Fiorenza Menni is an actress and theatre author. She is the President and Artistic Director of the cultural Association Ateliersi. Her production is defined by original dramaturgy and texts of philosophical and aesthetical thoughts. She is in charge of actor’s training through workshops involving acting’s contextual and sentimental precision, using specific elements of her own theatrical and acting research. She founded Teatrino Clandestino and worked as an actress for Teatro delle Albe and Fanny & Alexander. She currently collaborates with artists and performers coming from different artistic and scientific disciplines, and works as an actor’s trainer with Michèle Jean Bruyere (Sup de Sub. Formations pour Être à la liberté). In 2007 she was awarded the Eleonora Duse Award – Honorable Mention Best Actress.
Andrea Mochi Sismondi
Andrea Mochi Sismondi is an actor and writer. Since 2013, he is Ateliersi’s artistic director. He intertwines theatrical activities with the interest for contemporary languages’ development in the public space. This interest has brought him to have the responsibility of the live events with innovative formats of Forum PA and of the program of Smart City Exhibition, that is an international event dedicated to the application of technologies and participative processes aimed at widening the city’s informative fluxes.
Andrea Mochi Sismondi worked since 2001 as an actor in Teatrino Clandestino’s performances and since 2008 he has composed with Fiorenza Menni the performances of Ateliersi, where he works as an actor, too. From their research in Šutka in Macedonia, which is the only community worldwide where roms are the majority, he wrote his book Diamond Borders. Journey on the edge of Europe, guest of roms published by Ombre Corte in May 2012, later sold out and reprinted in June 2013.
His book Il segno di Ustica. L’eccezionale percorso artistico nato dalla battaglia per la verità was released in 2021 in the series Il Contemporaneo by Edizioni Cue Press. This books starts from Ateliersi’s De Facto performance to confront fifty other artists who have related to the massacre over the years.
administration and organization management
Greta Fuzzi is the administrative responsible of Ateliersi since 2021. Formerly, she worked in the production offices of Virgilio Sieni National Center of Dance Production; as an assistant to the production of the Urban Dance Festival; as organizational representative of the project Atlas of Transitions by ERT/National Theatre; in the organization and administration of the Cultural Association Ferrara Off. As regards her education, she obtained her Bachelor degree in Psychological studies in 2016 at Padova University and in 2018 she majored in the Master Performing Arts Business at Bologna University.
project and communication management
Tihana Maravić was born in Croatia and has been living and working in Italy since 1995. She is a performing arts curator and cultural operator. Since 2013 she is responsible for projects and communication management of Ateliersi. In 2003 she graduated in art, music and performing arts disciplines at Bologna University, where she obtained a PhD in Theatre and Cinema Studies in 2008. She spent different study periods abroad: in Germany (2000), in Russia (2005), in Serbia (2010). From 2006 to 2010 she has been working as an international press officer for Premio Europa per il Teatro and for the Teatro a Corte Festival in Turin. Between 2008 and 2010 she has curated a series of events dedicated to artistic and cultural themes in psychiatric contexts (Teatro PraTIKo – Merano; La Soffitta – Bologna; Teatro Metastasio – Prato; Futur Composé – Paris). From 2007 to 2011 she collaborated in the artistic project Teatri di silenzio and in CRATere Festival (Merano – Bolzano – Trento). From 2013 to 2017 she has been artistic co-director of the International Festival of performing arts BLITZ in Rovinj, Croatia. As a researcher, she studied the interrelationship between theatrical studies and religious studies. She published numerous essays and the book Vado a prendermi gioco del mondo. Dal Folle in Cristo in Bisanzio e in Russia al performer contemporaneo (La Casa Usher, Firenze, 2016).
Giovanni Brunetto was born in Verona in 1967. In the ’80s and ’90s he mixes with Italian and European alternative punk groups, involved in furthering squatting, experimenting community life and organizing underground and anarchic cultural events. From 1990 to 1999, together with other supporters, he animates and advocates La Pecora Nera, Cultural Centre of anarchic documentation, in Verona.
In 1997 he attends to the set-up of King Lear nr.1, by Leo de Berardinis, in La Pergola Theatre, in Florence; after this experience he approaches experimental theatre and in 1999 he has his first collaboration with Teatrino Clandestino at Prototipo Festival by Interzona in Verona. In 2000 he moves to Bologna and joins the Teatrino Clandestino’s staff as the company’s chief technician. He has worked as a freelancer for Emilia Romagna Teatro at Casalecchio’s Municipal Theatre, for several contemporary arts Festivals in Bologna and for many theatrical companies of the area. Since 2011 he has been working as stage machinist for Teatro Romano in Verona during Estate Teatrale Veronese’s summer seasons. Because of his great interest in vintage equipment he gave rise to the project “b/n bianconero” for the retrieval and enhancement of antique theatre’s appliances. He is Ateliersi and Atelier Sì’s technical director.
Diego Segatto is an architect, creative director and visual designer who is also involved in the development of transformational processes. Multidisciplinary and relational aspects have a key role in his work. As a result of the collaboration with artway of thinking (Venezia) in 2001, he adopted hybrid methods and mixed with contexts aimed at human and environmental regeneration. In 2009 he is OpenQuadra studio’s co – founder and starts his collaboration with DAAR – Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency (Betlehem, Palestine) focused on the visual and editorial expression of research, which resulted in expos at Biennales of Istanbul (2009), Beirut, Rotterdam e Sharjiah (2010), at International Edinburgh Festival (2011) and in the publication of Architecture after Revolution (Sternberg Press, 2013). Since 2010 he is coordinator of Re:Habitat – organismo di rigenerazione (Bologna), which he co-founded. In 2012 he joined the research group Archiviazioni – art and development in public community. Between 2012 and 2013 he has taken part in the project Campus in Camps (Dheisheh’s refugee camp, Palestine) as coordinator and designer; during his stay there he also collaborated as visual designer with UNRWA Camp Improvement Programme. From 2008 to 2012 he has cooperated with Teatrino Clandestino. In 2013 he partakes in the founding of the artistic project Ateliersi, through which he deepens his experience on the relationship between art and multidisciplinarity. He was co -author and graphic designer for the following publications: Decolonizing Minds (Società Italiana di Scienze Psicosociali per la Pace, 2011), Journal 2007-2011 (Nosadella.due, 2012), #1 Under Construction (FARE/Giusy Checola, 2013) and A-Journal #0 (Archiviazioni, 2013). His articles were published in Doppiozero and Il Lavoro Culturale. diegosegatto.com
Margherita Kay Budillon
Margherita Kay Budillon (1994) is an actress, speaker and independent curator. She holds a BA in Humanities and Literature and a MA in Visual Arts both from University of Bologna. In 2021 she attended a postgraduate course Environmental Humanities in Rome. Since 2017 she has been working in the cultural sector, through the curatorship and organisation of site-specific, participatory, community-based projects in the performing arts field, with a focus on contemporary live arts presented in non-conventional public spaces in both urban and rural contexts. As an activist, she address social and political issues related to the right to the city and the commons. Her professional experience includes training positions at Ombre Lunghe, Ateliersi, Danza Urbana, Postdisaster Rooftops, LeSupplici/klM, Centro di produzione Virgilio Sieni. She trained as an actress studying with Fiorenza Menni, and she is working with Ateliersi since 2018, taking part in theater productions, educational projects, and performances. Since 2020, together with Eugenia Delbue, she has been pursuing an experimental research project based on Fiorenza Menni’s artistic and training practice that aims to create a performative archive.
Eugenia Delbue is an actress and theatre author. Since 2016 she has been working with Ateliersi as an actress, performer and stage assistant. For the camera, she plays in the art short film La discoteca, directed by the visual artist Jacopo Miliani and acquired by Centro Pecci Museum in Prato, and in the international movie production The First Omen directed by Arkasha Stevenson. As an author, in her own research and personal works she investigates inner, silent and anonymous perceptions. She graduated in 2019 from Bologna University, in Drama, Arts and Music studies, with a final thesis on Fiorenza Menni’s poetics and practices. Since 2020, together with Margherita Kay Budillon, she has been pursuing an experimental research project based on Fiorenza Menni’s artistic and training practice that aims to create a performative archive.