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In Performance: Dreams Come True, Hichmoul Pilon Production, collectif anthropie e Siamo ovunque – We are Everywhere at Santarcangelo dei Teatri (Italy)

‘We are Everywhere’ is a project devised by Nous sommes, a French-speaking Swiss initiative of an editorial committee composed of members of Dreams Come true, Hichmoul Pilon Production and anthropie. The Italian committee is called Siamo Ovunque and is based in Bologna. The group collects texts to form a living and breathing archive of activism. Submissions range in topic from feminism, anticapitalism, antifascism, ecocide, and beyond. ‘We are Everywhere’ creates a safe space for subversive collective communication through the collision of many mediums: oration, website, and written word. 

For the performance, we gathered in Piazza Ganganelli, the main square in Santarcangelo. We picked up headsets and a thick stack of text in either English or Italian. The text included a table of contents, a glossary of terms, and dozens of anonymous submissions. We took our seats on various benches, boxes, and lounge chairs set up to face each other on a circular stage. The setup is intentionally simple so that the space can be easily recreated in a multitude of other locations at a minimal cost.

Once seated, we heard the voices of four of the projects’ coordinators through our headsets. We were invited to look through the various stories numbered before us in our handouts. We were told that we would be a part of this performance by reading aloud from these entries. We were encouraged to choose an entry that resonated with us, raise our hand when we were ready so we could receive a microphone, and read the entry for all to hear over the headsets we wore. Together we, the audience, shared our voices to learn and understand the voices and people from whom these words came.

The piece is a protest in and of itself. Intentionally placed in the hub of the festival, we are seen and heard by all who pass by–truly embodying the title ‘We are Everywhere.’ There are more chapters opening across Europe. I’m inspired by this group’s effort to take these conversations into the physical world as I find most of these shared community spaces are found online.

Santarcangelo dei Teatri
July 9 19.00
July 10 19.00
Piazza Ganganelli

*Please note I only attended the first hour of this performance due to scheduling conflicts with other shows

Photo by Dorothée Thébert-Filliger

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Marisa Conroy is a San Francisco-raised multi-disciplinary artist and producer who calls New York City and Dublin, Ireland home. She creates performances using ritual on stage in a genuine attempt to elicit change and transformation. She is interested in work about the beauty of reality and makes work that is deeply personal, intimate and rooted in non-fiction. With a background in production and marketing, she thinks of the entire living world of her work when creating a new piece. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Theatre at Sarah Lawrence College. She is a student teacher at College of Mount St. Vincent where she assists Professor Brad Crownover in his Introduction to Acting class. Her recent line producing credits include The Care Cafe facilitated by Lois Weaver for Anu Productions, NY Pops Up, a six month initiative through the NY Governor’s office to bring the arts back to NYC during the COVID 19 pandemic, Live Collision International Festival 2020, and Curran Under Construction SF (2016-2016). Creative Producing credits include GirlPlay by Sarah Richardson (****The Stage), Initiation by Matthew Bratko & Frank Sweeney (Dublin Fringe Festival 2020 Commision), GAA MAAD (Dublin Fringe Festival 2019 Commision), SAUCE (***** The Irish Times).

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