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PROGRESS FESTIVAL: Affioramenti (Surfacing)



PROGRESS FESTIVAL: Affioramenti (Surfacing)

Acclaimed visual artist Antonella Bersani builds an immersive environment with the help of the audience.

Organized by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura and DopoLavoro Teatrale (DLT) in collaboration with The Theatre Centre and the Progress International Festival of Performance and Ideas.

The Affioramenti experience is designed for six participants at a time, who have one-on-one moments of creation and interaction with each other. The space contains objects that appear to have emerged from the sea at low tide -- a story to be completed.

Each participant is invited to bring an object of significance to their life and place it within the space. They will then offer to the room both their object and a vocal expression related to the object they place. The expression can be a story, a whisper, a song, or just a breath.

Participants will be prompted to actively listen to the other participants, while maintaining an atmospheric sound dynamic that is as quiet (pianissimo) as possible.

Thus, a choir will be created. The audience will hear the sounds, sometimes disjointed and sometimes not, emerging from a "world of ghosted objects".

Created by: Antonella Bersani with the collaboration of Matteo Pennese
Space creation and design: Antonella Bersani
Choir and sound concept: Matteo Pennese
Producer: Thomas L. Mallon

CURATED BY: DopoLavoro Teatrale | Daniele Bartolini

Runs from Wednesday February 5 to Sunday February 9, 2020

Approximate runtime: 30 minutes

TICKETS: $15 for Istituto subscribers with code “ANTONELLA” / Regular price: $25 


Progress International Festival of Performance and Ideas:

Progress is an international festival of performance and ideas presented in partnership by SummerWorks Performance Festival and The Theatre Centre. The festival is collectively curated and presented by a rotating series of Canadian organizations, operating within a contemporary performance context. 2020 marks the 5th edition of Progress.


Date: Da Wednesday, February 05, 2020 a Sunday, February 09, 2020

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura, DopoLavoro Teatrale (DLT)

In collaboration with : The Theatre Centre, Progress International Festival of Performance and Ideas

Entrance : With fee


BMO Incubator for Live Arts | 1115 Queen Street W.


Antonella Bersani