If you happen to be in Florence tomorrow, you’re in for a treat: the annual cultural festival Fondazione Fabbrica Europa begins May 3, kicking off ten days of contemporary performing art. The event takes place in theaters around town and at La Stazione Leopolda (the very first Florentine train station), which was recently revamped into a savvy industrial entertainment space. Spanning dance, theater, music, multimedia, and more, the government-funded fest aims to bolster the relationship between creativity and production. Artistic director Maurizia Settembri leads the extravaganza into its nineteenth year, which will comprise about thirty cutting-edge performances of national and world premieres.
Belgian choreographer, director, and dancer Wim Vandekeybus’s celebrated Oedipus/Bêt Noir marks the opening production, which will be performed at the Teatro della Pergola, the city’s historic opera house. Vandekeybus debuted the groundbreaking work last year, which tells the story of the tragic hero Oedipus, who murders his father and marries his mother. A sixteen-member cast of actors, dancers, and musicians sourced from all over Europe will recount Jan Decortes’s dark interpretation of Sophocles’ myth, accompanied by guitarist Elko Blijweert and blues legend Roland Van Campenhout.