Florence Dance Festival features the best dance companies throughout Italy, focusing on the excellence of Italian performance. Now in its 26th edition, the festival runs from July 9 to 30 with the intention of cultivating creativity and energy in celebration of its partnership with Florence.
Although it celebrated its quarter-century last year, the 2015 edition commemorates two important 150th anniversaries: the inauguration of the Bargello National Museum, and the chapter of history in which Florence was the capital of Italy (1865–1871), after the unification of Italy in 1861.
Events include the exhibition The Ascent of Orpheus: Between and Beyond Representation and Abstraction by American-born artist Adi Da Samraj together with DLINE Orpheus and the Bargello National Museum, which recounts the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice through large-scale, digitally composed fabrications. Taking place from July 9 to October 11, the exhibition marks the first ever held by a contemporary artist within the museum space. This year also marks the 750th anniversary of the birth of Dante Aligheri, who is commemorated with the multimedia featurette Divina.com Dante/Adi Da Samraj/Florence that leads the audience through a contemporary version of Inferno, Purgatory and Heaven from July 10 to 11.
The educational dance project by Toscana Dance Hub takes place during July at Florence Dance Center. Directed by Giada Ferrone, an artistic director of a company of young dancers from the New York University dance department, it runs in collaboration with Marga Nativo and Keith Ferrone. Toscana Dance Hub has the objective of offering a program of study for both American and foreign students, generating a creative environment for growth and research. This philosophy of teaching is shared by all of the teaching staff, to educate dancers to study and perform with intention, discipline, and enthusiasm. Participants take classes in ballet, contemporary dance, and workshops with resident choreographers from the festival, who are also in collaboration with international musicians.
Florence Dance Festival bases most of its performances in Piazza del Carmine as part of a greater project aimed enhancing the Oltrarno neighborhood, strategically located within the city, and its sense of community.