Art Aia – Creatives / In / Residence is very pleased to be featured on Econote.
What is Econote ?
Econote is an independent magazine and a cultural association: a project born in Naples in March 2008 by Marianna Sansone, journalist and graduate in sociology, always attentive to issues of sustainability.
Art Aia – Creatives / In / Residence, in collaborazione con the Arctic Cycle, presenta il progetto Climate Change Theatre Action, una serie di letture e spettacoli di brevi opere teatrali scritte da drammaturghi di tutto il mondo sul tema del cambiamento climatico e del Green New Deal. Un progetto che invita le comunità territoriali ad intraprendere azioni per sensibilizzare sull’emergenza climatica. Il progetto e´organizzato anche dal Center for Sustainable Practices in the Arts con cui Morassutti aveva già collaborato nel 2018 nella residenza Ate in pratiche artistiche sostenibili.
Le dichiarazioni di Giovanni Morassutti :
“Amo la mia terra e la pandemia mi ha fatto prendere consapevolezza di voler tornare alle mie origini. Sto lavorando ad un’iniziativa internazionale di teatro che rispecchia il mio impegno verso l’ambiente. Intendo sensibilizzare il pubblico sul cambiamento climatico e sul Green New Deal organizzando un evento sulle rive del fiume Tagliamento, a simbolo della sua autenticità come fiume morfologicamente intatto.Avevo già collaborato con il Centre for Sustainable Practice in the Arts e grazie a Google Arts & Culture abbiamo fatto conoscere ad un pubblico internazionale le pratiche artistiche in funzione della sostenibilità ambientale. Spero che queste iniziative come altre a seguire possano sensibilizzare i fruitori su temi legati al riscaldamento globale, al cambiamento climatico e al rischio che sta correndo la biodiversità. Ritengo che il teatro, come tutte le arti, abbia il compito di sensibilizzare il pubblico su temi così urgenti”.
At the moment, I am consolidating collaborations with several international partners and with the Region of Friuli- Venezia Giulia. The activities of the art center resonate with the local community. The outcomes of my projects are usually open to the public and have received a particular interest among the local people.
I am also aiming to foster cultural tourism and community involvement. Friuli- Venezia Giulia is a culturally unique region shaped by history, traditions and art. I would love to collaborate with other local entities. I would say that at this stage, the three things that would support my effort would be to promote my cause, donate to the art center, and collaborate on our projects.
As a part of our series about stars who are making an important social impact, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Giovanni Morassutti.
Giovanni Morassutti (born March 15, 1980, in Padua) is an Italian actor, director, writer, artist, and cultural entrepreneur. He is a graduate of the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, and representative of Method Acting, being a long-time student and collaborator of John Strasberg and having also studied with his sister Susan in the late ’90s. Since 2001 he has acted in more than 20 films, including independent films, prime time tv, and international films. In 2016 he wrote the foreword to the Italian version of Strasberg´s book “ Accidentally on Purpose: Reflections on Life, Acting and the Nine Natural Laws of Creativity ”. Giovanni Morassutti is the founder of Art Aia — Creatives / In / Residence, an international art residency and arts school located in the countryside of the north-eastern Italian region Friuli-Venezia Giulia that focuses on developing the creative process, holism and sustainable practices by preserving biodiversity and facilitating cultural exchange across borders.
Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Can you share with us the “backstory” that led you to this career path?
Giovanni Morassutti , founder and artistic director of Art Aia – Creatives / In / Residence , actor and director is the winner of the Best Supporting Actor Award at The Empy Space Film Festival 2020 for his role as Damian in the film Lola directed by Francesca Tasini. Giovanni Morassutti is also competing for the David di Donatello Award (2021) , the Italian equivalent to the American Academy Awards, for his role in Affittasi Vita directed by Stefano Usardi.
Art Aia – Creatives / In / Residence is an International art residency located in the contryside of Northern Italy near Casarsa della Delizia the hometown of Pier Paolo Pasolini. The venue offers several kind of activities including experimental film residencies aimed to promote the writing, creation and post-production of documentaries, short films, feature films following a logic released from the pressures and constraints of the institutional systems of main stream film industry. The crews involved in the projects can be hosted in the structure while working within several location of the art residency. For any outdoor shooting, they can use the garden, the vineyards and the fields. In recent years at Art Aia occurred several creative residencies related to the audiovisual resulted in documentaries and short films that have seen players also coming from the nearest town of Sesto al Reghena like a work in progress documentary film about the organic creative process taught by John Strasberg, son of Lee Strasberg.
Si è conclusa da pochi giorni la ventottesima edizione del Festival del Teatro Patologico diretto da Dario D’Ambrosi e dedicato alla memoria di Ellen Stewart, La Mama di New York. Molti gli spettacoli presentati tra cui Railroadscritto e diretto dall’americano Bryan Reynolds, fondatore della compagnia internazionale Transversal Theater Company. Un cast europeo con attori greci come Xronis Sapountzakis e Sophia Dermitzaki , belgi come Bruno Mathelart e suo figlio Romain, svedesi come Fredrik Schirén, olandesi come l´attrice e cantante Anouk briefjes e italiani come Francesca Tasini e Antonio Russo alle prese con un dramma forte e intenso sul tema dell’Olocausto.
La storia di due famiglie, una ebrea e una nazista e dei loro posteri americani. Il dramma è originariamente concepito per far interpretare agli stessi quattro attori tutti i ruoli come per Giovanni Morassutti, che ha avuto modo d’interpretare sia il padre della famiglia tedesca nella produzione in Svezia del 2014, sia quello del padre della famiglia ebrea in Belgio nel 2019, cimentandosi con “le due facce della medaglia” e dando prova della sua versatilità attoriale. “Sono molto contento di questo riconoscimento” afferma Morassutti. “Non solo per il fatto che sia un omaggio a Ellen con cui ho avuto l’onore di lavorare durante gli anni trascorsi a New York e che tengo sempre nel cuore, ma perche’ ritengo che uno spettacolo con attori internazionali rappresenti una sfida e un’opportunità di mettere in gioco un’idea culturale prestabilita di teatro e recitazione. In fondo questo l’ho imparato proprio a La MaMa“. Morassutti e un attore diplomato al Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia di Roma, da alcuni anni di base a Berlino, che si divide tra cinema e teatro oltre a dedicarsi all’arte contemporanea come artista e imprenditore culturale.
Ms. Kehrberger. What is your perspective on the current situation?
I would rather not talk about this situation since I don´t know what is going on. What I mean is that I don´t trust the mainstream media that much, therefore it is hard for me to have a clear perspective as for many other people. In media everything can be twisted, also numbers, and too many things do not make any logical sense, the only thing I see is that people are scared and a scared population is so easy to manipulate. I see social distancing in families, friends, neighbors and how easy it is that fascism built itself from inside through fear and mistrust. When it comes to health, I think it could help people to get some ideas about how a human being can improve his or her immune system and I am missing this topic in the mass media. For me, life is a well-sensed risk and taking care of myself to be able to live life as fully as I can. I do trust my body, I think that the human body is an incredible machine and I believe that it is an incredible self-healing system if we put the body in a condition where it can heal itself. It is a combination of thoughts, movements, nutrition, breathing exercises like the one discovered by Wim Hof. I go swimming in the very cold water on a lake every day during winter time but I would recommend even just a cold shower to increase your immune system.
How do you translate self-care into acting?
For me, an actor is an artist. There is a big difference between an artisan and an artist. An actor can be both but I want to look at an actor as an artist who masters his craft and goes beyond. He has to take responsibility and care for his art.
As a physical artist you are used to work with your body. What do you recommend as good practices ?
Yes, you are right. My work as a performer and also as a teacher starts from the body. I am interested in Neuroscience and how we can help our bodies through our minds. I did lots of research about this process and I have discovered that Science has shown that the mere act of smiling can lift your mood, lower stress and boost your immune system. I have noticed that when I ask my students when stretching their muscles to smile even if physically in pain that helps them to go further in the stretch. It is as if the brain is telling the body that it is pleasurable and not painful therefore the body relaxes more. As an acrobat and aerial artist myself I have also noticed that if I can visualize the jump or the movement removing negative thoughts, I have much a better chance to do it as I want it.
Many teachers have written books about their methods . Do you also write?
I am writing my first book at the moment which will be containing some of the techniques that I use in the training. It will be some sort of a handbook focused on the topics that I teach like how to magnetize the audience, creating an emotional connection with them but its core will be how to maintain the joy of playing as an adult. Friedrich Schiller said: “People are only completely human when they play.” For me the joy of playing is the engine of fast learning for people and animals, both for children and adults. Things which are learned while playing games are deeply anchored in our physical memory and children and adults are better able to develop their potential through if playing. In the game state, many brain cells can re-network, which leads to the brain running at full speed in the game state: the imagination sprays, the creativity is stimulated, the flow state and the resulting tense joy spreads in our body, the controlling mind is on standby. Therefore in my work I focus on the play, the game and its immense pleasure, which is a feeling that originated in the early childhood.
Do you like teaching and do you have a permanent school in Berlin?
Yes, I love teaching, I love seeing people improve and assisting their personal breakthrough. Ah, what a joy !!! I teach stage professionals from all fields, such as actors, singers, dancers, musicians. I remember this woman, shy, small, fragile, a lyrical singer. She was at the beginning of her career. Within 4 weeks of working she changed completely, she became a “monster” on stage in the good sense of the word meaning that she was huge on stage full of courage and shining like a sparkling star, her personal voice coach noticed a change in her voice and for the better and she is now very well settled in the business. I had people saying to me that after attending my masterclasses they were able to get many more opportunities feeling more at ease when auditioning. In terms of my school ,NK On Stage, I would say that since I teach a lot abroad I am not always able to offer classes at the Barfuss Theater which I have founded and built-in Berlin together with my partner Michele Andrei but I want to increase the workshops in Berlin, giving stage professionals or those who want to become one, the possibility to study with me in 3-4 blocks of 4 weeks. The program will be a sequence of workshops building up on each other, but students can choose also single workshops out of the program.
Can you tell us what are your next projects ?
At the moment all my projects are kind of on hold due to this “state of emergency”. Certainly, I want to do my masterclass that was scheduled to happen next week especially because I would be excited to work with the actors that applied. It is a wonderful group of professionals. I guess we have to be patient and wait. When things will go back to normal I will be traveling during the winter to teach in several countries and also in Berlin during the fall. I am also looking forward to publishing my book as well as to collaborate on other projects that I was asked to be part of as a performer and actress.
“People are only completely human when they play.”– Friedrich Schiller
Giovanni Enrico Morassutti (born March 15, 1980) is an Italian actor, director, writer and founder of Art Aia-Creatives/In/Residence.
Here some of his best quotes:
“Find a good teacher, don’t betray yourself to succeed and be a better person before being a better actor.”
“Perfection? Being the most human you can be.”
“Average acting is like jerking without an orgasm.”
“I would rather remember even if sometimes it can be very painful.”
“I want to be spontaneous like a wild animal.”
“The sound of the human voice is the best of nature but only if it comes out from the feelings.”
“Sometimes I wonder if it does exist such a thing called personality.”
“Follow your body because most of the time it knows where to go.”
“I believe that nowadays we are in the process of establishing a new relationship between humanity, creativity and nature.”
“Wine making is an artistic creation in which you deal with a variety of styles, colors, and inspiration therefore good wine, like good art, can evoke emotions, sensations and create an experience which leaves a lasting impression.”
“We know how we were born, but know not how we will die.”
“For me personally, The Organic Creative Process helped me to discover what kind of actor I want to be; but this is a process that goes beyond acting. It actually revealed to me what I want to do in my life and that I have to work hard to make it real.”
“A great many a drop of water will create a creek.”
“Ellen Stewart has been a very important figure in my life. She had so much to say about art and theater but most of all she showed me that love is the most powerful tool in life.”
“I believe that if everyone would follow what they want it would be a very different world.”