Crossing the sea is a project for the internationalization of the performing arts aimed at creating and consolidating long-term collaborations between Italy, the Middle East and Asia. The project is implemented with the support of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities within the Boarding Pass Plus call.
In 2018 and 2019 the seven Italian partners, through a call for young artists and operators, are launching an internationalization process aimed at promoting networking opportunities and sharing good practices, fostering international co-productions and bilateral exchanges, encouraging the participation in international platforms and meetings.
Thanks to the opportunity provided by the project, the Italian and international partners will strengthen and implement the relationship between the different geographical areas, creating an informal network that can act as a hub for the development of activities among the countries involved.
Marche Teatro – Inteatro Festival Polverigi (coordinator), Anghiari Dance Hub, Armunia, Fondazione Fabbrica Europa, Lis Lab Performing Arts – Cross Festival, Mosaico Danza – Interplay Festival, Festival Oriente Occidente
Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts (India), City Contemporary Dance Company (China), Hong Kong Arts Festival (China), Maqamat (Lebanon), National Performing Arts Center (Taiwan), Shangai Dramatic Arts Center (China), SIDance (Korea), T.H.E. Dance Company (Singapore)
The phases of the project
The first artists to leave were Salvo Lombardo and Davide Valrosso who went to Attakkalari India Biennial in Bangalore where Lombardo proposed Bodies Memories, a residential workshop with the collaboration of Daria Greco, and Valrosso worked on The Golden Age, an exchange of creative processes with local artists and communities.
The results of these residencies were presented to the public in Bangalore on February 8 and 28.
On February 2 2019, again in the framework of the Attakalari Biennial, Salvo Lombardo presented the performance Outdoor Dance Floor and Davide Valrosso his creation Joseph.
Davide Valrosso, with three dancers of the Attakalari Centre for Movement Arts, presented, within the Secret Florence project (Florence, June 14) of which Fabbrica Europa is partner, the new creation A Peaceful, Peaceful Place that was also at Villa Nappi in Polverigi (June 19, Inteatro festival), in Intra (June 22, Cross Festival) and in Castiglioncello (June 26-27, Festival Inequilibrio).
Isabella Giustina, after a residency from May 17 to June 17, presented Hanging in the Balance created with T.H.E Second Company (T.H.E Dance Company) in Singapore on June 18 and 19, on the occasion of the Co.Lab. Asians.
From June 17 to 23 Jacopo Jenna was in residency at the Seoul Institute of the Arts where he conducted a workshop for local artists with a final presentation.
From July 16 to 29 Barbara Berti at the Beijing Dance Festival conducted a workshop and classes with and local artists and a residency with sharing of practices for a performance with Beijing dancers and students.
Francesca Cinalli e Paolo De Santis – Tecnologia Filosofica – were hosted by the Shangai International Dance Center (SIDC) from August 19 to 25 agosto as trainers and judges at the Youth Dance Festival and from August 26 to 30 took part with a workshop to the China Contemporary Dance Biennale in Shangai.
Sotterraneo was in residency from September 18 to 28 at the Shanghai International Theatre Festival, where they also will present Overload.
Seoul SIDance hosted a residency and two creations of Andrea Costanzo Martini from September 23 to October 11.
From November 25 to December 2 the collective Melting Point (Giovanfrancesco Giannini, Fabio Novembrini, Valentina Zappa) will be in China for a residency at the Er Gao Dance Production Group in Guangzhou.
In December (from 9 to 20) Luna Cenere, Ilenia Romano and Pietro Marullo will be at the Hong Kong Arts Festival to work with local artists..
Fattoria Vittadini will be hosted by the Tjimur Dance Theatre in Taiwan for a residency/workshop with local artists from December 26 to 31.