Ipercorpo 2018 Il Padre

After going through thoughts and actions concerning the idea of inheritance in 2017, it seemed logic to turn our research into a quest for the father. The one that etymologically creates and transfers the inheritance itself. This task is no less difficult because this word recalls founding tensions and questions which intimately have to do with our existence – so things get dangerous. Looking for the father involves going through a territory strewn with numerous, deeply personal words that immediately come to surface. We will try to define at least one of them. This word is: request. What is it asked of the father? And what do we ask of Ipercorpo 2018?

We ask for it to be a multi-ethnic and multicultural space of peace. A venue that embraces Europe and the world without forgetting the neighborhood and the city where Ipercorpo takes place. A location where international artists and operators can go beyond their proximity, not focusing exclusively on issues related to their actions, be they musical, dancing, colloquial or artistic. Where workshops (a lot this year), spaces destined to the transmission and sharing of knowledge, can unfold their artistic process and bring it towards the public while also avoiding concentrating only on the final act, i.e., on the moment of the representation. A place where it is possible to promote the discovery of the unknown, where the different people that cross Ipercorpo can miraculously touch each other. International operators wandering around the social architectures that surround EXATR, regular members of the festival audience, young high-school students dealing with the restoration of a Chilean mural, people who take part in an autumnal symposium, kids that from their home-yard face a theatre stage for the first time, contemporary art lovers, careful or lazy observers of theatre and dance, people taking part in a secular liturgy of a musical nature that totally permeates time and space for a whole Sunday in the month of May, season ticket holders of the local theatre, intellectuals and university students called to observe the festival actions knowing that your point of view can modify what you observe, friends that decide to spend the night at the festival centre in the heart of EXATR without necessarily entering the halls. Is it possible to exchange parts and propensities even only for a moment? Is this the real contemporary artistic fact? We do realize the enormity of the requests. But, in a explicit or implicit way, you can’t ask a father for less, whether biological or chosen.

Claudio Angelini


Seeking and discovering a path around the theme of the father revealed itself as an exercise of listening and attention to details. Details, the ones making the difference, mark quality and identity. They captured our eye and got through this Ipercorpo edition where courageous languages converge, full of irony, deeply connected with traditions, rituality, body and word, sounds and ancestral gestures. Teatro Persona, with Macbettu, plunges the public into the depths of Sardinian cultural inheritance and it regenerates Shakespeare’s work with a powerful material quality. Luna Cenere brings the secret of beauty out of the essence of the naked body and in Kokoro it connects the audience to the pleasure of an aesthetics looking more at classical Greece than at the parameters of globalized society. With TROP, Andrea Costanzo Martini puts in place an ancient and delicate balance of power and constraints, bonding together artist, public and society. Gruppo nanou analyzes the fundamental elements of the scene and designs new expressive borders in Alphabet. Claudia Castellucci explores the rituality of the gesture which is able to build new communities. Muna Mussie, through her work OASIS, achieves an original time-space where it is possible to find out your own identity. This is also what happens in the work of the Israeli choreographer Ofir Yudilevitch, who rediscovers in Gravitas the childish delight for game and challenge, creating an elegant score made of jumps on a gymnastic air-flow mattress.

Claudio Angelini, Valentina Bravetti, Mara Serina


Ipercorpo 15th edition :: The father offers a musical program with two highlight starting points: the subject who gives and the one who receives: “Thou and I, the one thing; before me, thou; that after thee, I. This is the one Power (..) generating itself, increasing itself, seeking itself, finding itself, its own mother, its own father, its sister, its spouse; the daughter, son, mother, and father itself; One, the Universal Root” (Simon Magus). A simple condition that establishes and strongly renovates the theme of listening, in other words, of the ways we filter and incorporate what we hear. The project is articulated into two precise key proposals concerning rituality and spatiality.

Davide Fabbri, Elisa Gandini


As in the past editions, reacting to the title suggestions is an opportunity to think about ways to present artworks inside the spaces of ATR ex deposit and to make them coexist with the festival forms and rhythms as a counterpoint and theoretic counterpart.

This year the problem is twice significant: the suggested theme tests the ability of the works of art to get out of the conceptual and self-referential hinges facing a strictly human dimension (and yet also literary and mythological). A reflection about the father can cause dizziness, create a forever unsolved and potentially inexhaustible exhibition.

So it took shape the hypothesis of a room (that I like to call “the father’s room”) more than an exhibition, a place where to collect some artworks about the father that I met over the years, often diverging from the poetics of the artists who made them. The works in the room belong to different languages and look at the father from different points of view and in various ways: they can be portraits, double portraits, self-portraits, devices able to raise the identity problem in an autobiographic and vaguely narrative way; to develop stories and tales kept inside them as secret figures; to hint at the father in terms of traumatic absence or loss, or force to fight and reaffirm, till redefining its outlines in a more indefinite and archetypal form.

The room is also a space for words. Sunday afternoon Daniele Balicco and I will chair a discussion day – with artists, writers, directors and theorists – with reflections, conversations and stories about the figure of the father, which fluctuates between two poles: the one of the natural father and the one of the chosen father, of the mentor.

Davide Ferri