Performing Arts Festival
TOUCHING 2018-2021
ND’T 2021


Maria Federica Maestri_Francesco Pititto | Lenz Fondazione

Büchner, Hölderlin, Lenz, Kleist, Rilke, Dostoevskij, Majakovskij, Shakespeare, Goethe, Grimm, Andersen, Calderón de la Barca, Genet, Lorca, Bacchini, Ovidio, Virgilio, Manzoni, d’Annunzio, Ariosto, Verdi, Dante: these are the authors that have marked the monographic and multi-year projects of Lenz, since 1985. The recent projects of contemporary performance creation are the artistic result of an in-depth work of visual, filmic, spatial, dramaturgical and sound research. In an aesthetic convergence between exegetical fidelity to the word of the text, visual radicality of the filmic creation, originality and conceptual extremism of the artistic installation, the work of Lenz rewrites in visionary signs philosophical tensions and aesthetic concerns of contemporaneity. The translation, dramaturgical rewriting and imagoturgy of the works are by Francesco Pititto, who directs together with Maria Federica Maestri. The scenic installations and the costumes are made by Maria Federica Maestri, noted by critics for her work of “dramaturgy of matter”, for the system of visual signs that constitute her very personal “design-acted”. Since 1996 Maria Federica Maestri and Francesco Pititto have been the artistic directors of the International Festival of contemporary creations Natura Dèi Teatri. An articulated project called Pratiche di Teatro (Theatre Practices) characterizes Lenz in the field of theatrical and visual education. Pratiche di Teatro Sociale (Social Theatre Practices), on the other hand, activates paths of theatrical, visual and musical sensitization that foresee the planning of integrated workshops aimed at the intellectually and mentally disabled.

Mariangela Gualtieri | Teatro Valdoca

Mariangela Gualtieri was born in Cesena, Romagna. She graduated in architecture at the IUAV of Venice. In 1983 she founded, together with the director Cesare Ronconi, the Teatro Valdoca, of which she is dramaturg. Since the beginning she has taken care of the oral delivery of poetry, devoting full attention to the apparatus of amplification of the voice and to the association between poetic verse and live music.

Among the texts published: Antenata (ed. Crocetti, Milan 1992), Fuoco Centrale (Giulio Einaudi ed. Turin 2003), Senza polvere senza peso (Giulio Einaudi ed., Turin 2006), Sermone ai cuccioli della mia specie (L’arboreto Editore, Mondaino 2006), Paesaggio con fratello rotto (book and DVD, Luca Sossella Editore, Rome 2007), Bestia di gioia (Giulio Einaudi ed, Turin 2010), Caino, (Giulio Einaudi ed., Turin 2011), Sermone ai cuccioli della mia specie with audio CD (Valdoca ed. Cesena 2012), A Seneghe. Mariangela Gualtieri/Guido Guidi (Perda Sonadora Imprentas, 2012), Le giovani parole (Einaudi, 2015), Voci di tenebra azzurra (Stampa 2009 ed., 2016), Beast of Joy. Selected poems (Chelsea edition, New York, 2018), Quando non morivo (Einaudi, 2019). She is coauthor – with Cesare Ronconi and Lorella Barlaam – of the Album dei Giuramenti/Tavole dei Giuramenti (Quodlibet, 2019) by Teatro Valdoca.

Stefania ?Alos Pedretti
?Alos (queer-pagan-doom-avant-metal) from 1999 to 2006 he lives in Milan, from September 2006 to June 2011 he lives in Berlin, now he lives in Italy in Ravenna.
Experimental musician and performer, since 2003, with the birth of his solo project “Alos”, he began to combine these two disciplines to create performances/shows in which live music is a fundamental element. His work transcends the boundaries between the performing arts, integrating experimental music, performance, improvisation and video/art and making the audience an active part through the stimulation of the six senses. At the basis of all her performative actions there is the female figure whose role is critically explored in history and contemporary society.  Active musician and performer since 1998, she is a member of Alos, OvO and the historical Allun. With more than a thousand concerts under her belt ( 5 albums as ?Alos and 9 albums as OvO) she has played in Italy, Europe, United States, Canada, Russia, China, Vietnam, Mexico and Israel. In 2015 and 2016 he collaborated, as musician and Music Producer, with the Swedish theater director Markus Ohrn in the project Azdora.
From 2017 to 2019 she collaborated with Santarcangelo Festival, historical Italian festival of contemporary theater, as Music Curator together with Francesca Morello Articles and reviews about her different musical projects have appeared on XL di Repubblica, Il Venerdì di Repubblica, Rolling Stone, Pig, Label, Exibart, Activa, Blow Up, Rumore, Alias, The Wire, Elegy, XXD, on all the main Italian and foreign music magazines. His illustrations and drawings have been published on several Italian and foreign magazines including Zero2, Succo Acido, Veleni, Versogerin.

Antonella Bertoni | Compagnia Abbondanza/Bertoni
Dancer and choreographer, she has been a protagonist of Italian dance since the early 90s. Born in Rome, the city where she began her artistic training, in 1987 she moved to Paris, where she worked with Carolyn Carlson (1988-1993), and met Michele Abbondanza, her future artistic partner. In 1995, together with Abbondanza, he founded the Abbondanza/Bertoni Company, recognized as one of the most prolific artistic realities of the Italian scene, which combines the creation of shows with a path of training and research of contemporary dance theater. Among the awards: Danza&Danza Award 1996 as “best performer”, Eti-Stregagatto Award 97/98 (Romanzo d’infanzia) and Danza&Danza Award 2017 as best Italian production of the year (La morte e la fanciulla). As guest choreographer she creates for the Aterballetto company Figli d’Adamo (2000) and for the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Addio Addio (2011) and Cerimoniale (2012). She participates in Bernardo Bertolucci’s film, Io ballo da sola (1995), is among the protagonists of the choreographies created for Vieni via con me, a television program by Fabio Fazio and Roberto Saviano (Rai 3, 2010) and Abbondanza Bertoni Un film ballato, made by RaiCultura under the direction of Felice Cappa and aired in 2015 on Rai5. She signs and performs more than thirty creations, among which we remember the solo Try, the project Ho male all’altro, trilogy on Greek tragedy (Alcesti, Medea, Polis), the biennial project for 12 dancers La densità dell’umano (La massa and A libera figura), the project Biologico that combines special performers characterized by strong signs: physical, as in the case of Le fumatrici di pecore and Il groppo or biological as in Scena Madre that sees her on stage with her eighty years old mother. She joins Michele Abbondanza in the creation of his first solo I dream; she returns to the stage in 2016 for Gli orbi (a quintet that investigates the vices and weaknesses of human nature) and takes care of the choreography and composition of La morte e la fanciulla, Erectus, Pelleas e Melisande, Balli Plastici Remix (a revisitation of Fortunato Depero’s historic 1918 show), Clown Time, a Musical Theatre show that won the Fringe, II Edition/ Haydn Foundation and Hyenas.  He gives life to the P I C C O L A Compagnia Abbondanza/Bertoni, an ambitious project of constitution of a stable nucleus of young people, with them he puts on stage: Il Ballo del Qua, a show interpreted by 7 children (7-10 years old) for an audience of adults (Rovereto, February 2012), Terza Generazione, last chapter of the show Duel inspired by the book of Genesis (2014), Sequenze per il futuro, result of the residence project with children named Schiudere uno spazio realized within the Festival Pergine Spettacolo Aperto 2015. Since 2008 he has been directing Scuola d’Azione, a project dedicated to teaching and training adults and children, at Teatro alla Cartiera in Rovereto, where the company is in residence.

Doris Uhlich
Doris Uhlich has been developing her own authorial projects since 2006. The choreographer’s work often focuses on examining everyday gestures but also those that require construction, such as the strict movement code of classical ballet in SPITZE (2008) and Come Back (2012). All of her performances are investigations into ideals of beauty and standards of body image. From her performance more than naked (2013) onwards, Doris Uhlich also works on the representation of nudity free of ideologies and provocations. Music – in particular electronic dance music – from new wave to techno – plays an important role in her explorations. The production Every Body Electric, which premiered at Tanzquartier Wien in 2018, was invited to the Venice Dance Biennale and the Bienal Sesc de Dança in São Paulo in 2019. This was followed by the solo TANK.


Cristina Kristal Rizzo
Dancemaker, she has been active on the Italian contemporary dance scene since the early 90s. Based in Florence, she trained in New York at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and attended Merce Cunningham and Trisha Brown’s studios. She is one of the founders of Kinkaleri, a company with which she has actively collaborated, crossing the international contemporary choreographic scene and receiving numerous awards. Since 2008 he has undertaken an autonomous path of choreographic production, directing his research towards a theoretical reflection with a strong dynamic impact aimed at regenerating the act of creation itself and opening reflections on the present time. Currently one of the main Italian choreographic realities, it is hosted in the most important festivals of the new international scene. In addition to the touring of the shows, there is an intense activity of conferences, workshops and experimental proposals. As a guest choreographer, she has created choreographies for the main opera companies and Italian and foreign institutions including the Teatro Comunale di Firenze – Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Aterballetto, Balletto di Toscana, LAC Lugano, MACRO Roma, MUSEION Bolzano, Museo Pecci in Prato.


Claudia Sorace | Muta Imago
Director, he founded in 2006 in Rome with Riccardo Fazi – playwright and sound designer – the company Muta Imago, a formation in continuous search of forms and stories that relate the sphere of imagination with the present reality, investigating the relationship between the human being and his time.  The company’s shows have been hosted and co-produced for years by the most important national and international festivals; with the latest productions, including Combattimento (2018), Lontano da qui (2018), Canti Guerrieri (2017) Muta Imago has met the world of musical theater, collaborating with I Teatri di Reggio Emilia, Romaeuropa Festival, the Stagione Lirica Sperimentale of Spoleto, the Sagra Musicale Malatestiana and the Muziektheater Transparant of Antwerp. In 2009 the company won the Ubu Special Prize, the ANCT Critics’ Prize and the DE.MO./Movin’UP prize.  In the same year Claudia Sorace won the Premio Cavalierato Giovanile della Provincia di Roma and the Premio Internazionale Valeria Moriconi as “Futuro della scena”; in 2011 she won the prize for best director and best show at the XXIX Fadjr Festival in Tehran.


Chiara Guidi 
Founder – with Romeo and Claudia Castellucci, and with Paolo Guidi – of the Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio, today Societas, Chiara Guidi develops a personal research on the voice as a dramaturgical key in revealing sound and sense of a text, collaborating with musicians such as Scott Gibbons, Michele Rabbia, Daniele Roccato, Francesco Guerri, Giuseppe Ielasi. This research elaborates its technique both in productions for an adult audience and in a specific conception of children’s art theater, which boasts historical shows such as Buchettino, by Charles Perrault. Among the most recent works: Oedipus Rex by Sophocles. Exercise of memory for 4 female voices and The Deep Kingdom. Perché sei qui?, a dramatic reading that sees her on stage with Claudia Castellucci, author of the text; as well as La terra dei lombrichi. Una tragedia per bambini (from Alcesti by Euripides), Fiabe giapponesi and Edipo. Una fiaba di magia (the latter directed with Vito Matera). Recently published the volIdeatrice of the observatòri Màntica and Puerilia at the Teatro Comandini in Cesena, she is also the author of the volumes: Buchettino, with drawings by Simone Massi, Orecchio Acerbo (2014), La voce in una foresta di immagini invisibili (Nottetempo, 2017) and, with Lucia Amara, Teatro infantile. L’arte scenica davanti agli occhi di un bambino (sossella editore, 2019). To Chiara Guidi went, among others, a Special Ubu Award in 2013, the Lo straniero Award in 2016 and the Eolo Award 2020 Riconoscenza.

Fiorella Iacono

Fiorella Iacono lives in Modena.  She graduated from the University of Bologna with a thesis on William Burroughs. She has worked at Cesare Leonardi’s Architecture studio for the cataloguing of the photographs of the Photographic Atlas of Modena Cathedral (Panini, 1985). He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions. She collaborates since 2016 with Lenz Fondazione di Parma as curator of the photographic image for site-specific creations. Focal point of her research is the vision of existential landscapes where Nature manifests itself without cognitive preconceptions. In the most recent works there is the idea of establishing a narrative of objects also through the sequentiality of images and the objectivity of vision. In 2019 he exhibited Autodafé in Verona (Grenze Arsenali Fotografici) and Meditations in Rome (Spazio La Camera Verde). In 2020 he exhibited Macchine-Fiumi-Stati di Natura (Spazio Ca.Os Modena). 

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