A MELTING POT of cultures, a CROSSROAD of glances, a COLLECTOR of heterogeneous styles, a PLACE of contamination between different languages, between past and present with a look at the future.
FUTURO FESTIVAL was born in 2021, a year in the balance between uncertainties, fears, hopes and desires for change. It welcomes dancers, choreographers, teachers, students, artists, operators and dance enthusiasts from all over the world to meet and inspire each other through the exchange of ideas and through research, turning the Roman summer into an epicentre for contemporary dance.
A pole of cultural attraction, an AGORA’, where to breath the art of dance, in which scholars, enthusiasts and operators can dialogue, confront each other and promote new initiatives.
FUTURO FESTIVAL intends to promote the cultural experience on Italian territory by organising activities that are able to convey the art of dance as a universal language, for the expression and narration of feelings through body movement. Dance, as a liberation of the ego, involves an identification in a journey through the folds of the human soul, which filters, inevitably in a subjective way, emotional states, translated into movement to the rhythm of music.
All this is experienced as a continuous exchange of energy in transit.
Furthermore, the Festival intends to be an engine for the meeting between the generation of young dancers, the world of production and the public.
A multiple meeting between people and their visions, a place of contamination between different languages, united by the desire to share, for an intrinsic will to educate to listening, thinking and exchange. A fertile environment that is able to welcome both internationally established choreographers and a new generation of artists and dancers, as well as teachers, students, practitioners and dance enthusiasts who can inspire each other through dialogue, not only verbal but also physical and musical.
In particular, the programme, under the banner of promoting dance as an interdisciplinary and experimental artistic trend, presents performances characterised by strong and specific identities, reflecting the variety of stimuli pursued by the artists. Choreographic experimentation gives rise to diversified but interconnected poetics because they nourish dance as a communicative vehicle. Ideas of gesture, scenic actions, wide-ranging urban contaminations, returns to origins, journeys into the past made up of traditions and folklore, enter into the vocabulary of contemporary dance, at times narrative, sensitive, poetic, at times evocative, abstract, suggestive, flanked by a particular attention to the musical aspect, which is also heterogeneous.
That is why Futuro Festival wants to be a container of experiences aimed at generating a beauty capable of vivifying spirits, a gift that Art is capable of giving if we are open to mutual support, far-sighted and responsible towards today but above all towards tomorrow. A festival, as its etymology reminds us, that is conceived as a feast, dedicated to those who live for dance, but which by nature is inclusive, with collateral activities, such as exhibitions, participatory works, debates, conferences, DJ sets, live music in addition to shows, workshops and stages to educate the new generations of dancers and to sensitise the entire citizenry to the rediscovery of culture, which can undoubtedly lead us to change towards a rebirth. A festival that, in intent and form, aims to be recognisable in its specific identity, giving continuity to the proposed activities and aiming, through its programming, at cultural as well as socio-economic development.
TIME AND FUTURE
FUTURO FESTIVAL in its second edition (2022), after having opened the door to new proposals through the programme and its general content, focuses its reflection on the perception of TIME and FUTURE, which changes from day to day, modified by the health and socio-political upheavals of our millennium. It is clear that we have no references from the past to approach and compare ourselves to, as never before has such a health and therefore social and economic situation occurred. Moreover, it is undoubtedly imperative to observe and consider the new war that has arisen, with its consequent emergencies and unstable political balances. It therefore seems important to be able to ask oneself what it means to plan, to organise, to dance now. And culture in general.
More specifically, in investigating the highly topical issue of the possible interactions between the performing arts and the digital world, as was the case in the discussions during the last edition of the festival, we realise the need to create opportunities to develop a sufficiently critical gaze to be able to question reality, which is most often presented to us as a static, supreme and absolute truth. This can still influence culture, dance, the artistic world in general: sowing doubt, so that different interpretations and visions can be generated.
From doubts watered by active dialogue and exposed to the sunshine of generous exchange can grow trees with many roots, many leaves, many colours. Giving confidence, therefore, to the visionary force inherent in choreographic-artistic practices is the aim of the festival, so that digital reality may be a valid tool for the representation and understanding of our multiform and often ambiguous present, and consequently may open up horizons for the proposals of the future, near and far.
The Brancaccio Theatre, traditionally considered ‘The Theatre of Rome’, where great actors such as Totò, Aldo Fabrizi, Anna Magnani and Gigi Proietti have performed, as well as musicians of all genres, from Giuseppe Di Stefano to the Beatles, from Fabrizio De André to Jimi Hendrix, Louis Armstrong and Adriano Celentano, now opens up to contemporary culture and dance, putting both its indoor and outdoor spaces at the service of the city and its citizens. The famous stage, coveted by many Italian and international realities, flanked by the Brancaccino performance hall, the Brancaccino OpenAir – Chapiteau, the elegant and luminous studio rooms and the enchanting Brancaccio Gardens are a showcase for new experiences and an incubator for new generations.