Interview: Romina Zangirolami
Luca Curci talks with Romina Zangirolami during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2022, at Palazzo Bembo – Venice Grand Canal.
Born on 9 August 1970: choreographer, dancer, performer, art director. She began her studies at Donatella Altieri’s classical and modern dance course in Rovigo. She met contemporary dance through Laura Corradi, who perfected himself with the masters Fabrizio Monteverde, Simona Bucci, Enzo Cosimi, Virgilio Sieni, Ismael Ivo. Her following studies and specialization were in Contact Improvisation and release and floorwork method, in Italy and abroad, with Susan Martin, Dieter Hitkamp, Giannalberto De Filippis, Michal Mualem (Sasha Waltz from Berlin), Riccardo Meneghini (Carolyn Carson) Fabrizio Monteverde, Roberto Zappalà and with Roberta Zerbini. Dance Theater: Giacomo Sacenti, Giorgio Rossi, Roberto Castello. Professional dancer since 2005, she lends her professionalism to theaters, events and reviews throughout Italy.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Romina Zangirolami – Art is a precious and disruptive tool to be ahead of time. Artists often anticipate time, they know how to see further thanks to that great gift that is imagination, added to creativity. Using these tools to “create” is art in itself. Art is creating starting from an impulse, a need, an urgency. Ultimately, Art for me is communicating.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
RZ – I live in powerful moods. Encounters and relationships with each other are always a source of inspiration. “My Place” was born from a memory, from a portion of a lived life, an encounter in the past. The emotions that arise from an encounter are isolated, dissected and brought back to current events to be shared. It is a very personal way to generate energy even starting from traumatic episodes.
LC – What are you currently working on?
RZ – The collaborative work, begun in 2021, regarding My Place continues. The work, from the beginning, was created to be presented to the public in three different versions, in three different moments and places. The first version was created for the theatre, it is an extended and very detailed version. The second version is a “chamber” performance, designed to take place in an immersive environment, in close contact with the public; and it is the performance presented at Palazzo Bembo. The third version, which will soon be hosted in Rome, foresees the introduction of a male version of the work; the public should find out only at the last minute who and what they will see on stage.
LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it your medium of expression?
RZ – My dance expresses and communicates an urgency. It is my personal way to release energy, within me but above all around me. The main tool is clearly my body, which is both a full-time object of study as well as a longterm investment.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
RZ – Extraordinary concept. I am amazed of how everything concerning the body is always current and can be declined in a thousand different ways, while still remaining meaningful and never banal. It is a concept that will always create interesting and debatable works. It’s an “iconic” concept destined for the future, still having a lot to add.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
RZ – Today being an artist is above all a privilege, an act of courage and recklessness at the same time. Being an artist is a “manifesto” to be carried with pride and pride. It is the demonstration to oneself, and to others, that believing in something – having a passion and wanting to achieve it – is essential to grow and not to give in to the temptation to become homologated. Developing an artistic concept and having the tools to make it happen is not a common practice for everyone, so it is necessary to impose a point of view, one’s own, regardless of the external response. Today the artist must propose their pieces trying not to homologate. In my opinion that’s the only way to create something meaningful and imperishable.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this event? How is it connected to the theme of the entire exhibition?
RZ – Bringing a body back to its primary dimension, a dimension in which to communicate a state of mind and tell a story. The one shown is not a clinical nude, not just an erotic nude, but a “private” and “shared” nude at the same time. We do not observe the nude from a device, or from a lock. We present it in the same room inhabited by the performer, in the same environment. The decontextualisation of the event in presence, resets everything and allows us to look beyond. My work has in the body, and on the body, the main message and since the exhibition is closely linked to the body, the partnership seemed credible to me right from the start. The concept of the exhibition was, and is, perfectly in line with my work that has been built on body language.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
RZ – The organization amazed me for its consistency and kindness. I found these characteristics on every level, from the welcome to the meeting with the curator, Luca Curci; a punctual and attentive presence for what concerns the exhibition and the (impeccable) set-up as well as for what
concerns the relationship of personal acquaintance that took place during the happening. Ideal size for the performance presented. Finally, the international atmosphere, the plurality of interventions was palpable. The Venetian setting was also perfect. A unique city, and unique events in very interesting and aesthetically important spaces.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
RZ – ITSLIQUID Group certainly deserves a special mention for the services offered; today being able to show oneself is a complex thing and in this specific case it was possible to do it in a condition of evident professionalism but at the same time simple, in the best sense of the term. It doesn’t always happen and when it does it’s a nice surprise.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
RZ – Fluidity, which is the idea behind the name itself, is concretized by the curator and his collaborators. Everything flows quickly and contributes to the realization of the event.