Trasformatorio 2017 – Cristiano Siri

Uphill

An almost abandoned village, the legend of a glorious woman, the human condition.
“Uphill” is the result of an exploration of the intersections and the resonating pattern among these elements.
Scaletta Zanclea, Macalda, us.
We have birth and we often struggle about what we found out there waiting for us.
We are depicted in a certain way, they pave for us roads we don’t recognize as ours.
We are thought as the solution to others’ lives, problems, psychosis.
Even our actions are reinterpreted according to a culture we did not contributed to shape.
How can we reclaim our authenticity then?
How can we unchain us?
Which are the consequences?
Can we really do that?
Are we courageous enough?
“Uphill” is a site-specific performance by Cristiano Siri that mix physical theatre, poetry, dance, music and videos beating hard around these questions.

sCristiano; we are going to walk up! Up is the way! In the dark!
Cristiano knows how to walk. Much better than me. And he trusts only his own experience. So does not want to walk in the dark. I respect that but disagree. Sometimes you must put yourself out of your comfort zone. I had done the road before, yet no other knows, and he does only trust himself.
But Cristiano also feels the presence of subtle “matter”, the matter of wich bonds and dreams are made. I see him a few days later. On the top of the wall, in the wind, and the wind is strong as the tower foundations, as the mountain and as the island. I feel frail, not him. As his words were strong. Strong words tree time repeated. When I heard the poem for the first time I shivered. I think we all did. Was a great performance, a generous act. “In salita”. Uphill.

the wall up
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fire

Featured artist May 2015: Gandolfo Gabriele David

Gandolfo Gabriele David is a Sicilian artist and designer I met in Palermo in 2014.

His talent is to invent and devise actions that transform a site integrating as well images, people with their intentions and stories and landscape with its natural processes. His pieces appear into the landscape as processes and at the same time represent it, wile, at the same time, are acting to cause a bundle of different complex energies to become manifest.

Trasformatorio #0

La prima edizione di Trasformatorio , Trasformatorio#0, si e’ svolta dall’ 1 al 14 Aprile 2013.

Professionisti e studenti provenienti da vari paesi hanno partecipato ad una settimana di workshop e ad una di residenza.

Partecipanti: 14 Italiani, di cui 7  Siciliani, 3 residenti in Olanda e 1 residente in UK, dall’Austria (4), dall’Olanda (4), Inghilterra (1), Bulgaria (1) e Slovenia (2).

Le attività svolte durante le due settimane hanno visto e prodotto:

Workshops e laboratori:

Sviluppo e applicazione del lavoro site-specific. Questa ricerca e’ risultata in un prodotto ad hoc,  sviluppato in base alle esigenze del luogo, delle persone, e dell’ambiente (inteso come spazio antropologico) di Montalbano Elicona.

La ricerca si è sviluppata intorno al concetto dell’ eco-sostenibilità, attraverso l’esplorazione degli strumenti tecnici, trovando una trasformazione degli stessi per arrivare ad un impatto ambientale il più possibile vicino allo 0.

Presentazioni, conferenze, dibattiti, spettacoli e installazioni:

Le esplorazioni artistiche dei vari partecipanti sono state presentate in diversi modi ad un pubblico variegato, tenendo conto del contesto e dello stato di avanzamento dei vari progetti.

Raccolta di cibo e materiali necessari alla permanenza nel luogo di lavoro e laboratori sul cibo:

Questa attività si è rivelata collante tra Traformatorio e la comunità locale, creando una rete di collaborazione con gli abitanti di Montalbano Elicona.

The first edition of Trasformatorio, Trasformatorio#0, took place , took place from 1st till 14th April 2013.

Practitioners and art students from various countries participated to one week of workshops and one week of residency.

Participants were coming from Italy (14; of whom 7 Sicilians, 3 residents in the Netherlands and 1 resident in UK), from Austria (4), from the Netherlands (4), UK (1), Bulgaria (1) and Slovenia (2).

The activities in those two weeks contained:

Workshops and laboratories:

Application and development of personal skills on site-specific performance . This is a research  was conducted with the ethic of exchange, responding to the specific environment (= people, history, space) of Montalbano Elicona.

Technical research on sustainability; an exploration of tools that can be used for site-specific performances, helping to create a theatrical transformation with the most limited damages to the environment.

Research presentations, discussions, speeches, performances and installations:

The practitioners’ explorations were presented to different audiences, in multiple ways, according to the content, character and state of development of ideas and performance material.

Establishing the basics, gathering food and all other material necessities:

On the locations where Trasformatorio was working and living. This very basic practical activity was considered and worked out as one of the means of ‘mapping’ the place. It worked as a key aspect for integrating with the local community and as a simple social glue between participants.