Santarcangelo Festival Internazionale del Teatro in Piazza

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The international theater festival of Santarcangelo, 46 years of theatrical research, a walk through history.
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Over the years, piazza Ganganelli has hosted performances and events confirming its central role in the life of the city and the festival. Turned into a beach, covered in a public billboard, set as a zoo and as a public living room where to sit, read and rest or simply listen to artist talks, or becoming the main stage for international renowned performers or musicians, the main square of Santarcangelo is the crossroad and meeting point for the temporary community of the festival, the mix of artists, citizens, staff, and audience who live in the city as a shared space.

Streets are a feature of the festival. Among citizens and tourists, artists have set out improvisations, shows, performances, and projects to reflect upon the urban and common places in an open air context.

Santarcangelo festival internazionale del teatro in piazza builds a temporary community of artists, citizens and spectators, who gather around contemporary performing arts. It is a festival where creation and production take place, as it commissions and co-produces artistic projects.

The festival works with national and international cultural institutions and artistic organisation and it engages in a continuous reflection on the relationship between art, the city and the public dimension that articulates its approach to both the physical spaces and the thematic and artistic trajectories of research.

The association Santarcangelo dei Teatri organises the oldest Italian festival dedicated to the contemporary performing arts in Italy and one of the most significant in the European context of theatre and dance. A tight relation between the city and the commitment to the arts led to its foundation in 1971, which was marked by the international dimension and the relationship with the public square.

The festival was born at the crossroads between the dimensions –constantly rethought and re-articulated- that have always characterised it: the international artistic presences, the relationship with the public space of Santarcangelo and the collectivity of its citizens.

The first artistic director and ex lawyer, Piero Patino, stated: “Let the theatre rise from the local communities to give it back to the communities”.

It is to the square and to the streets that the Festival is dedicated. It was born from the ideas and the thoughts of the screenwriter Flavio Nicolini (who worked with Elio Petri and Michelangelo Antonioni), Piersilverio Pozzi and the mayor Romeo Donati, who realised the Festival following Patino’s guidelines.

For the last 46 years, the city of Santarcangelo witnessed its change for less than a fortnight in July. An experience that started out of issues connected to the needs and politics of the time it lived, thus involving the community and the architecture of the city as a sign of the publicity of art and culture.

It then slowly shifted to a more accurate reflection upon the arts, upon the power of the arts and the relationship with the audience, to ultimately embark on a question that relates the public space and the living together as a community, as well as the responsibility of institutions in a perspective of an organizational and theoretical reformulation.

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Associazione Santarcangelo dei Teatri
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All the images are part of the public Archive of Santarcangelo dei Teatri and used for institutional purposes.

Santarcangelo festival internazionale del teatro in piazza

Enti Soci Comune di Rimini, Comune di Santarcangelo, Comuni di Longiano, Poggio Torriana, San Mauro Pascoli

Partner istituzionali Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo, Regione Emilia – Romagna, Ambasciata di Francia in Italia, Institut Français Italia, La Francia in Scena, Fondazione Nuovi Mecenati, Camera di Commercio di Rimini, APT Servizi Regione Emilia – Romagna, Banca Popolare dell'Emilia – Romagna - Tesoreria del Festival, Fondazione CARIM Rimini

Main Sponsor Gruppo Hera, Amir Funeral Service, CAMAC, Gruppo Maggioli
Santarcangelo festival is member of ItaliaFestival, Rete Anticorpi, Anticorpi XL

Santarcangelo is part of SharedSpace: Music Weather and Politics, in cooperation with Prague Quadrennial, and Create To Connect.

Supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union.

EFFE Label 2015-2016

All the images are part of the public Archive of Santarcangelo dei Teatri and used for institutional purposes.

Photo credits:
Maurizio Buscarino
Daniele Ronchi
Tony d'Urso
Loretta dell'Ospedale
Archivio Laboratorio Immagine
Gino Zangheri
Xandra Gadda
Laura Arlotti
Claire Pasquier
Ilaria Scarpa
Luca Telleschi

Concept, research and development of the exhibition: LeleMarcojanni (Flavio Perazzini, Elena Mattioli, Roberto Mezzano)

Virtual tour technical development: Tourmake

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