Prelude for a Symphony in Black


Some are born to endless night.

(Auguries of Innocence, 1803, William Blake)


live installation 

choreography Matteo Levaggi

subject Samantha Stella - Corpicrudi

with Samantha Stella, Matteo Levaggi and Sergio Frazzingaro

music Joy Division and live show by The Death of Anna Karina

light design Fabio Sajiz

Production Alkema Ambasciatori di Cultura,

CoprMilanOltre, Traffic Gallery

Teatro Elfo Puccini, Sala Fassbinder, Milan, Italy, 2014


The Death of Anna Karina are Luca Gabrielli (bass), Davide Gherardi (guitar and keyboards), Andrea Ghiacci, (vocals), Adriano Pratissoli (drums), Alessandro Zanotti (guitar)



Prelude for a Symphony in Black


live installation

choreography Matteo Levaggi

subject Samantha Stella | Corpicrudi

with Samantha Stella and Matteo Levaggi

live music by Von Haze

designs by Frances Caine

Concept Los Angeles | Ace Museum, Los Angeles Fashion Week, 2014

in collaboration with Italian Cultural Institute Los Angeles


Between Classicism, Post-Punk and Decadence.


CORPICRUDI is a visionary artistic project conceived by Italian artists Samantha Stella and Sergio Frazzingaro. The artists' work has been shown in international contemporary art galleries, museums and theatres; they work with writers, poets, choreographers, fashion designers, visual artists, musicians, composers, filmmakers, cultural magazines and networks. Their artistic careers have evolved over the years through the different idioms they use directly (photography, video, installations containing structural and bodily elements) mainly focused on body and live art and installation based practice, revealing their reflections on life and death, eternity, beauty and harmony. In addition to solo and group exhibitions in art galleries and museums, they have presented live installations in unusual locations, such as castels, fortresses, cathedrals (Castello Aragonese in Taranto, home of the Italian Navi, Duomo in Molfetta, Basilica di S. Maria Maggiore in Bergamo). They have participated in international premiéres with choreographer Matteo Levaggi in the theatres of New York, Lyons, Belgrade, Miami, Biarritz, Aix-en-Provence, Los Angeles, as well as prestigious Italian theatres. Collaborations with composers and musicians, and events presented with fashion designers (AltaRomaAltaModa, Pitti Immagine Florence, Milan Fashion Week, Los Angeles Fashion Week). Reviews of their work have been published in the Financial Times and The Brooklyn Rail in New York; they have been the subject of a documentary which aired on Sky Classica TVand a publication for Les Cahiers Européens de l'Imaginaire at the Ceaq-Sorbonne in Paris, as well as dedicated publications and many reviews in international printed and web magazines. 

Since 2015 Samantha Stella has presented her own solo projects and collaborations, including Sinfonia in Rosso (Symphony in Red), a live installation curated by Francesca Alfano Miglietti, and the collaboration as perfomer in the project by artist Jasa of the Pavilion of Slovenia at Biennale Venezia.



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