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Crossing the sea

Sep 30 2018

In the last 20 years we have witnessed a significant transformation in the field of artistic research: the new generations of creatives have focused on "site specific" and "human specific" contexts; they have turned to diversified publics; they have developed exportable formats in different contexts and mixed styles and disciplines.

Crossing the sea wants to relaunch this great cultural ferment in an international dimension, which has produced a stratified wealth of artistic experiences: the meeting with the Asian, Middle Eastern, area Oceania and Sud America, bringing different stimuli and approaches from the European models, is an opportunity to support this creative vivacity and expand its scope.

The project involves the creation of a device to support Italian artists, curators and managers in undertaking new professional paths and in approaching new areas of artistic exchange; it also aims to strengthen the relationship between the members of the Italian partnership and foreign partners, expanding the network to other subjects (both in Italy and in partner countries) to allow new projects, an efficient flow of information, bilateral processes.

The promotion of two public calls, one for artistic projects and one for the operators' mobility, aims to rectify some of the critical aspects of the live show system in the short to medium term: the lack of sources of support for individual mobility, the lack of knowledge of the systems of other countries, especially in the Mena / Asia geographical areas, the criticality in identifying interlocutors and subjects to collaborate with.

The long-term goal of the partner network is to represent an Italian antenna and act as a facilitator of internalization processes towards Italian artists and exchanges with extraeuropean operators and companies.

Italian partners

Marche Teatro / Inteatro Festival (capofila), Anghiari Dance Hub, Armunia / Festival Inequilibrio, Fondazione I Teatri, Mosaico Danza / Festival Interplay, Oriente Occidente Festival, Triennale Milano Teatro.

Foreign partners

High Fest, Small Theatre (Armenia); Orient Production (Egitto); Arab Theatre Training Center (Libano); Attakalari Center for Movement Arts (India); T.H.E. Dance Company (Singapore); SIDance, Seoul Institut of the Arts (Corea); Tjimur Dance Theatre (Taiwan); Shangai Dramatic Arts Center, Shangai International Dance Center, Beijing Dance LTDX, Hong Kong Arts Festival (Cina); Kinosaki International Art Center, TPAM (Giappone); Pippa Bailey/Change Fest (Australia); Persona Colectivo (Cuba); Alianza Francese, Festival indisciplinados (Perù); Reside (Brasile); Teatro a Mil Foundation (Cile).


OPEN CALL 2021/2022

The call 2021 will allow other artists/companies to join the project and to take part in the activities of Crossing the sea. Artists who have been already selected in the previous editions of the call will continue to be part of the project and will not have to submit a new application.

A minimum of 6 Italian artists/companies will be selected to take part in the project's activities such as:

  1. selection by foreign partners for hospitality at their premises (creative and research residencies, workshops, exchanges of practices with local and international artists);

  2. selection by foreign partners for practice exchanges and workshops to be carried out digitally;

  3. participation in the digital events of the network (presentation of italian and foreign artists, networking, presentation of digital creations).

Applications must be received by 12.00 noon on Tuesday 14th September 2021.

Project calendar 2018/2019

October 2018 Start of the exchange and relations between the partners. Publication of calls

November 2018 Publication of the calls

December 2018 Closing of the calls and selection. Final calendar of activities.

January 2019 Initial tutoring of the selected. Identification of festivals to which the selected operators participate.

February - November 2019 Artistic projects: Hospitality in Italy at the partners to start the work process. Activities abroad with a final demonstration event or other return activities. Hospitality with Italian restitution partners.

December 2019 Closing of the project. Results processing.

Project funded under the Boarding pass plus call for proposals of the MIC Ministry Of Culture.