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Almanac 2016: Laura Bartolomei (Acquapendente, Italy)

Almanac 2016: Laura Bartolomei (Acquapendente, Italy)

Study on love
While my father was seriously ill I spend long time in his studio, watching his work as painter, especially the series called Rottami Riabilitati, in which huge piles of wrecked cars challenge the few naked humans in the picture. Those humans are nearly transparent, almost disappearing, but still humans, making love, having children, taking walks among the cars. This started an introspective reflection among my loved ones, about what is love, what moves us toward each other and how a meeting can change a life. A woman alone, in a room, completely bandaged and hanging from the ceiling, moves minimally and slowly. The public is allowed, somehow invited, to go close to the woman, to explore her body surface, with a magnifier. The bandage, if lifted, will reveal drawings, photos, mirrors, smells, memories. The woman engages with the audience via her gaze but not with her voice nor gestures, in a silent dialog.

Production History:
Moody Space, Orvieto, Italy – Espaço Arter, San Paulo, Brasil


Artistic Statement:
I was born and raised in Rome. My father was a painter and a cinema cartoonist, my mother a potter. I grew up messing up with colors, clay and dirt. I then enrolled in a Fine Art degree. But the body it’s always been my real interest. Since I can remember I have been moved by a deep curiosity about how the body functions, how it feels, how it recovers from injuries, how it adapts to disability, how it decomposes, the relationship of the body with surroundings and the emotional sphere, its limits. That is why when I got in contact with Butoh I felt like I had found a home. That is why puppetry is so interesting for me: puppets in their archetypal function can be eaten up, mutilated, can die and regenerate, and can translate feelings that we have somehow forgotten in modern times. Three main themes recurs and cross each other in my research ground. The body with all that comes with it. Materials. Nature in all its forms, texture, colors, geometry. My research at the moment is oriented toward a dialog between inner body – outer body – the world in the natural context. Humans relate with nature and each other through skin, body organs and their senses, a relationship that translates in emotions and feelings. My aim is to establish a silent dialog with the “public” where this primordial consciousness is shared along with emotions and memories. I wish to celebrate the greatness of nature.






Photo by: Lorenzo Scoppoletti

This post is part of a series of profiles on performance and performance makers from this year’s book, Contemporary Performance Almanac 2016, an overview of contemporary performance presented during the 2014/2015 season available for touring now. If you would like to be apart of next year’s book, Contemporary Performance Almanac 2017, you can join the project here. 


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Caden Manson is Editor In Chief and Curator of Contemporary Performance Network and co-founder and artistic director of Big Art Group, a New York City performance company founded in 1999.

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