| BLITZ 2017: IN THE OPEN SEA |
To celebrate the fifth edition of the BLITZ International Performing Arts Festival, we have a refreshing news for you: the Festival period moves from the end of summer to the end of spring, from September to June, when the days are fresh, bright and rested, more suitable perhaps to welcome our proposals which sometimes are screams and sometimes whispers but that in any case require your relaxed but alert attention.
The theme of this year – which, as always, has the role of stimulating thought towards a deeper reading of the festival material in relation to the burning issues of the human condition today – is “in the open sea”. This image refers to spaciousness, openness, danger, challenge, and has in the centre the organ of the heart, and therefore courage, rhythm, beat, song. In the romantic sense, the idea would be to have courage to follow your own voice, to be yourself. In the more practical way, it illustrates the life conditions of those who work with art and culture, a kind of contemporary heroes, people who in a dangerous precariousness struggle for the survival of one of the most important common goods: the culture which has the right, the duty, and the ability to support the social needs of our time. The strength to carry on this work is based on trust in an original human intelligence, and it is loaded in the heart.
BLITZ 2017 hosts three non-ordinary artists with strong expressive individuality, three women-fire capable of standing in the open sea. Croatian visual artist Dragana Sapanjoš opens the Festival with the performance Malebolge, a creation specifically designed for the Festival, a song, a political question or perhaps a warning, a tender scream of anger and hope. In Abecedarium Bestiarium – an extravagant and playful performance that reflects on the affinity of characters between humans and animals – the German choreographer and filmmaker Antonia Baehr performs a series of portraits of extinct animals, such as the Stellar’s sea cow, a large herbivorous marine mammal of the Sirenia order. Italian choreographer and dancer Cristina Kristal Rizzo with her BoleroEffect Rapsodia_The long version – a two acts performance consisting of a dance show and a border-crossing dance hall by Palm Wine – drags us in, without any allusions, without nostalgia, in a state of exaltation, in a collective involvement. It incites us to break the composure and to push towards other dimensions.
In Karaoke(ART) American artist Davis Freeman, shamelessly and without prejudice, invites us to sing in a game which mixes contemporary video art with a hilarious phenomenon of pop culture such as karaoke. In the bLiTZ4kiDZ section, Slovenian musician and director Peter Kus in his Sound Kitchen will cook the best sounds for our youngest spectators. In Self Whispering (performing radio broadcast) a radio host Raška Topssy performs a monologue on the themes of the festival and investigates the solitude and performativity of the radio art. In the SURPRISES Experimental Cinema Corner section, we finally go in the open sea, in a fantastic transoceanic adventure with the Norwegian explorer, writer and filmmaker Thor Heyerdahl and his Kon-Tiki raft. They say that Kon-Tiki was the god of the southern wind. Can you feel his heartbeat?
| BLITZ 2017: PROGRAMME |
Croatian Scene Focus
DRAGANA SAPANJOŠ (HR)
performance // ± 60’
with the participation of choirs Zbor Lavanda Novigrad, Cittanova Vocal Ensemble, Zbor Rubino Rovinj, choir Istravaganti Umag, Coro di Comunità di Momiano, Gruppo vocale Ad Libitum di Verteneglio, Gruppo vocale della Comunità degli Italiani di Crassiza
H. 20.00 – Pietro Bobicchio Passage // free entry
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