Xing presents in Bologna the eighth edition of Live Arts Week articulated in a long prologue from thursday 4 to sunday 7 April, and a long epilogue from thursday 11 April to saturday 13 April 2019.

The elastic body of this new Performance Week, expands in a constellation of events that will take place in different spaces of the city, known and unknown, large and small, public and private. The program combines volumes of varying density and character, playing on different gradients and conditions of experience. At its eighth year of life, Gianni Peng VIII, in its evolution, continues to distinguish itself in Italy as a rare opportunity dedicated to live arts, presenting a heterogeneous programme of live works that revolve around the presence and perceptual experience of bodies, movements, sounds and visions. Also in this edition, Peng weaves through Bologna with a new programme of live works (performances, situations, environments and concerts, with unique dates, productions and previews) presented by important personalities in the international and contemporary research scene.

Live Arts Week gives space to ‘existential athletics’. It does not put art before the artists, but exposes to forms of sensitivity and ideas, welcomes hybrid and polyglot works, hosts creative singularity, weaving a sort of counter-design of use.

Gianni Peng, a name that accompanies the festival in its organic growth, indicates the time of these transitions. It is a phenomenon, not a person: a new identity, unlikely but real, to be treated as an abstract concept.