elements of the different territories and lands, and, on the other hand, the human influence and footprints that shines through the landscape with its different cultures, traditions, and habits. The landscape is a historical element that builds on itself, a witness of historical changes through layers of past, present, and future eras, all combined in one place. The landscape is a cultural product of the different populations, ethnicities, and societies while also being a natural creation itself. The concept of public and shared space is, therefore, determined and dictated by a significative change of scenery: it opens up to new modalities and forms of relationship with the audience, based on the different contexts/landscapes utilized every time, becoming the result of a radical political and cultural movement/project.

CRISOL supports the authors in creating new approaches and formats regarding the idea and concept of landscape. Approaches that, inevitably, will develop a more leveled, equal, and open relationship and dialogue between the audience and the place where the performance is taking place. Crisol identifies as landscape, not only the natural aspect that characterizes an environment, but any other non-conventional place, not expressively designated for performing arts, such as museums, art centers, and other urban and public places.

CRISOL initiates the spark of a new vision and is a call to answer the challenges of our times, propelling us all into a new, broader, and more meaningful cultural paradigm. One that will reflect our times and cultures. One that is truly inclusive and appreciative of all differences and diversities.

Project development

All CRISOL’s initiatives will take place over the arch of about two years, from the end of October 2022 until  October  31, 2024. The project will develop in a pre-production and production process with the aim, for the artists involved, to meet and get to know each other and their respective work. CRISOL‘s goal is to work cross-culturally, both nationally and internationally, involving both Italian and international artists and creators. The development of a new way of sharing and co-creating amongst authors coming from all over the world, and from different artistic paths and backgrounds, represents a welcomed cultural challenge and the start of a meaningful choreographic research trajectory.

The first part of the project is characterized by moments of encounters and get-to-know between artists (dancers, performers, sound artists, videomakers, visual designers). Participants will be selected based on the quality of their artistic work, in terms of both research and artistic production, as well as the ability to think differently and in an innovative way about the different languages and formats of their fields of action and, ultimately, for their willingness and ability to get involved in the co-creation process with members of other countries. In this project’s phase, artists are encouraged to invite each other, also through residencies, to see and familiarize themselves with their artistic work, their aesthetic and thought processes, their practices, and their way of doing art. This will also constitute the first step in initiating the collaborative creation process amongst the atherogenic group. A mentor and artistic advisor will be available as well, whose main role will be to guide the artists in developing the common project. Based on this initial exchange between the authors, the project’s partners will identify the artists who will work concretely on creating a collaborative project which inevitably will be the result of all these different visions, cultures, and ways of making art.

The project’s second stage revolves around the production residencies and it represents the hands-on, practical part of the project, where authors will work together in making the final artistic product. This stage will also have moments of mentoring, tutoring and sharing.

The third stage of the project is about showcasing and presenting to the audience the outcome of this collaborative work as well as promoting and encouraging a capillary distribution and travel of the final result amongst all project’s partners and countries. 

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