Words and Photos: Blinkofaneye
Massimiliano Finazzer Flory’s theater piece A Great Futurist Evening began is its US tour with a showing at the Italian Embassy. The performance focuses on the Heroic period of Italian Futurism from 1909 to 1914 with Massimiliano Flory himself delivering many original texts interspersed with brief contemporary dance interludes by Sara Ippolito. Ironically, the play celebrates a movement that attacked those living in the past by looking back a hundred years and fondly remembering the glory days of the futurist movement.
Italian Futurism was an art movement started in the early 20th century and influenced Art Deco, Surrealism, Dada and more. Futurism is experiencing somewhat of revival these days, the Guggenheim has new exhibition. Much of the focus is and has been on the visual arts but the movement may have had its most important influence on poetry, music and theater. They held poetry slams a hundred years ago and theater that forced audience participation in a way that could only be viewed as a precursor of performance art. They experimented with Noise Generators and some think they were a precursor to punk: both movements look down upon the status quo in the bourgeoisie as well in the liberal hippies, despise apathy and embrace action.
Futurists also started the fashion of art manifestos and produced a profusion of manifestos on a range of subjects from music, lust, cinema, syntax, architecture, sounds noises and smells cooking, you name it.
Massimiliano starts with the original manifesto of Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, the founder of the movement, and ends with a passionate defense of it by a new adherent. The 70-minute performance is over before you know it!