26.7.24, 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM




Alessio is a 26-year-old man. He lives in Rome and visits the bar, opposite Nico Vascellari's studio. The artist first heard his lute, a whistle, a call. One day, Vascellari sat down in the bar, facing the young man. Alessio has a way about him that's quietly captivating, seeing the world through a different lens characterised by his autism spectrum. This brings its challenges, but also its unique perspectives. He communicates without words, using a blend of movements and sounds that are as much a part of him as his smile. Alessio's cadence, a composition of repetitive gestures and sounds; constant yet ever evolving, telling his story in a language all his own, sparked a creative journey for Vascellari, where he explores communication beyond words.

The German premiere of the performance Alessio (2023) takes place on 26.7.24, as part of Open Haus. It begins with a single person who keeps Alessio company, in an analogue tribute to his digital presence, in the film created by Nico Vascellari. Through a repetitive performance of Alessio’s individual body language, the performer attempts to connect with Alessio's world, sharing his story without altering its essence. This initial act of solitary mimicry evolves into a choreography, as more performers join the fray, each contributing their unique dialect of non-verbal language. Over the 30 minutes of the performance, which expands from Mittelhalle, through Terrassensaal, and takes over the external terrace of Haus der Kunst towards the English Garden, the ensemble moves together, apart, and together again into a collective storytelling of the universal desire for understanding and being understood.

After the completion of the performance, Alessio's sound world will inhabit the Terrassensaal until 4.8.24. The doors to the terrace will remain open for the duration of the exhibition, bridging the building with the outdoor public space, while conducting a choir of Alessio’s cadence and the polyphony of the Englischer Garten.

No ticket is required for the performance. Admission is free.