The Embassy of Italy in Canada is pleased to present The Revolution is Us – La Rivoluzione siamo noi, an interactive theatre performance with DopoLavoro Teatrale.
From May 5 to 7th – after a successful tour in Italy and Romania – DopoLavoro Teatrale brings a new creation to the Ottawa theatre scene: The Revolution Is Us – La Rivoluzione Siamo Noi.
The Revolution is Us is an act of social sculpture that lies at the intersection of performance art, theatre, exhibition, interactive novel – and citizenship.
Intertwining the unfinished project by Pier Paolo Pasolini Porno Theo Kolossal with the photo The Revolution Is Us by Joseph Beuys, this piece invites you to become a change maker.
Date: Friday, May 5 to Sunday, May 7
Time: 6:30 and 8:00 pm on May 5th and 6th, and 2:00 on May 7th
Organized by: the Embassy of Italy and DopoLavoro Teatrale
Tickets: Free admission – register on Eventbrite
Participation is limited; if you are unable to attend we would be grateful if you would use Eventbrite to cancel your attendance.
Please note that the experience is divided into three parts over the course of 24 hours:
The experience begins directly from the participants’ home
PART ONE happens 24 hours before your selected performance date
If you select performance day May 5, PART ONE happens on the evening of May 4
If you select performance day May 6 PART ONE happens on the evening of May 5
If you select performance day May 7, PART ONE happens on the evening of May 6
PART ONE can be done at your convenience; you will receive details about this self-guided experience via email
The experience continues through the urban landscape
PART TWO happens on the same day as the selected performance date
If you select performance day May 5, PART TWO happens during the day on May 5
If you select performance day May 6, PART TWO happens during the day on May 6
If you select performance day May 7, PART TWO happens during the day on May 7.
You will receive instructions via email.
This experience is self-guided and is up to you to decide your level of engagement and what you are able to do
PART THREE takes place in a “theatre”
This experiential work presents a series of creative stimuli within a fragmented narrative inspired by the body of work (and the body) of Pier Paolo Pasolini and Joseph Beuys.
PART THREE is a 60-minute live experience in the Atelier space of Arts Court in Ottawa
Part Three takes place on the evenings of May 5, 6, and 7
Friday, May 5 | 6:30 PM EST
Friday May 5 | 8:00 PM EST
Saturday, May 6 | 6:30 PM EST
Saturday, May 6 | 8:00 PM EST
Sunday, May 7 | 2:00PM EST
The spectator takes on the role of actor and is challenged to become a source of inspiration for the other participants.
Designed for the participation of a maximum of 15 audience members at a time.
DLT with the support of the Embassy of Italy in Canada
Concept and Direction
Ada Aguilar | Daniele Bartolini | Marta Falugiani | Oana Parvan | Stefania Vitulli | Marta Zannoner
Ada Aguilar | Daniele Bartolini
Co-creator and Creative Stage Management
Dramaturg and Co-creator of the Romanian Edition
Dramaturg and co-creator of the Italian Edition
DLT | Ambasciata d”Italia a Ottawa | Istituto Italiano di Cultura Bucharest | Istituto Italiano di Cultura Montreal | Istituto Italiano Cultura Toronto | Kanterstrasse and Festival Dello Spettatore – Rete Teatrale Aretina.
ABOUT DANIELE BARTOLINI | Director and Artistic Director of DLT
Daniele Bartolni’s artistic practice has been described by the New York Times as “an especially intriguing investigation” and by PaneAcquaCulture as “the theatre of the future.”
Born and raised in Florence, Daniele lived and worked in Paris in 2010 and 2011 before immigrating to Toronto in 2012. He conceives and develops projects in English, French, and Italian. His work has been presented in England, India, Germany, Italy and Canada. His digital work has been experienced in the United States, Turkey, Singapore, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, and Australia.
He is a director, producer, playwright, curator, and multidisciplinary artist. Over the course of his career has received three Dora Awards nominations, a Telus Newcomer Award nomination, and he is the recipient of the RBC Newcomer Prize and a nominee of the PaneAcquaCutlure to the Premio Rete Critica.
He is known for complex and inventive work that expands the notions of performance, that reinvents the grammar of theatrical and live experiences. His work is particularly attentive to intercultural dialogue, the inclusion of disadvantaged communities, cross-disciplinary work and the intersection of art and science.
Bartolini’s work has been presented by La Biennale di Venezia, the National Arts Centre of Canada, TO Live, Soulpepper, SummerWorks and Canadian Stage, Luminato Festival, Progress Festival, Teatro Metastasio Stabile Della Toscana, Khoj International Artists Association in New Delhi, Thespo Festival in Mumbai and many more.
Recently, Daniele created and produced The Spectators’ Odyssey, with a major investment from the National Arts Centre of Canada through their National Creation Fund and Stil Novo, an intercultural dialogue between Italian heritage and a series of anthropological identities from Canada, co-produced with Teatro Metastasio Stabile della Toscana.
Daniele is the artist-in-residence at Villa Charities Inc., the largest Italian-Canadian Charity in North America.
He is known for inventing large-scale and complex performances in spaces where it normally does not exist: the city, natural landscapes, islands and canals, laundromats, side streets, museums, abandoned palaces, hotel rooms, industrial wastelands and your own home.
He is the Artistic Director of DLT, a company known for city-spanning and multidisciplinary experiences where the participants take on the role of protagonists. This unique style of theatre is called audience- specific; it centres around the audience which assumes the role of co-author of the narrative it experiences.
ABOUT ADA AGUILAR
Ada Aguilar is a theatre artist of mixed nationality from Panama with ancestry from Nicaragua and China. Primarily a Toronto-based Canadian Actors Equity Association (CAEA) Stage Manager and Assistant Stage Manager, Ada has worked with a variety of high profile theatre companies such as but not limited to Stratford Festival, Canadian Stage, Soulpepper Theatre Company, Factory Theatre Company, Obsidian Theatre Company, Young People’s Theatre, Luminato Festival, TO Live, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Factory Theatre. She has been part of productions that have both been nominated and won multiple Dora Mavor Moore Awards, which are produced and presented by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) and celebrate excellence in Toronto theatre, dance and opera. Most recently, Is God Is who was nominated for the most awards in 2022, while in 2019 The Runner and School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play who both won “Outstanding Production” in their respective categories. Ada also has experience working in film and hybrid film projects, such as New Monuments available to stream on CBC Gem.
Working with Daniele Bartolini and DopoLavoro Teatrale (DLT) she has expanded from stage management to also co-create, dramaturg and perform in Stil Novo presented in the prestigious Teatro Metastasio for Contemporary Arts Festival in Prato, Italy, as well as The Revolution is Us in Terranuova Bracciolini as part of the Festival dello Spettatore, in association with Kanterstrasse and the Italian Institute of Culture of Bucharest. Previously in Toronto, in association with National Arts Centre and TO Live, Ada stage managed and co-created Spectators’ Odyssey – o dell-Inferno at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts and St. Lawrence Market.
ABOUT OANA PARVAN
Dr Oana Pârvan is a Romanian theorist and educator based in London. She is born in Bucharest and holds a background in Philosophy and Semiotics from the University of Bologna and a PhD in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London in the United Kingdom. Her research focuses on events of resistance and modalities of propagation of dissent, drawing from political theory, media studies and art practices. Her theoretical work has been informed by decades of activism and volunteering in Italy and the United Kingdom around issues such as antiracism, housing rights, refugee rights, migrant justice and youth justice. She is the author of The Arab Spring between Transformation and Capture. Autonomy, Media and Mobility in Tunisia (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2020). She was a visiting lecturer in Postcolonial Theory at Goldsmiths, University of London and designed and delivered modules on Refugee Politics and Revolutions at City Lit, London. As a member of the research and practice network Sound System Outernational, she has authored and edited work in the field of sound studies. As a member of the Critical Computation Bureau, she has coordinated the international digital symposium “Recursive Colonialism, Artificial Intelligence & Speculative Computation” (December, 2020).
As a creative, she has published short fiction in Italian (Il Malocchio, 2008) and authored the video installation Time Machine (2014) alongside Gitanjali Pyndiah exploring the sensory herstory of the traditional Romanian peasant shirt through archival footage. Her current research, Counter-Mapping Transition. Romania’s Post-communist Primitive Accumulation engages with the dynamics of inequality and wealth distribution in the Postsocialist setting by intersecting critical theories of capitalist accumulation (Walter Rodney, David Harvey, Silvia Federici), theories of subjecthood (Frantz Fanon, Abdelmalek Sayad), and the work of decolonial thinkers who have reflected on the transformation of Eastern Europe after the Fall of the Berlin Wall (Ovidiu Tichindeleanu, Madina Tlostanova, Manuela Boatca). She has published in both Romanian, Italian and English, and her work appeared on MetaMute, Dark Matter, Race & Class and E-Flux.
ABOUT DopoLavoro Teatrale (DLT)
DLT is an international and award-winning company dedicated to multidisciplinary, innovative and experimental theatrical productions. Whatever the work, the public always plays a central role and continues to explore, experiment, and overcome the boundaries of the relationship between artists, the public, and the space in which it operates.
Founded in 2006 in Florence by artistic director Daniele Bartolini, DLT is now based in Toronto, Canada. In 2019, The Stranger 2.0 (Above & Below) show was nominated for two Dora Mavor Moore awards in the Outstanding Production and Outstanding Direction categories.
The company is particularly attentive to the world of newcomers to Canada, often using performance as a catalyst for intercultural exchange. It also manages complex site-specific shows that bring together non-professional artists and professional artists, with particular attention to social inclusion. Among the issues addressed by DLT is cultural re-emergence: identity, ritual, intimate, collective. A harmonious revolution aimed at defusing the emotional device.