The Tools' Dance - Collective Performance

Martina Angelotti

Ariella Vidach – AiEP

Cooperativa Accesso – Lucia Zucchella e Sara Palli
ASGI – Claudia Pretto

Residency – from 1.05.2017 to 11.07.2017
Collective Performance – 11.07.2017

The Tools' Dance is supported by MigrArti 2017 - MiBACT

The Tools' Dance was born as a research project aimed at establishing a video archive of agricultural gestures investigating the automation of labor in agriculture. The project, which started in 2011, involved temporary community migrants and local farmers' laboratories, producers of agricultural machinery, farmers, dancers, choreographers, teachers, trade unionists and scholars in the construction of a gesture mapping of raw material crops Extra European origin in the West.

The gesture linked to the ritual of cultivation represents a strong model of social culture. Abandoning the hoe to drive the tractor does not only imply a change in the posture of the human body. The machine, in its innovative and positivist sense, activates morphological changes in the territory that affect new social dynamics.

For each type of cultivation (from cotton to coffee), specific themes emerge: the mechanization of the body and the loss of gesture memory; the role of migrants in the labor market; the individual gesture of the worker in relation to ideology and power; work as a propaganda tool; the man-machine; work as the main tool for collective and individual development.

Based on these reflections, The Tools' Dance - Collective Performance is a further development of the work, also born following a complex workshop that took place in Careof in May and June and involved a number of subjects from the Milan migrant community, today the main actors.

The Tools' dance. Collective Performance @ Cattedrale, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milano 11.07.2017, photo by The Cool Couple. Courtesy Nico Angiuli & Careof

Thanks to the mediation of the Access and ASSPI Cooperative and thanks to the collaboration of ASGI, a working group has been established with people from various African countries, each linked for biographical or cultural reasons, to agricultural practice as a work and a symbol of social culture. Along with them, the study of gestures and the sharing of worker experiences, has led to delineate different themes: the mechanization of the body and the loss of gestural memory; the role of migrants in the labor market; Work as a propaganda tool; The man tool; The relationship between technical slavery and technology.

The Tools’ Dance - Collective Performance has seen the choreographic support of the Contemporary Dance Company Ariella Vidach.


Nico Angiuli
Adelfia (BA), IT 1981
Lives between Bari & Tirane

Attended Fine Arts Academy in Rome and Bari and finished his studies in Venice, Master in Production and Design in Visual Arts IUAV University.
Between 2006 and 2010 he collaborates with Stalker group Rome; in 2007 he co-founded the Ilmotorediricerca which worked on trans-border projects between Italy, Albania and Greece.
Between 2008 and 2011 he works on a cycle of sculptures based on Pino Pascali's unfinished artworks. Afterwards, he starts to reflect on the role of labour in past and present societies developing projects as Ma Vai a Lavorare! (performance, 2008), Le piastrelle sono intenzioni (performance 2010), The Tools' Dance (videoarchive, 2010- Ongoing). For the entire 2011 Angiuli is artist in residence at the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation in Venice; between 2012 and 2013, he develops The Tools' Dance in Spain working with Morocco community, based in Murcia and Andalucia.
At Villa Ruffieux in Switzerland, Angiuli tried to destroy the Alps (Adieu, 2014).
Angiuli is director of three film projects: OTNARAT that imagine Taranto in Italy (the most polluted city of Europe) without the industrial developments; follow TreTitoli, a film on violence cyclicity in the agricultural lands in Southern Italy (curated by Connecting Cultures and Vessel), and E per te canterò tutta la vita a film in co-direction with Fabrizio Bellomo, about media relations between Albanian people and Italian television.

Nico Angiuli is just invited to the BienalSur in South America; in the 2016 he participates Altri Tempi Altri Miti - 16° Quadriennale di Roma; in the 2015 at The School of Kyiv” - 2nd Biennal of Kiev in Ukraine. Angiuli has also exhibited his works at MART Museum in Rovereto, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin, Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto in Biella, MAAM Museum in Rome, NOoSPHERE Arts and OMI International Residency in NYC; at Heaven - 4th Athens Biennal, in collaboration with Vessel, at SPAC in Udine, at the National Theatre in Tirana, in the Bozar Museum Bruxelles, at SaLE Docks and at Fondazione Bevilacqua LaMasa in Venice.

THE TOOLS' DANCE Collective Peformance

Collective performance
Technical Informations

Performer: OUSMAN JALLOW (Gambia); OMAR JALLOW (Gambia); BEKAI MANNEH (Gambia); SULAIMAN FOFANAH (Sierra Leone); SESAY ABUBAKARR (Sierra Leone); IBRAHIMA DIALLO (Guinea);
Dancers : Annalisa Morelli, Viola Gasparotti, Emma Saba, Emanuele Frutti, Luciano Lanza, Mauro Plebani (Scuola Civica Paolo Grassi)
Soundesign: Massimo Carozzi
Choreopraphy: Ariella Vidach /AiEP - DiDstudio e Nico Angiuli
Video documentation : Laura Marcolini ( ARP / Studio Azzurro )