Transcultural Theatre and Artistic Activism:
Are you an artist interested or already engaged in developing transcultural work?
We would like to invite you to join us in a conversation with artists Sara Pour and Pietro Floridia from Cantieri Meticci in Bologna, Italy.
Founded in April 2014 by the director and playwright Pietro Floridia, Cantieri Meticci is a collective of artists. Their members include refugees, migrants, young artists, citizen activists, university students, researchers, teachers, musicians, and more. They are all united by a shared passion for theatre and a strong political commitment to artistic activism.
The morning of conversations with Pietro Floridia and Sara Pour will focus on creating art in transcultural environments and on the opportunities and challenges artists who have relocated encounter.
Sara Pour’s fine arts practice has changed since leaving Iran. Her previous work included illustrating children’s books with the reputable Iranian publishing house Shabaviz.
Upon relocating to Italy, Sara broadened her artistic horizons, engaging in participatory art projects along European borders.
Her diverse portfolio includes collaborations with Italian and international cultural institutions. Sara will talk specifically about being an artist whose creative work has diversified since leaving her homeland.
Pietro Floridia and Sara Pour will also share their story and experiences in social crossbreeding theatre and invite those attending to ask questions about their methodologies and processes.
Meet the artists
Sara Pour is a visual artist, illustrator, set designer and sculptor. She gained recognition through her collaboration with the reputable Iranian publishing house Shabaviz, where she illustrated children’s books.
Upon relocating to Italy, Sara broadened her artistic horizons, engaging in participatory art projects along European borders. Her diverse portfolio includes collaborations with Italian and international cultural institutions.
She has contributed to public spaces through impactful installations, crafted sets for theatrical productions, and conducted workshops and performances at prestigious European theaters, including the French National Scene “Le Channel” in Calais, the KVS Theater in Brussels, and the Teatr Powszechny in Warsaw.
Pietro Floridia, a director and playwright, steered the Teatro dell’Argine from 1994 before establishing the multi-ethnic ensemble Cantieri Meticci in 2012. Within this dynamic company, he both writes and directs an array of shows, installations, and workshops. Floridia has crafted a distinctive participatory art method, seamlessly blending the creation of texts and images. His directorial ventures have extended across more than 30 countries globally. In recent years, Floridia’s interests focus mainly on the invention of artistic installations tailored for public spaces.
Cantieri Meticci Residency with Mother Tongues Festival
Sara Pour and Pietro Floridia are currently in Dublin for a Residency as part of the Mother Tongues Festival. They are running a series of workshops in two Tallaght schools. Their work with children and young people will be shared on Saturday 17 February from 2 pm at Rua Red Performance Space. Find out more.
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