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"FREE" @ EMBASSY OF ITALY: ITALIAN FUTURISM - GRAN SERATA FUTURISTICA

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FREE "ITALIAN FUTURISM" PRESENTATION

"GRAN SERATA FUTURISTICA"

*** THE EMBASSY HAS OPENED THE RESERVATIONS SYSTEM. HURRY TO RESERVE !!! ... LIMITED SEATS ON 1st COME/SERVED BASIS ...

For SECURITY REASONS Only those who RESERVED thru the EMBASSY, received CONFIRMATION via e-mail from the EMBASSY, and are on the EMBASSY's Admission List (NOT PIAZZA ITALIA) will be admitted !!! The Embassy has total control over this event ... until SOLD-OUT.

IF YOU RSVP ONLY WITH PIAZZA ITALIA YOU WILL "NOT" BE ADMITTED ...

TO BE ADMITTED PLEASE FOLLOW RSVP + EMBASSY's "RESERVATION" DETAILS BELOW ...

Filippo Tommaso MARINETTI - Futurismo Founder (1909)

THE EMBASSY OF ITALY / ITALIAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE

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GRAN SERATA FUTURISTICA - ITALIAN FUTURISM EVENING

(in English)

MONDAY, MAY 12, 2014 @ 7:00 PM
EMBASSY OF ITALY – Auditorium
3000 Whitehaven St. NW |Washington, DC 20008
(above Dupont/Sheridan Circles intersect with MASS. Ave.)

ADVANCE RESERVATIONS WITH EMBASSY A MUST
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Doors open @ 6:30 PM close @ 7:00 PM
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A homage to Italian Futurism. MASSIMILIANO FINAZZER FLORY plays the role of the movement's founder, Filippo Tommaso MARINETTI. In an effervescent monologue, which uses the words of Marinetti and other Futurist ideologues such as Giovanni Papini, Libero Altomare and Aldo Palazzeschi, Finazzer Flory, in a frock coat bringing to mind the formality of the era, conveys the essence of a movement which reacted against any mediocrity or conformity.

With contemporary DANCE + MUSIC (from Stravinsky to Sakamoto) and a locomotive on the stage to symbolise the headlong rush towards progress, the show, which has already garnered much success in various Italian and international cities, promises to transmit the essence of a movement aspiring to a future, which we still await.

ABOUT THE FUTURISM MOVEMENT

Futurism was an international art movement founded in Italy in 1909. It was (and is) a refreshing contrast to the weepy sentimentalism of Romanticism. During the second decade of the 20th century, the movement’s influence radiated outward across most of Europe, most significantly to the Russian avant-garde. The most significant results of the movement were in the visual arts and poetry.

The Futurists loved speed, noise, machines, pollution, and cities; they embraced the exciting new world that was then upon them rather than hypocritically enjoying the modern world’s comforts while loudly denouncing the forces that made them possible. Fearing and attacking technology has become almost second nature to many people today; the Futurist manifestos show us an alternative philosophy.

"Futurism", explains Finazzer Flory in the Italian daily Corriere della Sera (August 11, 2013), "celebrated life, of which man is the foremost masterpiece and energy the foremost work of art. But what energy do we see today? We live in a time which unites us all politically in the name of transformation and conformity". And so, as Papini would say, "opening the windows is no longer enough: we must have the courage to knock down a few doors. Better to disturb the peace than play the compliant chimpanzee".