On Saturday 17 July the curtain rises on the 41st edition of Operaestate Festival, the rich summer program promoted by the City of Bassano del Grappa, with the support of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, the Veneto Region, the Stage Cities and the companies belonging to the Friends of the Festival.
A summer of great emotions to share, inaugurated by the great Italian dance that inhabits historical places and the music that goes to inhabit the splendid natural scenery of Monte Grappa. A triple appointment for the opening weekend, which summarizes the festival between excellence and enhancement of the territory.
To inaugurate this edition of the Festival, on Saturday 17 July at 21.20 at the Teatro al Castello "T. Gobbi" in Bassano del Grappa, the extraordinary dancers of Aterballetto, who in Stories stage an anthology of four choreographies signed by two curious thirty-year-olds and in the phase of creative maturity: Diego Tortelli, resident choreographer also sought abroad as a freelance, and Philippe Kratz, for years leading dancer of the company already awarded with the Danza & Danza prize for choreography.
The Prelude evening by Diego Tortelli opens, a creation for 5 performers built around some of the most intense poems and songs by the Australian singer-songwriter Nick Cave, one of the greatest exponents of Post Punk. In this choreography Tortelli questions his own belief, the belief in the fragility and strength of the body, signing a profane prayer in the form of a love letter.
The duo "O" by Philippe Kratz, on the other hand, stages two bodies / automata, which force us to ask ourselves how the sense of physical contact could change: will it remain emotional and felt, or will it become serial and alienated? A duet inspired by a true story: in the summer of 2017 in Hong Kong for the first time two humanoid robots interacted with each other; a moment that has brought closer a future in which all human knowledge will be transmitted by robotics.
Another Story by Diego Tortelli reflects on how a simple gesture like a hug has become the most hidden desire: the choreography thus becomes a solitary and shared embrace, violent and desired at the same time. Finally, Alpha Grace by Philippe Kratz looks at the past and at empathy as a perception of oneself on a common level with others: in dance, empathy is celebrated as a state that allows us to truly understand the other, to learn to experience his own emotions and thus know their value.
Saturday 17 in Seren del Grappa and Sunday 18 July in Solagna in Col Moschin, again at 10.30, appointment with the music of Terre Graffiate, the festival that brings classical and jazz to the places of the Great War. Saturday 17 appointment with the Quantum Clarinet Trio, an ensemble awarded at the international Fischoff Chamber Music Competition 2020 (USA), born at the Mozarteum in Salzburg in 2013 from the meeting of three young musicians of different nationalities. Sunday 18th, instead, space for jazz with Ghimel, a trio characterized by strong experimentation, in a perfect balance between jazz and world jazz, psychedelic atmospheres and minimalism; a trio made up of Elias Nardi, Daniele Di Bonaventura and Ares Tavolazzi, bassist and double bass player among the most sought after by the greats of Italian music (from Guccini to Conte, from Bertola to Bollani, but also Dalla and Morandi, to name a few).
Sunday continues with dance: at 11 am (and repeated at 4 pm, 5 pm and 6 pm) in the splendid spaces of the Botanical Garden of Padua, an original creation will be staged that marks the continuation of the collaboration between Operaestate and the University. Ossigeno / Coexistence, signed by the promising under-30 dancers Vittoria Caneva, Anna Grigiante, Ilaria Marcolin and Elena Sgarbossa, is an individual and shared site-specific performance, in which nature, spectators, spectators and artists live in the same place: a kind invitation to welcome and explore a complex environment, to enter into dialogue with it by activating all the senses and to enjoy an intimate and underground experience.
An opening weekend in the name of surprises and emotions, for a post-forty year 1 that will lead to the discovery of the new ecologies of the present, an ecology made up of wellness and beauty.
The next week will continue with the appointment on Tuesday 20 July at 21.20 in the Garden of the Academic Theater of Castelfranco Veneto with the show Les Adieux, by and with Luca Scarlini, accompanied by the musician Alberto Mesirca. An event included in the rich program of Operaestate Festival, in collaboration with the Municipality of Castelfranco Veneto, the stage city, and with the supporting companies of the Friends of the festival.
In Les Adieux Luca Scarlini, together with the guitarist Alberto Mesirca, builds a romantic-themed recital (and set in the years of literary Romanticism) on the story of Pietro Pagello (1807-1898), a doctor born in Castelfranco Veneto and died in Belluno, who was famous throughout Europe for the love affair with the writer George Sand.
The doctor and the writer, in fact, met in Venice, where George Sand (pseudonym of Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, who chose a male name to be able to publish his literary works) was staying in the company of Alfred De Musset, when the illustrious couple of writers had fled Paris to celebrate their love against a romantic and poetic backdrop. Pagello had been called to De Musset's bedside as a treating physician at the Hotel Danieli, and there he had an affair with the French writer. De Musset then returned to the French capital, where he wrote of her story in his Confessions of a Son of the Century, and Sand did the same, in more crude tones, in Elle et lui; and his brother, Paul de Musset, also wrote about it in the satirical Lui et elle.
Pagello followed George Sand to Paris, but in a short time the writer got tired of him and the doctor returned to Italy, to settle in Belluno, where he practiced the profession until a very late age, doing everything to erase Sand's presence in life. of him.
Talking about this adventure of love, passion and literature, Luca Scarlini, beloved by the festival audience for his eloquence and the ironic and acute gaze he brings to each of his narratives. Essayist, playwright, storyteller Luca Scarlini is also a teacher at the Brera Academy and in other Italian and foreign institutions; as well as collaborator of numerous theaters and festivals in Italy and abroad, and of Rai Radio3.
Accompanying him, Alberto Mesirca, classical guitarist, graduated from the Conservatory of Castelfranco Veneto, performed throughout Europe and awarded internationally (including a nomination for the Grammy Awards in 2021), who will perform songs by Sor, Offenbach, Bussotti, and of course, by Chopin, also romantically linked to George Sand.
A romantic-musical tale, which draws suggestions from more or less famous writers, writers, lovers, to recreate the atmosphere of the European nineteenth century.
In case of rain the show will be staged at the Academic Theater.
Tickets online and all the Operaestate Festival program on the site www.operaestate.it
Box office of the Festival phn. 0424 524214
Title: Operaestate Festival Veneto 2021
Opening: July 17, 2021
Ending: September 05, 2021
Organization: Operaestate Festival, Comune di Bassano del Grappa
Place: Bassano del Grappa e altri comuni del Veneto
Address: 36061 Bassano del Grappa (VI)
More info on this website: https://www.operaestate.it/it/