At Villa La Pietra, Florence, from June 17th till July 5th, artists, writers, musicians, poets, actors and public intellectuals are given time and space to nurture and hone their craft, experiment, collaborate across disciplines, and to create and present new works or the reinterpretation of classics. Well-known figures and emerging talents work together, in classes and workshops or experimental laboratories, and present their work before an audience of Italians and Americans invited to the gardens of Villa la Pietra for a surprising and elegant evening.
The intimacy and immediacy of the interaction between audience and artist contributes to the creative process and provides a unique experience for both. Performances often end with an open dialogue and the conversation between performers and the public continues at a reception in the gardens under the stars. The Season explores the creative process in all its forms, inviting selected artists to reflect on their craft in special dialogues with students and the public.
High production quality, innovation and the intimacy of the Season's Community have played a vital role in the incubation of new talent and the celebration of culture, which has been part of the City of Florence's identity for centuries. It has also been the source of new innovative and cutting-edge work that has traveled from La Pietra to New York and around the world.
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First event on Monday, June 17 – 9:00 PM Villa La Pietra
“Building Bridges” is a yearlong international intensive three-step program for students and teachers of theatre, film and media of five different Universities of Arts: NYU -New York, ZHdK – Zürich, STADA – Stockholm, SVA – New York, and DNST – Copenhagen. By working together and creating art in workshops in different countries the students become aware of their own cultural and artistic heritage and expression. At the same time they discover new approaches and fields and can redefine their own cultural and professional identity. The emphasis of the creation lies on the process in order to develop different methods of creative collaborations. The outcome and reflection of the yearlong processes will be shown in an Open Space Installation created mutually by the whole group. The installation consists of different kinds of media such as film, theatre, performances etc. and is linked through the theme found by the students: Transition.
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