Bologna X 2013 VI-VII 2014

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"The City Ghettos of Today" in Bologna:
Kick off meeting in October 2013

Number of participants of the project events in Bologna 2013:
Direct number of participants: 71


The City Ghettos of Today: Bologna residency 24th June- 6th July 2014

The Bologna residency focused on various forms of camps for migrants and political refugees located in Italy, Europe and Africa. Project interviews focused on an Afghan camp in Patras, a refugee camp on the borders of Sierra Leone, a center for identification and expulsion (C.I.E.) in Bologna, and on a prison in Libya. The methodological hypothesis was to listen to those who had lived in such contexts, and through the reflection and analysis of anthropologists, sociologists, political geographers in dialogue with artists, to deconstruct those structures into constituent elements, with particular attention to categories "similar" to those of narratology (eg characters that act, typical dynamics, types of conflicts, structures of life experiences, objects).
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Number of participants  of the project events in Bologna in 2014:
Direct number of participants: 78




The City Ghettos of Today in Bologna
24th June- 6th July 2014

Based and active in Bologna, Cantieri Meticci is an association formed by asylum seekers, refugees, migrants and Italian citizens . Together with the association the City Ghettos of Today team’s work focused on the analysis of the existing containment facilities for migrants and refugees, and compared and contrast them to the “ghetto” facility. To gain relevant insight a series of interviews set up inside the asylum camps and dormitories with migrants who experienced the refugee camps in Africa and consequently endured detention periods in Lampedusa.
Theatre and dance workshops were an integral part of this research with the aim of experimenting with one’s own body through a variety of artistic languages and relating the experience to the constrictions imposed by these containment facilities.
Along with this work another artistic path led to the creation of “scenic machines” at Accademia di Belle Arti, a form of artistic tool devised to allow the self-expression of migrating people.

1. “Within and across the border: a theatrical journey”
When: 28 June 2014 from 9.30 to 18.00
Where: Teatro Polivalente Occupato, via Camillo Casarini 17/5
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2. Multicultural artistic workshops: “Creating The Island is Full of Noises”
When: 30 June & 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 July 2014 from 18.00 to 20.00
Where: Cortile del Pozzo di Palazzo D’Accursio, Bologna
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3. “The Island is Full of Noises”
Multimedia installation
When: 30 June & 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 July 2014 from 20.30 to 21.30
Where: Cortile del Pozzo del Palazzo D’Accursio, Bologna
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Final performance
When: 6 Luglio 2014 ore 21.00
Where: Cortile del Pozzo del Palazzo D’Accursio, Bologna
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Karen Boselli
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Angela Sciavilla


Cecilia Deserti



Timothy Raeymaekers


Sara Saleri


Pietro Floridia
director, artistic director of the project


Luana Pavani


Nicola Bruschi


Alice Marzocchi
theater animator