There are 64 shows in the program during the 10-day festival, including 15 premieres, world premieres, and national premieres, as well as 21 non-theatrical events, including concerts, DJ sets, meetings, and conferences. Over 200 artists and 59 companies will be participating.
The program includes 15 premieres, world premieres, and national premieres in theater and dance, featuring the new works of Roger Bernat, acquasumARTE, I Sacchi di Sabbia, Amendola/Malorni, Berardi – Casolari, Psicopompo Teatro, Filippo Capparella and Omar Giorgio Makhloufi, Gioia Salvatori. In dance, there will be national premieres of performances by Betty Tchomanga, Marco Augusto Chenevier, Yotam Peled, Qui e Ora company with Sosta Palmizi, Yana Reutova, Evangelos Biskas, Joshua Monten. The festival will also feature renowned artists returning, such as Virgilio Sieni, Nicola Galli, Adriano Bolognino, as well as new guests like Claudia Castellucci and Julian Hetzel with Ntando Cele.
Nine companies have been selected by the Visionaries, 45 citizens of the Valtiberina region who are live performance enthusiasts and not industry professionals. They have chosen nine productions for the festival program from over 400 video proposals received through the “Italy of the Visionaries” call. In Sansepolcro, the selected productions include: Con la carabina, directed by Licia Lanera; Una riga nera al piano di sopra, by and with Matilde Vigna; RER by Pablo Girolami / IVONA; Il mio corpo è come un monte, by Collettivo EFFE; Still Alive by Caterina Marino; Suck my iperuranio – per una stand-up comedy triste, ironica, potenzialmente straziante, by and with Giovanni Onorato; Silent Voices by Collettivo Biloura; Under the influence by Gianmaria Borzillo; Afànisi by Alessandro Paschitto.
In Cortona, Piazza del Duomo will host circus performances in the late evening, featuring international guests such as Canadian clown Daniel Warr, and urban dance that will enliven Piazza della Repubblica during aperitivo time.
The highly acclaimed director Antonio Latella, a special guest of this edition, will be in Sansepolcro on July 14th and 15th. A dedicated exhibition and a public meeting with 11 actresses and colleagues of the artist (including Sonia Bergamasco, Laura Marinoni, Cinzia Spanò, Federica Rosellini) will be held in his honor. Latella will direct 12 actors, graduates of the Silvio d’Amico National Academy of Dramatic Art, in the festival’s production of Hotel Goldoni – Il servitore di due padroni.
Among the public meetings scheduled, which are open to all and free of charge, there will be a conference titled “Who is afraid of digital theater: the opportunities of online platforms for performing arts.” It will take place over three days (July 19th, 20th, and 21st) in Cortona, featuring keynote speakers and working sessions coordinated by critics and industry professionals. Alongside the conference, there will be two digital theater/dance performances born from the Digital Residency project: Drone tragico – un volo sull’Orestea by Teatrino Giullare and Them – immagine movimento by gruppo nanou. Additionally, in Cortona, there will be the national meeting of the Risonanze Network, titled COMING UP NEXT: Pratiche di formazione e partecipazione per un nuovo pubblico (Practices of training and participation for a new audience).
No festival is complete without the after-festival events organized by effetto k in collaboration with the Cautha Cultural Association. The program includes concerts by Cemento Atlantico, Demagó, Eugenia Post Meridiem, Hate Moss, Lotta (Carlotta Sarina), a tribute to Carlo Conti by Sergio Gaggiotti (Rossomalpelo) & Friends, Phill Reynolds, Riverso (Lodovico Rossi), R.Y.F., and Wisecrack.
The collaboration with the Progetto Valtiberina Foundation continues, offering the Piazza dei Beni Comuni, a space dedicated to exploring the theme of sustainability with three events in Sansepolcro. This year, the Piazza is included in the “Soluzioni civili” (Civil Solutions) program, the summer school on civil economics organized by Legambiente, which brings together operators, administrators, and students from all over Italy. Among the featured speakers at the events are sociologist Stefano Laffi and geologist Enrico Tavernelli.