Florence is sometimes considered as a city frozen in time, buried under its magnificent past. The festival Fabbrica Europa was born in 1994 in order to “modernize” it. This cultural event recognised and supported by the European Union brings the city into the present, allowing it to host every type of contemporary arts.
On this 21th edition dedicated to the reflection on the human condition and on the contemporary memory, a lot of theater, dancing and music events are organised at the Stazione Leopolda, the Festival headquarter, but also in other places in Florence such as the Nuovo Teatro dell’Opera, the Ex-Chiesa San Carlo dei Barnabiti, the French Institute or the Murate.
The artists come from whole Europe, from Hong-Kong and from the United States. This year, the Festival particularly focuses on the Balkans, as it has been 20 years since the Siege of Sarajevo.
It first opens from the 8 to the 18 May with AttoRitratto, an installation composed of monumental hot-air balloon-shaped sculptures displayed in the Stazione Leopolda.
Fabbrica Europa then hosts from the 9 to the 11 May, the company of the National Serbian Theater of Novi Sad. The stage director put an impressive version of Chekhov’s Seagull on with 30 actors and more than 6 hours of show in original language with subtitles.
You will also have the opportunity to see the A+E dance show in which Samuele Cardini represented Adam and Eve after their expulsion from the Garden of Eden, or the disturbing performance of Xavier Le Roy in Self Unfinished, who transforms under the public’s eyes using his body in a unusual way.
You could also attend Gogol’s Diary of a Madman with Marius Manole accompanied by the virtuoso violinist Alexander Balanescu. The two of them will take you during an hour and a half into the fascinating world of madness, in their original language.
After almost one and a half month of events, Fabbrica Europa concludes with a preview of the Festival au Désert/Presenze d’Africa 2014 with a concert of the famous Amadou & Mariam, two singer-songwriters ambassadors of the Malian music in the world. Finally, there will be two shows of As if to nothing directed by the Tibetan choreographer Sang Jijia with the Hong Kong City Contemporary Dance Company, a performance already acclaimed worldwide.
To put it in a nutshell, the program’s diversity of Fabbrica Europa allows each member of the audience, even those who don’t like so much contemporary art, to be transported by these talented artists’ imagination and innovation.
8 May – 28 June
Tickets from 10 to 25€
Reductions and special tickets available
You can find the entire program of the festival on Fabbrica Europa’s website.
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