thursday 4 april – 10 pm

Fontana Parco della Montagnola

Doro Bengala (I)

Fontana di Fuoco

sound performance, production Xing/Live Arts Week, première

Fontana di Fuoco reinterprets the pyrotechnic show using explosions as sounds and sounds as explosions of colors: an art of sense stimulation through the use of colored flames, of schrieks and low frequencies, inspired by a practice from Bengal founded by Mrs. Subhash Chandra Doro in the late 1895. “Hidden behind the fading flaming demon, their world was to climb trees to sparks and frighten the passerby. The tree fronds were meticulously decorated with silver strips that, moved from the wind, rose to emphasize the calls of the reeds cut in the bamboo, shaken to overcome the vertigo of space. Doro Bengala gathered around Bob, the only and unforgettable, Bob Caselli, who gave them the new dust. Today they keep in tiny boxes inlaid with their names.” Their rare apparitions made them become more than a pyrotechnic or performative group. Rather, they were the descendants of the incandescent world, the spirits of the extinct volcano, what remains of magma and fire.

Doro Bengala, is a project born in 2008, founded by Francesco Cavaliere and Simone Trabucchi. For Fontana di Fuoco, the sound artist Enrico Malatesta becomes part of the project. Doro Bengala employs the potential of black powder and, consequently, of pyrotechnics and the relationship light and color/explosion and sound, a phenomenal area that ensnares and fascinates artists, musicians, architects, set designers, pyromaniacs and religious people who, moved by multitudes of social motivations, personal vocations or commissions, take possession of the persuasive power of fire and become creators and spectators of a communal experience. The fire increases the intensity, the projection and the space of influence of the celebration, which assumes a memorable form through the ephemeral spectacle that takes place on the pyrotechnic stage.

fireworks, loops, cymbals