Fronte Vacuo://Marco Donnarumma
Humane Methods [ΣXHALE] #1 – #4

  • Performance

An interactive autopsy of human violence

Transdisciplinary group Fronte Vacuo, made up of Marco Donnarumma, Margherita Pevere and Andrea Familari, works with performance as social experiment. Following a decade of individual work in the fields of visual arts, media, and performance, respectively, they established their collaboration in Berlin in 2019, reacting to the interaction between ecological destruction, socio-political polarisation, and technological progress. The complexity of this human-nature-algorithm- interweaving reoccurs in the formal approach of [ΣXHALE]. This piece constitutes the third season of their long-term project Humane Methods throughout which the group takes a critical look at the world in which systemic intolerance, environmental degradation and immoral technological developments have created a ubiquitous structure of violence. [ΣXHALE] takes the form of a collective, transitory experiment encompassing four episodes. The audience receives an invitation to become a witness and a part of this complex contemporary mesh in one or more episodes.

The piece is a living biome that combines dance, theatre, interactive music, body art, and biotechnological installation. After the initiation ceremony, the audience will be led into a garden-like environment, where the audience will be isolated while also being right in the middle – an ecosystem of natural and synthetic elements, of human performers, AI algorithms, plants, and fungi. A mutual solidarity and interdependence are created through a choreography of repetition, intimacy, and tension that surrounds and moves the audience as a cathartic ritual.


Concept: Fronte Vacuo (Donnarumma, Pevere, Familari); Direction, choreography, AI music system: Marco Donnarumma; Choreography, Symbionts: Margherita Pevere; Interactive light and video design, Technical direction: Andrea Familari; AI, machine learning research: Baptiste Caramiaux; AI Engineering: Meredith Thomas; Sculpture: Ana Rajcevic; Set design, costumes: Anna Cingi; Performance, choreographic thinking: Hikaru Inagawa and Maco Inagawa (4 RUDE), Marco Donnarumma, Margherita Pevere, Steffi Wieser, Willian Lopes; Audiovisual dramaturgy: AI performer <dmb> ; Spores: Pleurotus salmoneostramineus, Hericium erinaceus; Production: Daniela Silvestrin, Olga Wiedemann, René Dombrowski; Dramaturgy advice: Anne-Kathrin Schulz.

A production by Fronte Vacuo GbR, coproduced by Volkstheater Wien, CTM Festival and French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), associated with Laboratoire de Recherche en Informatique (LRI) at Université Paris-Saclay as well as tanzhaus nrw as part of the Alliance of International Production Houses, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. Supported by the Performing Arts Fund from funds of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Senate Department for Culture and Europe. Partially developed @AKADEMIE FÜR_THEATER_UND_DIGITALITÄT.