The stories of the Earth have changed in nature and scale: we do not write stories to tell about the creation or the course of the world, but to avert its end.
Book is a Book is a Book
Ts'ui Pen must have said once: I am withdrawing to write a book. And another time: I am withdrawing to construct a labyrinth. Every one imagined two works; to no one did it occurred that the book and the maze were one and the same thing.
Choreography for the dying light
We met blind people. Some were born blind, others lost their sight over time. We asked them to tell us how they see
Room by room audio journey around the fairy tale Snow White
Installation in 9 rooms, one prologue and one epilogue
Eutopia on the Swiss Theatertreffen Shortlist
Trickster-p's latest production Eutopia has been included in the Swiss Theater days 2023 Shortlist, which brings together the most interesting projects of the 2022/2023 season. Eutopia is a Trickster-p co-production together with LAC Lugano, Theater Chur, ROXY Birsfelden, Südpol Luzern, TAK Theater Liechtenstein, FOG Triennale Milano Performing Arts. After being translated into English, French and German the work is currently touring national and international theatres and festivals.
Awaken the sleeping Giants - Workshops in Kamshet and Bangalore
The journey of Awaken the sleeping giants continues, this time the core group of art practitioners involved in the biennial research project is meeting in India, home of Sandbox Collective. Two workshops will be taking place in February: first in Kamshet (1-5 February 2023) and then in Bangalore (8-12 February 2023). Calls to participate are open. The project is kindly supported by Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council under the “To-gather” programme.
Masterclass - Basel
On Saturday 3rd December 2022, Trickster-p will conduct a Masterclass dedicated to the students of the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst (HGK/FHNW), now a regular, unmissable appointment when touring Basel. The work will be developed from the experience of Eutopia, which will be presented at ROXY Birsfelden from 30th November to 4th December and will deepen the investigation of the scenic space that, over the years, has become a distinctive feature of the poetics of Cristina Galbiati and Ilija Luginbühl.
Talk - The Soundtracks of Zeno Gabaglio
In November 2022, the fascinating setting of the Teatro San Materno in Ascona will host a focus dedicated to the work of Zeno Gabaglio, visionary composer and valuable collaborator of Trickster-p. In this framework, on Saturday, 19th November, Cristina Galbiati will participate with film director Erik Bernasconi in a talk dedicated to Gabaglio's creations for theater and film, in which they will discuss the possibilities and challenges opened by these transdisciplinary collaborations.
Hybridizations and New Ecologies - Pavia
On 21st and 22nd September, Trickster-p will be hosted by the University of Pavia in the frame of the VI edition of the International Summer School, which is titled Self Ecologies | Images, Bodies, Technologies curated by Giada Cipollone and Federica Villa. Building on the sharing of Eutopia, Trickster-p will articulate a two-day seminar for students on the topic of new ecologies and hybridization as a possible model of interaction.
Creation for Finisterre Festival Rümlingen 2023
Trickster-p has been invited to create a site-specific piece that will be presented as part of Finisterre, 2023 edition of the Rümlingen Festival. In preparation for the work, Cristina Galbiati and Ilija Luginbühl will immerse themselves in the landscape among the forests and trails of Monte Verità and the Onsernone Valley.
Awaken the sleeping giants - Workshop in Lugano
Applications are open for Awaken the sleeping giants_hybridizations a workshop hosted by the FIT Festival Internazionale del Teatro e della scena contemporanea, in collaboration with LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura and artlink, that will take place in Lugano from 30th September to 3rd October 2022. The workshop is aimed at creators in different art disciplines with a keen interest in the development of unconventional artistic formats and in the topic of possible relationships between humans and other living forms. It will feature the participation of 10 resident artists accompanied by the stable group of art practitioners which is the core of the biennial research project.
Application deadline: Friday, 19th August
Awaken the sleeping giants selected from To-gather open call
Launched by Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council in autumn 2021, To-gather open call aims to supports the development and testing of new long-term frameworks and methodologies for working internationally. Within this frame Trickster-p and Sandbox Collective (India) have deviced a two years research and transmission project entitled Awaken the sleeping giants. Awaken the sleeping giants brings together artists and experts from India and Switzerland to explore interspecies entanglements and hybridization as a possible key to read future relations between Humans and Nature.
Roundtable - Doing together, Participation in Theatre
What does "doing together" mean and especially what does it mean in the theatre? As a prologue to the premiere of the new creation Eutopia, Cristina Galbiati will discuss this with scholar and critic Carmen Pedullà, author of the book Il teatro partecipativo. Paradigmi ed esperienze (Participatory theater. Paradigms and Experiences). The event will take place on Wednesday, 16th March at 18.30 at LAC Lugano and will be moderated by journalist and curator Tiziana Conte.
Best-Practice-Wissenstransfer - Rue Obscure / Theater im Pumpenhaus
Cristina Galbiati and Ilija Luginbühl will tutor the creative process of the new artistic project of the German group Rue Obscure. The Münster-based collective is developing a poetics in which the presence of "live" performers is not necessarily essential, and the experience developed by Trickster-p in recent years is a reference model for them.
Residency at Südpol Luzern
From 24th to 26th November 2022 Trickster-p will be in residency at Südpol Luzern. This second production residency will be mainly focused on the performative and dramaturgical aspect of the participatory project Eutopia, which is approaching its premiere in Lugano on 18th March 2022.
Residency at Le Grütli - Genève
From 1st to 5th November 2021 Trickster-p will be in residency at Le Grütli - Centre de production et de diffusion des Arts vivants, in Geneva. This first production residency will be mainly focused on testing the mechanics of the participative project Eutopia, a Trickster-p and LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura production, in co-production with Theater Chur, ROXY Birsfelden, Südpol Luzern, TAK Theater Liechtenstein, and the support of Le Grütli - Centre de production et de diffusion des Arts vivants. Eutopia will be first presented in Lugano in March 2022.
Trickster-p is one of 13 Swiss companies benefiting from a joint support agreement for the three-year period 2021-2023
For several years, Pro Helvetia - Swiss arts council, Cantons and Cities have been actively collaborating to ensure that Swiss dance and theatre companies of cross-regional and international importance can plan their activities over the medium term by means of three-year support contracts. Thought these support agreements, the funding parties express their trust in the artistic qualities and organisational skills of the dance or theatre companies concerned and give them leeway to develop new productions and formats. For the three-year period 2021-2023, Trickster-p is one of 13 companies benefiting from this national cooperative support agreement. Partners of the support agreement are Pro Helvetia, Cantone Ticino, City of Lugano, LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura and Municipality of Novazzano.
Hardwald walk - An audio walk for ROXY Birsfelden
Trickster-p was proposed by ROXY Birsfelden to create an audio walk through a legendary forest on the outskirts of town, stretching between Birsfelden and Pratteln. The work will be an invitation to plunge step by step into the possible relationship between human bodies and vegetable bodies. Hardwald walk will be first presented on 9th May, as part of Vier eins zwei sieben los, a triptych of audio projects developed by three different artists.
Book is a Book is a Book selected for the Swiss Theatertreffen
Trickster-p's latest creation Book is a Book is a Book has been included in the selection of the Swiss Theatertreffen, which brings together the most interesting projects of the 2020/2021 season. From May 7-9, 2021, the work will be presented in Fribourg as part of the eighth edition of the festival. Book is a Book is a Book is a Trickster-p co-production together with LAC Lugano, far° Nyon, Theater Chur, ROXY Birsfelden, TAK Theater Liechtenstein, BLICKWECHSEL - Festival am Puppentheater Magdeburg, FOG Triennale Milano Performing Arts.
Estado vegetal - A soundscape for Lingua Madre
Cristina Galbiati has been invited to create an audio version of the play Estado vegetal by Manuela Infante in the framework of the project Lingua Madre curated by LAC Lugano. Her novel proposal will invite listeners to step out of their houses and embark on an individual sound journey. Estado Vegetal will be available online from 31st March , complemented by a talk between artist Cristina Galbiati, landscape architect Sophie Ambroise and botanist Nicola Schonenberger.
Book is a Book is a Book has been awarded one of Die Besten 2020
Through Die Besten, the Zurich-based magazine Hochparterre, in collaboration with Museum für Gestaltung, has been awarding the best projects in the fields of Architecture, Design and Landscape every year since 1993. On Tuesday, December 1st, Book is a Book is a Book by Trickster-p was awarded the Hase in Silber in the Design category for being able to «combine multimedia installation, performance, a book and a listening room in a new independent format in which the audience becomes the only actor».
Cristina Galbiati is one of the mentors of Double-mentoring platform of Migros-Kulturprozent
The Double programme promoted by Migros-Kulturporzent offers the possibility of being accompanied by an expert for an entire production cycle (conception, creation, dissemination) or during the key development phases of a theatre company. Depending on specific needs, the support can last one or two years. For the two-years period 2020-2022, Cristina Galbiati is one of the mentors of the project and will offer a coaching focused on new formats of theatre and multidisciplinary projects.
Ilija Luginbühl collaborates with Dancewalk Ticino
As part of Ticino in danza festival, Ilija Luginbühl was invited to collaborate in the Dancewalk Ticino by Cie Neopost Foofwa (Geneva). On Saturday 27 July, the dancers of the Dancewalk Ticino will cross the territory between Stabio and Riva San Vitale for a total of 14 kilometers of dance. Ilija Luginbühl will create a long red-wool ball that he will unroll along the route, leaving behind a thread of Ariadne carrying enchanting messages.
Masterclass - Basel
On 18th March 2019, Trickster-p will conduct a Masterclass dedicated to the students of the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst (HGK/FHNW), Institut für Innenarchitektur und Szenografie. The work will be developed from the experience of Nettles, which will be presented at ROXY Birsfelden from 16th to 18th May.
Intervention for La Pobbia, Ballenberg Museum
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ballenberg Museum, Trickster-p has been invited to develop an artistic intervention for La Pobbia of Novazzano. The intervention will involve 3 rooms of the building going to modify the atmosphere through the use of sound and light. The visitors will be invited to spend some time in the rooms to allow their perception to be modified and their imagination to interact with the artistic proposal. The project will be inaugurated on Sunday 10th June and will be up until Sunday 12th August 2018.
Re-position your practice II - Thematic residency
From 23rd to 29th April 2018, Cristina Galbiati will take part in the second edition of the thematic residency Reposition your practice, conceived to reflect around artistic strategies and entrepreneurship in the performing arts. The process will be hosted by Arc artist residency in Romainmôtier, Switzerland.
Trickster-p is company in residence at LAC Lugano
As of 2018, Trickster-p will be company in residence at LAC Lugano. The aim of the residency is to create a synergy of intents, paths and productions. The residency project allows periods of pure research, study and production and involves the local audience through workshops, meetings and open rehearsals. Furthermore the residency intends to facilitate artists to be fed by the large number of interdisciplinary activities organized by LAC itself.
Trickster-p is one of 16 Swiss companies benefiting from a joint support agreement for the three-year period 2018-2020
For several years, Pro Helvetia - Swiss arts council, Cantons and Cities have been actively collaborating to ensure that Swiss dance and theatre companies of cross-regional and international importance can plan their activities over the medium term by means of three-year support contracts. For the three-year period 2018-2020, Trickster-p is one of 16 companies benefiting from this national cooperative support agreement. Partners of the support agreement are Pro Helvetia, Cantone Ticino and Municipality of Novazzano.
Residency at Gessnerallee Zürich
From 18th to 24th September 2017 Trickster-p will be in residency at Gessnerallee Zürich. The residency in Zürich will be the first preparatory residency for the project Nettles, production Trickster-p and LuganoInScena in co-production with Teatro Sociale Bellinzona, Theater Chur, ROXY Birsfelden, TAK Theater Liechtenstein, Triennale Teatro dell’Arte Milano which will be first presented in Lugano in April 2018.
All This Coming and Going
The whole month of August 2017 Trickster-p will be working on a site-specific project for Aarhus European Capital of Culture 2017. All This Coming and Going will be created in close cooperation with Gruppe 38 (Aarhus) and Terrapine (Tasmania) and will be developed as large scale installation on Aarhus harbour. The project will be open to the audience from Wednesday the 30th of August to Saturday the 2nd of September.