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Lenz for the University Museums: new performance on Tuesday 14 March

16 March 2023 ore 00:00

The events in the University Museums continue with Morfologie del Paesaggio – Reidratazioni performative del presente urbano, a collaborative project between Lenz Fondazione and the University of Parma to enhance the University’s museum spaces and collections with the creation of contemporary performance, visual and sound environments, curated and realised by Maria Federica Maestri and Francesco Pititto..

From 14 to 17 March, at the Museum of Palaeontology, it will be the turn of the video installation from NUMERI –second chapter of the SACRE SCRITTURE project performed by poet and actor Marcello Sambati. a powerful imagoturgy realised on the shores of the Po in dry weather during the torrid summer months, which stands as an emblem of a reflection/action on the human being at the time of his greatest crisis and his lowest prospects for survival.

The enhancement of the landscape and museum heritage can be realised through experiences with a strong innovative character, in a fruitful synergy capable of leveraging the artistic potential naturally inherent in spaces and places. The assets that make up the collections of the Museums of the University of Parma, true treasures in the University buildings, tell the story of knowledge, of the approach to the various disciplines, of discoveries, of methods of investigation, and represent a very important legacy from the point of view of both the historical and the scientific good. This is what the project by Lenz and the University of Parma is based on.

After numerous experiences of scenic and performative reinterpretation in various monumental complexes (from the Reggia di Colorno to the Pilotta, from the Parma Archaeological Museum to the Rocca di San Secondo and many other spaces, including the Abbazia di Valserena, seat of the Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione – CSAC of the University of Parma), with Morfologie del Paesaggio – Reidratazioni performative del presente urbano Lenz Fondazione continues to generate an aesthetic reactivation of historical heritage through contemporary artistic signs.

In the aesthetic and ethical vision of Maria Federica Maestriand Francesco Pititto, artistic rehydration is capable of acting as a process of ‘restoration’ of buildings and the works they contain. In recounting the history of knowledge and research, these assets represent an enormous cultural and scientific heritage available to the university and local community, a priceless multidimensional encyclopaedia to be known, used and discovered: also through new forms of immersive use, which transfigure the place with the imaginative power of art.

After a preview represented by the performance by and with Monica Barone UMANO, DISUMANO, POSTUMANO, produced by Lenz Fondazione at the University’s Museum of Natural History in September 2022, in 2023 the project enters the heart of a composite programme (from live performances to video installations, from seminars to meetings with students, from artistic residencies to streamed works) and branched out, as it will take place in different locations: from the University’s main campus (with the Bottego Museum and the Philosophers’ Hall) to the Science and Technology Campus, with the Palaeontology Museum, and the Cloisters of the Paolotti University Library.

on 21 March, International Day of Persons with Down Syndrome, at 9 p.m. in the Aula dei Filosofi of the University of Parma’s headquarters, will stage HAMLET SOLO, a contemporary performative reworking of theAmleto by Shakespeare, starring Barbara Voghera, a sensitive actress with Down’s syndrome, who has been a valuable identifying presence in the historic Lenz ensemble for over twenty years.

ROOMS/Introduction meetings to the scheduled works are scheduled for 1 March at 5 p.m. and 14 March at 4 p.m. at the Museum of Palaeontology on the Science and Technology Campus, and 20 March at 5 p.m. in the Philosophers’ Hall at the University’s main campus.

On 5 and 6 July at 9 p.m. at the Chiostro dei Paolotti, Monica Barone, a dancer with a great performative sensitivity matured in her relationship with her own physical specificity, will perform IPHIGENIA IN TAURIDE,Lenz’s work the result of a triple inspiration: Goethe’s dramaIphigenie auf Tauris (1787), the work of GluckIphigénie en Tauride (1779) and the historic action of Joseph Beuys Titus-Iphigenie (1969).

In autumn, the project will reach its final stage with the fourth action of the project BESTIARIO_FEMMINILE ANIMALE, Natura Dèi Teatri 02, hinged on the creation of artistic affinity or ‘kinship’ relationships with 12 female artists over the three-year period 22-24. In the fourth action the artist Muna Mussie will be engaged in a residency on dialogue between blind and sighted people through the Braille writing and reading method and Embroidery, culminating in a performance on 12 and 13 October at 6 p.m. in the Sala Bottego of the Natural History Museum.

Finally, the project extends to other prominent venues of the urban present, such as the WOPA- Workout Pasubio and the Galleria San Ludovico, where Lenz will realise performances, meetings and workshops throughout 2023.

The enhancement of the landscape and monumental heritage of the area in which it has been operating since 1985 is one of the founding pillars of Lenz Fondazione’s three-year macro-project 2022 → 2024, entitled Nuove Geosofie e nuovi Bestiari nel Teatro di Lenz.



Progetto Sacre Scritture
Visual installation + performance

Creation by Maria Federica Maestri and Francesco Pititto
Performers | Valentina Barbarini and Victoria Vasquez Jurado (soprano)
Music | Andrea Azzali, Franz Joseph Haydn

Museo di Paleontologia_Campus Scienze e Tecnologie Università di Parma
Wednesday 1 March 5 p.m. RooM| Meeting with students
Wednesday 1 March at 18.00LA CREAZIONE_ORATORIO performance
Thursday 2 March at 18.00 LA CREAZIONE_ORATORIO performance


Project Sacre Scritture
Video installation

Creation by Maria Federica Maestri and Francesco Pititto
Music | Andrea Azzali
Voice over | Marcello Sambati

Museo di Paleontologia_Campus Scienze e Tecnologie Università di Parma
Tuesday 14 March at 16.00 RooM | Meeting with students
14-15-16-17 March 4-7 p.m. NUMERI video installation


Visual installation + performance

Creation by Maria Federica Maestri and Francesco Pititto
Music | Andrea Azzali
performer | Barbara Voghera

Aula dei Filosofi_Università di Parma
Monday 20 March at 17.00 RooM |Meeting with students
Tuesday 21 March 21.00HAMLET SOLO performance


Video installation and performance

Creation by Maria Federica Maestri and Francesco Pititto
Performer | Monica Barone
Music | Christoph Willibald Gluck

Chiostro dei Paolotti
Wednesday 5 July at 21.00
Thursday 6 July at 21.00


Workshop + residenza + performance

Project NDT.02_Parentele
Parentela 4_Muna Mussie

Sala Bottego del Museo di Storia Naturale_Università di Parma
Thursday 12 October at 18.00
Friday 13 October at 18.00


The complete calendar.

For information and reservations: Lenz Teatro, Via Pasubio 3/e, Parma, tel. 0521 270141, mob. e WhatsApp 335 6096220 – mail info@lenzfondazione.itwww.lenzfondazione.it


16 March 2023
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