DAI partner If I Can't Dance I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution invites you to a conversation around the publication Maquillage as Meditation: Carmelo Bene and the Undead by Sara Giannini. ~ Sarah is joined by performance curator and researcher Daniel Blanga Gubbay for a gathering that articulates the questions and the embodied research methodologies that are at the core of this work: What do we do with the “dirt of our past”? How does one reconcile—or even just face—those early influential figures? How do we understand the experiences they engender(ed), even if it might not be our desire to return to those experiences? But what can happen if we do return? Book contributor Arnisa Zeqo also joins the conversation. Book Launch 30 October 2022, 16-18hr Conversation at 16.30hr San Serriffe, Amsterdam Free, no reservation required

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Partly a script, partly an autobiographical voyage, Maquillage as Meditation is an event that happens, has happened and will happen on the night of October 31. In this temporal and spatial loop, Giannini summons the specters left behind by the controversial Italian actor, author, director, philosopher, and public persona Carmelo Bene (1937–2002). The complicated legacy of this male figure is approached by Giannini through inner voices of dissent, as well as through performative re-enactments and imaginative historical gatherings. In her company, Giannini has invited traveling partners—friends and allies who bring with them their own critical examinations into what Bene has meant, and still means, for their lives and practices. Together with Giannini, Snejanka Mihaylova, Jacopo Miliani, and Arnisa Zeqo weave through time loops and eternal returns as they follow the traces of this legacy that lives on in them, of that which remains undead.

Commissioned by If I Can’t Dance in the frame of Edition XIII – Ritual and Display (2019-21), Maquillage as Meditation is realised with the support of the Italian Council (Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity, Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism) and Q-International, La Quadriennale di Roma. Special thanks to San Serriffe.

For further reading:

➢ Publication: Sara Giannini, Maquillage as Meditation: Carmelo Bene and the Undead, published by If I Can’t Dance, 2021

➢ Documentation of lecture: Sara Giannini, Maquillage as Meditation: Dis-identity, Ecstasy and the Feminine in Carmelo Bene’s Performance Philosophy, Not Yet Shebang, Amsterdam, October 2019

➢ Film: Carmelo Bene, Hermitage, (1968), 25 min, col, Italian with English subtitles


See also; Carmelo Bene & DAI:

2018-2019 COOP study group: The Immemorial Body: Betraying Carmelo Bene in Nine Acts. Tutor Team: Sara Giannini, Geo Wyeth, Arnisa Zeqo. Partner: If I Can’t Dance, I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution