T9 – Screendance and Videoart Project curated by Davide De Lillis
From the 4th of May to the 14th of June 2022
Artists: Alessandro Carboni, Cristina Kristal Rizzo, Davide Valrosso, Giuseppe Vincent Giampino, Igor x Moreno, Manfredi Perego, Nicola Galli.
T9 is a video art project that I curated in 2020, during “phase 2” of the Covid-19 emergency, in Italy. We were told that the “first wave” had passed and that better days would soon be upon us. It seemed that we would shortly be able to move away from the behavioural and social restrictions that had been in place. In our mourning, we were asked to find hope and strength to restart the Country. To return to “normality”. Some of us couldn’t wait. Others wondered if the previous normalcy was the cause of our problems. Some were sure about it. It seemed that politics could make itself permeable to the questions, “Where were we going?”, “Where do we want to go now?”, “How do we want to go there?”. T9 was born in this context and out of a confrontation with these questions. I asked the artists involved to look in the mirror, reflect on themselves and their artistic research, and weave video portraits. I arbitrarily established that the duration of the work should be between two and five minutes. I gave them ample creative autonomy: offering space for different interpretations, styles and artistic languages. I witnessed their processes. We entered into a dialogue. Some asked me to contribute to the construction of their video portrait.
The artists who accepted my invitation are Alessandro Carboni, Cristina Kristal Rizzo, Davide Valrosso, Giuseppe Vincent Giampino, Igor x Moreno, Manfredi Perego, Nicola Galli.
The production is by TIR Danza
Davide De Lillis is a multidisciplinary artist and curator. He studied theatre and contemporary dance in Italy and obtained his Master in Choreographing Live Art at the University of Lincoln (UK). Between 2007 and 2011 he toured Italy as an actor and dancer with the companies Cooperativa teatrale Dioniso and Associazione Esse p.a… He continued his artistic research in Berlin, founding the performing arts group 77 Stolen Fish and ¿Che.Ne.So?, whose performances have been shown in several festivals in Europe and the USA. From 2012 to the present, he has been an interpreter in Tino Sehgal’s works, touring in Europe, Morocco, Russia and Japan.
As a video artist, he has an interest in exploring the intersections between dance and film. His screendance works have been in festivals across the world and have received several awards.
From 2016 to 2018 he co-curated the performing arts festival CALA Festival (Italy).
In 2020 he curated the collective screendance project T9 in collaboration with the Italian association for dance research TIR Danza. At present, he collaborates with VisualcontainerTv as a screendance curator. He has been invited to be a juror of the AMERTA film festival 2022, in Turkey.