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The dance of the lost seasons

A project of dance, music and scientific research to talk about climate change.

Dance, music and science together for the environment.

Anthropic activities have irreversibly changed the balance of the world as it was known before the great globalization. In situations of change, nature is the master of transformation and adaptation. Do we humans also have the same capacity for adaptation? The coronavirus crisis has highlighted the fragility of our balance and made our presumption of omnipotence explode like a soap bubble. Our society values speed and youth, from the entertainment industry to employment contracts, from political rhetoric to supermarkets. In the forest, on the other hand, times are much slower and old age is a quality we struggle to safeguard. We must go back to caring for the value of time. We must take care of what continues to exist, but also of what is no longer there. From these reflections comes a choreographic project that brings to the stage what has changed and what is changing in our landscape. What is happening to the seasons? What is always the same, what is transforming and what have we already lost? The dance of the lost seasons is a project that was born with the aim of enhancing the deep encounter between dance, music and science for the protection of planet Earth. As the seasons change, so does the choreography.” Damiano Fina

damiano fina la danza delle stagioni perdute

Dancing the lost seasons means being danced by the elements, letting yourself be transformed.

I collaborate with the Insilva project: a walk in nature between art and science, since 2016, performing with musicians and climate change experts in the woods and forest contexts of the territory, alongside heterogeneous audiences of about 200 people for each event that has been organized. My dance was born from an in-depth study of Zen meditation (since 2004) and Japanese butoh dance (since 2014), thanks to which I developed a strong connection with natural contexts, where I developed the practice of gesture and movement at the same time as the activity in the studio. I propose a choreographic project dedicated to the change that is upsetting the classic “four seasons” in these years, with the aim of speaking through the artistic and scientific language of what is changing in our planet.

It is interesting to note how choreographic research and scientific research are not dissimilar in content. In my dance, the body becomes a tree and stops talking, begins to take root, grows by absorbing water and nutrients from the earth, thickens sapwood and heartwood, opens wide leaves and resists sunny days or stormy skies. During these years, it has been an honour for me to have had the opportunity to dance in the Somadida and Cansiglio Forests and other natural places, accompanied by wonderful musicians, researchers and nature lovers. They taught me that the study of change and transformation of the elements is a common ground between arts and sciences. The time has come to share this experience through a project capable of synthesizing all this. This is how The Dance of the Lost Seasons was born.

Dancing the lost seasons means being danced by the elements, letting yourself be transformed.

First we need to reflect on time. Trees and human beings: we are more and more different. Our society values speed and youth, from the entertainment industry to employment contracts, from political rhetoric to supermarkets. Today, for us, the concept of old age is as negative as slowness. We want to be faster and faster to move from one part of the world to another. We don’t want to waste time and it bothers us what we perceive as “lost time”. In the forest, on the other hand, times are much slower and old age is a quality that we struggle to preserve.

We can no longer allow the forests to become old. Old forests, in technical jargon, are increasingly rare.

Today we are in a hurry and we are pressed by the lust for performance, the economic ones and not the artistic ones. In a short time we want to achieve great results, both in the gym and in the woods. And yet, we are much more than the time we are given in a lifetime. In fact, we are the link in a chain of generations and, if we cannot prescind from the history of our ancestors, much less can we prescind from the history of our heirs. This time is now a resource to be safeguarded.

The body that slows down, that twists like a tree, that slides like the wind, that melts like snow in the sun. The body that takes the breath of something else, that rejuvenates and ages, is constantly transformed. This body in dance brings the performance back to its spiritual origins, of devotion to the crops. And it brings the dance back even earlier, when the hunters propitiated the hunt around the fire with choreographies and drums. The dance of the lost seasons is a propitiatory choreography, projected towards a new sustainable future, which dialogues with science to promote information and ecocentric responsibility and which is transformed with the passing of the seasons.

damiano fina la danza delle stagioni perdute
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