Almeno Nevicasse arrived to me in 2018 on a particularly gloomy day. That gloom inside that you can’t name and that you struggle to recognise. It’s a little cry, it’s a “let’s hope something, anything, happens right now at this very moment.” So I took a sweater that I had in my closet and with a coloured thread I embroidered on it “Almeno Nevicasse”. Like many creative processes, the nature of work starts from within, it digs into the brain, it crosses the heart, it touches those areas of the unspoken. —Francesca Sarteanesi
Almeno Nevicasse is a collective dramaturgical practice proposed by Francesca Sarteanesi, in collaboration with Carrozzerie | n.o.t. A workshop directed to a heterogeneous group of people, in which personal stories intertwine with each other and with the practice of embroidery, searching words and sensations that are difficult to stop, or that one has chosen not to express. What has remained latent emerges through embroidery on sweaters, objects that gain a voice, revealing and preserving fragments of experience.
Sunday 18 September Almeno Nevicasse goes beyond the margins of its community and opens up to the gaze of the city in a final moment in which the participants partake with the aim of highlighting the expressive power of the word.
The sweaters, with phrases or words embroidered by the people involved, come out in the open and are worn like on a “runway” – that certainly is not a fashion show – but a scene in motion. Sweaters, like living works, will come to life. They will blend with the urban space to talk.
The project is part of RECIPROCITY, a section of Short Theatre that experiments with models of reciprocity and intersectionality between belonging, widespread origins and knowledge through bodily practices, narrative grafts and playful universes.
Francesca Sarteanesi is an actress, dramaturg and performer. After graduating in Performing Arts at the Università di Bologna, in 2006, she founds the Compagnia Gli Omini and works with them until 2017. Her first solo works, Bella Bestia and Sergio, debuted at Armunia’s Festival Inequilibrio, with Sergio earning her a nomination for Best Actress for the Premio Ubu in 2021. For the part four years she has been working on the artistic project Almeno Nevicasse. Her workshops include some of the pivotal elements of her research: dramaturgy, improvisation, dexterity, and performance. Her workshops represent fruitful occasions for exchanging views, studying and sharing experiences gained over the years.
in collaboration with Carrozzerie | n.o.t and Gli Scarti
ph. Roberta Segata