Contemporary performance “ARA! ARA!”
May 25th, 2022 – 8 pm – Beirut, Beryte Theater & Live Streaming on Citerne.live
The Italian Cultural Institute participates to the 18th Edition of the BIPOD Festival, organized by Maqamat Dance Theatre. An annual contemporary dance platform and one of the most important dance festivals in the region, BIPOD will take place this year between Lyoin and Beirut, and will present the performance ARA! ARA! by the Italian duo Ginevra Panzetti and Enrico Ticconi.
As slipping out of the cloth of constantly fluttering flags, heraldic symbols take form and weight. Chimerical beings and oneiric figures appear, like leafing through an armorial or medieval bestiary. They seem to tell us stories of conflicts which took place in the well delimited perimeter of an emblematic battlefield. ARA! ARA! is the designation of a symbol. The symbol of a rising power that chooses a bird to represent itself. Not a majestic and fearsome raptor like the eagle, an animal often used as a heraldic symbol of power. On the contrary, a bird that communicates fun and quietness by becoming, according to a popular western look, an exotic icon: the parrot ARA. Second part of a diptych started with AeReA, ARA! ARA! continues to investigate the symbolic power of the flag.
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