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Highlights: Santarcangelo Festival (Italy) July 6-15, 2018

Santarcangelo Festival
Santarcangelo, Italy
July 6-15, 2018

Santarcangelo Festival is a historic gathering dedicated to contemporary performance from
around the world. Its 48th edition will be held in Santarcangelo di Romagna from Friday 6 to
Sunday 15 July 2018. The programme runs from sunrise to sunrise, crossing freely disciplinary,
institutional and geographical boundaries.

For the second year, the Festival is being held under the artistic direction of Eva Neklyaeva, born
in Minsk and who worked in Helsinki as a curator and director of international arts organizations,
such as the Baltic Circle Festival, and Lisa Gilardino, an international performing arts manager
and curator. It confirms and reasserts its role on the international contemporary scene as leading
transcontinental platform for discovering fresh groundbreaking performance of tomorrow.


Chroma_Don't be © Alessandro Sciarroni

© Alessandro Sciarroni

Alessandro Sciarroni/Don’t be frightened of turning the page

July 06 7.00 pm
July 07 7.00 pm
July 08 7.00 pm

The word “turning” has a whole range of meanings, from rotating to spinning, changing, evolving. Its core concept includes notions of cyclicity, evolution, development, growth through repetition, and a cyclical movement like that which describes the way certain animals, as their lives come to an end, return to the place where they were born in order to reproduce. Here, as it were in an empty space, Alessandro Sciarroni starts to turn around his own center of gravity in suspended time and perfect balance. This is an emotional, psychophysical journey which, as the rhythm gradually increases, captures the eye and the attention, as if in a hypnotic ritual.

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© Martha Glenn

Ligia Lewis/minor matter
July 06 11.00 pm
July 07 9.30 pm
July 08 9.00 pm

minor matter
is the second stage work created by Berlin-based dancer and choreographer Ligia Lewis. Following her solo Sorrow Swag, in blue, Lewis and two other performers construct a world that touches the limits of the theatrical space and the body in a black box saturated in red, materializing thoughts between love and rage. The language is dissonant, the energy electrifying. Light, sound, images and movements penetrate each other, the bodies entangled, creating forms and lines, stripping the stage and touching its core, while sound catapults from one musical period to another, from the Late Renaissance to the Baroque to Ravel’s Bolero reimagined by musical artist Carl Craig. Read an earlier review from

foto Tamara Cubas 3.Multitud por Carlos Contreras

© Carlos Contreras

Tamara Cubas/ Multitud
July 06 9.30 pm / Piazza Ganganelli
July 07 8.00 pm / Piazza Marconi
July 08 10.00 pm / Sferisterio

Can a multitude organize themselves to achieve a common goal? How will the individuals within a group interact, move and disagree? Tamara Cubas, who was born in Uruguay under the military dictatorship, raised in Havana and is now an active artist in Montevideo, looks at the question of the heterogeneity of the masses, meetings and conflicts between people, between the public and the private, the political and the poetical, on physical contact and the power that resides in everyone’s body. During the days leading up to the Festival, some seventy people from the local area, of different ages and educational backgrounds, will work with Tamara on the voice, sound, energy and language of the body in order to create a powerful choral choreography, unleashing a group action that, in its multitude, will give impetus to differences.

© Dewey Dell

Dewey Dell/I am within

July 07 8.30 pm
July 08 7.00 pm
July 10 10.00 pm
July 11 10.00 pm
July 12 10.00 pm

There are times in our everyday lives when we can encounter something we perceive as too much, something that we cannot bear to see or to listen to, something as fathomless as the face of a newborn child, as unspeakable as death; too large to express in words, it remains locked away inside, becoming a founding part of ourselves. Dewey Dell, a company that divides its time between Berlin, Cesena and Vilnius, worked with a little girl in order to choreograph the feelings, fears, and images associated with a complex theme such as death, and then dance it to low frequencies created solely and exclusively by whales.

© Tania El Khoury

Tania El Khoury/ As Far As My Fingertips Take Me

July 07 from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm / from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm
July 08 from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm / from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm
July 09 from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm / from 9.00 pm to 11.00 pm
July 11 from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm / from 9.00 pm to 11.00 pm
July 12 from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm / from 9.00 pm to 11.00 pm
July 13 from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm / from 9.00 pm to 11.00 pm
July 14 from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm / from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm

The journey of a person who has challenged and overcome border discrimination, a journey whose marks remain on their body and in their memory. This performance by Tania El Khoury, a British / Lebanese artist who is alert to the moral and political potential that arises from interaction with the public, is a conversation through a wall, between an audience member and a refugee. They cannot see each other but their fingertips touch. To hear it is like a song: the story of migration starts to take shape, while on the other side of the wall artist and musician Basel Zaraa uses a pen to draw its images delicately on the skin, a kindly contact that reaches down to the depths, a light yet powerful exchange that penetrates below the surface, right down to the heart.

(source: Santarcangelo Festival Press Release and Website)

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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble and network, blog, and publisher, He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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