Two nights and a 'dawn to discover Santa Croce: "Genius Loci" returns with a program of events that have as their common thread reflection on Memory and Future
From this year the festival relaunches with digital communication to overcome limitations and geographical boundaries
From Thursday 23 to Saturday 25 September in Florence in the monumental complex of Santa Croce in Florence, the fourth edition of the festival, after the stop last year.
From 15 to 22 September the preview "Waiting for Genius Loci" will be held, a series of literary meetings dedicated to key figures of our cultural identity, in homage to Dante, and a cycle of guided tours
Unique scenarios such as the Last Supper and the Great Cloister will be animated by appointments between show moments and talk shows , with site specific and original productions, conceived and staged in consonance with the ' genius loci ' of Santa Croce.
The protagonists of Genius Loc i: the writers Chiara Frugoni and Dacia Maraini, the writer and enigmist Stefano Bartezzaghi, the singer and instrumentalist Elina Duni , the artist Letizia Renzini, the duo composed of the singer Ginevra di Marco and the poet Franco Arminio, the saxophonist Dimitri Grechi Espinosa and the photographer Paolo Ninfa , the musician John Greaves , standard bearer of the progressive scene in Canterbury, the writer and playwright Stefano Massini accompanied by the Whiskey Trail, the live Oliphantre, the Ghimel Trio
The protagonists of Waiting for Genius Loci : Marco Malvaldi , Aldo Cazzullo , Piero Trellini , Enzo Fileno Carabba , Marcello Fois .
Reservation required (limited places)
Florence, 09 September 2021 - Genius Loci is back , a cultural festival that, between show and talk show, accompanies the public to discover one of the symbolic places of Florence, the monumental complex of Santa Croce . After a year of stop, due to the covid, the fourth edition of the event will be held, in safety and according to the regulations in force, from 23 to 25 September . Two nights and a dawn of events will animate unique scenarios such as the Last Supper and the Great Cloister , with site specific and original productions of music, theater, cinema and literature, designed and staged in consonance with the 'genius loci' of Santa Croce , for an edition whose fil rouge is the reflection on the interweaving of Memory and Future.
The program includes 15 to 22 September previewing "Waiting Genius Loci", series of literary events devoted to key figures of our cultural identity à entitled “ The future of memory ” and a cycle of guided visits to other Franciscan places in Florence and the metropolitan area .
The initiative, organized by Controradio, the Controradio Club association and the Opera di Santa Croce , in collaboration with the cultural association La Nottola Di Minerva with the contribution of the Municipality of Florence for Estate Fiorentina 2021 , the patronage of the Metropolitan City of Florence , with the support of Gucci , offers a quality interdisciplinary program in a unique context in the world.
Many artists and characters involved. Among these, the writers Chiara Frugoni and Dacia Maraini, the writer and enigmist Stefano Bartezzaghi, the singer and instrumentalist Elina Duni , the artist Letizia Renzini, the duo composed of the singer Ginevra di Marco and the poet Franco Arminio, the saxophonist Dimitri Grechi Espinosa and the photographer Paolo Ninfa , the musician John Greaves , standard bearer of the progressive scene in Canterbury, the writer and playwright Stefano Massini accompanied by the Whiskey Trail, the live Oliphantre, the Ghimel Trio .
The protagonists of Waiting for Genius Loc i are Marco Malvaldi , Aldo Cazzullo , Piero Trellini , Enzo Fileno Carabba , Marcello Fois.
Santa Croce opens its doors to the contemporary and its secular spaces can be rediscovered, or discovered, with the original light of languages that offer the opportunity to experience them in an absolutely unusual way. An edition that is not only a restart, but also a relaunch: for the first time, thanks to digital communication, it will be possible to overcome limitations and geographical boundaries. For this edition some videos will be produced that will convey the cultural and artistic contents of the exhibition through EDO - Digital Events Online , the cross-media platform of Controradio, developed precisely with the aim of digitally disseminating projects of this type. This new tool will allow à to expand the number of spectators.
Tommaso Sacchi , Councilor for Culture of the Municipality of Florence declares: “I want to welcome back to Genius Loci. After the forced stop of last year due to the pandemic, the event that animates the monumental complex of Santa Croce is back for one of the most anticipated special projects of the Florentine Summer. The virus that has had among its effects also that of canceling or mutilating many cultural and entertainment activities is still circulating and therefore caution and moderation are needed but we welcome this festival that combines the incomparable beauty of the place with site specific events of musicians, actors and writers who will 'embrace' the Great Cloister and Cenacle. A festival that this year, despite the more limited accesses, does not lose soul and originality and rather expands to other places thanks to the cycle of guided tours. I want to thank all the promoters for stubbornly believing in this appointment and for fighting to make it happen again. Florence is again ready to discover its 'genius'. "
Cristina Acidini , president of the Opera di Santa Croce , highlights: “Santa Croce has always been the place par excellence for meeting and dialogue. It is the space where the Divine embraces the human, spirituality is nourished by beauty, history and memory are intertwined with the present time. The strength of Santa Croce lies precisely in the wonderful synthesis of different languages that continue to speak with singular harmony to men and women from all over the world while, with emotion, they cross its aisles and cloisters. The Genius Loci event, now in its fourth edition, contributes to enhancing this role of Santa Croce as an unparalleled meeting space between people and between languages. In a time that is still difficult due to the pandemic, which asks everyone for special courage, we want to help bring a message of hope that comes from the creative dialogue of women and men and from the ever fruitful links between memory and present time, between art and spirituality. , between words and music ".
Marco Imponale , general manager of Controradio concludes: “Over the centuries, the Basilica of Santa Croce has witnessed events and vicissitudes that have marked its history. Incidents dramatic believed tied to the past, become part of the collective memory such as pandemics, they have actually become a more relevant than ever and in the past two years have marked our living habits. Last year, due to 'health crisis, it was not possible to realize the' initiative. Today we resume the journey, albeit with some restrictions. Although the normality à still has not returned, the festival aims to be a visible sign of restart of an established cultural proposal, which enhances the historical and artistic heritage of the Holy Cross, addressed to a new audience who always finds curiously à and surprise its beauty. This edition provides the diffusion of events through the use of cross-media platform (internet and social) that if not replace the charm of the investment in the presence all 'initiative, will be an experience to try and which will widen the' media horizon " .
THE PROGRAM IN DETAIL
The festival will open on Thursday 23 at 6 pm in the Upper Room with the writers Chiara Frugoni and Dacia Maraini who will meet for the first time in the talk entitled " The wasted half: women of yesterday and today ". Starting from the lives of some women of the Middle Ages, nuns, mothers, queens, writers who
they had the courage to break the barriers of a rigidly marked female destiny, it will reflect on how much the family bond can still condition a woman in the full expression of her desires and possibilities. Following, the writer and enigmist Stefano Bartezzaghi will converse with the journalist Raffaele Palumbo in the talk " The genius and commonplaces" , a conversation about Dante and creativity, while the Albanian singer Elina Duni , one of the most intense voices of the European music scene, he will hold a solo concert (voice, piano, guitar, percussion), taken from the album “ Partir ”, published by the prestigious German label ECM. Duni will sing in 9 different languages, drawing on the traditional repertoire of Albania, Kosovo, Andalusia, Switzerland and Armenia and Southern Italy, but also on original compositions and covers by Jacques Brel, Nina Simone, Billie Holliday, Domenico Modugno and Serge Gainsbourg , developing the his personal expressive research thanks to the fusion of traditional melodies with jazz sounds and by painting a sound picture in which different musical stories intersect. The concert will be repeated on the 24th at the Venice Biennale where the artist was invited to perform.
The first day, in the Chiostro Grande , is completed by the multi-screening of L'ferno , a silent blockbuster film from 1911, based on the Divine Comedy, recently restored by the Cineteca di Bologna. It will be sonorized live by Letizia Renzini live with samples and electronics; and, in a meeting between music and words "It was once the world", an original show designed for Genius Loci with Ginevra di Marco, one of the most refined interpreters of the Italian music scene , and Franco Arminio, poet and traveler who defines himself landscape scientist, in defense of the small villages of inland Italy in the process of depopulation.
Second day, Friday 24 , at 8.45 pm in the Cloister , with the saxophonist Dimitri Grechi Espinosa and the photographer Paolo Ninfa who will bring us "On the trail of spirituality", a live soundtrack multi-projection to rediscover ancient gestures and the everyday life of the transcendent in Worldwide. Following, in the Last Supper , John Greaves , standard bearer of the Canterbury progressive scene (Welsh bassist, singer and composer known for his militancy in Henry Cow and National Health ), and multi-instrumentalist Annie Barbazza will engage in a concert-recital between music and poems, with texts from the works of poets such as Dylan Thomas, Joyce, Paul Verlaine, and from reinterpretations of songs by Robert Wyatt to other pearls of English alternative rock.
In the Cloister, the writer and playwright Stefano Massini , starting from the suggestions of the place, will weave his narratives that touch the heart and mind, accompanied by the magical atmosphere of the Whiskey Trail . Our emotions, our feelings, the shadow areas of our complex age will be at the center of a reflection, forcing us to look at what surrounds us with different eyes. Finally, closing of the second day with the live of Oliphantre, trio composed by Leila Martial , rising star of French jazz, with Francesco Diodati on guitar, effects, compositions and Stefano Tamborrino on drums and vocals, lyrics and music come together to draw a abstract landscape but firmly anchored to the earth. Hip hop suggestions, lashing rock and punk lines, funky grooves and melodic lyricisms mix with the improvisational spirit of jazz to give life to new and engaging music, which has the flavor of the unknown.
The wait for dawn on Saturday 25th in the Great Cloister will be accompanied by the concert of the Ghimel Trio , composed by Daniele di Buonaventura on bandoneon, Elias Nardi, oud and Ares Tavolazzi on double bass and fretless bass. A sonic journey between jazz, minimalist atmospheres and Middle Eastern ethno-jazz. All between tradition and experimentation, starting from the tribute to the singer Demetrio Stratos.
Before getting to the heart of the Genius Loci program, “Waiting for Genius Loci. The future of memory " , a series of literary meetings dedicated to key figures of our cultural identity with the presentation of the books: " Dante Alighieri - all works " with Marco Malvaldi (15/09)," The place of men - Dante in purgatory, where we will all go ” with Aldo Cazzullo (16/09),“ Danteide - an attempted journey into the poet's brain ” with Piero Trellini (18/09); "Vite Sognate del Vasari" with Enzo Fileno Carabba (20/09) ; “The invention of the Italians - Where your heart takes you” with Marcello Fois (22/09). All the initiatives will take place at 6.30 pm in the Upper Room . For info and reservations: www.santacroceopera.it
Also for "Aspettando Genius Loci", an interesting cycle of guided tours is proposed, which this year broadens the horizon to places in the metropolitan area linked to the figure of Francis and Franciscanism: from Santa Croce to the parish church of San Leonino in Rignano , from Pelago to the parish church of San Giovanni a Rèmole in Pontassieve. Very suggestive places, off the classic routes, which are worth knowing through the free guided tours scheduled from 15 to 22 September. Info and reservations: www.santacroceopera.it
Admission to the "Genius Loci" exhibition, from 22 to 24 September, is free, subject to availability. Mandatory reservations can be made from 10 September through the eventbrite.it - genius loci website. In order to allow a wider use than that physically available, Controradio will produce a live radio broadcast (FM 93.6 - 98.9) and in streaming on controradio.it and with the Controradio Firenze app.
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