Mittelfest

Mittelfest 2022

from 22nd to 31st July

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On the eve of Christmas 1915, Albert Einstein could have expected anything but to receive a letter from his colleague Karl Schwarzschild, who sent the solution to the recently published equations of general relativity from the front, in the middle of the trenches. Completely unexpected answers, but only to the eyes of Einstein who was reading, not to the hand of the writer, Schwarzschild, whose speculative mind had never stopped, not even during the interminable bombardment of the Great War. This is what we know today from Benjamin Labatut’s account of Schwarzschild’s story. A handful of unexpected calculations, as if from nowhere. This is what Einstein had before him: a source of disturbance and profound astonishment.

The same feeling would have pervaded Berlioz, listening to the death sentence pronounced by a strange-looking foreigner, a certain Dr Woland, who at the Patriarch ponds in Moscow, in an extraordinarily warm sunset in spring 1918, was babbling about sunflower oil, Annushka and beheadings. And yet, what would have been for Berlioz the fatal unexpected, was already preparing, step by step, without his knowledge: because Annushka was walking briskly, after she had bought the oil, the one on which Berlioz would unwisely slip. That mixture of excitement and terror was to be found again that evening, as Mikhail Bulgakov recounts in his novel The Master and Margarita, in the financial director Rimsky, another man bewitched by Woland and company, as well as the ladies and gentlemen who had come to the Variety Theatre. There, on the stage, at the end of a series of prodigies, a strange boutique had suddenly sprung up: a curtain, an instant, the old dress replaced by the latest fashion. Rimskji would have seen the crowd sighing at the appearance of the boutique, queuing up hesitantly, passing behind the curtain one by one, rejoicing at the magic of the new look. Only to find themselves stunned and screaming with shame in the Moscow night, as they were literally reduced to their underwear, bra and vest: all the beautiful clothes were gone with Woland and company.

Here is the unexpected, which prepares where our eyes do not notice, even if they see, where our ears do not listen, even if they hear, where our body pretends nothing happens, even if it is in the middle of events. Here is the unexpected, which comes to upset consolidated habits and overly easy certainties, with its whirlwind of risks, pain and opportunities.

Like playing cards that, face down, hide their secret, the unexpected is such only for us, surprised at its occurrence: yet, once it has arrived, it is possible to unravel the thread of its causes, to reconstruct its slow preparation over time. In the meantime, however, we are already grappling with its effects, with what new, for better or worse, it has left us.

Narrating the unexpected is, in itself, nothing more than a game, but it is useful for refining the senses, for looking more carefully at what is happening around each and every one of us: partly to learn to give value to what is often neglected, and partly to react in the best way possible to what, in any case, cannot be expected. Because the playing card, still face down, is like Schrödinger’s cat in the box: only when it appears you know its real value.

Giacomo Pedini, Artistic Director

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Friday 22/07
16:30
17:00
17:30
18:00
18:30
19:00
itinerant show
Theater

Déjà Walk

aquasumARTE Visual & Performing Art

80 minutes
Déjà Walk is the poetic tale of a city on a journey through time. The show, specially created for ...
19:00
Chiesa di San Francesco
Music

Pier Paolo Suite

Glauco Venier

80 minutes
Pier Paolo Suite stems from the desire to pay homage to the figure of Pier Paolo Pasolini, thanks to ...
20:45
Teatro Ristori
Theater

La singolarità di Schwarzschild

Benjamín Labatut

75 minutes
On Christmas night 1915, Albert Einstein received a letter at home: his colleague Karl Schwarzschild wrote to him from the eastern ...
21:15
22:30
Itinerant show
Music

Vizijos

Roberto Magro

55 minutes
Supported by

Kaunas

Vizijos (Visions) isan itinerant show dedicated to Lithuanian poet Vytautas Mačernis and composer Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis. Walking along the ...
Saturday 23/07
10:00
Orto delle Orsoline
Workshop

Newton and the unexpected gravity (5/9 years)

Circo all’inCirca

2 hours
A circus workshop for children and teenagers to experience with circus tools of aerial and ground acrobatics, balancing and juggling, ...
10:00
10:30
16:30
17:00
17:30
18:00
18:30
19:00
itinerant show
Theater

Déjà Walk

aquasumARTE Visual & Performing Art

80 minutes
Déjà Walk is the poetic tale of a city on a journey through time. The show, specially created for ...
11:00
14:00
16:00
18:00
Museo Archeologico Nazionale Cividale
Theater

Death and Birth in My Life

Mats Staub

75 minutes
Supported by

pro helvetia

In Death and Birth in My Life, artist Mats Straub investigates the passage and boundaries of existence, birth and ...
17:00
Orto delle Orsoline
Workshop

Newton and the unexpected gravity (10/13 years)

Circo all’inCirca

2 hours
A circus workshop for children and teenagers to experience with circus tools of aerial and ground acrobatics, balancing and juggling, ...
18:00
19:30
Palazzo de Nordis
Dance

Stand-Alones. (polyphony)

Liquid Loft

60 minutes
Supported by

forum austriaco di cultura

Stand-Alones is a choreographic and musical composition, originally developed for the Leopold Museum in Vienna, known for the works ...
20:45
Teatro Ristori
Where does the freedom of art end and the need to be politically correct in artistic creation begin? Can we ...
21:15
22:30
Itinerant show
Music

Vizijos

Roberto Magro

55 minutes
Supported by

Kaunas

Vizijos (Visions) isan itinerant show dedicated to Lithuanian poet Vytautas Mačernis and composer Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis. Walking along the ...
Sunday 24/07
10:00
Orto delle Orsoline
Workshop

Unpredictable fragility (5/9 years)

Circo all’inCirca

2 hours
In a world desperately searching for certainties and confirmations, circus remains the last guardian of the unexpected, with its poetics ...
10:00
10:30
16:30
17:00
17:30
18:00
18:30
19:00
itinerant show
Theater

Déjà Walk

aquasumARTE Visual & Performing Art

80 minutes
Déjà Walk is the poetic tale of a city on a journey through time. The show, specially created for ...
10:30
Parco Acrobati del Sole
Theater

Progetto Tempesta 

Antonio Panzuto

50 minutes
Progetto Tempesta (Tempest Project) marks the rebirth of Vittorio Podrecca’s precious puppets, which the regional Teatro Stabile has ...
11:00
14:00
16:00
18:00
Museo Archeologico Nazionale Cividale
Theater

Death and Birth in My Life

Mats Staub

75 minutes
Supported by

pro helvetia

In Death and Birth in My Life, artist Mats Straub investigates the passage and boundaries of existence, birth and ...
17:00
Orto delle Orsoline
Workshop

Unpredictable fragility (10/13 years)

Circo all’inCirca

2 hours
In a world desperately searching for certainties and confirmations, circus remains the last guardian of the unexpected, with its poetics ...
17:30
Teatro Ristori
Theater

KuKu

Anatoli Akerman

60 minutes
KuKu is an emotional show for adults and children. It is a mix between circus and theatre, with two ...
18:00
19:30
Palazzo de Nordis
Dance

Stand-Alones. (polyphony)

Liquid Loft

60 minutes
Supported by

forum austriaco di cultura

Stand-Alones is a choreographic and musical composition, originally developed for the Leopold Museum in Vienna, known for the works ...
19:30
Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Battuti
Music

More than meets the ear

Nyala

75 minutes
Nyala is a group consisting of Pau Li Liem (vocals, piano), Stef Joosten (electric bass) and Jorrit Romme (drums). Just ...
22:00
Convitto Nazionale Paolo Diacono
Music

Il silenzio in cima al mondo

Pamela Villoresi

60 minutes
There is a mysterious epic in 1982 World Cup, so much so that it has become a sporting masterpiece of the ...
Monday 25/07
17:30
20:30
Orto delle Orsoline
Dance

One one one

Ioannis Mandafounis

60 minutes
Supported by

pro helvetia

Two parallel lines on the floor and two chairs, one on each line, are enough for the artists of ...
19:30
Chiesa di San Francesco
Music

Apollon Socragète. Satie/Stravinskij

Conservatorio Giuseppe Tartini di Trieste

60 minutes
Apollon Socragète was born from the desire to perform, in the same concert, Satie’s Socrate ...
22:00
Convitto Nazionale Paolo Diacono
Music

ROSADA!

extraordinary participation of Paolo Fresu

80 minutes
The performance ROSADA! tries to investigate, through Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Poesie a Casarsa (Poems in ...
Tuesday 26/07
10:00
Orto delle Orsoline
Workshop

Where are the animals? (5/9 years)

Circo all’inCirca

2 hours
It is no historical accident that animals are not in the circus ring. Yet, even today, many people are surprised ...
16:00
18:00
Museo Archeologico Nazionale Cividale
Theater

Death and Birth in My Life

Mats Staub

75 minutes
Supported by

pro helvetia

In Death and Birth in My Life, artist Mats Straub investigates the passage and boundaries of existence, birth and ...
17:00
Orto delle Orsoline
Workshop

Where are the animals? (10/13 years)

Circo all’inCirca

2 hours
It is no historical accident that animals are not in the circus ring. Yet, even today, many people are surprised ...
19:30
Chiesa di San Francesco
Music

Lasa pur dir/Pusti naj govorijo 

Kovač / Bevilacqua / Volpe Andreazza / Bonadei

60 minutes
The show was born as an experience of exchange and encounter between two neighbouring countries and friends, Italy and Slovenia, ...
22:00
Teatro Ristori
Music

Unspeakable Joys 

Harris Lambrakis Quartet

75 minutes
Supported by

Onassis

Harris Lambrakis and his magical ney return to Mittelfest, after playing in 2021 with Sofia Labropoulou in Sisyphus, and bring ...
Wednesday 27/07
10:00
Orto delle Orsoline
Workshop

This is not Cirque du Soleil (5/9 years)

Circo all’inCirca

2 hours
Contemporary circus practice does not resemble that of the better known Cirque du Soleil. To help them discover it, Circo ...
16:00
18:00
Museo Archeologico Nazionale Cividale
Theater

Death and Birth in My Life

Mats Staub

75 minutes
Supported by

pro helvetia

In Death and Birth in My Life, artist Mats Straub investigates the passage and boundaries of existence, birth and ...
17:00
Orto delle Orsoline
Workshop

This is not Cirque du Soleil (10/13 years)

Circo all’inCirca

2 hours
Contemporary circus practice does not resemble that of the better known Cirque du Soleil. To help them discover it, Circo ...
19:30
Chiesa di San Francesco
Music

Impreviste eufonie

Conservatorio Statale di musica Jacopo Tomadini di Udine

60 minutes
Violins, but also trombone, euphonium and bassoon for a mixture of strings and wind instruments: Conservatorio Jacopo Tomadini in Udine ...
22:00
Convitto Nazionale Paolo Diacono
Music

Onde (sonore)

Massimo Quarta/Michael Lessky/FVG Orchestra

110 minutes with intermission
The violinist Massimo Quarta and FVG Orchestra, conducted for the occasion by the Austrian Michael Lessky, cross the musical culture ...
Thursday 28/07
16:00
18:00
Museo Archeologico Nazionale Cividale
Theater

Death and Birth in My Life

Mats Staub

75 minutes
Supported by

pro helvetia

In Death and Birth in My Life, artist Mats Straub investigates the passage and boundaries of existence, birth and ...
16:30
17:00
17:30
18:00
18:30
19:00
itinerant show
Theater

Déjà Walk

aquasumARTE Visual & Performing Art

80 minutes
Déjà Walk is the poetic tale of a city on a journey through time. The show, specially created for ...
18:00
Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Battuti
Dance

Borderless body – first steps

MN Dance company

40 minutes
The city of Nova Gorica together with Gorizia will be the Cross-border European Capital of Culture under the motto Go! ...
20:00
Orto delle Orsoline
Dance

Take Care of Yourself

Marc Oosterhoff

30 minutes
Supported by

pro helvetia

Circus/Dance Marc Oosterhoff dictates his own rules and sows his traps: a bottle of whisky, twelve shot glasses, knives, ...
22:00
Convitto Nazionale Paolo Diacono
Music

The Untamed / Il selvaggio

HRDZA

60 minutes
Vocals, guitars, flute, violins, accordion, drums, bass: the instruments alone already tell a piece of the music of HRDZA, a ...
Friday 29/07
11:00
14:00
16:00
18:00
Museo Archeologico Nazionale Cividale
Theater

Death and Birth in My Life

Mats Staub

75 minutes
Supported by

pro helvetia

In Death and Birth in My Life, artist Mats Straub investigates the passage and boundaries of existence, birth and ...
16:30
17:00
17:30
18:00
18:30
19:00
itinerant show
Theater

Déjà Walk

aquasumARTE Visual & Performing Art

80 minutes
Déjà Walk is the poetic tale of a city on a journey through time. The show, specially created for ...
17:30
Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Battuti
Music

Vacation from Love

CUMA Kollektiv

60 minutes
The concert Vacation from Love reveals a singer’s bittersweet life on the road and the love story ...
19:00
21:30
Chiostro di San Francesco
Theater

Maçalizi

Fabrizio Arcuri/Rita Maffei

90 minutes
Maçalizi is the Friulian title of Yasmina Reza’s comedy Le Dieu du carnage (God of Carnage),&...
22:00
Teatro Ristori
Dance

Promises of Uncertainty

Marc Oosterhoff

55 minutes
Supported by

pro helvetia

Circus/Dance A naive explorer, drifting in a world ruled by strange laws, is in search (physical as well as ...
Saturday 30/07
10:00
10:30
16:30
17:00
17:30
18:00
18:30
19:00
itinerant show
Theater

Déjà Walk

aquasumARTE Visual & Performing Art

80 minutes
Déjà Walk is the poetic tale of a city on a journey through time. The show, specially created for ...
11:00
14:00
16:00
18:00
Museo Archeologico Nazionale Cividale
Theater

Death and Birth in My Life

Mats Staub

75 minutes
Supported by

pro helvetia

In Death and Birth in My Life, artist Mats Straub investigates the passage and boundaries of existence, birth and ...
17:30
Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Battuti
Theater

Assenza Sparsa

Pan Domu Teatro

55 minutes
If theatre exists for any reason, life and death must be among them. Assenza Sparsa (Scattered absence) comes ...
19:00
21:30
Chiostro di San Francesco
Theater

Maçalizi

Fabrizio Arcuri/Rita Maffei

90 minutes
Maçalizi is the Friulian title of Yasmina Reza’s comedy Le Dieu du carnage (God of Carnage),&...
19:30
Orto delle Orsoline
Music

Mr. Moon

Moon Cabaret

60 minutes
Mr. Moon is a dreamlike cabaret of musicians, clowns, divas and puppeteers. Have you ever dreamed of a performance ...
22:00
TEATRO RISTORI
Music

Sonate all’improvviso

Alexander Gadjiev

70 minutes
The art of improvisation is commonly associated with jazz, but it has not always been the case. Chopin, the son ...
Sunday 31/07
10:00
10:30
16:30
17:00
17:30
18:00
18:30
19:00
itinerant show
Theater

Déjà Walk

aquasumARTE Visual & Performing Art

80 minutes
Déjà Walk is the poetic tale of a city on a journey through time. The show, specially created for ...
10:30
Orto delle Orsoline
Music

Pizz’n’Zip

Eleonora Savini and Federica Vecchio

50 minutes
In Pizz’n’Zip nothing goes as it should. There are no strings to play, the electric cables ...
11:00
14:00
Museo Archeologico Nazionale Cividale
Theater

Death and Birth in My Life

Mats Staub

75 minutes
Supported by

pro helvetia

In Death and Birth in My Life, artist Mats Straub investigates the passage and boundaries of existence, birth and ...
17:30
Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Battuti
Dance

Nymphs

Niek Wagenaar

30 minutes
Nymphs were originally mythical creatures living in forests, streams, mountains, and the sea. They symbolized the wild and unpredictable beauty ...
19:30
Chiesa di San Francesco
Music

Simmetrie oblique

Natacha Kudritskaya and Solenne Païdassi

65 minutes
Simmetrie Oblique (Oblique Symmetries) creates an unexpected bounce with hidden musical implications between Viennese classicism and 20th-century neoclassicism, thanks to ...
22:00
Convitto Nazionale Paolo Diacono
Music

La Rappresentante di Lista #symphonic #mymammatour

Orchestra Arcangelo Corelli

70 minutes
Queer Music, music that overcomes differences, forgets the very sense of boundaries, and evokes the elimination of gender bias. This ...
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