From May onwards, Rome has acted as a polyphonic place for dance and the moving body to be celebrated. In an intense yet well-coordinated sequence of cultural events, Futuro Festival in the spaces of Brancaccio Theatre gave way to Buffalo, a short programme that took place mainly in the Museum of Contemporary Art (MACRO) and this in turn led to La Festa della Danza, a week-long programme of free dance performances and workshops that occupied the public spaces of the city, concluding a day before the beginning of Fuori Programma, one of Rome’s summer dance festivals that opened its doors in the middle of June.
The performances of the first week of Fuori Programma Festival (20–23 June) unfolded at Teatro India, an open air space surrounded by the brick walls of the half-demolished Mira Lanza factory, a close distance from the Gazometro, one of Rome’s industrial landmarks. In this frame of contemporary ruins, every evening at sunset, a different story was told about and through the body, about its repressions and its re-claims, uniting spectators in strong and warm applause but also in whispering and rocking their bodies to the sound of familiar lyrics and tunes. Under the theme of ‘unison’, this year’s programme, directed by Valentina Marini, gathered diverse artistic voices and choreographic languages: the high physicality of Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company under the choreographic direction of Jacopo Godani for Symptoms of Development; the rock concert-performance L’universo Nella Testa by Cristina Donà and Saverio Lanza, blended with explosive dance by Daniele Ninarello, who played with the embodiment of the lyrics and concluded with an ‘encore’ sung and played by Ninarello himself; and Marta Ciappina’s performance of Breathing Room, Salvo Lombardo’s choreographic research on breathing. The festival was enabled by alliances with, among others, international institutions such as the Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv and the Embassy of Israel in Italy that supported the presentation of works by Italian-born, Israel-based choreographer Andrea Costanzo Martini, and Israeli choreographers Ophir Kunesch and Lior Tavori.