THE SCHOOL OF NARRATIVE DANCE
COMING TO VALLETTA IN 2020 – DATES TBC
Blitz Valletta presents a project by Marinella Senatore curated by Sara Dolfi Agostini that will include a new commission in the form of a performance and a survey exhibition of her work. The installation within Blitz will show her renowned sculptures, paintings, drawings, videos and light installations reminiscent of the decorations of church facades during feasts in Malta.
Marinella Senatore is a multidisciplinary artist whose art practice is about creating communities. Over the years, she has developed a methodology that delves into forms of non-hierarchical learning and participatory art, merging forms of resistance, vernacular and popular culture, dance and music, mass events and activism, with the intention of rethinking the political nature of collective action and encouraging social change.
She has experimented with radio broadcasts, street festivals, choral operas, musicals and processions with thousands of participants of different groups and ages, all energized to reinvent the everyday together, while mingling with other communities and challenging the limits of their comfort zones. In former iterations of projects such as The Parade and The School of Narrative Dance – from the Guggenheim (Venice) to the Centre Pompidou (Paris) and Hayward Gallery (London) – personal stories and common goals collapse into one multi-layered narrative that aims to reunite the individual with the collective.
Marinella Senatore has conceived a new performance that will take over Republic Street in Valletta and everyone will be invited. It will take the form of a non-religious procession and it will be a unique opportunity to take over the most iconic public space in Malta to reaffirm the political and social role of art in our societies. Participants will be able to sing, act, dance, share their talents and raise their voice during this major celebration of Malta’s creativity, voice and diversity.
Registered participants will be also be offered free workshops with Marinella Senatore at Blitz Valletta (dates TBC).
Marinella Senatore (Italy, 1977), lives and works in Rome and Paris. Trained in music, fine arts and film, Senatore is the founder of The School of Narrative Dance (2013), a nomadic, free of charge school focused on non-hierarchical learning and emancipation. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout Italy and abroad, including: MANIFESTA 12, Palermo; Centre Pompidou, Paris; MAXXI Museum, Rome; Queens Museum, NY; Kunsthaus Zurich; Castello di Rivoli, Turin; Kunsthalle, Sankt Gallen; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara; High Line, NY; Madre Museum, Naples; Les Laboratories d’Aubervilliers, Paris; Faena Art Forum, Miami; Bozar, Brussels; Kunstverein Ar/Ge Kunst, Bolzano; CRAC Alsace, Altkirch; Centre of Contemporary Art, Torun; Petach Tikva Museum of Art; Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation, Turin; Serpentine Gallery, London; ISCP, New York; La Triennale, Milan; Palazzo Strozzi, Florence CCA, Tel Aviv; Le Magasin Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble; Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp; MAC Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Canada; ICA, Richmond, Virginia, US; BAK Basis voor Actuele Kunst, Utrecht; Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid; Palazzo Grassi, Venice; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Moderna Museet, Stockholm. She has also participated to numerous Biennales, including UABB Bi, Shenzhen, 2017; Biennale de Lyon, 2015; Thessaloniki Biennale, 2015; Liverpool Biennale, 2014; Shiryaevo Biennale, 2013; Athens Biennale, 2013; Havana Biennale, 2012; Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, 2012; 7th Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art , 2013; Contour- Biennial of the Moving Image, Mechelen, Belgium, 2013; Bienal de Cuenca, Ecuador, 2014, 54th Venice Biennale «ILLUMinations», 2011. In addition to teaching at various universities, the artist regularly lectures at international institutions such as the Guggenheim Museum, NY; Creative Time Summit, NY and Venice; Spike Island, Bristol; ICA-Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Foundation d’Entreprise Ricard, Paris; NYU, Berlin; ERG, Brussels; University of Madrid; University of Granada; University of Turin; Beursschouwbug, Brussels; Academy of Fine Arts, Mechelen; NABA New Academy of Fine Arts, Milan; Kunstverein Ar/Ge Kunst, Bolzano.