The School of Narrative Dance, Marinella Senatore

On 30th June 2022 BLITZ VALLETTA joined the 10th anniversary of MARINELLA SENATORE’S THE SCHOOL OF NARRATIVE DANCE presenting the acclaimed public performance in Valletta, Malta.

The School of Narrative Dance is a large-scale participatory project experienced by over 6 million participants in 24 countries to date, and centered on empowerment, inclusivity and creativity as social driving forces. In June 2022, SOND offered free workshops in Malta with choreographer Maria Fonzino ahead of the main performance, at Blitz Valletta and Casino Maltese – whose balcony also hosts Senatore’s poignant light sculpture Remember the first time you saw your name (2020).

The open call to participate was available on Blitz’s website and social media and shared through flyers and word of mouth for three months through the valued collaboration of the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector. Today, SOND features participants of every age and background, with no previous artistic experience, as well as artists from disciplines as diverse as Capoeira, Hip Hop, Breakdance, Tango, Flamenco, Ballet, Opera, Pop music, Gymnastics and much more. During the event on 30 June 2022, Zebbug B.P. Band (est 2016) set the rhythm as passers-by were invited to join the artist and the artistic procession to re-activate our shared public space, from the street to the buildings, in a one-of-a-kind celebration of rebirth and community-making.


All photos are courtesy the artist and Blitz Valletta I Photos by Darrin Zammit Lupi.

MARINELLA SENATORE (Cava de’ Tirreni, Italy, 1977; lives in Rome, Italy) is a multidisciplinary artist, trained in music, fine arts and cinema. Senatore’s work has been featured in group and solo exhibitions in Italy and around the world, including in biennals such as Biennale Gherdëina, Italy (2021); São Paulo Biennial, Brazil (2021); Sonsbeek 20-24, The Netherlands (2021); Manifesta 12, Italy (2018); Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, Shenzhen, China (2017); Lyon Bienniale, France (2015); Thessaloniki Biennial, Greece (2015); Liverpool Biennial, UK (2014), Cuenca Biennial, Ecuador (2014), Göteborg Biennial, Sweden (2013), Athens Biennial, Greece (2013); Havana Biennial, Cuba (2012) and Venice Bienniale, Italy (2011). Her most recent solo exhibitions and performances were organized at Fondazione Stelline, Milan, Italy (2021); Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy (2020); Magazzino Italian Art, New York, U.S. (2020); Hayward Gallery, London, UK (2018); Peggy Guggenheim, Venice, Italy (2018); Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland (2017); Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2017); Queens Museum, New York, U.S. (2017). Senatore’s work is represented in the collections of a wide selection of international museums including Palazzo Grassi in Venice, Italy; Centre Pompidou and Palais de Tokyo in Paris, France; Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo in Madrid, Spain; Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, Germany; Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, U.S.; Queens Museum and High Line in New York, U.S.; Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2023 she will have solo exhibitions at CCA Tel Aviv, Museum Villa Stuck Munich, Germany, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Austria, and at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, France.

Exhibition and performance supported by