Photo © Omnipresenz, with M. Feliziani, M. Hervás, L. E. Sormunen and D. González at Hangar Barcelona (The Ecstasy of Gold, 2017).

Zenkei Shibayama
A Flower Does Not Talk (1970)

Silently a flower blooms,
In silence it falls away;
Yet here now, at this moment, at this place,
the whole of the flower, the whole of
the world is blooming.
This is the talk of the flower, the truth
of the blossom:
The glory of eternal life is fully shining here.

T.S. Eliot
Burnt Norton (1943)
No. 1 of 'Four Quartets'

Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
And time future contained in time past.
If all time is eternally present
All time is unredeemable.
What might have been is an abstraction
Remaining a perpetual possibility
Only in a world of speculation.
What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present.
Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
Into the rose-garden. My words echo
   Thus, in your mind.

The Ecstasy of Gold Reloaded

VR Film
The natural environment

An abandoned place gets always back to life, after any kind of event in human history.

Venice and its islands is the example of a vast expanse of water and semi-emerged lands where the landscapes of silence change with the flow of the tides, the traditional lagoon boats resist obstinate to the noisy aggressiveness of the engines, the colors of water, sky and earth mingle with the red brick of human buildings, and the salt marshes offer hospitality to the typical fauna of the place: egrets, herons, seagulls, hawks, kingfishers... It is a Venice where nature dominates, but also where the signs of history tell the very origins of the city, its farthest past.

In the film, this human-nature relation is represented by a sequence of choreographies where nature is reacting and taking back its place in a site left empty by civilization. A group of dancers has been invited to work together in Padua & Venice during a workshop, in order to create and record the choreography.

Credits and acknowledgments
Creation & performance: Lara Ballarin, Aurora Dal Maso, Leila Ghiabbi, Chiara Lombardo, Veronica Marangon, Marta Giovanna Tabacco, Carolina Alessandra Valentini, Chiara Vecchiato, Magdalena Wojcik, Margherita Bergamo
Choreographic Assistance: Martina Marianni
Visual Artist: Matteo Rattini
Costumes: Amira-Sade Moodie
Virtual reality developer and editing: Daniel González
AP: Mark Lee and Lucia Candelpergher
Production & Distribution: Compagnie Voix & Omnipresenz
With the support of: Padovadanza and IVESER Villa Hériot
Thanks to: Gabriella Furlan Malvezzi, Paolo Marcolongo, Enrico Piron, Stefania Bertelli, Angela Perin & Emiliano Zabatta, Annalisa Meneghini & Francesco Bergamo

    Photo IVESER L’Istituto veneziano per la storia della Resistenza  | Villa Hériot Giudecca Venezia.