Information about the preformance “The Island is Full of Noises”
kunstZ is a community art organisation focused on employing, engaging and training minorities of Antwerp into the cultural field. Together with the participants kunstZ produces theatre and performances. KunstZ is also a platform for the participants to find employment in the cultural field of Antwerp and Flanders. Last but not least KunstZ has an academy, a theatre-training program for immigrants and foreign-speaking newcomers. It will be the students of the academy who will participate in the “City Ghettos of Today” project.
Polina Kopylova´s poem Зов настигает is situated in the Senate Square, the monumental centre of the city.
Poetry spots with foreign views to Helsinki are created by the writers and poets of Sivuvalo project. The project makes visible the work of writers who reside in Finland but write in other languages. The poems or extracts of texts are selected according to their relation to different places of Helsinki.
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Residency and workshops outing directed by Pietro Floridia
With the participation of the international artistic team : Linda Fahssis (Company Check Points, Paris), Alicja Borkowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw), Tomasz Gromadka (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw), Marek Pluciennik (Ptarmigan, Helsinki), Alejandro Olarte (indipendent artist, Helsinki), Luana Pavani (Compagnia dei Rifugiati/Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), Nicola Bruschi (Fine Arts Accademy, Bologna), Piotr Mikuć (StrefaWolnoslowa Foundation, Warsaw), Weronika Chinowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw).
The ghetto, very often concerns primarily an individual’s interior sphere. Often it is a state of mind of being imprisoned in the ghetto. The ghetto should be open. Literature can be a way to open it. Trying to read the dynamics of the “ghetto” through the filtres given by Shakespear’s The Tempest and its re-interpretations give us, is our way to search for the possibilities, movement (if not other than of the thought itself) and freedom where at the first glance we can see only locks, coercion and paralysis.
We are going to explore the districts, often isolated, as the island of Prospero. We are going to contradict Prospero’s dominant speech – by affirming that the throne of knowledge is transfigured through the power of many voices, different voices of many Calibans, many Ariels, many Mirandas with their strategies of expression in the interstices of the Prosperos speech.
Performance director – Pietro Floridia
Cultural Centre Stoa is a lively cultural centre for East Helsinki situated by the metro station in Itäkeskus, next door to the Itis Shopping Centre. Stoa’s programme includes Finnish and international contemporary dance and circus, theatre, music, children’s performances and exhibitions. City of Helsinki Cultural Office is responsible for events at Stoa.
Stoa offers its gallery space for the installation of the City Ghettos of Today for the week 37 in 2014, coinciding with an international theatre festival that takes place in the building at the same time. The Producer of the Cultural Centre, Petra Hannus, is also a member of the planning team of the project.