European Project “Be SpectACTive!”


1st Be SpectACTive! International conference
European experiences about active involvement of the audience
Sansepolcro, 21 – 22 july 2015

Be SpectACTive! is a 4 years “larger scale cooperation project” financed by EU into the Program “Creative Europe 2014-2020″.
The project started in December 2014 and will finish in November 2018.
Luca Ricci and Giuliana Ciancio are the creators and the project-managers.

BeSpectACTive! is an action-research and production-based project focused on the contemporary performing arts. It aims to develop new models of co-creation involving artists, audiences and cultural organizations on an equal footing. The project will facilitate the development of sustainable creative relationships between artists, audiences and organizations at both a local and transnational level through a range of on-line and off-line actions.

It is our belief that the most effective strategy for audience building is the active involvement of audiences in curatorial and programming decision-making processes and the development of closer relationships between artists, cultural institutions and audience members.

The project will consist of:
1. the coproduction of 12 new theatre performances presented across the partners’ venue and the creation of 9 web-based video-dance shows. They will be developed through more than 500 days of creative residencies involving 150 artists across Europe;
2. participatory workshops that will engage more than 1,000 European citizens in a process of arts programming. Citizens will select 108 performances that will be presented in 8 different European cities to a large audience;
3. the development of an online platform utilizing readily available technologies  that will provide an online forum for organizations, communities and audiences with a tool to collectively explore and define curatorial strategies and discuss artistic content and ideas;
4. open rehearsals, international seminars, the production of a documentary (distributed to cultural European networks & TV), publications and other appropriate activities for promotion and dissemination of the project.

The use of ICT and the mobility of professionals and artists and partner organizations will encourage ongoing dialogue throughout the project.
The active involvement of 3 Research Centers will also ensure the analysis and evaluation of the project methodology and outcomes.

“Be SpectACTIve!” partners are:
1) Comune di Sansepolcro – Sansepolcro (Italy)
2) Associazione Culturale CapoTrave/Kilowatt – Sansepolcro (Italy)
3) Fondazione Fitzcarraldo – Torino (Italy)
4) Université Montpellier I – Montpellier (France)
5) Universitat de Barcelona – Barcelona (Spain)
6) London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT) – London – (UK)
7) York Citizens Theatre Royal – York (UK)
8) Tanec Praha – Praha (Czech Republic)
9) Bakelit Multi Art Center – Budapest (Hungary)
10) Teatrul National “Radu Stanca” – Festivalul International de Teatru de la Sibiu – Sibiu (Romania)
11) Domino – Perforacije Festival – Zagreb (Croatia)
12) B-51 – Ex Ponto Festival – Ljubljana (Slovenia)

In July 2012, in Sansepolcro, Kilowatt organized a first public meeting. Were invited some of the most important European experiences of “active specatorship” in the performing arts, where spectators play active roles of “decisione makers”.
The particpants of this firts meeting were: Giuliana Ciancio – cultural project manager – Napoli (Italia), Rachel Feuchtwang – creative advisor and producer – Amsterdam (Nederland), Anne Goalard – Comédie de Reims – Reims (France), Baba Israeli – Contact – Manchester (England – United Kingdom), Bálint Juhász – Krétakör Foundation – Budapest (Magyarország), Isabella Lops – Spettatori Erranti – Arezzo (Italia), Darren O’Donnell – Mammalian Diving Reflex – Toronto (Canada), Luca Ricci – CapoTrave / Kilowatt Festival – Sansepolcro AR (Italia), Giovanni Sabelli Fioretti – Perypezye Urbane / DanceMe – Milano (Italia), Ahmed Shah – Initiative Grenzen-Los! / Festiwalla – Berlin (Deutschland), Abdul Shayek – National Theatre Wales – Cardiff (Wales – United Kingdom), Giorgio Testa  – Casa dello Spettatore – Roma (Italia), Pepe Zapata – Mercat de les Flors / Mov’s – Barcelona (Catalunya–España) /