press release

The Fondazione Nicola Trussardi and miart are joining forces for the first time to present Liberi Tutti, a miniature festival of live events which will keep the energy of Milan's contemporary art fair flowing well into the night. From 10 PM to 12 AM every evening from 3 to 6 April, international artists will stage performance pieces, concerts, intermezzos and plays at the fascinating Teatro Arsenale, a landmark that has played a key role in the city’s spiritual and artistic life from the thirteenth century to the present.

On Wednesday 3 April, the program will kick off with Gelitin, a group of Viennese artists who have become well-known to the general public for their outrageously irreverent projects. For Liberi Tutti they are presenting Ritratto Analitico, a surprise performance in which spectators will interact with the artists. Ritratto Analitico, which Gelitin has conceived specifically for the occasion, will explore the theme of drawing, in a startling dialogue between the audience and the performers which highlights the physical skills, analytical qualities, and sense of humor that are needed just to get through everyday life.

The evening of Thursday 4 April will feature Darren Bader with the new work Le Quattro Stagioni, Trois Gnossiennes, Triple DJ: three “musical incursions” that fuse performance, concert, and sculpture, with the on-stage involvement of musicians and DJs as a central element. With their assistance, the American artist will deconstruct Vivaldi's Four Seasons and Satie’s Gnossiennes, breaking the pieces down and overlapping them, to conclude with a triangular session in which three DJs, playing simultaneously, will blend their music into a finale that the audience can dance to.

Friday 5 April will be the turn of Israeli artist Keren Cytter and Show Real Drama, a more theatrical kind of performance—presented at Tate Modern in London last autumn, and now for the first time in Italy—based on the life of her two actors, Susie Meyer and Fabian Stumm, who play themselves onstage, blending reality with fiction. In this piece, Cytter and her cast tell us about love, desire, loss, and the unpredictable nature of human communication, mixing up the standard codes, stories, and images normally used to describe them.

Last but not least, on Saturday 6 April the festival will close with The Pentothal Analyses (un ballet de cour), a completely new project by Berlin-based Thomas Zipp, who engages the audience in performances that mingle truth with fable: re-enactments and reconstructions of events that seem to have taken place in the past, but which blur the boundaries between reality and imagination in a dramatic dialogue involving costumes, music, masks, and food.

With Liberi Tutti, the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, in partnership with miart, continues its mission of fostering and promoting the most original expressions of contemporary art and culture, bringing today’s most experimental forms of language into the fascinating context of the former church of San Simone e Giuda. Built in 1272, this space was deconsecrated in the Napoleonic era, then transformed into a theater, ballroom, storehouse, puppet theater, then back into a place of worship and the headquarters for various associations. Finally, in 1978, it became the famous Teatro Arsenale, which takes its name from the building’s nineteenth-century function. Teatro Arsenale still preserves the architectural features of a religious edifice, such as a rose-window facade on Via Cesare Correnti.

Liberi Tutti is a project conceived and produced by the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi and miart for miart 2013.

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gelitin , Darren Bader, Keren Cytter, Thomas Zipp
3 – 6 April 2013, every evening from 10 PM to 12 AM
Teatro Arsenale - Via Cesare Correnti 11, Milan
Free admission