Taranto, Puglia Post Disaster + Silvia Calderoni, Ilenia Caleo, Post Disaster Rooftops EP04

Through temporarily occupied sites, Post Disaster Rooftops transforms the rooftops of Taranto's città vecchia (old city) into performative stages.

The project interprets rooftops as unconventional urban spaces - suspended between public and private - free from the dominant hegemonic forms of control. Each episode, called an EP (extended play), investigates a pressing contemporary issue, starting with the city's state of crisis - which is not exclusively environmental. PDR EP04 stages a series of interdisciplinary ac- tions over three days, April 21-23, 2023. Within this programming, Silvia Calderoni and Ilenia Caleo present The Future is NOW? #3, a time-dilated performance that works with the liquid substances of the area, with water and the sea, and all the polluting and toxic traces they hold. 

The installation in the pavilion is an assemblage of mixed media elements that evoke the events that occurred on the rooftops. Layered over a series of spatial elements - the physical products of the local performative actions, such as the tarp and the seats designed for the assembly - are traces of the sounds of the con- versations between participants and inhabitants, the sounds of the urban infrastructure and the movements of the bodies that inhabit it. The goal is to convey a process in which the context and the work mutually influence and inform one another.

Post Disaster

Founded by Gabriele Leo, Gabriella Mastrangelo, Grazia Mappa and Peppe Frisino, Post Disaster is an interdisciplinary collective whose practice intersects spatial, performative and editorial actions. Their research uses the metaphor of disaster meant as a spatial lens for understanding global dynamics and tensions.

Silvia Calderoni and Ilenia Caleo

Silvia Calderoni has been working since 2000 as a performer, actress and author in the Italian contemporary and research scene. In 2006 she began her collaboration with the Motus company, of which she is still an active member and principal performer. Ilenia Caleo, a philosopher by training, is a performer, activist and researcher. Since 2000 she has been working as an actress, performer and playwright in the contemporary scene, collaborating with various companies and directors. Calderoni-Caleo met in 2012 at Teatro Valle Occupato and began a joint project between artistic residencies, research ateliers and performances.

Post Disaster (Peppe Frisino, Gabriele Leo, Grazia Mappa, Gabriella Mastrangelo)

Silvia Calderoni, Ilenia Caleo

Municipality of Taranto

Taranto, Puglia

Margherita Kay Budillon, Silvia Convertini, Beatrice Pelagatti

With the contributions of
Donato Epiro, Ilaria Lupo, Roberta Mansueto, Martina Muzi, Rosita Ronzini, Francesco Zita

The meetings were attended by
Martina Muzi, Ilaria Lupo, Fosbury, Matteo Pala, Alessandro Esposito, Cosimo Terlizzi, Ilenia Caleo, Erika Grillo, Post Disaster, Marco Petroni, Pierfrancesco Lafratta, Irene D’aló

Supported by
Municipality of Taranto

With the contributions of
Fondazione con il Sud, Fondazione Patria della Bellezza, Teleperformance Italia

Graphic design
Michele Galluzzo

Sound Design
Gaspare Sammartano

Marina Luzzi, Salgemma

Rinaldo Melucci (Major of the Municipality of Taranto), CREST Cooperativa Teatrale, ETS Symbolum, Fondazione Italia Patria della Bellezza, Kikau srl, Provinciali Service srl, Teleperformance Italia, Giuseppe Novellino, the inhabitants of the Città Vecchia of Taranto