Everything reopens, not street art. Word of acrobat – Chronicle

Everything reopens, not street art. Word of acrobat – Chronicle
Everything reopens, not street art. Word of acrobat – Chronicle

by Silvia Vignati Paraphrasing Walt Whitman, it can be said that Claudio Madia contains multitudes. Saltimbanco, theater actor, circus performer and television personality, 62 years old, after an adventurous youth around the world (walking in Africa, canoeing in the Amazon rivers), having experimented with disparate professions – hub, stone craftsman, graphic designer, gardener – takes root in Milan, where he was born and from where he will no longer move, dedicating himself to his great passion: the Little Circus. “Four children who grew up thanks to the earnings of my art proposed in the squares or on the stage of the Teatro alla Scala, as a television personality in programs such as the Tree …

by Silvia Vignati

Paraphrasing Walt Whitman, Claudio Madia can be said to contain multitudes. Saltimbanco, theater actor, circus performer and TV personality, 62 years old, after an adventurous youth around the world (walking in Africa, canoeing in the Amazon rivers), having experimented with disparate professions – hub, stone craftsman, graphic designer, gardener – takes root in Milan, where he was born and from where he will no longer move, dedicating himself to his great passion: the Little Circus. “Four children who grew up thanks to the earnings of my art proposed in the squares or on the stage of the Teatro alla Scala, as a television personality in programs such as Albero Azzurro (Raiuno) or as the author of short stories and manuals for children published by Feltrinelli, Salani, Mondadori – he says of himself -. The Piccolo Circo di Porta Volta which I founded was a reference point for street art, from 2000 to 2015 “.

Claudio, everyone talks about restarts: are you acrobats like that too?

“Yes, everyone has left again: theaters, recreational, sporting and cultural activities. Everything reopened except street art in Milan. As in other cities, the possibility of opening squares and parks has not yet been thought of as in other cities. (in the pre-established positions) to musicians and performers who have made an art of the extemporaneous outdoor exhibition and who, practicing on public land, take on a role comparable to that of a public official: they are masters in managing a possible group, responsible of the space of their competence and of the relationships with other operators or users. The acrobats have always chosen an artistic form that is (obtorto collo) now rediscovered and adopted by many, based on sustainability, essentiality, direct relationship with real public … in short, the theaters reopen in the parks, for small groups, the shows in the courtyards or itinerants flourish … but the artists who have always freely practiced this art, in instead they do not have the authorization to perform, we hope for a little longer. The Municipality has no reason to oppose our art. And the National Street Art Federation (Fnas) is watching and fighting for us. “

What did the lockdown mean as an artist and how did you use this forced time?

“Those who have chosen to be an artist, for example the balacorda (tightrope walker on a soft rope) like me, are already aware of the risk, of the unexpected, of the fall, of the physical or artistic stop. Those who entrust their fate to the vagaries of Dei, he knows he can count on their benevolence only if he remains like the madman of the tarot: ready for anything as long as he is faithful to his nature as an experimenter, as a pioneer. From February 2020 to today I have not had time to do everything I had planned . However, I finished a job that had been lying in the drawer for some time and the book “Saltimbanchi a Milano” (Funanbolo edizioni) came out: I will present it on Saturday 12 June at 5 pm at the social bar (Parco Lambro) in via Casoria 50, connects Piergiorgio Vimercati “.

Is there an appeal you would like to launch?

“The world of theater has made a fool of itself in this last year crying misery in the face of much more serious urgencies and gaps in fundamental sectors such as health and education. I would like a strong and attentive union that knows how to enforce the just rights of workers. greater solidarity among the artists. More collaboration, more contamination “.

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