Performing Arts Festival

TOUCHING 2018-2020 <<< ND’T 2018 TENDER




Lenz Fondazione | Maria Federica Maestri | Francesco Pititto

Büchner, Hölderlin, Lenz, Kleist, Rilke, Dostoevskij, Majakovskij, Shakespeare, Goethe, Grimm, Andersen, Calderón de la Barca, Genet, Lorca, Bacchini, Ovidio, Virgilio, Manzoni, d’Annunzio: these are the authors that marked Lenz’s monographic and long-standing projects, starting back in 1985.
The recent projects of contemporary creative performance are the result of an in-depth artistic resarch into visual, filmic, spatial, dramathurgical and auditory arts. In a convergent aesthetic between interpretative loyalty to the script, visual radicality in filmic creation, and originality in conceptual extremism with artistic installations, Lenz’s work rewrites the philosophical tensions and aesthetic unease of the contemporary into a visionary language.
Francesco Pititto is in charge of the translation, dramathurgical reformation, and treatment of images, who also directs alongisde Maria Federica Maestri. The scenery and costumes are made by Maria Federica Maestri, noted by critics for her work on the “dramathurgy of matter”, and for her system of visual signs that constitute her personal “design-acted”. Andrea Azzali creates original music; an experimental musician who focuses on electronic composition, he’s also a resident artist and teacher of sound design. Lenz expresses forms of art that are recognized as some of the most original and rigorous in Italian and European theatrical research.
Their works are characterized by an unstoppable inquiry into contemporary language. In the first phase of its artistic path, Lenz has reworked the greats and classics, recapturing the poetic impulses into contemporary visions. In recent times, the heart of poetry is a visual and malleable research: theatrical action is wedged between visual writing and the flexible creation of space, which wants to become an autonomous artistic installation. The performative action is enhanced by the exceptional nature of the actors, artistic reagents to the creative text.
Lenz has curated the artistic and organizational direction of the International Festival for contemporary creation Natura Dèi Teatri since 1996. An articulate project named Pratiche di Teatro characterizes Lenz in the field of visual and theatrical formation. Pratiche di Teatro Sociale, on the other hand, is about the methods of theatrical, visual, and musical sensibilization, and foresees the creation of integrative workshops made to help those with intellectual or mental disabilities. In addition to this intense formative activity, there are also the workshops and activities geared towards schools and universities.


Boris Kadin  | artist in residence 2018

Boris Kadin is versatile and internationally active performance artist from Croatia. In his independent projects he radicalizes the performance artist’s and spectator position. Kadin makes performances, media art and films. By studying history and philosophy, Kadin makes work that generates diverse meanings. He performed and led performing art workshops on many international festivals and venues in Marseilles, New York, Athens, Barcelona, Ljubljana, Beograd, Prague, Parma, Dusseldorf.

After 10 years of work with Via Negativa collective and 2 with Happy Gorilla, continue with solo projects pushing the boundaries between theatre, performance, visual art and public art in direction of collective work, community, crossing the line between stage and real life, museum and street, private and public, off line and on line. In his new work for Lenz Fondazione in Parma, Orestea/ The Post-truth he is dealing with post-spectator. What does it mean to be post-spectator, Kadin will relate to experience of spectators living in the age of Aeschylus, but also idea is to transform the performance into off line-on line project with posts-pectators, mapping the city of Parma as stage for community project Orestea/ The post-truth.

Luna Cenere


Luna Cenere is a dancer and young author from Naples. In 2011 she graduated from SEAD,(AT).Since 2014 she worked with Simone Forti, Anton Lack and Agitart Company. Member of the Virgilio Sieni Company (IT). Author of the solo ‘Kokoro’ selected by ‘Aerowaves Twenty18’, supported by ‘Vetrina della giovane danza d’autore-Azione, Network Anticorpi XL.

She lives between Italy and Belgium.





Cristina Kristal Rizzo


Dancemaker living in Florence, Cristina Kristal Rizzo studied at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York and she attended the studios of Merce Cunningham and Trisha Brown. She also collaborated with various artistic Italian realities such as Teatro Valdoca, Roberto Castello, Stoa/Claudia Castellucci, Mk, Virgilio Sieni Danza, Santasangre. Founder of Kinkaleri, with whom she worked intensely until 2007 receiving numerous international awards, since 2008 she has embarked into a personal journey of production and experimental choreography, addressing her creations towards theory research studies with a strong dynamic impact.



Societas | Claudia Castellucci | Chiara Guidi


Claudia Castellucci and Chiara Guidi are co-founders of Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio (now Societas) – a company that has been at the avant-garde on the international theater scene from the early Eighties, and based in Cesena at the Teatro Comandini. They are authors, protagonists and teachers: Claudia specifically focuses on the study of rhythmical and choreographic movement, and Chiara on a research linking childhood and voice.




Tim Spooner | artist in residence 2018

Tim Spooner works in performance, collage, painting and sculpture. His work uses materials and objects in ways that reveal unexpected properties, aiming to open up perspectives beyond the human scale. Fundamentally interested in unpredictability, his work is an exercise in balancing control with a lack of it in the handling of the materials he is working with.  Since 2010 he has created a series of increasingly complex live works centred around the revelation of “life” in material. Recent projects include The Voice of Nature, an interconnected system of fragile sculptures; The Assembly of Animals, made for young audiences and concerned with the abstraction of an animal form; and The Telescope, which uses a microscope camera to reveal a universe of miniature objects manipulated using magnets, electricity and chemical reactions. Alongside, and in relation to these projects, he has produced a continuous stream of paintings and collages. The last production PARADISO – Infinite Crumple – commissioned by Lenz Foudation -premiered at Lenz Theatre in Parma on november 2017.


Teatro del Lemming

The Teatro del Lemming was founded in Rovigo in 1987. The company has been pursuing with the utmost consistency a manner of doing Theatre that redefines the role of the spectator within the scenic event.

This is evident from their very first works, through the use of myth with the radical and original experiences of the theater of sensations in the Tetralogia dello spettatore (Tetralogy of the Spectator), and again in the interpretation of Nekyia in the style of Dante, and in the latest Shakespearian works (Amleto, Gulietta e Romeo. Lettere dal mondo liquido and W.S. Tempest (Hamlet, Juliet and Romeo. Letters from the Liquid World and W.S. Tempest), investigating the relation between power and individual in the framework of society.



Fiorella Iacono | artist in residence 2018

Fiorella Iacono was born in Modena and graduated in Philosophy with a thesis  about William Burroughs’s poetics. Since the beginning she has catalogued Cesare Leonardi’s photographs for his study of Modena Cathedral, published in the Atlante (Panini, 1985). She holds numerous exhibitions in  various festivals as Fotografia Europea and solo shows in different galleries in Italy. Her last project Numi was  launched in Genova (Studio Incantation) and eventually shown in Reggio Emilia (Fotografia Europea)  and Modena (Galleria Gate26A).

She is an “artist in residence” as photographer at  Lenz Foundation in Parma.




Claudio Rocchetti 

The work of Claudio Rocchetti is a deep plunge into thick sound, investigating its innermost workings. Using a variety of devices such as turntables, audio cassettes, samplers, radios, and microphones, often incorporating other objects and traditional instruments, Berlin-based Rocchetti builds compelling structures that employ sound as sheer matter, mass, and impact. The tarry, mesmerizing hues that characterize his “music objects” are grounded in layers of sound detritus.

From techno rhythms to slow melodies, edgy constructions to samples of choirs and strings, Rocchetti builds layered structures of elusive elements whose sources are often hidden, and enacts a mirror play which may cause dizziness.



Andrea Azzali


Andrea Azzali, highly experimental electronic musician has been collaborating artistically with Lenz since 2000 and is responsible for the music of their most important creations. He is a resident artist. In “Corpo Sacro” he reinitiates the dialogue with Giorgio Cantadori – drums and percussion – and Gabriele Bertani – base – members of the group “Parts”, post-rock/industrial trio of the 90s together with Azzali.


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