the artistic research

(here you find the PERFORMANCE created at the end of this research project)

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Artistic Research Project by Marcozzi Contemporary Theater, in collaboration with Expedition Metropolis Theater, Berlin, with the collective Al Limite, NYC, and with the Institute for the Performing Arts and Film of Zurich University of the Arts.



ON URGENCY aims to research how our urges can push us to act, to react,

to adapt ourselves through establishing an adaptive dialogue with what surrounds us.

We want to bring theater in touch with identity questions that now are getting louder and louder.

We distributed an anonymous survey in 5 languages to collect the urges of the people, the sensations, visions, emotions and feelings related to people' urges and we developed perfomative narratives, improvisation scores, music compositions, drawings and one performance inspired by the answers of the surveys.



Concept: Daniela Marcozzi, Leah Bachar, Carola Grossmann

Support to the project development: Giorgia Marzetti


The research project was articulated in: 2-month residency period (August-September 2020) at Theater Expedition Metropolis followed by the presentation of a Preview and a full Performance in the frame of HofFestSpiele, Community Art Festival in the same Theater, Berlin.

Artists and collaborators: Jacob Boeno, Elisabetta Chapuis, Luigi De Cicco, Jesús Espuña, Cecilia Ferron, Carola Grossmann, Daniela Marcozzi, Giorgia Marzetti, Cecile Rossant, Marta Tirabassi.

Poster and illustrations: Luigi De Cicco

Music: Luis De Cicco and Cecilia Ferron


Special thanks to all of you who will reply to the survey

* This page is about the description and documentation of the ARTISTIC RESEARCH PROJECT "On urgency."

At this link you find the PERFORMANCE that we created at the end of this research

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1. What is your urgency now?

2. Why?

3. Where do you feel this urgency (where in your body, which emotions, which sensations, etc.)?

4. How do you react to this urgency?

5. Can you use an image- a metaphor to describe what you wrote before?

6. What do you feel ready for, now?

7. If you want... here is some free space


(under construction)

Collective Imaginary

Luigi De Cicco has created drawings inspired by the surveys' answers and by recurrent urgencies and thematics that we found in the answers. These drawings contributed to create some of the performance scenes and  created a"collective imaginary" of the whole project.

 Photo and Video Documentation

by Pierluigi Muscolino

Creative Processes

On Urgency is a group-based project, but each performer developed specific ways to

"translate" the answers of the surveys into performative mediums.

Here we present a selection of videos that show some of these processes.


Creative process: focusing on one survey

Performer: Cecile Rossant

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Creative process: working with a recurrent urgency - breath

Performer: Jacob Boeno