Mittwoch, 11. September 2013

Cosmonauti 2013 - International festival of open rehearsals



international festival of open rehearsals

- Eight edition -
16-22 September 2013
Tuscania - Italy

What is Cosmonauti
It is an international touring festival whose goal is the sharing of artistic research.
Amongst Cosmonauts you can show and develop works that are underway, you
can exchange approaches, techniques and methods and check if it works, you can
share freely what you can and want (ideas, materials, dreams, ideas, tangible objects
and intangible objects, information). The aim is also to be among artists from across
Europe to develop a network of research, artistic and human-vice.

Who are the Cosmonauti
Conventionally a cosmonaut is an astronaut from the Russian Space Agency, or from
one of the ex-USSR countries.
“Cosmonaut” derives from Russian (kosmonavt) that again derives from greek kosmos
(universe) and nautes (navigator). In the USA, “astronaut” is applied to a person that has
just started his training, while in Russia one is not a “cosmonaut” till one has completed
a space-flight successfully.
The Cosmonauti-founders made their first flights, or maybe just their more significant
flights in the Cosmos Theatre, trained with Russian masters and Russian methods
 – methods invented and developed by Konstantin Stanislavsky, Vsevolod Meyerhold,
Maria Knebel, Michael Chekhov, Anatoli Vasilev, Jurij Alschitz, Nicolai Karpov, Vasily
Skorik... and the Cosmonautes. They then became more numerous and well-trained
Cosmonauts joined also from non-russian masters.
Even from their earliest encounters, however, the cosmonauts have wanted to meet all
other NAUTI of the Cosmo Theatre to exchange research results and images from their
voyages. Although the cosmonauts have been trained very hard, although we have passed
grueling trainig sessions by the most demanding methods (emotionally, physically and philosophically) we have managed not to lose a providential selfirony regarding each
type of method or school of theater. They do their festival to put themselves back in the
game and to pull off what they have learned so far and confront it with the unknown.
Until 2009 Cosmonauti has hosted almost exclusively theater and performance. Since
2009, however, thanks to the contribution of the dance-company Vera Stasi, dance has
joined. From 2012 we also included music. So the next edition will be open to all those
operators, artists who are interested in the specific orientation of Cosmonauti and are
active in fields of theater, performance, dance, dance, music .... Finally, all the perfor-
ming arts.

What is the specific orientation of Cosmonauts
Our aim is to test and develop together on the concept of action, considering it runs
through all these arts and using it as a basis on which to link the works produced by
different tools and languages.

Venue for Cosmonauti 2013
We are hosted by the Dance Company Vera Stasi in the magic Supercinema, in the
historical center of Tuscania, 100 km from Rome. The Supercinema was built in 1928,
for over fifty years the beating heart of the city center, closed in the mid 80s for about
a decade, then reactivated in 1997 and transformed into a place of creation and event
venue for theater, music, dance.Vera Stasi, founded in Rome in 1985, is one of the
protagonists of a research companies for the "historic" renewal of the Italian contemporary
dance in the '80s. Throughout its existence, Vera Stasi has gradually experienced its
potential structure and transformed its identity from a collective workshop to a group of
authors, from an esclusively productive structure to one of cultural projectplanning.
The Company is currently directed by Silvana Barbarini, produces experimental
choreographic works, supports young artists and organizes intensive workshops in
various disciplines of movement and dance. More info: /

Daily program
Morning / Earth-training
10:00 -11:15 Training 1
11:30 -12:45 Training 2
To test the various methods that prepare the body and mind to work on stage, for
directors, actors, dancers, and musicians, open to the audience.
Luna / lunch
13:30 We organize lunch (not freeze-dried!) for artists and audience close to the
Afternoon / Sun, “The burning chair”
15:00-17:00 Cross-fire of questions on the work presented the day before, open to
the audience
17:00 -18:30 preparations
Evening / Mars & Venus – open rehearsals
18:30 -20:00 open rehearsals, “first steps” / more fresh work.
Creations in various forms: dialogue, monologue, sketch, etude, work in progress,
performance. Any representation may not exceed the maximum duration of 50 minutes.
Luna / dinner
20:30 We organize dinner for artists and audience close to the theater.
Evening / Mars & Venus - open rehearsals
21:30-00:00 open rehearsals, more developed work.
Creations in various forms: dialogue, monologue, sketch, etude, work in progress,
performance. Any representation may not exceed the maximum duration of 50 minutes.

COSMONAUTI-team 2013:
Alicja Ziolko/actress/Norway
Federico Favetti/trainer/Italy
Silvana Barbarini/coreographer/Italy
Maurizio Lucà/actor/Italiy
Markus Herlyn/director/Germany
Sylvia Mayinger/musician/Germany
TEL (+39) 333 1274762
SKYPE: alicjaziolko