(Little house of seven arts)
Founded by Germana SicilIani and Francesco Zita in 1993 in Ostuni, Puglia, South Italy, Casina Settarte is a residential centre for creative development and somatic education alongside the practice of sustainability, a place of research and experimentation surrounded and influenced by nature.
From the beginning until 2010 ,Casin Settarte organized international seminars inviting teachers and practitioners coming from all over the world to share knowledge about different scenic arts like theatre, physical theatre, clowning, singing, contact improvisation, dance improvisation, Butoh dance, martial arts.
Most of these arts have a common starting point: the ‘ Somatic’ work, that refers to the whole person, bringing awareness to the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual.
The somatic field include both very ancient eastern practices (chi kung, massages, yoga, meditation, Tai chi) and western practices developed from 1920 onward (Feldenkrais, Alexander, Body Mind Centering, Rolfing, Authentic Movement, Biodinamic Craniosacral).
The seminars took place in the countryside and created a world where nature and creativity lived side by side.
The association Casina settarte, with the support of with institutions (Comune di Bari, Alberobello, Ostuni, Regione Puglia, University of Bari), other associations and public theatre organized performances, produced documentary, dance video , dance video festivals, performances with special need people and health education projects for teachers and students in local public schools.
This was an opportunity for “Regione Puglia” to promote and valorize the architectonic and landscaped patrimony of the territory, by performing in special places like ‘chiostri’, ‘masserie’, as well as in the territory and in nature, creating a synergy among local associations, theatres , musicians and artists coming from all over the world.
In 2004 Germana e Francesco purchased a 4 hectare property in the Itria Valley, between Ostuni and Cisternino, where they could settle down deep root, building a house, developing the land and offering a larger field to the creative life of Casina Settarte to realize more of their dreams of living and working sustainably.
From 2010 the association created a new framework (where it was possible to live all year long), be in continuity with their previous interest and start collaborating with permaculture facilitators to develop the land and create projects and trainings in this area.( for the territory )
Today Casina Settarte is also a home for promotion, experimentation, meetings and discussion about permaculture, with the belief that promoting a holistic approach to life whereby caring for Mother Earth, the personal development of the individuals and their relationship to all existing organisms goes hand in hand and have equal value.
In the past years, from 2010 onward, beside the somatic workshops the association organized seminars of water management, soil management, gardening, designing and implementing a food forest and a full Permaculture PDC by the British Accademy of Permaculture.
As well Casina Settarte hosted many laboratories in the field of natural building and self-production, ranging from natural colors, making recycled paper, natural rubber stamps, zen drawings, ceramics, illustration, wood carving, cocciopesto, cob work.
Healing the earth, healing the self, sharing resources equally: these principles underlie Casina Settarte activities.
VIDEO PRODUCED BY CASINASETTARTE
SARA POZZOLI AND GERMANA SICILIANI “THE POETIC OF TOUCH” Portrait on Nancy Stark Smith, pioneer of Contact Improvisation (2006)
KIRSTIE SIMSON, KATRINA MCPHERSONS,SIMON FILDES “ ENERGY SCULPTING” (2005)
ANTONIO POLITO, FRANCESCO ZITA, YUKO OTA “FANTASMI D’AMARE” (2005)
AMBROGIO PALMISANO, FRANCESCO ZITA “DONN’ D’ BASTON” (2004)
PERFORMANCE CREATED IN CASINASETTARTE (1993-2016)
ORNELLA D’AGOSTINO GROUP “ TEMPI E RITMI DI UNA CITTA’:BARI” (1997-1998)
FRANCESCO ZITA “ TADADATTA’” (1998)
FRANCESCO ZITA, GERMANA SICILIANI, ASSOCIATION ‘INSIEME’ WITH SPECIAL NEED PEOPLE “OOPLA’”2000”
COLLECTIVE CREATION WITH PERFORMERS COMING FROM ALL EUROPE – Andrea Kaitz(Berlin);Susanne Martin(Berlin), Kay Grothausen(Berlin)Dani Swaharz(Germany), Francesco Zita (Italy),Germana Siciliani (Italy), Yves Candau (France),Gionatan Surrenti (France), Leilani Weis (Barcelona), Africa Navarro (Barcelona)dancers; Pippo D’Ambrosio, Felice Mezzina, Nicola Pisani, Faraualla-Gabriella Schiavone, Terry Vallarella,Gaetano Partipilo, Federico D’Ammacco, Mario Volpe (musicians from Italy) “IN REAL TIME” (1998-2006)
KIRSTIE SIMSON GROUP “GROUP IMPROVISATION” (2000-2014)
FREY FAUST SOLO “TIME PAINTING” (2003)
JULIE STANZAK- GROUP CREATION “SOLO DEL CUORE” (2003-2016)
ATSUSHI TAKENOUCHI, HIROKO KUMIYA “STONE”, “SKIN”, “TENMON”, “ZERO”, “BUTOH “, “GINKAS” (2003-2009)
DIDIER SILHOL BIG BAND “ZOO MUSIQUE” (2003-2004)
RICK NODINE AND SIMONETTA ALESSANDRI “LITTLE DANCE-BIG DANCE” (2004-2016)
JORDI CORTES MOLINA, GABRIELLA MAIORINO,FRANCESCO ZITA( performers), PIPPO D’AMBROSIO, GAETANO PARTIPILO (musicians) “HIGHTENED REALITY” (2005)
KIRSTIE SIMSON with Sylvie Robert(Reunion-France), Alvaro Morell(Spain), Marika Rizzi (France), Jacky Miredin (Martinique-France),Luka Kito(Japan), Megan Boyd (USA), Marion Ramirez (Puerto Rico-USA), Mei Li Kuang (Taiwan), An-li Sun (Taiwan), Xenia Themeli(Greece), Christos Stinopoulos (Greece), Sdenka Svitekova (Slovakia), Andrea Buckley(UK), Vidal Mark(Germany), Lorenzo Dalia (Italy), Chris Lechner (India), Gil Clarke(UK), Francesco Zita (Italy), Germana Siciliani (Italy),Susanna Recchia (Italy) “RESEARCH PROJECT IMPRO” 2005-2011
PATRICIA KUYPERS , FRANCK BEAUBOIS, FRANCESCO ZITA (dancers) GABRIELLA SCHIAVONE , TERRY VALLARELLA(singers)“DELAY” (2004)
GUNDECHA BROTHERS “DRHUPAD CONCERT” (2013-2014)
GABRIELLA MAIORINO “ ALONE, AGAIN” 2016
PERMACULTURE AND NATURAL BUILDING TEACHERS INVITED FOR SEMINARS FROM 2010-2016
ANDREA LO PRESTI (TAMARA INSTITUTE MEMBER –Portugal, ADVANCED PERMACULTURE, WATER HARVESTING,LANDSCAPE DESIGN )Portugal
CECILIA MARINO(PERMACULTURE FOR CHILDREN) Italy
DONATO GALLO (DESIGN AND BUILDER OF GEODESIC DOMES) Italy
GIUSEPPE SANNICANDRO (INTRODUCTION TO PERMACULTURE) Italy
HELDER VALENTE (FOUNDERS OF ATLANTIS FOOD FOREST AND NEW SCHOOL PERMACULTURE. THEACHER OF SOCIAL PERMACULTURE, WATER HARVESTING, FOOD FOREST) Portugal
LUCIANO FURCAS (PERMACULTURE, OMEODINAMIC) Spain
MARCO FANTUZZI (TEACHER AND RESERCHER AT MUSEO COLORI NATURALI DI LAMOLI (PU), NATURAL COLOR) Italy
MARK MEER (PERMACULTURE TEACHERS IN ECO-SOMATIC PROJECT ‘TUNING INTO THE WILD’,FOOD FOREST) Italy
MILL MILLCHAP (PERMACULTURE PDC) Spain
ROD EVERETT (MEMBER OF BRITISH PERMACULTURE ASSOCIATION, Teacher of PERMACULTURE PDC, WATER RIGENERATION) England
FROM 2010 TO 2016 WE PLANTED MORE THAN 2000 PERENNIAL PLANTS IN A FOOD FOREST.
3 DIFFERENT DESIGN GEODESIC DOMES
OUT DOOR ROCKET STOVE
SELF BUILT SOLAR WATER HEATING
WAIST WATER RECYCLING
SELF BUILT WATER FILTERS BASED ON ACTIVE CARBON