Natura Dèi Teatri, directed by Maria Federica Maestri and Francesco Pititto, reaches the twenty-second edition and expands its horizon with a summer season dedicated to the most inspiring names of Italian artistic research, and a fall edition of international breadth. Theatre, music, dance, video and performance, also resulting from prestigious residencies of international artists, staged at Lenz Theatre and other historical and monumental venues in Parma. Starting from June 20.

The historic Performing Arts International Festival, Natura Dèi Teatri is back and expanded in two structured sections: the first at the opening of the summer season, from June 20 to July 1 and the second at the usual fall calendar date from November 18 to 25.

Natura Dèi Teatri completes the project dedicated to visual artist Richard Serra. Doors, Blind Spot, and Wake are the conceptual themes of the three-year period 2015-2017, whose field of research focuses on the macro-theme of Matter of Time in the languages of contemporary creation.

Wake is the evocation of the 2017 edition: «Only the desert leaves lasting wakes, traces visible until the next strong wind blows, until the next sand storm» the artistic directors suggest «In physics, wake is the turbulence created in a fluid by a moving object that runs through it. The microscopic particles of a fluid create a minuscule net of threads, which moves at slower speed, therefore lags behind, creating small vortexes, and then disappears. In the desert, the sand, heavier than the fluid, is there to mark that passage, drawing it and preserving it until it can hold it. The work of the artist, like a moving body, leaves behind wakes with different persistence: some have short life, other longer, other last forever. The wake marks the time, the duration of the work of art, its power as it moves through space, the strength of its trail. The issue of the “space-time field” has been the recurring theme of our three-year long research on Richard Serra’s work/exploration, where the materials, installations and visual components have been key elements of the dramaturgy, the body of the actor, the dramatization of the imagery, and the audience experience. Richard Serra’s The Matter of Time allowed us to create a project that already had its own “material weight” and would not just be of moving thoughts. As for Wake, we think of a sand desert that can mark the various passages, the trails of the creative presence of guest artists and ours. There will be different spaces to move through, between historical monuments and city streets, theater house and contemporary museum, each transformed in its own creative desert, on which to engrave wakes of thoughts and artistic matter. Until the next storm».

Twenty-two years of history. Thirteen artistic subjects in the schedule: in the summer section Lenz Foundation, Teatro delle Moire + Alessandro Bedosti, MK, Ginevra Panzetti and Enrico Ticconi, Opera-Vincenzo Schino, DOM-, Monica Bianchi and Tihana Maravic; in the fall Tim Spooner (UK), Carla Bozulich (USA), Robin Rimbaud aka Scanner (UK), Fiorella Iacono (Italy), Lenz Foundaton (Italy) ), Adriano Engelbrecht (Italy), ), Andrea Azzali (Italy) and Monica Bianchi (Italy). Thirteen performances with twenty-six shows – of which six are world premiers. Two international artists in-residence: Robin Rimbaud e Tim Spooner. One Italian residency: Monica Bianchi. Many venues: The Crossing of the former Old Hospital, Lenz Theater, Pilotta Museum and various locations spread around the city.

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