Nora Krstulović: Golden Lion, for the 14th time

March 11th, 2013 // news

A long time ago, when at the dawn of our civilization, an unknown primitive man first lit the fire with the stone he certainly could not even dream that thousands of years later, his descendants would also depend on this same piece of ore.

In fact, flint, or silicon, once the only source of fire, to the present day is essential in the electronics industry, and without it many advantages of modern times would be unthinkable. Fortunately, it is the second predominant element on Earth, after oxygen.

There is a certain poetic justice in the fact that silicon, this incredible catalyst for the progress of mankind, in the periodic table of elements, has the ordinal number fourteen, just like the Golden Lion this year.

Their mission is actually the same, to bring light and warmth in the gloom of everyday life and turn it into wonderful moments.

Bringing the best of the performing arts in the region on the streets and squares of Umag means to open its windows to the world of fantasy and make it part of the world, just like all those gadgets do daily, that we kindly ask you to don’t forget to turn off before the spell called theatre show begins.

But, fortunately the symbolism of this year’s festival edition does not stop here.

In fact, 14 is the “magic number” of the signature that the musicological profession attributes to the genius Johann Sebastian Bach, who often wrote his name in his compositions. With the analogy according to which A denotes the number 1, B the number 2, historians of music in the music notations of the surname BACH (2 +1 +3 +8) have recognized precisely the number of Bach, which as you can already guess is equivalent to 14.

With this would not agree the greatest admirers of another musical genius Ludwig van Beethoven to whom number 14 brings to mind his most famous sonata for piano, the fourteenth in a row, also known as the moonlight sonata.

And once again it is difficult to resist to the symbolism.

Fourteen years ago it seemed like an unattainable fantasy that a city without a classical theatre company could host a festival that would represent the culmination of each theatre season and become the meeting place of theatre artists from across the region. It was difficult to imagine that in one place, according to the principle of the triangle or convivenza, for years institutional and non-institutional theatres, local and international artists, contemporary and classical theatre, drama theatre and dance theatre, would intertwine transforming the entire city in a theatre stage.

Perhaps this should not surprise anyone. After all, fourteen represents exactly the number of lines that a sonnet must be composed of.

In this pearl necklace you will surely find at least one that shines in a special way, and we who dedicate our lives to the theatre will return again with enthusiasm to our histrionic work. Why is it so? The answer lies in the fact that sonnets are first of all an expression of love.

So we invite you to come in the auditorium with open hearts and lots of love, because without it everything we do on the other side of the scene makes no sense, or as in his 23rd sonnet William Shakespeare wrote:

As an unperfect actor on the stage

Who with his fear is put besides his part,

Or some fierce thing replete with too much rage,

Whose strength’s abundance weakens his own heart.

So I, for fear of trust, forget to say

The perfect ceremony of love’s rite,

And in mine own love’s strength seem to decay,

O’ercharged with burden of mine own love’s might.

O, let my books be then the eloquence

And dumb presagers of my speaking breast,

Who plead for love and look for recompense

More than that tongue that more hath more express’d.

O, learn to read what silent love hath writ:

To hear with eyes belongs to love’s fine wit.

Welcome to the city of Angels, welcome to the 14th edition of the Golden Lion ….

Nora Krstulovic

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