On February 20, 2020 Damiano Fina presented the FÜYA Requiem performance for the first time. A choreography that represents the essence of an artistic journey that began in 2004 and culminated with a trip to Japan in 2018.
After meeting Zen meditation sixteen years ago, in 2004, Damiano continued his artistic path in writing and dance. Until this performance, which he brought on stage at the Teatro San Marco in Vicenza, his hometown.
An artistic research between alchemy and butoh dance
FÜYA is an art project created by Damiano in 2015. It is a physical, theoretical and poetic method that aims to educate the human organism to the importance of transformation and spirituality for the well-being of oneself and others, through the development of the alchemical body. FÜYA Requiem is inspired by alchemy, butoh dance and radical queer theory.
Butoh dance is a form of expression born in the late 1950s in Japan. This artistic language departs from the spectacle typical of theatre and dance to return to a ritual and spiritual dimension. The theme of death is dear to this dance, which is also called the dance of darkness. But it invites us to see life and death in their continuity, every moment of our life.
FÜYA Requiem today brings on stage the rhythm of existence, emphasizing it with the grace of the dance of body and spirit. To witness the link between dance and Japan on stage there is an ikebana installation created by the Ukigumo Association of Vicenza, where Damiano teaches dance. This is also a Japanese art that, between balance and imbalance, expresses the concept of Grace through the arrangement of flowers and other objects, of vegetable or not.
We still owe a rooster to Asclepius
“We still owe a rooster to Asclepius. Pay him, don’t forget.” says Socrates in Plato’s Fedon. This is the subtitle of FÜYA Requiem. “The rooster at Asclepius” was the offer of thanks that was made by the one who cured a disease to the god of medicine. Is life a disease? What interests Damian most is the irony behind this statement by Socrates. It takes a good dose of irony to connect and hold life and death simultaneously.
FÜYA Requiem is, therefore, a memento mori. A reflection on death. With this performance Damian invites us to understand that existence concerns the living as much as the dead. Dealing with death, while we are in life, means taking on a great responsibility. We are responsible for everything that no longer exists and that has given us life… for all those spermatozoa that have not met the egg and for all the food that we have ingested to produce our blood… And we are also responsible for what has yet to be realized, for what has never been realized and will never be realized.