Demo — The Ecstasy of Gold 2017

Hangar Barcelona
August 2017

Photo © Omnipresenz, with M. Feliziani, M. Hervás, L. E. Sormunen and D. González.

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

EVR 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 where the signs of history tell also 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 place left empty by civilization. A group of dancers are invited to work together in Padua & Venice during a workshop, in order to create and record the choreography.

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