May 21, 2011 20:00
Stazione Leopolda di Firenze | IT
50 young musicians, dancers and media makers from Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Romania, Spain, UK, will present the creation and production project Art’n’Go. New Routes to Intercultural Creativity.
The biennial project was launched in 2009 with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union and the coordination of Sziget Festival in the frame of the Roots&Routes International network, operating in 10+ European countries for the promotion of cultural and social diversity in contemporary performing arts and media.
In creative residencies throughout Europe, these young artists have designed and developed seven original productions combining music, dance, visuals and theatre, on the common theme of “(self)consciousness”.
From May 16 to 21, Roots & Routes International will furthermore spread through the city with workshops and installations: on the big open air piazza of the Stazione Leopolda, the public of Fabbrica Europa Festival will be welcomed by the images and sounds of the European cities involved in the Grundtvig Partnership project Urban Soundscapes, supported by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union.
Reality in Disguise
A theatre and music play about the manipulation of our reality by groups of influence, seen through the life of two friends that grow out of each other. In the five acts of the play, rebel teenagers turn into good citizens, and become what they were fighting against.
“I have only my eyes to see, no power to change the world” : it’s what we are used to tell ourselves when we are faced with situations that we can’t govern – but what do we govern in fact ? In our society, based on power and over-consuming, it is sometimes important to take a time to reflect to what we are, and to how we are used and manipulated…
It’s time to let a message circulate, and to leave traces of our passage here on earth.
How do time, space and concentration of human beings affect the development of individuals? How do they interact in our modern cities, with their constantly changing communities?
A documentary presented in a different way. The first phase of the project took place in Bucharest in April 2010 and involved a live session mixing music and video. The second was in Florence in May 2010 and consisted of a video installation with the clips from the live jam session performance in Bucharest and faces of people from Florence. The third step, developed in Cologne and Remscheid in August 2010, included a new event which opposed traffic to natural sounds and images from the forest around Remscheid Academy. The fourth step was again a study of city sounds and images, this time from Barcelona: the music, fully composed from noises recorded on the streets, was presented in September in a quadriphonic sound installation at Café l’Occità in Vic in the frame of the Mercat de Musica Viva. In Pecs, in October, an audio-video installation bridging between East and West, between the video from Bucharest and the audio from Barcelona, was presented in the fascinating courtyard of VeloSophie.
In Florence, for Fabbrica Europa 2011, About Traffic is finally presented as a jam-like live performance, transmitting feelings and emotions through sounds and images from all the cities involved.