East Mediterranean – Tradition and digital realities


This second path involves a geographical area characterized by millenary civilizations, a strong cultural identity and traditions deeply rooted in society.
The itinerary of this first phase of CRISOL will involve only Lebanon (Maqamat / BIPOD, Beirut), but starting from the next stages, it will link apparently not homogeneous territories, with which, however, there are strong historical and cultural connections: Armenia (High Fest, Yerevan) and Bulgaria (One Foundation, Plovdiv).

In this historical period, in which the processes of economic globalization determine profound social and cultural changes, the attachment to cultural identity and traditions is often the attempted defense implemented by each community to contain the effects of the ongoing transformations. The analysis of other artistic traditions is an extraordinary opportunity to get in touch with the wealth of diversity in opposition to cultural homologation.
Throughout the ages, ceremonies, expressions and actions of communities have had a very strong importance and have connected and collected people around them. Traditional dance rituals exist because people share the same necessity to celebrate.

Within this process, the artists Antonio Savoia (Italy) and Stephanie Kayal (Lebanon), with the aim of transforming the current limitations caused by the Covid emergency into an opportunity for inspiration, will develop a first step of remote research work ( in August 2020) through online meetings on a digital platform (Skype / Zoom). The use of these tools will not be a mere exchange of content and information, but will be integrated into the final dramaturgy and will unveil the distance that preceded their meeting. The digital medium will make it possible to break down the traditional Aristotelian unity of space, time and place, introducing the concepts of disintegration of the scenic space, of time lag and unity of action. During the online meetings, the artists will share thoughts, visions, ideas, pictures and choreographic fragments. In this phase they will be followed by Giulio De Leo (Associazione Menhir / Talos Festival) and will have some feedback meetings with Omar Rajeh and Mia Habis (Maqamat).
In the following phase (in September 2020) Savoia and Kajal will meet in Lebanon to start the face-to-face co-creation process. They will work in the traditional dimension of the physical encounter and develop the concept of celebrating as a cathartic moment of reunion and healing. The final dramaturgy will include a first live part (resulting from this second phase) and a second virtual part (resulting from the first phase). The tutor of this period will be Giulio De Leo who will follow some feedback meetings.
The results of this shared work will subsequently be presented to the public in Italy (Talos Festival, October 2020) and in live streaming on a digital platform.










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