Pacitti Company ran from 1992 to 2021. During that time it created a diverse body of experimental live performance, installation, sound, film, video and participatory public art projects. The company's work was shown widely, in theatres, galleries and festivals nationally and internationally, gaining multiple awards and significant attention across the three decades it was active. Pacitti Company also published and distributed a number of limited edition artworks, books, guides and toolkits, some of which are still available through shops and online retailers.
With the creation of the SPILL Festival of Performance, Pacitti Company also became festival curators and producers of the first 10 editions, which took place in London and Suffolk between 2007 and 2021.
In 2009, Pacitti Company started the creation of On Landguard Point, a mass public research into notions of home. The project won Artists Taking the Lead for the East of England (London 2012 & Arts Council England) and eventually involved 20,000 participants. It culminated in a series of public events, an exhibition, and a feature film also titled On Landguard Point (2012) starring some of the UK's foremost experimental performance makers, 1000 non-professional performers, and a commissioned soundtrack by composer Michael Nyman.
In 2010, Pacitti Company relocated from London to Ipswich. In 2012, it established the Think Tank as a site of community action. Across the next decade, the company created and presented an eclectic rolling Think Tank programme of events, courses, classes, research initiatives and artist residencies, alongside the continuation of its other activities. In 2021, after three decades of public delivery through Pacitti Company, I left the organisation to dedicate more time to my own independent artistic practice, and to create space for new leadership at SPILL Festival and the Think Tank. The company changed its name, simply becoming SPILL, and following a worldwide search, Robin Deacon was appointed as new Artistic Director & CEO.
The work of Pacitti Company and the first 10 editions of SPILL Festival are now being archived and an accompanying book is planned. In due course these will become publicly available.
To see some of Pacitti Company's legacy still in action, visit the SPILL Festival website here
Giovanna Maria Casetta in Moving Mountains(2015) Photo: Robert Pacitti