Demo — The Ecstasy of Gold 2017

Hangar Barcelona
August 2017


Photo © Omnipresenz, with Malena Feliziani, Marta Hervás, Laura Emilia Sormunen and Daniel 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.

The Ecstasy of Gold Reloaded

Chapter III
The natural environment

The abandoned island of Poveglia gets back to life, after centuries of tragic history.

Once called Popilia, for its lush vegetation, the small island was a florid center both from an economic and a demographic point of view until the 1400, then destroyed by war, disease, used as a hospital during the plague and then as a madhouse.

This human-nature relation is represented by a sequence of choreographies where the reaction of nature is taking back its place in a site left empty by civilization.

An international group of dancers are invited to work together in Padua & Venice during a workshop, in order to create and record the choreography.

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.