Lab08
Performing ethnography

Convenors:
Andrea Mochi Sismondi (Ateliersi Cultural Association)
Sabrina Tosi Cambini (Università di Verona)
Fiorenza Menni (Ateliersi Cultural Association)
Format:
Labs
Location:
U2-8b
Start time:
22 July, 2016 at 11:15
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

The Lab turns ethnographic texts in materials for the theater,making them crossed by the dramatization process, performing them. The L. takes on the life of people in a specific migration context, and the ways how specific conceptions of aspiration and imagination about the future become configured.

Long abstract:

The Lab proposal is based on data collected during a multi-situated ethonography on a Romanian Rudari families' network immigrated in Italy, in the city of Florence. For many of them, the mode of settlement took the form of squatting in some buildings of the city. So the history of their migration intersects with the spatial configuration of the city (the variations in urban functions and composition of town areas), the commodification of the public areas and the political decisions over them, as well as crossing into the local history of the struggle for housing rights. Through the various languages of the contemporary theatre, the Lab takes on the life of people in a specific migration context, and the ways how specific conceptions of aspiration and imagination about the future become configured ("which future is thinkable and wished"?). The Lab turns two different ethnographic texts in materials for the theater, making them crossed by the "dramatization" process, "performing" them. This process creates a context of "décalage", creating a perceptual space that allows the "entrance" of those who participate as a spectator, through an "imaginative" path. The exploration and elaboration of the texts using the feautures of performing arts expands their evocative and communicative potenzial, transforming them in an "experience." Timing: 105 min long, during which a stage is turned on and repeats for 3 times. To participate as "active" public, please send an email to all convenors to reserve a spot. As spectator a registration is not required.