Collaboration SUPSI – USI
Accademia Dimitri in collaboration with the Academy of Architecture
“Art Lab – Theatre as Practice
Site-Specific Performance Theatre Dance
Physical Theatre project created by the students of the Master of Accademia Dimitri
led by dancer and teacher of movement techniques Angela Calia.
Starting from September 2021, Accademia Dimitri has introduced in its Master’s training two new specializations – one of Applied Theatre Practices and one of Figure Theatre – that open to innovative applications and addresses in Switzerland, developed also thanks to significant collaborations with institutions such as the Academy of Architecture of USI in Mendrisio, the Hochschule Design und Kunst in Lucerne and the Eranos Foundation in Ascona-Moscia.
In the context of this new curriculum, in January students are asked to develop an artistic project, part of a module called “Art Lab – Theatre as Practice”. This year the project will take place in Mendrisio, in the evocative venue of the Teatro dell’Architettura, which will host a site-specific performance created in recent weeks by the master students of the Accademia Dimitri, led by dancer and teacher of movement techniques Angela Calia.
The practical workshop “Art Lab – Theatre as Practice” is aimed at investigating the relationship between movement and space, understood as an environment that includes its visual, sound and relational dimensions. This year, the Master students of Accademia Dimitri were asked to develop a site-specific physical theatre project: what better place than the Teatro dell’Architettura to host the performance? Moving between the different levels of the structure, the performers will interweave dance, theatre, sound and video, activating an evocative and surprising dialogue with the architectural space.
Course leader: Richard Weihe
Guest professor of the Master in Applied Theatre course and project leader: Riccardo Blumer
Art-lab, workshop and site-specific performance section lecturer: Angela Calia
Photos: Sabrina Montiglia
In line with current regulations, spectators must present a “2G” certificate (vaccinated or cured persons), wear a mask and remain seated in their seats throughout the performance.