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Featured: Muta Imago Company (Rome, Italy)

Muta Imago is a project of artistic research that was set up in Rome in 2006 and guided by Claudia Sorace (director) and Riccardo Fazi (dramaturg – sound designer). Over the years the group has produced shows, performances and installations in which the investigation about the relationship between the human being, space and time, has a main role.

Displace - Muta Imago - ph© Luigi Angelucci

The shows (a + b)3 (2007), Lev (2008), Madeleine (2009), have been hosted by  festivals such us RomaEuropa Festival, Napoli Teatro Festival Italia (that was also the producer of the performance Napoli. Primo passo nelle città di sotto), Vie Scena Contemporanea Festival, Santarcangelo International Festival of the Arts, Inteatro Festival, Bassano Opera Festival, Primavera dei Teatri, Biennale dei Giovani Artisti d’Europa e del Mediterraneo and in various international festivals such us Premiéres Festival (Strasbourg), Festival Cyl (Salamanca), Fadjr Festival (Teheran), Bipod Festival (Beirut), Clipa Aduma Festival (Tel Aviv), Unidram Festival (Potsdam), Temps d’Images (Cluj-Napoca, Budapest), Teatro/Theater: Italienischer Theaterherbst (Berlin), Festival International des Brigittines (Bruxelles), Théâtre de la Ville (Paris).

In 2009 the company won prizes such as: the Premio Speciale Ubu, the Premio della critica from the Associazione Nazionale dei Critici di Teatro and the Prize DE.MO./Movin’UP. In the same year Claudia Sorace won the Premio Cavalierato Giovanile della Provincia di Roma and the Premio Internazionale Valeria Moriconi as “Futuro della scena”.

From 2009, Muta Imago receives MiBAC’s (Italian Ministry of Culture) subsidy as Progetto Speciale (Special Project)
In 2011, after participating in the XXIX Festival Fadjr Tehran, Claudia Sorace received the award for “Best Director” for (a + b)3 and Lev.

The Displace project, on which the group is now working, foresees the creation of three different performances: Displace #1 La rabbia rossa(premiered on october 2010 at the RomaEuropa Festival), Displace #2 Rovine (which will be at the Festival delle Colline Torinesi 2011) and Displace, the final production that will emerge from the first two performances.


Displace #1 La Rabbia Rossa
Displace #2 Rovine
Don Giovanni (Looking For)


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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble and network, blog, and publisher, He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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