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A Theatre Cycle | Episode #2 | Karina Bisch, Marcella Vanzo, Linda Fregni Nagler

23 April 2013

Linda Fregni Nagler Things that Death can not Destroy, (part 6), performance, April 23rd, 2013. Teatro Valle Occupato, Rome Linda Fregni Nagler Things that Death can not Destroy, (part 6), performance, April 23rd, 2013. Teatro Valle Occupato, Rome Marcella Vanzo, Rumors, performance, April 23rd, 2013. Teatro Valle Occupato, Rome Marcella Vanzo, Rumors, performance, April 23rd, 2013. Teatro Valle Occupato, Rome Karina Bisch, Le TĂ©moin, performance, April 23rd, 2013. Teatro Valle Occupato, Rome Karina Bisch, Le TĂ©moin, performance, April 23rd, 2013. Teatro Valle Occupato, Rome Linda Fregni Nagler Things that Death can not Destroy, (part 6), performance, April 23rd, 2013. Teatro Valle Occupato, Rome

Project by Nomas Foundation in collaboration with Teatro Valle Occupato
Curated by Cecilia Canziani and Ilaria Gianni
Assistant curator: Ilaria Carvani

April 23rd, 2013 at 9pm
Teatro Valle Occupato, via del Teatro Valle 21, Rome

Karina Bisch
Le TĂ©moin
20 min
Performed by: Karina Bisch, Nicolas Chardon, Massimiliano Sbarsi
Le Tèmoin is a performance conceived by Karina Bisch for A Theatre Cycle and Teatro Valle Occupato, in an attempt/trying to reproduce the forms of modern art by giving them a dynamic present. The main idea of the whole project is to give a body to those voices witnessed some of the most important events of the historical avant-garde. It is “to live” History connecting it to the anecdote. The texts chosen and staged by the artist are fragments that refer, in a totally subjective way, to particular and significant events of the past, as the spectacle of Albert Flocon for the Bauhaus or the representation «Cœur à Gaz » di George Hugne. These episodes are processed and returned to the public through the complex form of an assemblage of words, costumes, music, choreography and objects. The stage becomes a privileged place for this experiment, allowing the viewer to transform images into reality.

Marcella Vanzo
20 min
Performed by:
Prologue: Alessandro Riceci
Giasone: Alessandro Pulsoni
Acamante: Tony Allotta
Creonte: Emiliano Campagnola
Glauce: Camilla Caré
Humbert Humbert: Michele Bevilacqua
Merope: Luca Franco
Children: Tiziana Tomasulo e Valeria Tomasulo
Handmaid: Laura Pizzirani
Medea: Laura Verga
Rumors is a project that deconstructs the representation, reducing it to its essential terms: plot, voice, stage and body. All these elements placed within the space return to compose a representation. The plot of the greek myth of Medea becomes the excuse to feed the gossip, rumors, intrigues and memories in different places each time, made available/ provided to the performance as are the bodies of the figures in the scene. The texts for the nine voiceovers were written by Marcella Vanzo.

Linda Fregni Nagler
Things that Death can not Destroy, (part 6)
25 min
Today, in an age where everything is documented and cataloged, the language of photography seems to be taken for granted, everyone has access to it. But just as when the medium was new and not yet decoded, this performance brings the viewer to a new sense of wonder and awe for the world in which we live, as if we observe through a lens. A performance magical and intimate at the same time, where old images brought to life by two magic lanterns - an anachronistic as fascinating tool- actuate a story composed of historical and visual associations, references, new meanings, involving the cognitive sphere and the most unconscious feelings of the viewer.


Karina Bisch was born in 1974 in Paris, where she lives and works. After studying at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, in Amsterdam, Karina Bisch has developed a unique artistic vocabulary with many geometric references and a particular sensitivity to Modernism. The artist looks closely at the aesthetics of the early avant-garde which then she deforms and adapts according to her purposes. Through her works and performances with theatrical tone, Karina Bisch, always irreverent and pragmatic, seems to interpret the twentieth century and play with the alleged universality of artistic canons.
Solo exhibitions (selected): La Moderne, Hilary Crisp gallery, London (2013); Painting for living, La Boutique, Paris (2012); Cache-Cache, Nosbaum&Reding Gallery, Luxembourg (2011); Mathematicus Groteske, FRAC Aquitaine,Bordeaux.
Group exhibitions (selected): De Puristes et de Fauves, Shanaynay, Paris (2013); La Demeure Joyeuse II, Francesca Pia Gallery, Zurich (2012); Historia Mysteria, Renwick Gallery, New York (2011); Ca c’est Paris!, David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2011); Tableaux, Le Magasin, Grenoble (2011); Tout ce que vous avez toujours voulu savoir sur le blanc, FRAC Aquitaine, Bordeaux (2011); Aires de jeux, L’Onde, Velizy (2010); Almeria, Chantal Crousel gallery, Paris (2010); Seconde Main, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris (2010); L’image cabrée, 11 prix Ricard, Fondation Ricard, Paris (2009).

Marcella Vanzo was born in 1973 in Milan, where she now lives and works. After graduating in anthropology in London, she studied Fine Arts at the Accademia di Brera in Milan.
Through video, performance, photography and installations she explores the different dimensions of the human being from the social to the mythic, from the emotional to the political. In her work, reality and fiction merge into a dense texture that calls into question the representation of reality.
Solo exhibitions (selected): Rumors, Teatro Studio di Scandicci, Florence (2010); Performat, Lucie Fontaine, Milano (2008); Summertime, Galleria Continua, San Giminiano (2007); An impossible tour, Italian Accademy at Columbia University, New York (2006)
Group exhibitions (selected): Estate, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York (2012); Gli Artisti della collezione Acacia, Palazzo Reale, Milan (2012); PRAGUE BIENNALE 5- Domesticity, Prague (2011); PERFORMA09, New York (2009)

Linda Fregni Nagler was born in 1976 in Stockholm; she lives and works in Milan. In 2000 she graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera and in 2004 she participates in the Course of Visual Arts of the Fondazione Ratti with Jimmy Durham.
Linda Fregni Nagler is an artist who uses photography with a critical and reflective purpose, investigating tradition, iconographic conventions and the status of the photographic image itself.
In 2007 she received the New York Prize offered by the Italian Foreign Office and Columbia University in New York. In 2008 she won a residency at the Dena Foundation in Paris.
Solo exhibitions (selected): Shashin no Shashin, Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Milan (2011); Un Giro di Campo, Galleria Franco Soffiantino, Turin (2009); Playgrounds, Columbia University, New York (2007); Taken Over, Fondazione Adriano Olivetti, Rome (2006).
Group exhibitions (selected): LE SILENCE -Une fiction, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco-Villa Paloma (2012); Vedere un Oggetto, Vedere la Luce, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Guarene D'Alba (2011); Persona in meno, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Guarene D'Alba and Palazzo Ducale, Genoa (2010); Beyond the Dust, Artists' Documents Today, De Kabinetten van De Vleeshal, Middelburg; La Fabbrica del vapore, Milan; Fondation d'entreprise Ricard, Paris (2010); SI – Sindrome Italiana, la jeune création artistique italienne, MAGASIN-Centre National d'Art Contemporain de Grenoble, Grenoble (2010).