the project


The Breath of Statues


10th Edition

Artistic direction: Andrea Cavallari


Tenth edition for FIRENZE SUONA CONTEMPORANEA, the international festival directed by composer Andrea Cavallari, to be held from 27th of September until 2nd October. Over the past ten years, the festival has become a valuable reference point for the public, continuing its mission of combining music and art through new experimentation, special projects and international guests, reviving the contemporary spaces, also symbol of the Florence Renaissance such as Palazzo Strozzi and Uffizi Galleries.

The Breath of Statues, the title of this year's event, is born thanks to a new collaborations with the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, the Galleries of the Uffizi and the Centro Pecci in Prato.

"The exhibition focuses on the complex relationship between contemporary art and the past, responding to the needs of a new audience, accustomed to enjoying the contemporary with multidisciplinary and almost multisensory events, with an approach to the experience of live entertainment now defined by multimedia language and new technologies. "

In this festival, the spectator will be able to appreciate contemporary music outside the usual schemes, attend concerts, but also the latest audiovisual masterpieces, from music, to live theater electronics, to contemporary art, with the extraordinary participation of the internationally renowned artistVanessa Beecroft, who, for the first time, will include a musical element in her work.

Vanessa BEECROFT will be the exceptional guest of FIRENZE SUONA CONTEMPORANEA 2017, called to interpret the city of Florence with two site-specific installations, around which all the other events of the festival will be held. Born in Genoa in 1969, Vanessa Beecroft has for many years been one of the indisputable protagonists of the international scene. She is universally known for her works in which she focuses on bodies, especially feminine, "revealing creatures" of the surrounding space, combining in a single scenic dimension the conceptual art, social criticism and theater. Beecroft's interviews with young model-performers, along with the FLAME Ensemble, will be debating in two different evenings, integrating ancient and contemporary music held in some of the most important institutions in the city.

On Friday, September 29, at 9 pm in the Courtyard of Palazzo Strozzi, the music of The Holy Presence of Joan d'Arc, written in 1981 by the minimalist African-American composer Julius Eastman (1940-1990), will be welcomed by the living scenery created by Beecroft, through a theory of over 30 models, between white and black, modulated by the geometry of the cloister.

On Monday, October 2, at 15, will be the Niobe Hall in the Galleries of the Uffizi, to become the theater where the mute drama of Greek tragedy will literally be breathed, subtle and dramatic, expressed by the composite bodies and choreographed by the artist. Tradition of tableaux vivants. Beecroft returns here to collaborate with designer Cristina Bomba and her Maison of Rome, to shape the clothes of her imagination.

Always under the double frame of the ancient and contemporary, the festival invited the Finnish vocal ensemble HELSINKI CHAMBER CHOIR to perform in the Church of Santa Maria a Settignano on Sunday 1 October at 9 pm the madrigals of Carlo Gesualdo from Venosa, Salvatore Sciarrino and Claudio Ambrosini.
The HELSINKI CHAMBER CHOIR group was founded in 1962 as the choir of Finnish Radio, and has assumed its current name in 2005. It is the only professional chamber choir in Finland and, in addition to the classic repertoire, boasts 50 first solo performances only during the period Which runs from 2005 to today, as well as prestigious recordings.

In preparation for performance events, the festival will also host the meetings and lessons of philosophy that will be held in Prato at Centro Pecci. The audience will be accompanied by a contemporary interpreter, through the themes raised by contemporary art and music.

FIRENZE SUONA CONTEMPORANEA is supported by the City of Florence (within Firenze Estate 2017), Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze and realized in collaboration with Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, Uffizi Galleries, Galleria Lia Rumma and Maison Cristina Bomba. Under the patronage of Tuscany Region.