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May. 30, 2013
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Florence’s Fabbrica Europa festival opens (Apr. 16 – Jun. 19, 2013)
FabbricaEuropa is a contemporary arts festival held each spring in Florence, Italy. In 2013 it celebrated its 20th holding, with an opening performance of The Magic Flute directed by British master Peter Brooke.
Highlights of the schedule included Time and Spaces: The Marrabenta Solos by choreographer Panaibra Canda, founder of the first contemporary dance company of the African country of Mozambique; Welsh choreographer Sioned Huws’ Aomori Project, based on the traditional Te Odori (hand dance) of the Tsugaru region of Japan’s northern Aomori Prefecture; Canadian choreographer Benoit Lachambre’s multimedia performance Snakeskins; Moroccan choreographer Bouchra Ouizguen’s Ha!, based on work of a Persian poet; a production by the New Riga Theatre of Latvia led by director Alvis Hermanis titled Sonja, based on the work of the Russian novelist Tatyana Tolstaya; and Transfiguration a performance by Olivier de Sagazan using clay.
In the New Vision section that presents the latest trends in works today, Japan’s Takahiro Fujita and his company Mum and Gypsy present their latest work Dots, lines and the cube, a first overseas performance resulting from the appearance at Tokyo Performing Arts Market (TPAM). Also, former faifai member now based in Thailand, Chiaki Shinoda presents her solo project piece The Party Party. Other works included German media artist Egbert Mittelstädt’s collaboration with dancers and musicians titled Timeslices; Italian choreographer Marina Giovannini’s Meditation on beauty; and a showcase performance of pieces by 12 young choreographers titled Emergenze!.

Festival Outline
FabbricaEuropa is a contemporary arts festival held each spring in Florence in Italy’s central Toscana region. The festival’s programs center on the performing arts along active presentations of the visual arts and multimedia works. It is organized by the Fabbrica Europa foundation that was born in 1994 from an idea of Settembri and Andres Morte Terés. Currently Maurizia Settembri heads the dance and multimedia departments of the festival. The main venue is Stazione Leopolda, a former station building converted into a facility used for theater.
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