Kristina Norman / Tallinn, Estonia

Lighter Than Woman

July 0518.30
July 0621.00
July 0720.30
July 0821.30
July 0920.30*
from July 12 to 1420.30
* with the ticket for the performance of July 09 it is possible to enter at 20.00 for Il canto delle balene by Chiara Bersani

The next project is one of the most emotionally complex commissions we have ever done. It’s the result of three years of conversations with the artist Kristina Norman, who was given a carte blanche for a new artistic creation. We invited Kristina to come to Santarcangelo, to spend time here, and the only question we asked was what do you see? What is it that you find exceptional in this place?
It was through Kristina that we got to know the amazingly strong and fierce community of
badanti – almost exclusively female careworkers – who come to Santarcangelo from various countries in Eastern Europe, and the local families who employ them. Everybody learns a little Ukrainian during the process.

Lighter Than Woman is a documentary performance that reflects on how a group of women from wildly different backgrounds overcome the gravity of work; learning to live with ambivalence and finding meaning and joy in their new circumstances.
During the creative residency in Santarcangelo and Bologna within Atlas of Transitions Biennale, Kristina has met and filmed badanti, who appear on screen in this piece that merges moving image and performance. We meet Halina, a “badante di dolci” because her pies and pastries are extraordinary; Marina, a poet and the author of the hymn of badante, and many others. We meet the families for whom they work, and see the emotional complexity that comes with the labor of care.
We see the different forms that the desire for emancipation takes for each of these women. Moving to another country, freedom from heavy physical labour, pursuing professional careers. Creating art: the ultimate emancipation from reality. Or even overcoming literal gravity, as in the case of Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti.
Together, these women defy all odds, create surprising alliances and build beautiful lives despite the state of “not-here-neither-there”, experienced as a constant state of weightlessness.
Norman weaves a beautiful, complex, unexpected narrative, that hopes to inspire a sense of pride in the tenacity of the human spirit.

  • Teatrino della Collegiata
    piazza Balacchi, 7

duration 90'
full price 13€ / reduced price 11€
performance in Italian, Ukrainian, English and Russian with Italian and English subtitles

di e con Kristina Norman
drammaturgia Laur Kaunissaare
direttore della fotografia e artitsa Erik Norkroos
consiglio coreografico Joanna Kalm, Karolin Poska
musiche Jēkabs Nīmanis
creazione luci Oliver Kulpsoo
con la partecipazione di Isadora Angelini, Ivana Abbondanza, Halina Fomiceva, Liubov Sandulovych, Nataliya Sandu, Victoria Bilivska, Mariia Filonenko, Mayya Romashchenko, Rina Pancaldi
un ringraziamento a Piersandra Di Matteo, Cosetta Nicolini, Maria Rita Palumbo, Anna Tomesani, Mariya Fedoryshyn, Meelika Ebrok, Meelis Muhu
estratti video “Where do astronauts sleep?” European Space Agency, ESA 08.06.2015; “SkyLab Circular Track” 03.03.2010; NASA;
“Astronauta Samantha Cristoforetti - Missione Futura 42 su ISS” Canale25 24.11.2014; “Samantha Cristoforetti tours the ISS for the last
time (11.06.2015)” Astro Enzo 11.06.2016
con il sostegno di Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Ministry of Culture of Estonia
coproduzione Kanuti Gildi SAAL, Santarcangelo Festival, New Theatre Institute of Latvia, Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione / Atlas of Transitions Biennale
inserito all'interno del progetto europeo Create to Connect -> Create to Impact
cofinanziato dal programma Europa creativa dell'Unione europea