- Place Kaaistudio's, Brussel, BE
Children do not belong to this world: they come from the future.
It is from this place in time that they speak to us. Do we dare to listen to them? Francesca Grilli’s Sparks 2021 is a participatory project based on a simple act: children read adults their future in the palm of their hand, as a hopeful gesture and as a break with the past.
After a multi-day workshop with artist and poet Azzurra D'Agostino, a group of children from Brussels will take the adult audience into a room where, one by one – and only the once – they will read their palm. The setup is simple; the kids, mysterious. As an adult, keeping quiet is the most important. In this project, children do not have to listen to big people talking about and deciding their future. They are just here to take our future into their little hands. Be still, surrender to their power, and open yourself to their visions and reflections.
created by Francesca Grilli | words Azzurra D'Agostino | movements Benno Steinegger | sound Roberto Rettura | design & realization Paola Villani | assistant set design Roberto Atzori | producer Chiara Massari | diffusion & communication Giulia Traversi | administration Chiara Fava | cultural partners Kaaitheater, Associazione Teatro di Roma, Rassegna Buffalo, MACRO museum of contemporary art of Rome, Base-Milano, Gender Bender Festival, Immaginare Orlando, Kunst Merano / Merano Arte, Level Five Artistic Ecology, MACTE - Museo di Arte Contemporanea di Termoli, MAXXI L’Aquila, Netwerk Aalst, RUPERT, Snaporazverein, STUK Arts Center, Kunstencentrum BUDA | thanks to Santarcangelo Festival, Welcome to the village, Saal Biennaal, workspacebrussels | SPARKS 2021 is supported by the Italian Council (9th Edition, 2020), programme to promote Italian contemporary art in the world by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism” and Flanders State of the Arts | promoted by Contemporary Locus, project partner Corpoceleste_c.C.00#, destination museum Gamec, Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery, Bergamo