This festival has no image and no title.
Instead, it has research questions, trajectories, positions and artists' strong statements: threads keeping together the works and a public square, where to find oneself with others.
The main issues are two. The first is a question on art and what it can do, what is allowed to do in the spaces appointed to it in the public space. It is a question on art's limits, where becomes it a scandal, the stumbling of common sense, and unsettles the balance between the real and the possible.
The second regards the relationship between body and archive, gesture and history, dance and politics. It is also a matter of appropriation, language creation, and an institution of a different reality level.
These lines of force meet in the agonistic space of the square, public sphere par excellence, an evocation of an indomitable multitude of artists called and received by the festival. A multitude of artists, visions, languages, stage ideas and ideas of the world. And then, a multitude of gazes, citizens and spectators, students, passers-by and of course, collaborators and traveling companions.
A festival is always made by many and shared with many; it doesn't address one ideal spectator, it rather convenes on an impossible community. At the same time, a festival-this festival- is made by the artists and with the artists, original and irreconcilable individualities, strong and necessary voices of contemporariness.
We trusted the space on the poster to one artist so that it could literally become a place for art to take the floor in the sphere of the real.
“Watching is no longer an innocent act” and “With the prospect of being unable to withdraw from, Medusa's gaze”. Written by Romeo Castellucci for Santarcangelo, these two sentences talk to the artist., the spectators and all of us as citizens. They are a question opened up on what we are watching, what theatre allows us and oblige us to watch. They are also, or better above all, an invitation to be brave enough- the braveness springing from enchantment- to hold the gaze, to make a statement.
Artistic Direction of Santarcangelo Festival