INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF DANCE AND VISUAL ARTS
Danza in Arte a Pietrasanta is a unique Festival where the performing arts of dance and music blend with the visual arts to arise to a new and engaging universal language that manifests itself outside the traditional theatrical spaces, reaching the viewer in external locations, surprising the audience with unexpected and suggestive performances.
In Pietrasanta, famous for its foundries, marble shops and international galleries, from 17th to 30th of June 2018 the ‘dance of invasion’ takes place, a series of dance raids in the artistic places of the territory.
Divided into three sections (choreographic platform, college and artistic project) it is set up as an event of wide media visibility not only in Italy but also in Europe, Russia and the United States of America, thanks to the international imprint of its artistic director Adria Ferrali.
The usual summer art exhibition, presented each year by renowned masters of sculpture, within the complex of Sant’Agostino and in Piazza del Duomo, offers itself as a source of inspiration for national and international choreographers and dancers.
The final artistic production is presented at the Gran Galà of Dap Festival at the La Versiliana Theater in Marina di Pietrasanta.
The Dap Festival, during the year, offers performances, Masterclasses and performances where students, dance companies, scholars and artists share their experience and their culture.
The Artistic Project
DAP FESTIVAL MAIN VENUE – Stage of the Versiliana, location of the Great Final Gala Performance.
DAP FESTIVAL OUTSIDE LOCATIONS – The city in its various locations and sites of art and culture. The outside performances, to take place in the international sculptural Park of the City of Pietrasanta, transform these spaces into improvised theaters. The dance itself reaches the audience by animating the city and its wonderful artistic sites in a constant “dance of the invasion”.
DESIGN AND IDEATION BY NEW DANCE DRAMA
New Dance Drama is the project of the “New Dance Drama” Cultural Association for the promotion of Contemporary Dance. Created in Sweden 2000, the Association was legally constituted as an organization in Italy in 2003. Since then, the organization acts in Italy and Northern Europe researching young talents and expanding on principles of modern and contemporary dance for the creation and development of new dance compositions with a dramatic character. The Association’s proposal is to offer the basics for the education of young artists in a place deeply bound to contemporary visual arts such as sculpture and set design. For this reason the former New Dance Drama association has had its artistic residence in the City of Pietrasanta since 2008. In 2009, New Dance Dreams participated in “The Pietrasanta Festival: Michelangelo and his Heirs” in Montgomery, Alabama, which undertook a journey through the universal themes of existence by connecting the deepest aspects of human nature to our contemporary world.
The program was inspired by Michelangelo’s art, which represents a model to follow according to the highest canons of Aesthetic. All of this is expressed in strongly dramatic terms, communicating ethical, spiritual, and political messages in an intellectual and collective manner. At the same time, dance sculpts the space around it through the sculpture and dynamics of the bodies.
The unveiling power of movement makes dance the art of excellence, able to pass beyond the boundaries of the word and to lead the artist to new creations, founded on the living relationship between space, the body, the scene, and the audience. The moment in which the dance “happens” becomes “DRAMA” , an artistic dream.