Where and when
Friday 1 July at 6.30pm
Spotlight on Tarkovskij
Reading of texts taken from Scolpire il tempo, interpreted by Andrea Ulivi. Afterwards, screening of the feature film Lo Specchio, with texts by Arsenij and Andrei Tarkovsky. Curated by Versiliadanza in collaboration with Edizioni della Meridiana and Istituto Internazionale Andrej Tarkovskij. For Poetry in the City. Edition III, Versiliadanza in collaboration with Edizioni della Meridiana and the Andrej Tarkovskij International Institute, promotes a series of events dedicated to the figure of Andrej Tarkovskij that is part of the program of the Florentine Summer 2016. The project is part of the celebrations for the thirty years of the death of one of the most important masters of international cinema, strongly linked to Florence, which welcomed him in the eighties. In 1985, the City of Florence granted asylum to the Russian director, exiled, who before his death in Paris found his home in Palazzo Vegni, in Via San Niccolò, where today the International Institute Andrei Tarkovsky is based.
The meeting, which will take place at the altana of the Museo Novecento, is part of a series of events distributed in places of excellence of the city, designed as a unique opportunity to re-discover, through the architecture of the chosen locations, the poetics of the director; an infinite, profound, unitary poetics, punctuated by its religious sense of life, by its transcendent gaze towards the absolute and the meaning of “image”.
The Versiliadanza Cultural Association was founded in 1993 by Angela Torriani Evengelisti, with the aim of bringing together artistic personalities who promote the dissemination of dance art through the production of shows,choreographic research carried out with different styles and fields, the organization of events related to dance and contemporary art. This activity is accompanied by extensive training and organization of special events, in collaboration with other public and private bodies and structures of the regional territory. Versiliadanza is a professional body of dance production recognized by the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities – General Direction for Live Entertainment, the Tuscany Region and the City of Florence. Since 2012 he has resided permanently at the Teatro Cantiere Florida in Florence, of which Angela Torriani Evangelisti is artistic director of the dance sector. Since 2013 the artistic residence of Versiliadanza at the Teatro Cantiere Florida is recognized by the Tuscany Region as a Regional Center for Dance.
L’Institut International Andrei Tarkovskij,founded in Paris in 1987 by Robert Bresson, Mstislav Rostropovich, Krzysztof Zanussi, Maximillian Shell and Larissa Tarkovskij, is based on the director’s idea of creating an international academy of arts. After his death, the main purpose became to promote his work, through the publication of his writings and the organization of events and conferences, and to encourage the development of the figurative arts by supporting artists whose inspiration has the same ideal source of the director, with particular regard to the Russian tradition. Since 1987, many documents from Tarkovsky’s archives, including diaries and the volume Sculpting Time, have been published in more than 15 languages. In 1992, he opened the Andrei Tarkovsky International Institute in Florence, with the aim of spreading Tarkovsky’s work in Italy. The Institute organizes cultural initiatives, exhibitions, retrospectives and concerts inspired by the cinema of the Russian artist. In Florence all the director’s archives were collected, including photographic ones, and the work of cataloguing the material is carried out with the scientific collaboration of the Archival Superintendence for Tuscany. In 2002 the archive was notified by the Italian State.
Edizioni della Meridiana, founded in Florence in 1998, is directed by Andrea Ulivi, already creator of other editorial codes and co-founder of the literary magazine “clandestine”. His editorial production is characterized by sections and series ranging from historical and local essays to books and art catalogues, from texts of specialist and technical interest, to the most recent cultural betting represented by the series of fiction, poetry, non-fiction, theater, photography and cinema (alongside the Andrej Tarkovsky International Institute).