Annamaria Ajmone part of experimental online platform “Grey space”

“Grey Space” is a new, experimental initiative of M1 Contact Contemporary Dance Festival: 8 Asian artists and 1 European, our Annamaria Ajmone, gathered online to share their practices and to explore ideas with one another, highlighting the fractured facets of modern living.
The five days of video meetings were facilitated by Anthea Seah, Singapore, and ended up with a discussion on the topics of “coat-shifting”, identity and the interspace of being in this globalised world.
Next step of the project: a real life residency in 2022 for the 9 artists, supported by the a network of festivals and projects interested in future co-production.

Artists and partners:

  • Reisa Shimojima (Japan) – Odoru Akita International Dance Festival
  • KT Yau (Hong Kong) – Hong Kong Dance Exchange (H.D.X)
  • Tracy Wong (Macau) – Contemporary Dance Exchange (CDE) Springboard
  • Annamaria Ajmone (Italy) – Crossing the Sea
  • Moh Hariyanto (Indonesia) – Indonesian Dance Festival
  • Pakhamon Much Hemachandra (Thailand) – Bangkok International Performing Arts Meeting (BIPAM)
  • Nguyen Chung (Vietnam) – Arabesque Dance Company
  • Billy Keohavong (Australia/Laos) – Form Dance Projects, Sydney, Australia
  • Zunnur Zhafirah (Singapore/Australia) – M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival / Perth Festival

Photo: Crispian Chan | Design: Zelda Chua

Meeting the artists: Italy vs China

“Meeting the artists” is a series of online meetings to present Crossing the sea artists and foreign artists, suggested by the international partnership. Co-host of this session is Shanghai Dramatic Art Center, China.

An hour or so in which to know the artists, their interests, the themes they are working on at the moment, their desires for an international experience, but also an opportunity to meet colleagues from the countries involved in our project despite the forced stop to mobility.

In this session:
– Galaxy Talk project, China
– Ao Ao Ing Ensamble, China
– Stage No More, China
– Effetto Larsen, Crossing the sea Italy
– Pietro Marullo, Crossing the sea Italy
– Stanze Segrete di S. (Secret Rooms of S.), Crossing the sea Italy

“Genoma scenico” by Nicola Galli: Korean digital version with Seoul Institute of Arts

After the workshop with the young dancers of Seoul Institute of the Arts, Nicola Galli presents the Korean based version of “Genoma Scenico”.

“Genoma scenico” is an educative and choreographic method focused on the interactive relation between audience and performers. A selected group of 10 players interact in real time with the dancers using a digital device in order to create short dance performances: selecting 7 among 32 cards (which represent the parameters of a dance show), each player gives instructions to the dancers, who will instantly act and dance the choices of the audience.

The event is the second public follow up of the Crossing the sea research on digital creation.

Crossing the sea & Spaarkk: online dance improvising with Nicola Galli and Hemabharathy Palani

A live collaboration across lands, across seas and across screens: a special event held by Crossing the sea and Spaarkk platform, thanks to the partners Marche Teatro and Attakkalari Dance for Movement Art.

Artists Nicola Galli and Hemabharathy Palani improvise through Zoom live from Ancona (Italy) and Bangalore (India), dancing on the music from the Indian National Award-winning composer Bindu Malini and the Grammy-award recognized violinist Manoj George.

The event is the first public outcomes of the research held by Crossing the sea on digital creation and was streamed for free on the partners’ website and on the social media of Crossing the sea.

SPAARKK A platform for curated arts from Marche Teatro on Vimeo.

Cristina Carlini, Angela Fumarola, Alessia Ercoli @ TPAM / Yokohama Dance Collection, Japan

An extraordinary immersive experience in oriental dance and theater for our correspondents in Japan Cristina Carlini (project manager Crossing the sea), Alessia Ercoli (Marche Teatro) and Angela Fumarola (Armunia), guests of Yokohama Dance Collection and TPAM, two long-running platforms engaged in establishing relationships and exchanges between Asia and the rest of the world.

During the event were also hosted the third edition of HOT POT, the showcase of emerging Chinese, Korean and Japanese dance, promoted respectively by CCDC, SiDance and Yokohama Dance Collection.

A valuable opportunity to discuss aspects related to practices and different systems, including the interesting discussion proposed by the AND + network on residences, creation and ethics.

Meeting the artists: Italy vs Republic of Korea

“Meeting the artists” is a series of online meetings to present Crossing the sea artists and foreign artists, suggested by the international partnership. Co-host of this session is SiDance, Republic of Korea.

An hour or so in which to know the artists, their interests, the themes they are working on at the moment, their desires for an international experience, but also an opportunity to meet colleagues from the countries involved in our project despite the forced stop to mobility.

Guests of this session:
– Jonh-in Choi, SiDance Republic of Korea
– Beam-gun Lee, SiDance Republic of Korea
– Melancholy/Cheol-in Jeong, SiDance Republic of Korea
– Salvo Lombardo, Crossing the sea Italy
– Marco Chenevier, Crossing the sea Italy
– Annamaria Ajmone, Crossing the sea Italy

Meeting the artists: Italy vs Singapore, part two

“Meeting the artists” is a series of online meetings to present Crossing the sea artists and foreign artists, suggested by the international partnership. Co-host of this session is T.H.E, Singapore.

An hour or so in which to know the artists, their interests, the themes they are working on at the moment, their desires for an international experience, but also an opportunity to meet colleagues from the countries involved in our project despite the forced stop to mobility.

Guests of this session:
– Adele Goh, T.H.E Singapore
– Anthea Seah, T.H.E Singapore
– Marcus Foo, T.H.E Singapore
– Marco D’Agostin, Crossing the sea Italy
– Nicola Galli, Crossing the sea Italy

Partners’ Meeting: Covid times

Covid-19 emergency can’t stop Crossing the sea: the “Digital Network” project kicks off, a calendar of online appointments to strengthen the relationship between the participants, but also to test a platform for project designing, meeting with artists, discussing topics of interest.

This first appointment focuses on Italian and foreign partners to update about the situation in each country, discuss the details of future appointments and imagine the development of Crossing the sea.

Meeting the artists – Italy vs Singapore, part one

“Meeting the artists” is a series of online meetings to present Crossing the sea artists and foreign artists, suggested by the international partnership. Co-host of this event is T.H.E, Singapore.

An hour or so in which to deepen with the artists their interests, the themes they are working on at the moment, their desires for an international experience, but also an opportunity to meet colleagues from the countries involved in our project despite the forced stop to mobility.

Guests of this session:
– Goh Shou Yi, T.H.E Singapore
– Panzetti Ticconi, Crossing the sea Italy
– C&C Company, Crossing the sea Italy

Partners’ meeting: the digital experience

New partners’meeting at Crossing the sea, focusing on the digital experience: an open dialogue about what happened during the last months, models and techonolgies, work in progress ideas and the relationship between the creative aspect and the online dimension.

Presented projects:
– Digital residencies, Armunia e Anghiari Dance Hub Italy
– Phenomenoun, T.H.E Singapore
– Culture Hub, Seoul Institute for the Arts Republic of Korea
– Spaark, Attakkalari Dance Center India