Y Generation, the dance festival and theatre for new generations, is back in several locations in Trento from 11 to 14 October.
In 2016, the enthusiasm generated by the first edition made it clear that the project had to continue: the curiosity for forms of performance art aimed at children and young people is strong among both operators and the public, and the lack of a national reference point inevitably leads Y Generation to aspire to that role.
The primary goal of the festival, promoted by Centro Servizi Culturali S. Chiara and directed by Giovanna Palmieri, focuses on filling this gap and offering an overview of the dance and theatre opportunities for young people in Italy and in Europe.
Great attention has been paid to choosing the themes covered by the performers invited to this edition that focuses on conflict, relationships between peers and the environment, and that takes a poetic and skilfully balanced approach according to the age of the spectators.
Particular attention is devoted to the relationship between dance and visual arts (painting, illustration, video art) with two exhibits: Sulle punte e a piedi nudi (On tiptoes in bare feet) curated by the Giannino Stoppani Cooperativa Culturale, is dedicated to illustrations in children’s literature and its ties with the language of dance; Col naso all’insù (With upturned nose), on the other hand, is an exhibition of illustrations by Francesco Manenti, a dancer in the Sosta Palmizi company, on the theme of being a parent.
On stage at Teatro Cuminetti, at Teatro Sanbàpolis, in various spaces of the Teatro Sociale and outdoors, we will see 13 companies coming from Italy, Spain, Germany, France and the Netherlands involved in more than 20 performances, 3 of which in national debut and 1 in preview. Two performances also offer live music.
The result is both an international overview but also a strong link with the local territory, thanks to the rich educational program, entitled Step by Step, which will create opportunities for encounter, study and dialogue between artists, organizers, trainers and the audience of young people and adults.
The program includes workshops by the artists invited to the Festival that will also be involving local dance schools, meetings to investigate the theoretical and practical approaches to the languages of dance targeted at pupils and teachers in preschool, primary and secondary schools, fringe events and panels led by the scientific committee composed of Alessandror Rossi, Barbara Pizzo and Raffaella Basezzi and headed by Assitej Italia, an association that promotes the dissemination of children’s and youth theatre, which will be collaborating once again with the festival this year.
Some of the shows in the programme will be held during the day for schools, and some in the evening or matinees for families and adults.
For the younger, preschool spectators, the programme will kick off on 11 October with the dance fairy-tale L’Arcobaleno di Bianca (Bianca’s Rainbow) by ABC – Allegra Brigata Cinematica, a preview proposed by Y Festival in collaboration with the Bergamo Summer Dance Festival, before continuing on Friday 13 with the national debut of Buckets of feeling! by the German group Tanzfuchs. Both shows use a poetic, moving language with a strong visual impact in order to capture the attention of younger audiences.
Fate d’Acqua (Water Fairies) (11 October) by Maria Ellero/Teatrimperfetti, which is the result of the artists’ research with several schools in Friuli, and Col naso all’insù (With upturned nosep) (12 October) by Sosta Palmizi, an amusing work that turns the adult’s point of view upside down, imagining and showing us how our children see us as parents, using the language of the body, drawings and music, are both staged for primary school pupils.
For lower secondary level children, on the other hand, there is a contemporary interpretation of Cain and Abel (Caino and Abele, 13 October), winner of the Eolo Prize, performed by Rodisio/TAK Theater Liechtenstein company, using the language of break dance to speak about brotherly love, conflict and defeat.
The two national debuts scheduled at Teatro Sociale are for all ages: the French Arcosm will be presenting Bounce! (12 October), an energetic performance focusing on the topic of failure as a stimulus for rebirth.
On stage, in addition to the two dancers, there will also be two musicians performing the sound track composed by the Maestro Camille Rocailleux, co-director of the company.
Indie-rock band La Corneille will be performing live, as well as in The Basement – don’ t touch me (13 October) co-produced by Theater Strahl/De Dansers, which deals with the – sometimes difficult – relations between adolescents, which immediately strikes a chord with the audience with its skilful mix of contact improvisation, acrobatics and capoeira.
The two appointments closing the event on Saturday 14 October are dedicated to families: Teatro Cuminetti will be hosting Ali (Wings) (which debuted in May 2017), the latest version of a long-running project by Teatro La Ribalta/Accademia Arte della Diversità, defined by many as “a tiny jewel”, staging the tale of a disillusioned young man and that of an angel fallen to Earth. The result is a touching story directed by Antonio Viganò and with choreography by Julie Anne Stanzak. It will be followed at Teatro Sociale by Il carnevale degli animali (The carnival of animals) by MM Contemporary Dance Company, a homage to the work by the same name by French composer and pianist Camille Saint Saëns Le Carneval des Animaux, that brings a brightly coloured parade to the stage for an imaginary journey into the world of animals.
There will be plenty going on in the city’s open-air spaces in Trento: after the success of the parkour by Arch8 that opened the 2016 edition, this edition will be opened by Maldimar/Marta Finazzi and Lucio Baglivo, who will be animating Piazza Battisti on 11 October: Marta Finazzi, acrobat and street artist, will invite passers-by into the magical world of Immaginaria, made of ropes, knots and mysterious gears. Meanwhile, Spanish artist Lucio Baglivo will be presenting the Solo juntos trio, exploring the provocation of the constant contact between the three bodies with a language that blends dance with acrobatics.
On Friday 13 October from 9 pm onwards, in the Foyer of Teatro Auditorium, it is time to celebrate with dance and music at the Swing party.
‘STEP BY STEP’ EDUCATIONAL SECTION
The educational section is proposed by Centro Servizi Culturali S. Chiara in collaboration with Assitej Italia, an association founded in 2014 as the Italian section of the international organisation by the same name that has been active since 1965. Assitej unites theatres, cultural organisations and companies that are dedicated to the creation of theatre for young audiences, and intends to promote the quality and cultural significance of theatre in childhood and youth, promoting training sessions, meetings and debate between artists, operators and audiences.
The Step by Step programme was organized with the same goal, offering events designed to involve local spectators, whether they are curious about approaching theatre for the first time or already have experience of theatrical language – such as the events held to introduce the shows planned for the festival, held in Trentino schools and curated by Michele Comite.
On Friday 13 October, four panels are planned to discuss the various types of body language, identify the dance audience, investigate the relationship between dance and literature, and open a channel for communication between operators and audience.
Saturday’s round table (14 October), on the other hand, will discuss the poetics of choreography for the new generations.
Both appointments will include operators experts in the field such as Mara Loro, Giorgio Rossi, David Tolin, Alessandro Pontremoli, Stephan Rabl, Elisa Zaninotto, Sylvain Robine, Aurelien Le Glaunec, Barbara Fuchs, Josephine van Rheenen and Guy Corneille.
Plenty of practical moments are also planned, with workshops for young people and adults in the days running up to the festival: for preschoolers, Tra Corpi, Suoni e Segni (Bodies, sounds and signs) conducted by Silvia Traversi in collaboration with Cristina Borsato; Springe! by the NUT company, for young people; and lastly Rent a movement by Elisa Cuppini, for all ages. The programme also includes Abitare e danzare lo spazio (Living and dancing space), a choreography workshop by Michele Merola for pupils of the schools “Danzamania” in Pergine and “Centro Danza Tersicore” in Mezzolombardo, which will end with a performance on Saturday 14 October in the foyer of Teatro Sociale.
From Wednesday 11 to Saturday 14 October, 2017
Via della Malpensada, 88, Trento
Via Oss Mazzurana 19, Trento
Teatro Cuminetti / Teatro Auditorium
Via Santa Croce 67, Trento
Biblioteca di Letteratura giovanile
Piazza Dante 32, Trento
Piazza Battisti Trento