About the Artist
Firenza Guidi is a writer-director and creator of performance. Her experience spans many countries but she is best known in Wales for her work with No Fit State Circus. Born in Milan, Firenza left Italy in 1980 after graduating in Modern Languages from the University of Milan. She lived in Belfast until 1987 and then moved to Cardiff. Firenza has extensively trained as a performer and singer with many international masters including Dario Fo, Philippe Gaulier, Ludwig Flaszen, Enrique Pardo and Ida Kelarova. She also trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff where she has now been a guest teacher/director since 1995.
Firenza has a PhD in 16th century tragedy from Queen's University (Belfast) and has been invited to give papers on her scholarly work in various Universities including Cardiff, Belfast, Liverpool, Indianapolis, Calcutta, Phoenix and Chicago.
Currently Firenza is Artistic Director of ELAN Wales (European Live Arts Network), founded with David Murray in 1989. Since 2004 she has also directed the Frantoio, ELAN's sister organisation and Centre for Performative Arts located in Fucecchio, Italy.
Making the bigger Picture will enable the artist to Research and explore the various performance and production techniques that improve the quality of her work.
Connecting Wales internationally will be an important feature of the project. Her work with NoFit State over the last 15 years has established a world-wide reputation and has helped propel the Cardiff-based company into the top flight of the contemporary circus world.
At this moment in her creative journey she wants to explore more how to create real intimacy for a seated audience, and to explore new ways of pulling together a strong narrative that is not driven by the spoken word, but by the physicality of performers and visual imagery. The challenge she has set is to find authentic and convincing ways of weaving together the different strands of a production into a richer narrative tapestry.
The award will allow Firenza an invaluable period of research into world-wide practice, enabling her to spend dedicated time observing and working alongside a range of significant artists and leaders in different stage and dramatic fields. She wants to return to her own practice inspired and reinvigorated, ready to continue working with, and pushing fuarther, the creative talent and potential that exists within Wales.
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