Following over a Century of history of migration to Australia “...Arrivi ... Partenze” offers now a new reading of the migration phenomenon in XXI Century Australia. “...Arrivi ... Partenze” traces the path of the soul – unchanged through the Centuries – that the individual has to undergo whilst moving in a physical-geographical dimension during his migration process; the piece stages a variety of physical intersecting paths reflecting the complex empirical reality of our days. Features Jaider de Oliveira performing ‘Moving’ a vocal percussion piece which is quite extraordinary.
The sedentary condition which marks Western contemporary culture exists in sharp contrast with the nomadic nature of our ancestors as well as that of many contemporary ethnic groups. The pressure generated by lack of material resources which has forced many migrants to leave their native country is only one of the many components of the inner drives calling for an individual to become a “Wayfarer”.
In a reality driven by external pressures which make the “way faring” process ever more difficult in an inner sense, the physical-geographical wayfaring offers perhaps the only possible socially acceptable alternative.
His Excellency, Mr Stefano Starace Janfolla Ambassador Italy in Canberra, who officially opened “...Arrivi ... Partenze” said ‘this is the kind of episode that an ambassador wishes to attend. Because it’s a high moment of cooperation, between two countries, two realities, two cultures. You can read his speech here
Improved means of transport and ever-changing communication technology have revolutionized the quality and speed of movement across continents. The physical aspects of this experience have been radically modified by today’s technological progress and economic situation.
Various visit modalities: initial, short and long term temporary and ultimately permanent stay; present the same issues for the individual, family, group and the whole community in a broader sense that migrants to Australia have faced in the XIX and XX Centuries.
Shifting from the universal to a more specific dimension and following a path stemming from the analysis of the human being’s nature “...Arrivi ... Partenze” offers now a new reading of the XXI Century migration phenomenon to Australia.
My Role - Executive Producer - ‘Arrivi ... Partenze’ is an initiative of the Italian Consulate in Queensland, in collaboration with Multicultural Affairs Queensland as part of the First Offical Italian Week