Anna Karasinska: New Creation
Santarcangelo dei Teatri
Ex Buzzi Unicem via Santarcangiolese – Corner with via Santa Maria (San Michele)
July 9, 10, and 12 to 17 20.30
Anna Karasinska is a Polish-born artist and director who creates radically formally simple pieces as a means to disrupt the traditional hierarchies found in theatre by placing the audience at the heart of her work. Her latest piece ‘New Creation’ is part of the European initiative BEPART — Art Beyond PARTicipation.
‘New Creation’ is an experiment in telling the stories of displaced and replaced people and places. Set in the abandoned cement factory of BUZZI-UNICEM, which was once the bustling hub of the San Michele neighborhood of Santarcangelo, the piece imbues new life into the building by telling stories of the next generation of the town. We hear stories of young people who have found a new home in Rimini after leaving their home country due to war, political unrest, and a hope for a better life.
The performers in the piece are the people Karasinska met while visiting Rimini and Santarcangelo and are non-professional actors. This choice gives the piece a delightfully informal and community-building feel. All performers address the audience directly, which undercuts the power dynamic we usually feel in traditional theatre. We break bread together, there is a dialogue amongst us. Together we gather around the bonfire to breathe life into this dormant factory.