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The Contemporary Arts Festival

Contemporanea Festival in Prato is September’s event on the many languages of culture and entertainment boasting guest artists, national and international companies.

Many international artists are scheduled from September 22 to 26 with seven major national stars to highlight a relational vocation that crosses every geographic and artistic boundary.

From France two artists hit the Contemporanea Festival: the playwright and choreographer IVANA MÜLLER with a project that develops new narrative possibilities starting from a process of annotating and sharing a text by five readers, according to a 19th century practice called ‘marginalia’. The second is choreographer HERMAN DIEPHUIS with a non-caricatural and non-anecdotal physical exploration of fear.

From Switzerland comes the unconstitutional political theater by MILO RAU, a well-known film and theater director, as well as a journalist and essayist who, exclusively for Italy, brings refugees from Greece, Syria and Romania to Prato.

On the Italian front, Contemporanea Festival 17 offers a focus on the latest creations of some dancers. GIORGIA NARDIN, with a choreography inviting to practice empathy; ANNAMARIA AJMONE, with work that focuses on the dynamics that snaps when fragments follow each other generating novel meanings; FRANCESCA FOSCARINI, with a triptych on the issue of absence; JACOPO JENNA with a piece that borrows the lyrics of a song by Kurt Cobain and Jacopo Miliani deconstructs it in the form of 20 sponge towels and breaks it graphically. And there are also KINKALERI, with a performance that investigates a series of breaking points by leveraging the morphology of the place where the performance takes place. Finally the much awaited MASSIMILIANO CIVICA who will be holding a lecture / show by screening three videos by Orson Wells, Nina Simone and Ettore Petrolini to define three different ways of creating subtle emotions.

On a hybrid ground, as performative art, REAL TEMPO combines theater, sound and image at Contemporanea Festival by integrating post-industrial processes and looking at the recent past of the analog world.