The noise of time: the Ravenna Festival between past and contemporary
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On May 25th 2017 the 28th edition of the Ravenna Festival starts, an edition that -like the previous ones- explores a fundamental event of the last Century: the ten days that shook the world, the October Revolution, celebrating its centenary this year. An historic period of great cultural ferment, an innovative break that laid the foundations of modernity before the advent of totalitarianisms in Europe.
The relationship between intellectuals and power is right one of the themes of the Festival, which nevertheless pays the tribute to its Poet Dante Alighieri, and renews its program with a calendar of performances set in the precious frame of the Byzantine Basilica of San Vitale, UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Program is made up of a series of recurring appointments including:
INFERNO | The project (created by Marco Martinelli and Ermanna Montanari, with music by Luigi Ceccarelli) transforms the great Dante’s masterpiece into a traveling theatrical work, leading spectators from the Dante’s Tomb to the Rasi Theater; every day (excluding Monday) from May 25th to July 3rd at 8.00 pm; limited seats, reservation is required.
VESPERS AT SAN VITALE | The Quodlibet Trio performs one of Johan Sebastian Bach’s greatest masterpieces, the Goldberg Variations in Bruno Giuranna’s arches trio version, in the most striking setting: the Basilica of San Vitale. Spirituality and mathematics combine, both in music and architecture, in the sweetest hours: May sunsets. Every day from May 25th to May 31st at 7.00 pm, at the cost of 1 Euro.
INCANTI. SU L’ALILEGGIER | For the Young Artists for Dante ‘s Project, from May 25th to 31st at the Antichi Chiostri Francescani, students of the Artistic High School “P. L. Nervi – G. Severini” of Ravenna represent the ideal encounter between the Great Poet Dante Alighieri and Giovan Battista Marino, the Baroque poet who visited Ravenna in 1606. The show starts at 11.00 am at the symbolic cost of 1 Euro.
The multidisciplinary vocation of the Festival is also enriched with the choreography of Shobana Jeyasingh, with masterpieces of expressionist cinema and with the “Empty with Memory” photographic and musical exhibition at mar.
Among the great events, besides the important ballet a& classical music shows, we point out some original concerts not to be missed:
JUNUN | On June 2nd at the Mauro de André Palace, Junun (Urdu word meaning madness) is a project created by the Radiohead guitarist, Jonny Greenwood, and the Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur with the collaboration of The Rajasthan Express band: an extraordinary meeting between European and Indian music.
HIKING CONCERT POLYPHONIE | On June 4th, a guided trek will lead the participants to the heart of the Casentino Forests, on the border of the strict nature reserve of Sasso Fratino (now nominated as UNESCO World Heritage Site): a place untrodden by man, with bitter morphology, and for this kept at the best of its naturalness. A unique opportunity to hear the Classic Afrobeat Orchestra in conjunction with the voices of nature.
TONY ALLEN | On June 17th, at San Giacomo Palace in Russi the Tony Allen’s battery will resound. The new work of this legend of the Afrobeat is “Film of Life”: a unique rhythm, precise but flexible, that connects with jazz, bebop and pop.
The festival will then return to the Teatro Alighieri on November 17th to 23rd with the AUTUMN TRILOGY, dedicated to theatrical works between XIX and XX centuries: Cavalleria rusticana, Pagliacci and Tosca. Here the complete program.