IF THERE IS NO SUN

Created by

Luca Brinchi, Karima DueG, Irene Russolillo

 

Performance

Antoine Danfa, Karima DueG, Irene Russolillo, Mapate Sakho, Ilyes Triki

 

Musics

Drexciya, Kawabate, Karima DueG

 

Lyrics

Sun Ra, Ladan Osman, Felwine Sarr, Keorapetse Kgositsile, Karima DueG

 

Setting

Luca Brinchi 

 

Movement

Irene Russolillo

 

Sound

Edoardo Sansonne / Kawabate

 

Costumes

Marta Genovese

 

conceived within

CRISOL – creative processes

A project of internationalization of creative processes
funded under the Boarding Pass Plus 2019 program
promoted by MiBACT Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism

 

production 

Fondazione Fabbrica Europa per le arti contemporanee, Gruppo Nanou, Spellbound Associazione

 

supported by

Teatro di Roma – Teatro Nazionale

Danza Urbana, 

Menhir Dance Company / Talos Festival – Ruvo di Puglia

 

Residencies

Centre Culturel Blaise Senghor, Dakar

Compagnie 5me Dimension, Dakar

MADA Théâtre, Tataouine

PARC Performing Arts Research Centre, Firenze

 

In collaboration with

Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Dakar

Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Tunisi 

 

 

There are cracks in the languages speaking of Africa and Europe, of bodies-territories and borders that oppress. One can try to share dreams and desires. And a sense of alienation. They would like to see their rights recognized and free themselves from their ghosts. On land, in the sea, among other creatures, a new community emerges from its state of invisibility. And it begins a struggle that is a discourse and a journey, in which the environment changes through consumption and blurring. The margins of the portraits of individuals dissolve. A larger organism emerges that insinuates itself between the different landscapes. Boundaries from the one to the many blur as the environment allows itself to be traversed, torn apart and acidified.

 

“Let us reach that place in the middle of our dreams, where all the lights are ours. Let our voices be our food. May our thoughts be our muscle. Let us trudge through our sea.“*

* Excerpts translated and reinterpreted, from Ladan Osman – Refusing Eurydice (Exiles of Eden-Coffee House Press 2019)

 

Roman visual artist and theater director Luca Brinchi, Liberian-born Italian singer and beatmaker Karima 2G aka Anna Maria Gehnyei, and Apulian performer and choreographer Irene Russolillo meet in 2020 in Rome, the city where the three are based. In 2022 will be presented to the public the show If there is no sun in which converge the experiences and visions of the three artists who here put themselves in play together for the first time. 

 

Luca Brinchi is a Roman visual artist and theatre director, active on the international contemporary scene since 2001. He conceives virtual environments in which the video image is crossed by the language of the body and sound, to find possibilities of fusion between these expressions, first with the collective SANTASANGRE of which he was co-founder (Premio Ubu 2009, ETI Award 2008, Dante Cappelletti Award 2006), then collaborating with numerous artists including Jan Fabre, choreographers Sang Jjijia and Jayachandran Palazhy, directors Massimo Popolizio and Federico Tiezzi, the street artist Mp5 and video artist Daniele Spanò. With the latter he forms a stable artistic duo since 2014. 

 

Karima 2G aka Anna Maria Gehnyei is an Italian singer and beatmaker of Liberian origin. Moving from the consoles of the major Italian clubs to the collaboration with the M2o Network, her solo debut dates back to 2014, with the album 2G(Soupu Music) focused on the theme of second generations in Italy. The new phase, symbolically sanctioned by the song Africa in 2016, also opens to new themes of international scope. He collaborates with History Channel, Al Jazeera, Amnesty International. He is currently writing a book for Fandango focused on his biography.

 

Irene Russolillo is a dancer, choreographer and performer. She has been developing for several years a research on vocality and movement, in creations with a hybrid and transdisciplinary approach, in which she collaborates with visual, music and dance artists. Since 2014, she has received the support of ALDES, the Network Anticorpi XL, the international networks Crossing the sea and Crisol, and the Oriente Occidente Festival, of which she has been an associate artist. She has received numerous awards such as the Equilibrio Award 2014 and the Masdanza Award 2014 as best performer, the Prospettiva Danza Award 2015, the CROSS Award in 2019. She is part since 2018 of the Cultural Association VAN that groups in Bologna seven choreographers_ of the Italian contemporary scene.

 

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