Franco Battiato, one year after his death, “his” Milo dedicates 5 days of events to him

Battiato and the territory of Milo. Not just a residence, but also and above all a place for the soul. From this idea the importance not only of enhancing the memory, but of building around the figure of this artist a planning that takes into account the many artistic disciplines he frequented.

“Passage notes” is the title of the initiative homage to Battiato, on the occasion of the first anniversary of his death, which will be held in Milos from Wednesday 18th to Sunday 22nd Mayon the initiative of the Municipality, with the patronage of the Department of Cultural Heritage and Sicilian Identity of the Sicilian Region and in collaboration with the Permanent Gravity Study Center, the tourist association Pro Loco Milo and the Michele Amari Institute of Giarre.

The event is characterized by various events located in different locations both in Milo and in Giarre. This is an exhibition that explores all the artistic and non-artistic contexts in which Franco Battiato has found himself operating in half a century or more of activity and research.

“For this reason, the initiative that is presented – explained the mayor of Milo, Alfio Cosentino – does not want to be a mere celebration, the simple memory of an anniversary but a starting point to sprout new enthusiasm, new interests and above all many projects in the name of quality and research “.

Paolo Sessa, organizer of the event, adds: “The initiative we are presenting is very complex and takes into account the many interests of Battiato: music, first of all, but also painting, cinema, literature, theater and dance. . Not to mention spirituality, esotericism and philosophies … disciplines that he not only said but practiced, which have become his daily bread “.

Alfredo Cavallaro, president of the Pro Loco di Milo underlines: “In particular, the presence of Stefano Pio, musician and son of the great Giusto Pio, wants to be a very precise sign of our will to follow in the footsteps traced by this artist. In Milo we have created, precisely in the name of Battiato, a particular synergy with the Permanent Gravity Study Center, with which, together with other subjects we intend to carry out projects that enhance the territory of Milo, which in some way make it an icon of culture and knowledge “.

Battiato Anniversary, the program

The opening (day 18, at 7 Belvedere Giovanni D’Aragona) of the review will be characterized by a meditative moment that will bring together exponents of different spiritual and artistic traditions. A real meditation that will recall the most secret and mystical spirit of Battiato.

In the afternoon (5 pm, Centro Servizi) the mayor Cosentino, Fiorella Nozzetti and Alfredo Cavallaro will present the exhibition together with the project for the construction of a celebratory statue that reproduces Franco Battiato and Lucio Dalla.

The work, of which a model already exists, will be created by Placido Calì. The presentation of the new book by the writer and essayist Guido Guidi Guerrera entitled “The man of the island of the gardens” will follow (at 5.30 pm), an in-depth analysis of the artist’s symbolic and esoteric contents. The presentation, moderated by Alessio Cantarella, will be enriched by the reading of fragments of the book by the actors Lucia Sardo and Alfio Zappalà. The musical tribute (at 8.30 pm, outside piazzale di Milo) by the composer Stefano Pio (son of the violinist Giusto Pio, co-author of many famous pieces by the Sicilian artist) is highly anticipated. The work, which will be previewed in Milo, is titled “Hu or the nostalgia of the beloved” and will see an ensemble on stage composed of a string quintet, piano, keyboards, dance, all framed by Enrico’s voices Masiero and Daniela Papale.

The work will be introduced by a tribute to the particularly suggestive and topical piece, PACE, performed by Rosario Di Bella.

Thursday 19 (Centro Servizi, 5 pm) will be the turn of the presentation of the book Journey into Dante’s Comedy by Paolo Sessa. Together with the author, and coordinated by Turi Caggegi, there will be Mario Tropea and Sergio Cristaldi (University of Catania) and the Dante artist Maria Soresina. The deputy mayor of Milo, Concetta Cantarella, will bring greetings from the administration.

Following (6 pm) a meeting entitled Franco Battiato and the vision of Dante Alighieri (journey into the kingdom of return), led by Fabio Bagnasco and Fiorella Nozzetti. In conclusion (7 pm), the screening of Crossing the Bardo, Battiato’s last docufilm in which the complex theme of the passage into the afterlife is tackled according to different spiritual traditions and the most recent scientific knowledge.

Friday 20 A dense series of appointments is planned: in Giarre, in the lecture hall of the Amari institute (10 am) Graziana Di Biase, a film scholar, will meet the students on the theme “Franco Battiato’s cinema, the purity of language”. In the Service Center (4 pm), after the greeting of the Councilor for Tourism of the Municipality of Milo, Francesca Strano, it will be the turn of the projection of One Hundred Billion Stars, a collection of audiovisual testimonies, curated by Alessio Cantarella, which sees artists as protagonists, journalists, producers and other friends of Battiato who will talk about their relationship with the composer. The screening will be presented by Fiorella Nozzetti.

To follow (at 5 pm), “The mysterious and unique disappearance of Franco Battiato”, a book co-written by Vincenzo La Monica and Giuseppe Piccinno, which will be the subject of Paolo Sessa’s report, in the presence of the two authors.

At 6 pm, with the presentation of the new edition of the volume “The cinema of Franco Battiato, a means of knowledge”, introduced by Graziana De Biase (author of the essay) and Fabio Bagnasco. At the end of the meeting, the screening of the docufilm Auguri Don Gesualdo, made by Battiato in 2010 as an affectionate homage to the writer Gesualdo Bufalino.

Saturday 21 (Service Center, 9 am) will be the turn of a conference that will deepen the subtle relationship between the great poet and Franco Battiato. Moderated by Paolo Sessa, Dante’s Maria Soresina, the essayist Massimo Desideri, the Dante’s Nicolò Mineo and the doctor Amal Oursana will discuss the theme Dante and Battiato between art and spirituality. At 16.30, an intervention by the writer and regional councilor for Cultural Heritage, Alberto Samonà, will introduce a report by Tito Rinesi and Piero Grassini on “Sufism and Battiato”, counterpointed by the readings of Sufi mystical texts by the actors Lucia Sardo and Alfio Zappalà . Moderated by Fiorella Nozzetti.

“Dargah the threshold” is the title of the concert-meeting (6 pm) on Sufi music. On stage Tito Rinesi with the Ensamble Dargah, to present a path of music and songs on the most famous texts of the poets of Sufism.

Sunday 22 Sufi dance seminar (Service Center from 9 to 12), by Amal Oursana. In the afternoon (5 pm), a delicate adaptation for choir of some compositions by Battiato and performance of pieces by Georg Friedrich Handel (composer on which Battiato himself had designed a feature film) will be held in the Mother Church of Milo Sant’Andrea by the Polyphonic company of Giarre, directed by maestro Giuseppe Cristaudo. “We will come back again”, at the Belvedere Giovanni D’Aragona (7 pm) is the title of the homage that will conclude the milese review, organized by the Pro Loco Milo organization.

An in-depth study of Franco Battiato’s pictorial and graphic work consists of the two exhibitions that can be visited during the course of the event. The first, entitled Gilgamesh ”Video graphic work of 2007, exhibits the original score of the work, scenic sketches, three graphic works, together with the pages of the book. The work was donated to the Municipality of Milo and to the Permanent Gravity Study Center. A photographic reading of the artist’s music is, on the other hand, I giardini della pre-existence, created by Enzo Ferrari.

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