Cinéma Imaginaire is a site-specific performance created by the mind of every individual spectator. The Italian version of the project is the product of the artistic encounter between the duo Deflorian/Tagliarini, winner of prestigious awards in Italy and abroad, and the Dutch director Lotte van den Berg, one of the most influential artists of the new European scene.
The participants of Cinéma Imaginaire will be invited to ‘shoot’ their own film through their own eyes and, thanks to precise instructions, will be able to imagine the five scenes which will compose it. This process will turn into an opportunity to look in a fresh way at the urban landscape, which often seems too familiar and is taken for granted.
The project is an invitation to experience the city (and reality) in unusual ways and to find new perspectives. Suddenly, without anybody noticing, reality becomes fiction. It doesn’t matter if you were born in this city, if you have lived here for years or you have just moved; Cinéma Imaginaire can show you Terni in a completely different light. Because, as Lotte van den Berg says, ‘to create strong images you don’t need actors, directors and sets. You simply need to be brave enough to look’.
Lotte van den Berg is a Dutch director. She studied directing at the Amsterdam School of the Arts. After graduating, she began collaborating with different Dutch and Flemish theatres. From 2005 to 2009 she worked for the Toneelhuis theatre in Antwerp. In 2009 she created the company OMSK which since 2012 is based in Utrecht. She has been collaborating with professional and amateur actors while her productions can either be site-specific or destined for theatres. Her project include Cinéma Imaginaire (2017), with Deflorian/Tagliarini, Building Conversation (2013) conceived together with Daan’t Sas, Agoraphobia, Les spectateurs, Mapping the unknown, Wasteland. In 2015 she founded Stichting Third Space with which she produces works that move across theatre, dance, cinema and the visual arts giving life to her own personal, constantly evolving style. Lotte van den Berg’s pieces are performed in important theatres and festivals in Europe, America and Africa. She has received numerous awards including the Erik Vos Prize and the Charlotte Kohler Prize.
Daria Deflorian and Antonio Tagliarini are two performers, writer and directors who, alongside their own personal works, have embarked on an intense and regular collaboration since 2008.Their first such collaborative work was Rewind, A Tribute to Café Muller by Pina Bausch created in 2008. In 2009 they co-wrote, directed and acted in their own production called From A to D and back again while since then they have worked on czeczy/cose (2011), Reality (2012) for which Daria Deflorian received the Premio Ubu 2012 for Best Leading Actress, Ce ne andiamo per non darvi altre preoccupazioni (2013), co-created by Monica Piseddu and Valentino Villa. This play won the Ubu Award 2014 for Best New Italian Dramaturgical Research as well as the Critic’s Award in Quebec for Best Foreign Play. Three of their texts were published by Titivillus 2014 in one edition called Trilogia dell’invisibile. In Autumn 2015 Daria and Antonio presented both Ce ne andiamo per non darvi altre preoccupazioni and Reality at the Festival d’Automne in Paris. This also marked the beginning of an international tour through France, Swiss, Germany and Canada. During the same period they created two site-specific pieces, Il posto (2014) for the Milanese museum house Boschi Di Stefano, and Quando non so cosa fare cosa faccio (2015) performed along the streets of Rome. In 2016 Il cielo non è un fondale made its debut at Losanna, a piece created in collaboration with Francesco Alberici and Monica Demuru which received great success in Italy and abroad.