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#UffiziLive Summer 2017


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The Uffizi Gallery has just offered the first details on this year’s summer #UffiziLive cultural program. For now, the basics are just that the summer’s prolonged hours start on June 6 and run through September 26 every Tuesday. On these Tuesdays, concerts and other exhibitons are offered as brief “intermissions” while visitors navigate the museum’s halls.

On these Tuesdays, the museum will remain open until 9:50pm, with concerts starting at 7pm. Take the time between 5pm and 7pm to enjoy the museum’s permanent collections and the view from the terrace before enjoying the shows.

Here’s the program for the summer:


June 6: The first show for the summer will open with the musical duo group Mazzoni–Riganelli with a sax and harmonica concert with conteporary songs from Le Marche, the region highly damaged by last year’s earthquakes. In fact, the Uffizi will be donating 1 euro from every ticket sold during this evening to the fund that is working on restoring works damaged during the earthquake.

June 13: The Collettivo ARTEDA from Rimini will present Innesti plurali, an itinerant performance that includes dance, live painting, digital painting and performing arts to express visual and body languages that adapt to nearby works of art.

June 20: The program continues with a concert of baroque music with guitar and vihuela by the all-female Spanish ensemble Dolce Rima, coming from Seville for the occasion. Recreating the atmosphere of the times in the Caravaggio rooms, the visitors will travel back to Italian and Spanish courts from the late Renaissance and Baroque.

June 27: The program for the month of June ends with a dance performed by the group Sosta Palmizi from Arezzo, whose project Venere e il vento is born from the stidy of the model of the female figure, Venus, and the element of wind, that come together in Botticelli’s famous work but who then influence successive works in other schools, by other authors and in other works within the museum.


July 4: The contemporary dance performance ZA-Critic Point (Viva Arte Viva) proposed by Company Blu is a variation on the theme of a “guided visit to the museum” centered around the gallery’s classic and neoclassic statue collections. The performance will offer a different approach to your visit of the works of art.


July 11: Portraits of a Woman is a musical itinerary composed around female portraits by great Italian painters of the 1400s and 1500s. The performance will create a dialogue between the voice, cello and guitar of young Irish artist Naomi Berrill, offering an intense and rare form of expression around these works.

July 18: The young dancer Fabiola Zecovin brings the life the figure of Magdalene found between the Portinari Triptych by Hugo van der Goes and the Deposition by Rogier van der Weyden, with two very different moments of her life. Between the birth and death of Christ, Mary Magdalene lives in throbbing expectation… first of a hope, then of a promise, of eternal and sublime love. Both in the admiration of the Messiah, then in wait for His return. In this period of waiting, she lives caught in an excruciating feud between earth and heaven, consumed in spirit and body.

July 25: The cast of Dummies Project from Milan will perform in Perseus Room, a “full mask” show in contemporary, poetic masks in a reinterpretation of the myth of Perseus. The Greek hero will come alive, along with the women that were central to his destiny: Andromeda, Medusa and Dana around their figures found within the Gallery.


August 1: The program for the month of August will open with the Miniatour concert by first cello of the ORT, Luca Provenzani from A.Gi.Mus. This will be a musical journey rich in contrassts and counterpoints with 4 short titles, four short miniatures that bring your attention to contemporary music in Italy in dialogue with the works by Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.

August 8: The Anglo-Italian duo Etrusca arrives from England to present a sophisticated musical program composed of Renaissance and Baroque songs for the soprano and lute Chiari fonti around works by Botticelli and Titian in the museum.

August 15: The musical ensemble Vincanto and Francesca Breschi offer visitors a rich program of not as well known music from Tuscany, both traditional and modern, as well as popular and more “cultured” songs. Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the historical-cultural setting that provided the background in Botticelli’s world as he created the “Primavera”, where the ensemble Ben venga maggio will perform.

August 22: The program continues with a special “chamber concert for dance and trumpet” by the young Giselda Ranieri from the Milan group ALDES together with musician Mario Mariotti. Blind Date is a performance capable of interrogating and relate itself with irony and studied mastery to the ancient sculptures in the three hallways on the second floor of the museum.

August 29: Le Scat Noir is a Jazz Vocal Trio from Ferrara composed of female musicians who will perform Colors and forms of femininity in music. The performance, revolving around works from the 1400s to 1600s which allude to femininity standards of the time, will include not only standard jazz and swing but songs from ethnic traditions, classical music and popular Italian classics.


September 5: The Compagnia Simona Bucci will put on a show of contemporary dance, Sussurri, rich in references to famous female figures immortalized in the museum’s paiNtings. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the figure of the body recreating the works, enjoying both the visual and emotional counterpoints in the performance.

September 12:The Cultural Association AD-AR-TE proposes Tre noccioli del Duecento, a theater and dance piece performance that evokes a hypothetical infancy of 3 painters. The storytelling will be in various languages, written specifically for Uffizi Live by Maria Pagnini. Seeing Duccio da Buoninsegna, Giotto and Cimabue as kids will hopefully bring children and adults alike into the suggestive, fantastical atmosphere of the 13th century in which they grew up in.

September 19: The protagonist of this evening will be the hiphop dance company Mystes with a choreography titled Lucida follia inspired by the painting “Judith who decapitates Holofernes” by Artemisia Gentileschi. Various styles of urban dance will be accompanied with electronic music.

September 26: The Uffizi Live season will end with the collective Gli Impresari & Giacomo Mercuriali hailing from Venice with a high-tech, unexpected show. The project will seek to bring Botticelli’s “Primavera” to life through an instrument they have created, called “insectophone”, which will give sound to the concert of insects and natural elements that form the background and setting of the painting.


That’s it! Hope you make it to Florence and to the Uffizi on one of these Tuesdays as the evenings seem to bring life to the halls of the museum and bring life to the works of art housed within!

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