A Window that Breathes the City

Elisa Lacicerchia 07:00, Italy

A boy walks thoughtfully into his room, he looks out of the window and begins to observe his surroundings. Suddenly, an idea resonates in his mind and begins to spread throughout his body: his desire to escape, to go beyond the spaces that constrain him to the canons of appearance, to leave home with his own experience prevails to meet what different from him is. The window thus becomes the symbol of portals, of bridges, a junction between the real and the unreal. The boundary between internal, intimate space and external, public space becomes increasingly blurred. Every place involves the boy differently, transmitting to him emotions and sensations. In his turn, the young boy inhabits and animates the spaces through his movement and gives them a new meaning, leaving a mark of himself. The protagonist undertakes a journey that leads him to physically and mentally strip himself of the superfluous until he rediscovers his essence and contact with external reality.

Elisa graduated in Communication Sciences with a thesis entitled “Cinema and Social Justice”. Different gazes on Iranian cinema to alight and promote change” as a result of her participation in the Masterclass programme organised by the 38th Torino Film Festival. She continues her specialist studies in Public and Political Communication and her investigation into the relationship between the arts, society and urban spaces through various activities: she writes about social and cultural issues for the cultural association Il Polo Positivo, organises events, choreographs and dances for the cultural project Respira Torino and collaborates with the association Mosaico Danza for the urban and contemporary dance festival Interplay. She discovered dance at the age of 5 and it remains her passion. She began studying ballet at an early age and then she specialised in contemporary dance in established schools and with international choreographers. Once she left the stage of traditional theatre and “returned to the city”, Elisa began to take an interest in the connection between artistic expression and urban space. But her research has only just begun.