Expanding Space: Out of the Centre

Expanding Space is a large-scale continuation of the V–A–C project of the same name in 2015-16, whereby contemporary artists developed works for the urban environment, producing pieces from scaffolding to street signs and metro station installations. This time round, selected artists are working further afield on the outskirts of the city, with a variety of local institutions and associations including libraries, cinemas, chess clubs, public squares and houses of culture, in order to get to know these communities and create new cultural opportunities.

The main goal of ‘Expanding Space: Out of the Centre’ is to broaden the focus of existing local activities towards more open and social participative practices as well as exploring their potential and meaning within the local context. V–A–C will run seven programmes over several months, which will see musicians, theatre directors, filmmakers and performers work together with residents of the different Moscow districts.

Website of the project (Russian only)

Alterazioni Video: the New Circus Event

8 —10 May 2019
12 pm — 8 pm

  • By the water
  • V–A–C Zattere
  • Dorsoduro 1401
  • 30123 Venice, Italy

V–A–C Foundation celebrates the opening of Time, Forward! with a three-day public event on the canalside in front of V–A–C Zattere.

In keeping with the Foundation’s open approach in all of its activities, V–A–C has invited the artist collective Alterazioni Video to create a three-day live show for everyone to enjoy and get involved with. On the 100th anniversary of Russia’s official state-governed circus, V–A–C together with Alterazioni Video reflect on the time when circus spectacles were events of free gathering and popular celebration.

“In pre-revolutionary Russia, circus artists, jugglers and comedians roamed the audience during fairs. They were nomads, cosmopolitan and free from social conventions. They organized egalitarian participatory events open to the whole community, without a separation between performers and audiences, offering a momentary glimpse of equality, abundance, freedom and amusement for all, rich and poor. These events lasted several days, during which anarchy and the Dionysian spirit ruled free. Euphoric parties filled the squares with short live spectacles and stunts. Nomadic performers travelled in groups from one celebration to another, setting up their colourful autonomous cities. On August 1919, Lenin signed the Decree ‘On the unification of theatrical affairs’, according to which all circuses became state-regulated.”

The three-day public event will see Alterazioni Video rethink and question the circus format in a site-specific live installation featuring performers from all over the world, offering all passers-by an insight into the ageless tradition of Russian hospitality.

Press Release (PDF)

Alterazioni Video x V–A–C
The New Circus Event
V–A–C Zattere, 2019
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