Unveiling ‘Secret Florence’ Through Performance Art

'Secret Florence'
Stefano Maurizi will perform at Musicus Concentus

June 10 – 15: ‘SECRET FLORENCE’ 

Alongside men’s fashion week, Pitti Immagine and the City of Florence are organising a week of free and low-cost entry events from June 10 – 15, 2019. The week-long series of events, known as ‘Secret Florence’ will showcase a variety of contemporary artistic mediums in lesser known locations dotted around the city to urge locals and tourists alike to experience Florence beyond its main attractions.

Tuesday, June 11, 7 pm

Held in the Chiostro del Carmine (Piazza del Carmine 14), Musicus Concentus will be offering a concert entitled ‘Dialogues.’ The talented trio Stefano Maurizi (piano), Luciano Biondini (accordion) and Mirco Mariottini (clarinet) composed ‘Dialogues’ to explore the intertwining of sound and different Mediterranean cultures. The evening will feature a reinterpretation of Middle Eastern compositions alongside original melodies written by the three musicians themselves. The result is a curious and accomplished reflection on Middle Eastern and European musical identities that also highlights the talent of the ensemble behind this creative mix. The space in the venue is limited to 160 people and pre-sale tickets are available for 5€. Tickets will also be available on the door for 10€.

Tuesday, June 11 & Wednesday, June 12

Respectively on the 11th and 12th, the Sant’ Apollonia Refectory (via Ventisette Aprile 1) and the San Salvi Refectory (Piazza di S. Salvi) will host three free-entry showings of Virgilio Sieni’s dance piece ‘Grande Adagio Popolare’ at 8 pm, 8.45 pm and 9.30 pm. The dances have been choreographed specifically to be performed in these locations and will breathe life into and draw inspiration from the frescoes of The Last Supper painted in each location. Blurring the lines between past and present, the worlds of contemporary and classical art intersect as the dancers and the 12 apostles unite in the choreographer’s vision.

Thursday, June 13, 6 pm

Florence’s planetarium will provide the unconventional setting for electronic musician Werner Dafeldecker’s experimental concert ‘Paesaggio Notte.’ The performance seeks to create an immersive sensory experience as the music converses with the scientific astronomical images that will be projected. Tickets are €5 and can be booked in advance through Tempo Reale’s website.

Friday, June 14, 9 pm

The avant-garde arts festival Fabbrica Europa is introducing a new dance and music piece, ‘Perpetuo’, that has been choreographed by award-winning Indian dancer Hemabharathy Palani for Secret Florence. Founder of Litfiba and the Consorzio Suonatori Indipendenti, Gianni Maroccolo, will provide the musical accompaniment for this multidisciplinary show of movement and sound. The event will be held in a ‘secret place,’ only revealed to those who book in advance by phone (055 351599) or via email at teatrodanza@fabbricaeuropa.net.

Saturday, June 15, 5 pm

For the final evening of Secret Florence, Tempo Reale has collaborated with the Michelucci Foundation to organise an event held in the architectural masterpiece that is the Church of San Giovanni Battista all’Autostrada. A guided tour will allow guests to discover the unique space that will then provide the setting for Yves Klein’s ‘Monotone-Silence Symphony’, a two-part music composition consisting of a single sound held continuously, followed by an immobile silence held for the same amount of time. Following this, Tempo Reale’s Electroacoustic Ensemble and Minus will perform a new version of the piece using 10 sound synthesizers that will play alongside another electroacoustic work in which music and a narrator’s voice intertwine to comment on the theme of silence.

Striving to draw greater attention to sites and art deserving of recognition, Secret Florence makes these locations more accessible while sparking a thought-provoking dialogue between contemporary in addition to experimental art forms and Florence’s historical heritage.  (saskia brown)