The School Of Narrative Dance, 2013 - ongoing

Peformance, Photography and Video

In 2013 Marinella Senatore founded The School of Narrative Dance, focused on the idea of storytelling as an experience that can be explored choreographically, on non-hierachical learning, self-training and the creation of an active citizenship through informal education. Nomadic and free of charge, the School takes different forms depending on the spaces it temporarily occupies, and proposes an alternative system of education, based on emancipation, inclusion, and self-cultivation. The School offeres a wide range of classes in subjects such as literature, oral history, carpentry, art history, crafts, photography, arithmetic, drama, choreography, cinematic language, etc., encouraging individuals to share their skills or achieve new ones, building new groups and ideas of community. To date, the School‘s projects – produced by Istitutions, Museums and Foundations – have been developed in several countries in Europe and US, with the involvement of political activists, scholars, artisans, illiterate people, students, housewifes, musicians, writers, worker unions, retireds, teachers, feminist choirs and Alpines.
The work uses dance as a common language through which to celebrate the vernacular, amateur, and professionally trained gestures of the participants.

Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Little Chaos, Cagliari, 2013
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Little Chaos, Cagliari, 2013
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Little Chaos, Cagliari, 2013
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Little Chaos, Cagliari, 2013
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Little Chaos, Cagliari, 2013
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Little Chaos, Cagliari, 2013
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Little Chaos, Cagliari, 2013 (production photo)
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Little Chaos, Cagliari, 2013 (production photo)
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Little Chaos, Cagliari, 2013
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Ecuador, 2014
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Ecuador, 2014
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Ecuador, 2014
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Ecuador, 2014
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Ecuador, 2014
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Ecuador, 2014
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Ecuador, 2014
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Ecuador, 2014
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Ecuador, 2014
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Ecuador, 2014

In Cuenca (Ecuador), the entire city was involved: Conservatory providing hall for rehearsals, local musicians composing scores for the several performances, public and private building offering their spaces, as well as Traditional folk dance groups, boarding school band, teachers, and a large number of amateur and professional dancers wanted to experience a different approach about storytelling and theatre dance.
Each performance, including a final Parade, was located in a different place (exterior and interior) of the city and structured always according with the landscape which was the main narrative topic participants wanted to work on.

Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Rivoli, public parade on November 24, 2013
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Rivoli, public parade on November 24, 2013
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Rivoli, public parade on November 24, 2013
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Rivoli, public parade on November 24, 2013
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Rivoli, public parade on November 24, 2013
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Rivoli, public parade on November 24, 2013
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Rivoli, public parade on November 24, 2013
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Rivoli, 2013, installation with dance floor, wall painting, 6 video tutorials, installation view at Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Rivoli, 2013, installation with dance floor, wall painting, 6 video tutorials, installation view at Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Rivoli, 2013 (production photo)
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Rivoli, 2013 (production photo)

A non-regulational institution, this School promotes the creation of alternative forms of narration through body language. Without being rooted in specific techniques, this method gives preference to an exchange of knowledge and experience, displayed by participants with movement and dance. By inventing its own spaces each time, for the show at the Castello di Rivoli the School occupies a surface of almost 50 square meters at the Manica Lunga. Six monitors with six “tutorials” proposed introductory ideas, presenting short choreographed sequences. The floor was covered with a large vinyl dance carpet that offered the chance to try suggested movement first-hand, or develop free invention. For the entire duration of this show the space has been used for encounters and rehearsals for the Public Parade organized by the artist in conjunction with the exhibition on November 24, 2013, which built for a while a new community around Castello di Rivoli, linking, in the context of the project, different groups from widely different localities, from Val Susa to Turin. By booking its use, anyone also used free of charge the dance carpet during museum hours as a contribution to any new project developments.

Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Roma, 2014, installation view Museo MAXXI, Rome
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Roma, 2014
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Roma, 2014
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Roma, 2014
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Roma, 2014
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Roma, 2014
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Roma, 2014
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Roma, 2014
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Roma, 2014

On MAXXI’s piazza and along its staircases the exhibition route continues with The School of Narrative Dance, Roma by Marinella Senatore, a traveling school free of charge where anyone can teach or be a student, in which the public takes on a leading role in the process of assembling the work. The classroom built right on the piazza itself by the group of British architects ASSEMBLE, is conceived as an ideal set to host the lessons of a broad range of subjects and trades. The experiences of the lessons will then flow into a theater-dance performance directed by the choreographers of the Berlin group ESPZ. The exhibition project then continues along MAXXI’s staircases, where display cases contain the works that are the result of the lessons.

Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Sweden (still)
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Sweden (still)
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Sweden (still)
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Sweden (still)
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Sweden (still)
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Sweden, 2013, charcoal on paper
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Sweden, 2013, charcoal on paper
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Sweden, 2013, charcoal on paper
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Sweden, 2013, charcoal on paper
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Sweden, 2013, charcoal on paper
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Sweden, 2013, charcoal on paper
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Sweden, 2013, charcoal on paper

In the Swedish stage Senatore worked in 3 major cities of the country - Malmö, Göteborg and Stockholm - involving in the process community of refugees from Syria, young political activists, feminist choirs, anti-military groups such as Ofög and Megafonen, an organization of young suburb residents of the cities, struggling with issues of equality and social justice for their community.

Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance: Die Große Parade, Ebensee, 2015
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance: Die Große Parade, Ebensee, 2015
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance: Die Große Parade, Ebensee, 2015
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance: Die Große Parade, Ebensee, 2015
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance: Die Große Parade, Ebensee, 2015
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance: Die Große Parade, Ebensee, 2015
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance: Die Große Parade, Ebensee, 2015
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance: Die Große Parade, Ebensee, 2015
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance: Die Große Parade, Ebensee, 2015

Public Parade

Festival der Regionen, Schichtwechsel – Hackeln in Ebensee (A)
19 – 28 June, 2015

Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Venice Parade, 2015
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Venice Parade, 2015
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Venice Parade, 2015
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Venice Parade, 2015
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Venice Parade, 2015
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Venice Parade, 2015
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Venice Parade, 2015
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Venice Parade, 2015

Public Parade produced within the framework of “The Night Art made the Future Visible“ - The Creative Time Summit: The Curriculum at the Biennial of Art, Venice 2015.

Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, New York Procession, 2015
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, New York Procession, 2015
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, New York Procession, 2015
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, New York Procession, 2015
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, New York Procession, 2015
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, New York Procession, 2015
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, New York Procession, 2015
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, New York Procession, 2015
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, New York Procession, 2015
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, New York Procession, 2015
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, New York Procession, 2015

Public Procession produced within the framework of “Visible on the High Line: Making Collaborations“ - The Creative Time Summit: The Curriculum NYC.
Curated by Visible (Matteo Lucchetti and Judith Wielander).
With the special participation of: Living Theatre, IMMABB (Bora Kim, Karin Kuroda and Samantha Shao) and EXP, Martha Graham School, Aaron Burr Society, The IMANI SINGERS of Brooklyn.

Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance: Berlin Parade, 2012
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance: Berlin Parade, 2012
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance: Berlin Parade, 2012
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance: Berlin Parade, 2012
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance: Berlin Parade, 2012
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance: Berlin Parade, 2012
Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance: Berlin Parade, 2012

The School of Narrative Dance organized the first public parade in Berlin, involving hundreds of people, professionals and volunteers, dance groups and musicians, actors and tourists among others, all engaged in a given path in the neighborhood of renowned Auguststraße in Mitte.

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Marinella Senatore

Marinella Senatore was born in Italy in 1977 and currently lives in Paris. Her artistic practice merges forms of protest and learning theatre, music and film. She takes inspiration from public ceremonies, civil rituals as well as mass events, while reflecting on the political dimension of collective formations and how they generate a potential for social change. In 2013 she founded The School of Narrative Dance. Next to her performative practice she explores urban issues and social topics such as emancipation and equality through paintings, collages, installations, video, photography and sound. Marinella Senatore's record of solo shows includes projects at the Queens Museum, New York (2017), State of Concept, Athens (2017), Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, Paris (2016), Mot International, London (2014), and Castello di Rivoli (2013). She participated in group exhibitions such as the 13e Biennale de Lyon (2015), 5th Thessaloniki Biennial of Contemporary Art (2015) and MAXXI Museum, Rome (2014).



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