Pirelli HangarBicocca
Via Chiese 2


25 - 26 Nov 2021






Editors’ Pick


A complex immersive, cross-disciplinary project, that won the Italian Council award (9th Edition, 2020). The project examines compelling themes in the relationship between distant epochs and cultures, and gives rise to unusual crossovers amongst different activities and media: contemporary opera music and performance, installations and dance, film and workshops.

The central theme of this visionary project is water, an element indispensable for life and a substance of immense poetic power that can also be a place of death and annihilation, the focal point for social, political and anthropological issues of urgent contemporaneity.
This duality of values is mirrored by the structure of Flu水o, which comprises the simultaneous presence of re-enactments and reinterpretations of some performances by 1960s East Asian artists with links to water alongside a production of Mare Nostrum, a sarcastic chamber opera by Mauricio Kagel.

The Flu 水 o project emerged from an idea by Luciana Galliano and it was curated by Davide Quadrio.
The opera was directed by Alessandro Sciarroni, who chose to share the project’s authorship with a number of personalities on the contemporary Italian and international scene, starting from a close cooperation with Andrea Anastasio to whom he entrusted the scenes, the musicians’ costumes and the site-specific installation for Mare Nostrum inspired by the waters of the Mediterranean, forming the stage set that will host Kagel’s opera and performances by the invited artists: Chiara Bersani – re-enactment of Water Music (1965) by Shiomi Chieko; Anna Raimondo – Le forme dei sogni tornano al mare (The shapes of dreams return to the sea), 2021, based on Water Music by Shiomi Cheiko; Rossella Biscotti with Attila Faravelli – re-enactment of Takemitsu Toru: Water Music for magnetic tape, Tokyo 1960; Silvia Gribaudi – re-enactment of Water Piece (1964) by Yoko Ono; Silvia Calderoni / Ilenia Caleo, re-enactment of Covered in Detergent on Stage, Bathing in Water (1964) by Nam June Paik.
Mare Nostrum, one of the highest expressions of Kagel’s musical theatre, will be performed by countertenor Kai Wessel and baritone Miljenko Turk with the Ensemble Bernasconi conducted by Arnaud Arbet, also featuring Elena Casoli, guitar, and Yuka Ohta, percussion. In addition, the opera will see the presence of performance artist Muna Mussie.

On Thursday 25 and Friday 26 November, within the spaces of Pirelli HangarBicocca, location of the colossal work The Seven Heavenly Palaces by Anselm Kiefer, Flu水o will be performed live and in its complete version: this represents a fundamental moment in the multi-faceted, complex international programme, a project that involves Europe and the Far East in the creation of an artists’ residency, a workshop, six performances, a chamber opera, an exhibition, three screenings and four talks.

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