The Decameron: An Immersive Art and Perfomance Festival
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The last date listed for The Decameron was Saturday June 1, 2013 / 8:30pm.
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The Decameron is a 10-day festival of intimate, cafe-style stories told by a wide range of voices and artistic disciplines, presented from within a symbolic contemporary catastrophe scenario: a post-earthquake disaster area. After passing through a rigorous entrance checkpoint, the audience is welcomed into a creative eden called the Oekolos, a haven of hope in dark times. The Oekolos resembles a living ecosystem, connecting the space, the performers, and the audience with functional and interactive art installations.
Boccaccio’s original Decameron (1351), a frame story about the plague in medieval Florence, heralded a new era in Western Europe. Its collection of critical and satirical stories, told by the independent voices of seven young women and three young men, paints a lively and transparent picture of humanity in a transitional state. More than 600 years later, in this festival version of the Decameron, our contemporary catastrophe scenario serves as a foil to engage both artist and audience in a deeper exploration of what it is to be now.
Early arrival, comfortable walking shoes and warm clothing layers are advised as this indoor/outdoor event is on the bay and the weather can change very quickly. _
The stories are presented in order in different locations, and you’ll walk between them in a free-roaming environment. Limited seating will be available at each story location.