The Fugitive (Apocalisse)

The Fugitive

Before the name. After the mountain


Before the name - Manifesta 11
---->Before the name - MACBA

Before the name - Spazio k/Villa Romana
Precious Stone - Capella MACBA
Precious Stone - Italian Embassy in Berlin
Before the name - Wilkinson Gallery
Fetching Bridges (endlessly)

A copy produced by this process
Our soul is a presence

One day I'll faint to the floor
Chiedi a Orlando (Ask Orlando)
The Sunshine Vineyard (Our Ideal Revolutionary Storm)
Towards the earth

L' Abbigliamento
This is a presage (in - existence)
(Horizon) the youngest phenomena
Assioma della scelta

The birds would sing in the other room
The man under the skin

Socìetas: dalla terra al cielo
Three iced blackboards (part II)


2016, Performance, 44 minutes (June 2016)
MACBA - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Barcelona.

With: Francesca Banchelli, Jonathan Lahey Dronsfield, Pier Luigi Tazzi, Emiliano Zelada.
Julie Cunningham & Harry Alexander (from the Michael Clark Company, London).
With the special participation of Anuwat Rattanaphan.
Thanks to Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Barcellona
Curated by: Carolina Ciuti

Alain Badiou: excerpts from “The Event of Truth” (2002) and “Toward A Positive Definition of The Infinite” (2011), lectures given at The European Graduate School of Geneva.
Jonathan Lahey Dronsfield: “10 engagements with Badiou, on love from the perspective of one who distrusts him” and “Paul Celan: A Conversation in the mountain (Spinoza reprise)”.
Pier Luigi Tazzi: excerpts from Haruki Murakami “Dance Dance Dance”; “Loss of Memory: Nazario” (2016); “Dates Places Names” (2015/2016)

ph. credits Maria Rodenas

Before the name is a performance inspired by the text of Alain Badiou, La danse comme métaphore de la pensée, part of the "Petit manuel d'inesthétique" written by the French philosopher in 1998, which considers the relationship between dance and thought in its germinal and revolutionary phase, associated to the event. It is a choral performance formed by dancers, storytellers and musicians, whose encounter and sharing of space and time, organised within a tight script, generates a series of events. The movement collides with a real entourage of tensions, connected to life and experience: dance, as a concept, dissolves into travel, life, debris, objects, images, teaching and meeting, in its closer aspects to becoming, and its transitionary state between body and mind. In the various versions of the performance and in the drawings / study of the work, there is always the presence of a sculptural object that recalls both a mountain and an abstract element; this element embodies the ambivalence within which the event resides, that is, the existence between what is named, the mountain, and what is still unnamed, matter. "Dance plays out the event before the event's nomination." cit. Alain Badiou. Both the central figures, the narrator and the dancer can be first matter, then mountain, first form and then soul, first body and then intellect, first name and then nothing. While the dance, until their last extreme, and only alluded, metamorphosis.

Before the name, 2016, performance, MACBA - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Barcelona. Thanks to Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Barcellona

Before the name, 2015, ink and metallic paper on paper

BEFORE THE NAME, performance, 2016 (20 mins excerpt) MACBA - The Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art from Francesca Banchelli on Vimeo.