Florence. The third edition of the Uffizi Live kicks off

Performance, digital installations, theatre, music, dance, high quality shows with an international vocation, among famous names and emerging young talents, in the name of interculturality and a truly original enhancement of the historical-artistic heritage of the Uffizi.

The third edition of “Uffizi Live”, the series of live shows that, in collaboration with Firenze Musei, will animate the spaces of the Uffizi from June to September, staging a rich and varied program of a truly valuable quality, starts on June 12. Since its first edition, the singular spirit of the initiative has never been to offer artists and performers a mere stage on which to perform, but rather to stimulate them to the creation of specific performances conceived in dialogue with the works of art contained in the museum, in search of signs and new visions that can truly enrich in an original way the use of the treasures of the Uffizi.

A dialogue that, in the wake of the success of recent editions, shows that the enhancement of art collections through alternative languages and perspectives – as is the case with the most diverse performing arts – is a winning card, yet to be played for Italian museums. And it is a welcome initiative not only for the public of visitors who every Tuesday evening in summer crowd the Gallery even more interested until 10pm – having the opportunity to enjoy free performances included in the ticket price – but also for artists of all disciplines, poetics and genre, from classical to contemporary, from experimental to contamination of genres and the use of new technologies.

Actors, dancers, performers of all kinds, ages and cultural backgrounds responded with surprising enthusiasm to the call published by the Uffizi Galleries for the 2018 edition: the questions more than doubled compared to last year! More than 550 projects have arrived, of which Director Eike Schmidt himself declares himself flattered: “It is truly exciting to see how much creativity and energy has been spent and put at the service of art, of the enhancement of the historical-artistic heritage of the Uffizi that is and must remain public, heritage of all and brought to knowledge in every form, even better if it is spectacular. As a museum of MIBACT, it is our duty to protect art in all its forms, representing and promoting the nine Muses, including music, poetry, theatre and dance. The arts have been sisters since antiquity. Among the hundreds of proposals the Director has chosen, assisted by the Department of Informatics, Digital Strategies and Cultural Promotion of the Uffizi Galleries and the advice of some external experts, 15 projects announcing important news for artists who are not included in the list of selected: “It is a shame to choose only 15 projects among the many that have arrived and so high quality. We need to increase supply. In fact, from 2019 will start a continuous rotation of shows in the three venues of the Uffizi, Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens that will cover the whole year, and not only the summer. The 15 projects bring together great talents, young and old, names already established alongside emerging artists from different cultures and latitudes: from France to Slovenia, from Burkina Faso to China and Russia, this year the festival is characterized by a truly international vocation, much more marked than previous editions, in the name of interculturality and exchange of traditions. Heterogeneous also the national panorama with artists from all over Italy: Piedmont, Sicily, Liguria, Apulia, Tuscany and Veneto the regions represented.

Among the projects selected, the works that most attracted the attention of the artists were undoubtedly those of four great masters (Botticelli, Piero di Cosimo, Michelangelo and Caravaggio), with a discreet and profound interest in medieval art and ancient statuary and works of archeology.

As for genres, there will really be something for everyone: from traditional African music to classical Italian repertoire between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries to jazz; from live electronics and musical experiments with innovative digital technologies to the most evocative experiments on the research of sound and voice as an instrument; from kabuki to contemporary dance, dramatic or violent, minimal or semi-arobatic, in dialogue with digital media or with the more traditional “puppets” to real site specific performances; from physical and illusion theatre, which will also capture children, to the poetry of shadow theatre. This year the visit to the Uffizi in the evening, illuminated by the orange and purple lights that filter from the large windows on the Arno after 19 to announce almost naturally the “start of a show”, will be full of many surprises, ideas, unusual and unexpected visions for an all-round enhancement of art and culture.

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