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The project for “A Theatre of Stone in Nature”, basically a ‘rethink’ of the long abandoned Roncino quarry, was conceived to be modifiable over a period of time and therefore open to further transformation in the future if so needed.
The architectural strategy is based on three fundamental principles: modularity, transparency and flexibility. These three aspects determine an approach which allows for a constant dialogue not only with the quarry’s natural surroundings but also with future theatrical producers who will be able to shape and model the space according to their specific needs. In practical terms, the construction process involves the superimposition of three main components: a steel modular structure, modular cladding panels of local stone and ‘modular constructions’ or ‘prefabricated volumes’, into which will be incorporated the so called ‘gabions’ (welded wire cages) filled with local stone.
The area of the quarry chosen for the events displays all the typical architectural features of a theatre which effectively conveys the idea of a symmetrical structure notwithstanding the irregularities of the quarry walls. The project is developed around a central space enclosed by the two walls of the quarry which house the supplementary activities.
The project for “A Theatre of Stone in Nature” stands out as an example of architectural and landscape design which draws on the natural context and the industrial archeology of the location, thus ensuring the continuation of a narrative and enabling future generations to actively experience these spaces and also to contribute to their transformation.
Tones on the Stones has converted an old and abandoned quarry into a permanent theatre enveloped in nature. The Roncino quarry is located in Oira, a hamlet in the Ossola Valley surrounded by woods, terraced vineyards and ancient villages of stone built houses. The surrounding landscape shows just how deeply tied the history of this area is to quarrying and to the cutting and carving of stone, as witnessed by the extensive use of stone in local architecture. This is the historical, economic and cultural heritage that Tones on the Stones has always tried to highlight and expand upon.
The conversion of an industrial workplace into a cultural site is also seen as an opportunity to develop an area which already has a strong tourist vocation. Transforming a ‘critical issue’ into an opportunity, promoting the combination of Culture and Nature in a historical moment that has effectively exposed the fragile nature of urban fabric, strikes us as an interesting and highly motivating challenge.
The new Theatre will become the home base for Tones on the Stones, creating a space for so called ‘site-specific’ productions and international co-production projects, as well as spaces to host workshops for training artists and for courses open to everyone on environmental sustainability issues.
The Theatre will stimulate Tones on the Stones in its mission to further pursue research into digital technologies applicable to the production of outdoor live performances which will give rise to productions of large ‘immersive’ theatrical performances and to audio-visual experimental projects and installations with artists in residence. Above all, we now have a space, a real ‘shot in the arm’ for us, where we can meet, compare and create, and in which ‘digital’ is totally at the service of ‘analogue’ and where ‘digital’, as never before, manifestly appears to be the most important aspect of the whole creative process.
On the occasion of Nextones 2021 inauguration, Orizzontale – a collective of architects whose work spans architecture, landscape, public art and self-construction – will present an open conversation on the relationship between community, space and architecture, sharing some of their experiences in public space over the years.
More info: http://www.orizzontale.org
Ayni is the immersive debut ep of Sara Berts, producer and composer based in Turin, which will be presented at Ghesc, a medieval village composed of eight buildings that were previously abandoned.
Ayni is inspired by a sense of redemption and healing arising from the months spent in the Peruvian Amazon forest in 2019 and during the first lockdown in 2020
The field recordings from the Peruvian Amazon forest and the sounds of her Buchla Easel will dialogue closely with the set of buildings hidden in the mountains and the vegetation of Ghesc, creating a sense of harmony and peace.
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Sound artist Felicity Mangan and the collective project Radio Safari will collaborate on a site specific piece at Nextones by focusing on the ecosystem of the Toce river that hosts the festival and exploring methods and technologies of listening.
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Through primordial elements augmented by technology, enlivened by ritualistic yet playful gestures, Tomoko Sauvage’s work contemplates, tunes and connects with both the material and the immaterial in keeping a fragile balance between hazard and mastery.Over the past decade, Tomoko Sauvage has been working on “natural synthesizer” of her invention – waterbowls – combining water, ceramics and hydrophones (underwater microphones). Porcelain bowls, water drops, waves and bubbles as well as hydrophonic feedback and electronics are the main ingredients of her instrument that generates the sculptural and fluid timbre. These will be the elements of the live performance she will present at Nextones, engaging with the acoustic spaces, the humidity and the temperature of Orridi di Uriezzo.
Listen to: https://o-o-o-o.org
Michele Comi is a geologist and mountain guide, a facilitator of mountain experiences and a creator of learning paths in nature. He also takes part in various communication, cultural, scientific and sports projects in favour of conscious Alpine tourism. He is the founder of the Vendül collective, where he is responsible for the nature experience area.
The workshop he will be presenting at Nextones will be an eulogy to insecurity, to live every moment under the banner of uncertainty and surprise, for those who wish to improve their perception skills within the changing contexts of the mountains.
A path to facilitate encounters with unspoilt places in the mountains, to encourage adaptations, to improve our knowledge, to contemplate nature and its inhabitants, seen as a complex system, endowed with balance, grace and harmony, from which our well-being and health also derive.
Suitable for hikers who are used to walking, but above all are willing to discover and have a spirit of adaptation; hiking difficulty E (on paths or tracks).
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Rayon Vert was founded in 2017 as a research-driven clothing line and a design consultancy. Rayon Vert is dedicated to having as little of an impact on the environment so, based on this, they have adapted and designed an open-manufacture production system which enables them to supply garments and gear at a steady pace in a much less harmful way in comparison to the current impact of standard production lines. On the occasion of Nextones 2021, in the evocative setting of Alpe Devero, Rayon Vert will present a talk where they will explain their vision and modus operandi The talk will be followed by a live performance by Dj Barefoot, musical project by Marcello Martin.
Water Info Transmission is the workshop curated by sound artist Francesca Mariano, which will take place in the spaces of Convitto exclusively for the participants of the full week experience. A space for body and sound experimentation, celebrating and promoting participatory creativity through voice recordings and ritualised gestures, working mainly with the medium of water in a hydro-feminist key. Water Info Transmission fosters participatory and collective sharing of vulnerability in order to create new myths and narratives that explore oceanic imagination.
Founded in 2010 by Valeria Margherita Mosca, Wood*Ing is the first and only food lab in the world that works exclusively on wild food. Their work comprises 60% of research, which then flows into various channels including training and professional training, with the first international foraging academy. For the fourth day of workshops, Valeria Margherita Mosca will lead a special workshop on foraging, an exploration of the natural environments of the Val D’Ossola, harvesting plants or parts of plants considered suitable for human consumption, in complete respect of local habitats and ecosystems.
In his latest musical experiment “Conference of Trees” Hendrik Weber aka Pantha Du Prince translates the communication of trees into an impressive sound journey.
What does it sound like when trees communicate? This is the question the German composer, electronic music producer and conceptual artist Pantha Du Prince attempts to answer in his latest album, “Conference of Trees”, who will present for the first time in Italy at Cava Roncino.
Conference of Trees” also carries in all its melodic tensions an important social critique. The implications of how we currently interact with nature, and our destructive relationship to our ecosystems are also addressed. In holding this conference, Pantha Du Prince gives voice to trees, a voice we seldom recognize in our current systems of rights, and with that voice the trees become not the silent giants of our world, but active and wise communicators.
The instruments Pantha du Prince uses on “Conference of Trees” are the tools for his exploration; partly handmade by the artist himself, who wanted to explore the sound characteristics of different woods through intensive studies of the material. He is supported by a percussion ensemble consisting of Håkon Stene and Bendik Hovik Kjeldsberg, who already participated in his last ensemble project The Bell Laboratory, and Manuel Chittka, drummer of the German artist Jungstötter.
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Highly acclaimed Italian composer and musician Caterina Barbieri curates a show which develops her unfolding light-years platform. For this Italian exclusive iteration, she has invited genre defying saxophonist Bendik Giske – already collaborator in his Fantas Variations sax reinterpretation – as well as energetic rhymist Nkisi to join her in a site-specific, expanded performance with visual design from Marcel Weber (MFO).
The End Of The World is an innovative multimedia performance featuring Ukrainian pianist Lubomyr Melnyk, Canadian cellist Julia Kent and Turin-based collective SPIME.IM, which will be presented as a world premiere at Cava Roncino.
The End Of The World is a celebration of its beauty but above all, as the title suggests, a dramatic artistic representation of the ecological disaster our planet is facing and the self-destructive behaviour of mankind.
The project stems from the piano piece of the same name composed by Melnyk in 2018, with the idea of extending it and shaping a more complete, monumental and collaborative work, in which each section is able to offer multiple acoustic directions with respect to the main concept. Following a long period of solo compositions, Melnyk combined the natural sound elements characteristic of his piano with Julia Kent’s electric and acoustic arrangements and the digital timbres of the SPIME.IM collective, who supplemented it all with virtual interactions.
The End Of The World will be an immersive experience of great impact also thanks to the wearable controllers, i.e. customised gloves-synthesizers developed by Remidi, used by SPIME.IM for the audiovisual interaction with sound and images. The latter are created based on parameters and datasets on current climate change and environmental events.
Lorem is a music-driven multidisciplinary practice by Italian musician, visual artist and independent researcher Francesco D’Abbraccio. In the evocative granite quarry of Tones Teatro Natura, he will present an audio-visual live show developed by working with neural networks and digital systems, which will experiment with sounds, images and texts with a strong narrative component, reflecting his perception of landscapes and the changing forms of human life.
Listen to: https://soundcloud.com/l_o_r_e_m
Adiel, Italian DJ and producer, will conclude the evening in Cava Roncino with one of her hypnotic sets, where melodic motifs, eerie atmospheres and fascinating 4/4 rhythms will coexist in a sort of ecstatic communion. International artist, resident at Rome’s Goa and founder of Danza Tribale label, she has collaborated with the likes of Donato Dozzy and Marcel Dettmann.
The final day of the festival will feature Tamburi Neri, a project based on stories created by the lucid madness of Andrea Barbieri and the musical composition of Claudio Brioschi, who share the same love of music, experimentation and the search for new sounds. The two have different artistic profiles and musical backgrounds, but are complementary in their musical composition and artistic direction.
Their extended dj set will offer a long vortex of emotions and poetry that will animate the village.
Milan Malpensa Airport is located 95km from Nextones. From the airport you can take a shuttle to reach Domodossola.
Novara – Domodossola line
Milano – Domodossola line
Piazza Matteotti, 23 – Domodossola
Satellite coordinates: 46.177417, 8.321972
Superstrada del Sempione, follow signs for Crodo, SS 659, exit marked Oira.
The car park is located very close to the quarry, in front of the Caseificio Ossolano plant at Oira.
Superstrada > exit for Oira > take the road running parallel to the Caseificio Ossolano
FULL WEEK PASS
The Full Week Pass offers the possibility to participate to the entire programme of the festival, from 27 July to 01 August. The week-long programme is designed for a maximum of 20 participants, and the package also includes food and accommodation for the duration of the programme.
The Full Week Pass includes a variety of experiences, including a site-specific performance by Tomoko Sauvage, an excursion with Michele Comi and the Vendul Collective, a workshop with Felicity Mangan and Radio Safari, and weekend live music performances by Pantha du Prince and the world premiere of The End of The World.
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The Weekend Pass includes all the performances happening on 30th, 31st July and 1st August. Camping is not included.
Day passes are also available for 30th and 31st July. Camping is not included.
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