«Inevitable focuses on the challenge, even in our daily lives, between destiny and the freedom to choose – said artistic director, Giacomo Pedini about this year's theme – Do events unfold like a domino falling piece by piece, or is there a way to choose and change?». The festival, which involves also other locations nearby Cividale in Friuli Venezia Giulia, will open on July 21 with the première of the concert “Janoska Style Goes Symphonic”, featuring the peculiar combination of the Austro-Slovak Janoska Ensemble and the symphonic breath of the local FVG Orchestra, Mittelfest’s resident orchestra: a succession of ironic references between the central European classical repertoire and surprising variations.
Also premiering on July 22 is a tribute to the centenary of famed Italian writer Italo Calvino (1923-1985), whose “Il visconte dimezzato”, a play starring Vinicio Marchioni and live music by some of the musicians from Radio Zastava, will be staged. On 23 July, the Piazza Duomo will host Oscar winner pianist and composer Nicola Piovani with a special project: “Tre fenomeni. Piovani – Vivaldi i concerti della natura”, three celebrated Antonio Vivaldi's concertos united and reformulated with new compositions inspired by them. On stage with Piovani also conductor Giuliano Carella, solo flute Massimo Mercelli and I Solisti Veneti orchestra.
Another national première will be “Proper mess + Pyrodise”, in which Hungarian artists Duo Two Many/Firebirds/Flame Flowers explore the wonders and dangers of circus art and vertical dance, in a play between risk and probability. Also from Hungary, “Besh o droM”, on 26 July, a band that for two decades has fascinated audiences around the world with its challenge to genre categorisation.
More music on 28 July in “Quadri di un’esposizione” (Pictures at an Exhibition), where image becomes sound, with Elia Cecino and Federica Fracassi, from an idea by Alexander Gadjiev.
Italian poet and writer Erri de Luca and Cosimo Damiano Damato, with “Le rose di Sarajevo” (Sarajevo's Roses), featuring Giovanni Seneca’s Minuscola Orchestra Balcanica, will pay tribute to the poet Izet Sarajlić, singer of the city of Sarajevo and witness to the Bosnian tragedy. So much so that at the time of the siege, citizens went to his poetry evenings in the darkness of a city without electricity. The performance will feature poems and letters that the Bosnian poet exchanged with Erri de Luca himself.
The grand closing of the 32nd edition of Mittelfest will be in rock: the Fast Animals and Slow Kids will take to the stage exceptionally with the Arcangelo Corelli Orchestra, for a musical journey both impetuous and rounded, making rock swerve towards sentimental lines.
The interesting story of Marlene Dietrich is at the centre of Marlene (27 July), written and directed by Haris Pašović, Mittelfest former director, and featuring Serbian actress Mirjana Karanović.
The play Le gratitudini (25 July) by Artisti Associati, inspired by Delphine de Vigan's novel, will feature actors and actresses Lucia Vasini, Lorenzo Lavia, Paolo Triestino and Valentina Bartolo. Tesla (30 July) by Ksenija Martinović and Federico Bellini, a co-production by CSS and La Contrada di Trieste, is clearly devoted to the story of the great sceintist and visionary Nikola Tesla.
Touring performances and the Family Project
A series of performances will be touring around the city to let visitors discover its most picturesque and less known spots. Among them: Deriva Urbana (22-23 luglio) by Austro-Catalan Eléctrico 28, Tempo rubato (28-30 luglio) by Strijbos & Van Rijswijk, La fiera degli altri (28-30 luglio) by Effetto Larsen.
Plus, free circus workshops for children and many events designed for them, like the acrobatic “Drunken Master” by Noah Chorny.
Click here for Mittelfest 2023's full program!
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