De Studio Rotterdam is a space of sharing, creativity and collaboration. A space where all the disciplines have the same value and influence each other in order to express complexity. The place where both movement and art is celebrated in its broadest perspective.
De Studio Rotterdam overcomes the idea of identity as something as defined, unique and untouched by change, to embrace the idea of a multiple and performative identity. Are we, what defines us? Are we, what the others think of us? Is a category enough to express who we truly are?
The answer of De Studio Rotterdam to those questions is to offer an open space for arts, movement and cultural exchange, where people from different backgrounds have the possibility to meet and develop projects together. Human beings are complex, contradictory, incoherent, curious and open to discoveries. Only through this awareness it is possible to understand the existence in its entirety. Considering this context, De Studio Rotterdam invites people to expand their comfort zone, expand their limited perspective of a self, or an identity. This in order to explore different possibilities than the currently known paths in the body and mind. Classes of movement, dance, yoga, martial arts together with artistic and cultural events, such as expositions, performances and lectures are the instruments that De Studio Rotterdam choses to represent the value of personal elevation through diversity.
We are constantly looking for uniqueness. We spend our life creating our personality. We present ourselves through words, thinking of them as tools to build our status. From one side this works, because the language is our immediate form of communication. But it is merely a medium, and it can never deeply express who we truly are. That’s why it is important to look for different forms of communication to express ourselves and to find uniqueness in out-of-balance forms. Uniqueness in flexibility, uniqueness in permeability. I believe, this is what De Studio Rotterdam stands for.
We can be different individuals in different contexts. We can feel comfortable in diversified situations that seem in contradiction with the image that people have of us, or the values expressed by the social group we belong to, without losing credibility. On the contrary, this is the way to reach authenticity.
– Written by Stefania Macchiafava (Intern at De Studio Rotterdam)