Rock in the chair at the University of Bari: the festival dedicated to David Bowie kicks off

Rock in the chair at the University of Bari: the festival dedicated to David Bowie kicks off
Rock in the chair at the University of Bari: the festival dedicated to David Bowie kicks off

It is June 16, 1972, a singer announces that there are five years to go until the end of the world. His name is Ziggy Stardust and he is one of David Bowie’s first alter egos, one of the most recognizable of what would have been his kaleidoscopic career. That June 16 50 years ago The rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars was released, the album with which Bowie finally saw his talent and genius recognized.

And even if half a century has passed and the world is not finished, that sung in Five Years – opening track of Ziggy Stardust – now sounds like a prophecy. To celebrate that record and analyze the issues contained therein, the Cutamc (Interuniversity Research Center for Theater, Visual Arts, Music and Cinema) and the Pop Culture Study Group of the University of Bari organized “Ziggy Stardust festival “: two days – plus an event in line on June 29 – at the former post office in Piazza Cesare Battisti, with the aim of tracing keys to the present in the multifaceted art of David Bowie.

All through that mysterious character, halfway between human and extraterrestrial, who was Ziggy Stardust: “Ziggy has an apocalyptic vision – warns Pierpaolo Martino, professor of English literature at the humanistic research and innovation department and curator of the festival – He has a very current idea of ​​an impending apocalypse, and he is the alien who has to save the Earth. “

It is in his sign, therefore, that today at 9 in the Leogrande room the works of the festival open with the meeting “David Bowie: listening, ecology, sustainability”: after the greetings of the rector Stefano Bronzini, by Paolo Ponzio (director of the Humanistic research and innovation) and Mario Cardona (director of Cutamc and organizer of “Ziggy Stardust festival”), will be discussed by Giuseppe Pirlo (delegate for sustainability at UniBa), Matteo Ceschi (International photography collective, Milan), Will Broker (Kingston University, London) and Pierpaolo Martino himself, who will focus on Reading Ziggy. Bowie and English literature from George Orwell to Hanif Kureishi. “Ecology and sustainability are very topical themes, and Bowie has also addressed them in other pieces such as Time will crawl and Bombers – specifies Martino – With Ceschi, for example, we will be able to talk about need for music to save the planet, as recalled by his book Notes to save the planet “.

Everything, therefore, revolves around this, even the exhibition that opens at 11.30, Bowie vision. Music for your eyes, an exhibition of paintings and airbrush works by Mario Romani, from an idea by Rita Rocca. It is paired with the one that will open the second half of the review, on June 16 at 9.30: Five years. Abitare Bowie brings to the former Palazzo delle Poste works of art and sustainable design by the architect Fanny Francesca Cavone.

Also on 16 to 10 Pierpaolo Martino will talk with Eoin Devereux (University of Limerick, Ireland) and Denis Flannery (University of Leeds), moving among the many souls who have influenced and lived in Bowie over the course of his career, who has always been fascinated by theater, literature and all this – including music – which allowed him to filter the world, digest it and spit it out in a new, unexpected form. Then at 11.30 there will be the screening of London boydi Rita Rocca, a Rai documentary on Bowie that the director herself will introduce with Mario Cardona.

And it will obviously close with the music played: at 6 pm the concert of The Echo chamber orchestra is scheduled, a group of contemporary Italian jazz players (Tiziana Felle, Stefano Luigi Mangi, Lisa Manosperti, Giorgia Santoro, Enrico Merlin, Pierpaolo Martino and Francesco Cusa) who will play key songs from ZiggyStardust and the Spiders from Mars and other Bowie hits, in one suite. Fifty years have passed, Bowie has been gone for six years – but only physically – and his legacy remains very powerful. Among the many things he left there is also a reminder: “There is a man of the stars waiting in the sky – he sang in Starman – he told us not to waste the opportunity, because he knows it’s worth it. penalty “.

The article is in Italian

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