Festa Farina e Forca

Festa Farina e Forca

Tomorrow is the performance of the project in Palermo that I'm directing (and performing in) with Michelle Li. The title is taken from a song by AreA, which was a suggestion of Benedetto in our collaborative group, but also links it back neatly as a progression from Ch-ch-ch-changes (after the Bowie song), the last site-specific work Michelle and I made which shared a lot of the themes and musicality with this project. Literally the title means 'party/festival/celebration, wheat/flour/grain, and gallows.'

I won't write too much about the content of the performance as it hasn't happened yet - but I'll write more after the fact about the structure and themes. It has been a real pleasure to work with all the people we've met here - if we had not had such a great group of performers to work with it would never have been possible to make something in the time we had. Not only that, but their ideas and opinions about Palermo as locals gave us the necessary inspiration and knowledge to make something site-specific not just in a limited architectural sense, but in a cultural and political sense.

The performance is part of a larger minifestival organised by Andrea Cusumano, bringing people from Goldsmiths College to Palermo to work in new spaces in the Cantieri Culturali alla Zisa with a view to making it an annual event.

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