Amigdala is an artistic collective and a cultural association active in the fields of contemporary performing arts, urban recovery and social innovation in Modena, Italy. Amigdala creates multidisciplinary art productions that blend performances, visual arts, sound research and writing, with a strong connection with the place they are situated in and its present or former inhabitants. Amigdala’s works aim at changing the audience’s perceptions of the place and setting up mechanisms for involving the audience in a radical yet gentle way.
From 2008 Amigdala is responsible for Periferico Festival dedicated to the connections between performing arts, site-specific productions, local communities and urban environment. The festival involves artists, curators, theoricians from Italy and from different countries. From 2017 Amigdala directs OvestLab (in collaboration with Modena Municipality), a multidisciplinary cultural centre that works as a “civic factory” to support processes of collective re-immagination of the city.
Amigdala’s work activates several layers: soundscapes creation and original dramaturgy, public history and anthropology, urban crossing and landscape. Amigdala is composed by Meike Clarelli, Sara Garagnani, Federica Rocchi and Gabriele Dalla Barba, Silvia Tagliazucchi.
In 2018 Amigdala created Elementare, a sound/vocal performance lasting an entire night; in 2016 they realized Anonymous Letters To A Walker, a lonely walking soundscape in the city, diving the spectator in the urban sourroundings and its memory.
In summer 2020 they'll present Magnitudo, a giant urban choir, a song spreading in sound waves from a collective epicenter in public space, a collective vocal action that brings together inhabitants, citizens, students, choral groups already formed, people of all backgrounds and ages, all those who have the desire and the effrontery to put their body-voice at stake, to give life to a form of protest and resistance, to activate a different policy of listening, to show that everyone can affect among many with their presence.
The project sponsored by ERT - Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione and Cantieri Meticci with Collective Amygdala in cooperation with Afro Women Poetry, Fondazione Innovazione Urbana, Centro Interculturale Zonarelli, Bologna Municipality. MAGNITUDO is part of Atlas of Transitions, a European project co-financed by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, carried out by ERT Fondazione in partnership with Cantieri Meticci and Department of Sociology of the University of Bologna. The project promotes common trajectories between Italian residents, foreign residents and newcomers, experimenting new ways of interaction and reciprocity between different cultures. MAGNITUDO will be presented during Atlas of Transitions Biennale We The People.