06 Firenze Letizia Renzini
Letizia Renzini's multifaceted talent and her wide range of interests reveal a highly versatile and individual personality engaged in several fields in her artistic output. A video artist, musician, d-j and performer, she works with audio, video, the body and text in a constant fusion of languages from a myriad different areas of artistic expression.
By cutting and pasting musical fragments and iconographic repertoires, and by working with theatrical research companies (including Virgilio Sieni Danza and Societas Raffaello Sanzio), she has developed performancs, dances and video projections in which the border between one genre and the next is increasingly tenuous and frail. Constantly driven by a desire to contend with jazz and video, electronics and the visual, voice and dance, performance and critical reflection, her career began in the early nineties when, working with Lorenzo Brusci, she delved into environmental recordings, indeed into fully-fledged field recordings into which she gradually built song and video. Underlying it all there is composition, expressed as the mood and technique take her -- whether through sound, images or the body.
Her closeness to black culture and her interest in racial and identity issues have formed the core in the development of some of her works in recent years: Josephine3 (2004), Tears for Johannesburg (2008), Dei Secoli [And Ever] (2008). Her focus on Africa sinks its roots also in her personal history of an Italian great-aunt who went to live in South Africa. The photographs of her distant relative have been used as precious material to analyse and to reinterpret a reality which is distant in terms of both geography and time through dance and performance art.

Letizia Renzini was born in Montevarchi in 1970. She currently lives and works in Florence. She studied the history of the cinema at Florence University. She was a member of the TIMET electronic music research group, and she has expanded her output to include video since 1997. Since 2003 she has been working for Italian state broadcaster RAI's Radio 3, where she hosts a musical programme called Battiti [Beats]. Given her special interest in theatrical and performance experimentation, she has worked with choreographers Robyn Orlin, Nicole Seiler and Marina Giovannini, while she has been working with the Virgilio Sieni Dance Company on the production of performances and soundtracks since 2001. Her performances, installations and exhibitions include: Like a Motherless Child, performance, KriKri Poetry Festival, Ghent, 2002; Josephine3: Si J'etais blanche#2 [If I Were White#2], an audio-video installation for La Democrazia del Corpo [The Democracy of the Body], curated by A. Natalini and V. Sieni, CANGO Cantieri Goldonetta, Florence, 2003/2004; Conferenza Muta [Mute Conference], an acoustic performance with R. Castellucci, Societas Raffaello Sanzio, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome, May 2006; Birdlistening, audio installation and performance, curated by A. Salvadori and V. Gensini, Museo Marino Marini, Florence, October 2007; Tears for Johannesburg, photographs and video, curated by S. Lucchesi, Abitanti Ambienti [Inhabitants Environments], Galleria il Ponte, Florence, February 2008; Dei Secoli_Ubuntu Rehersals #1 [And Ever_Ubuntu Rehersals #1], audio/video/dance/performance, Fabbrica Europa, Florence, 2008; The Meat Doll, direction and live music, Dance Biennale 2008, Venice; Incipit, video cooperation for the performance "With astonishment I noted a dog..." for "La Compagnia dell'Accademia Nazionale di Danza di Roma", Dance Biennale 2009, Venice.

Selected Discography: Bird Listening, with S. Damiani (VINILE) 2007 Museo Marino Marini; Lole1: Musica Leggiadra [Graceful Music], I Dischi Forma, Timet, L. Brusci/L. Renzini, 2007; Nuova Compilatione [New Compilation], Open Source; Tabula Rasa Elettrificata [Electrified Scorched Earth], C.S.I., 1998, EMI

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