Secret Florence is the strategic project chosen by Estate Fiorentina 2018, inaugurated in 2016 thanks to funding from Florence Town Council and Pitti Immagine. Back for its third edition from 9 to 16 June with a special preview on 8 June, it will feature events, site-specific performances, videos and original concerts in unusual or lesser-known locations in the city. The aim is to bring these venues to the attention of the public through an innovative, international-style programme that compares the languages of contemporary life and the city’s historic and architectural heritage.
FONDAZIONE FABBRICA EUROPA
LO SCHERMO DELL’ARTE FILM FESTIVAL
TEMPO REALE / Centro di ricerca, produzione e didattica musicale
VIRGILIO SIENI | Centro nazionale di produzione
Planetario/Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica
Cinema La Compagnia
Chiostro del Convento del Carmine
Sala Ghiberti dell’Accademia di Belle Arti
Studio Savioli al Galluzzo
Tepidarium del Roster
Fabbrica Europa stages the site specific performance LIFEGUARD, by and with Benoît Lachambre, active on the international scene since the seventies; in '96 he founded the Par B.L.eux company, with which he has put on his pieces in over 15 countries around the world, from Europe (France, Belgium, Holland, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain, Lithuania, Austria, etc.) to the Americas (Canada, USA, Brazil) and Asia (Korea, China), with over 500 performances. Lifeguard aims to break down the notion of the “choreographic impulse”, and takes a new look at the presence and resonance of movement, outside given aesthetic codes. It reveals the different aspects of its ongoing, present sensations and invites the audience to enjoy them without inhibition, under a different, new light.
LO SCHERMO DELL'ARTE FILM FESTIVAL
The schermo dell'arte Film Festival is taking part in the third edition of Secret Florence with a tribute to Jean-Michel Basquiat, thirty years after his death. Two films tell his story: the famous postmodern fable Downtown 81, filmed in 1980 and 1981, directed by Edo Bertoglio and starring Basquiat himself, and the Italian premiere of the documentary Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat, directed by Sara Driver and recently released in the United States.
A new partner for Secret Florence, Musicus Concentus presents a performance by the duo Simone Graziano and Naomi Berrill in the Cloister of the Convento del Carmine. These two artists will be playing live for the national premiere of an unusual collaboration that moves through an hour of original compositions with strong evocative and emotional power. The preview of Secret Florence on Friday 7 June in Sala Vanni in Piazza del Carmine is also presented by Peter Broderick.
VIRGILIO SIENI | NATIONAL CENTRE FOR PRODUCTION
The theme of female bathers invites reflection on the body through nudity, the human space where the anatomic sentiment of gesture can be meticulously arranged, intended as an archaeological source. A moment of leisure that allows a serrated progress of events on tactility, the figure, colour and light. A path that seeks to reflect on the nature of the female body and human. Between the imperfection of nudity and the presumed harmony of gesture that is grace, a new path is opened up to look at the body/archaeology/painting/spirit of the bathers.
TEMPO REALE | CENTRE FOR MUSICAL EXPERIMENTATION, PRODUCTION AND TEACHING
Two different actions by Tempo Reale that promote, on the one hand, listening to experimental musicians in an exclusive context and, on the other, a new piece of sound art. PAESAGGIO NOTTE, a cycle of concerts inspired by the “starry sky” of Florence Planetarium, will host the electronic music of Marcus Schmickler, with Elliott Sharp on electric guitar and Francesco Cigana on percussion. To close, on Saturday 16 June, an audio-visual installation based on a musical score from 1966 by the great Florentine artist, Giuseppe Chiari.