• Performance
  • Duration: 5 to 10 min.
  • Language: NL & EN spoken
  • Location: Garden Broelkaai 6
  • As part of: NEXT TIME
  • Tickets: Free | online

Sparks 2021 - in line with Francesca Grilli’s investigation of life cycles and the body as evidence of endurance to time and symbol of its own vulnerability - overturns the power relation between child and adult.

Sparks 2021 is based on a small but revolutionary action: consigning in the hands of children the reading of our future.

After some days of workshop with the Francesca Grilli and the poet Azzurra D’Agostino, a group of local children accompanies adults inside a space, where they can read their hands, one at a time and once only, thus activating an open revelatory and interpretative process, where they are themselves the makers of visions and reflections. 

According to Francesca Grilli’s reflection, Sparks 2021 therefore transforms light into an element of intangible transmission which augments childhood’s illuminating power – the sparks – and cloaks in magic the balance of a shared game.

The audience will enter the space one by one, they won’t be allowed to talk, but just listen to the child.  Every time the child will finish the reading, another person will be invited to join the space of the performance.

Francesca Grilli (Bologna 1978; Bruxelles) uses a multidisciplinary language focusing on performance and installation practices. She has participated in numerous performance art  festivals and exhibited  solo and collective in international museums and institutions including: Baltic Circle, Helsinki (2020); Kaunas Biennal, Kaunas (2019); Saal Biennal, Tallin (2019); Santarcangelo Festival, Santarcangelo – Rimini (2019-2017); Palais De Tokyo, Parigi (2017); Serralves Foundation, Porto (2017); Padiglione Italia, 55. Biennale Arte di Venezia (2013); Serpentine Gallery, London (2009); MAMBO, Bologna (2010), Manifesta7.


Despite the cancellation of NEXT festival 2020, we continue to support the planned artists and creations. The five co-organising partners therefore created the 'NEXT TIME' label, under which performances are programmed that should have taken place during NEXT 2020.


  • The project Sparks 2021, winner of the Italian Council 9th Edition is promoted by: Paola Tognon / Contemporary Locus (Bergamo, IT)
  • Corpoceleste is partner to project Sparks 2021. The association was onceived and created in 2008 by choreographers: Alessandro Sciarroni and Chiara Bersani
  • Destination museum: GAMeC, Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery, Bergamo
  • Sparks 2021 cultural partners: Associazione Teatro di Roma, Rassegna Buffalo, MACRO museum of contemporary art of Rome, Rome; Base-Milano, Milan; Gender Bender Festival, Bologna; Immaginare Orlando, Bergamo; Kaaitheater, Bruxelles; Kunst Merano / Merano Arte, Merano; Level Five Artistic Ecology, Bruxelles; MACTE - Museo di Arte Contemporanea di Termoli; MAXXI L’Aquila, L’Aquila; Netwerk Aalst, Aalst; RUPERT, Vilnius; Snaporazverein, Samaden; STUK Arts Center, Leuven; Kunstencentrum BUDA, Kortrijk
  • Words: Azzurra D'Agostino
  • Movements: Benno Steinegger
  • Sound: Roberto Rettura
  • Design & realization: Paola Villani
  • Assistant set design: Roberto Atzori
  • Producer: Chiara Massari
  • Diffusion and communication: Giulia Traversi
  • Administration: Chiara Fava
  • Sparks 2021 wishes to thank for their support during its journey: Santarcangelo Festival (Santarcangelo, IT); Welcome to the village (Leeuwarden, NL); Saal Biennaal (Tallin, ET); workspacebrussels (Bruxelles, BE)