Inspired, since the outset of her career, by the fertility of artistic environments of collective creation, such as music and filmmaking, from 2006 onward Marinella Senatore (1977, Cava de’ Tirreni, Italy) – who is a teacher as well as an artist – has placed increasing emphasis on the horizontal character and shared authorship of the performances, theater plays and actions she organizes. Various recent works by Senatore, in fact, have been based on a long process of exchange and collaboration that includes meetings, workshops and open events, through which the artist seeks to activate the creative potential of various groups. One of her most ambitious projects in this sense is Rosas, a lyrical opera filmed in 2012 in Berlin, Madrid, and Derby, which involved the participation of approximately 20,000 people.
The School of Narrative Dance, an ongoing project begun in 2013, exemplifies Senatore’s open and interdisciplinary practice by proposing a teaching model that uses body language as a means of creating alternative and spontaneous forms of collective narrative. Without privileging any particular method, the school seeks an exchange of knowledge, experience, and techniques of movement, dance, and theater, based on the participants’ personal experiences. The school is organized in a collaborative, “horizontal” manner, so that all the participants can significantly contribute to its development. This modus operandi encourages the emancipation of everyone involved, while making them aware not only of the relevance of their individual contributions to the community, but also of the importance of the collective sphere for the realization of each individual.
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Caroline A. Jones, Eyesight Alone: Clement Greenberg’s Modernism and the Bureaucratization of the Senses (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005).
Greenberg’s Modernism and the Bureaucratization of the Senses (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005).