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About the Project Legends on Circular Ruins

The project aims to promote intercultural and inter-generational dialogue by linking tangible and intangible heritage, performing arts, life stories, traditional knowledge and skills with contemporary issues, through the implementation of international artistic residences in five historical-archaeological sites, including the organization of knowledge-sharing events, site-specific performances, community-based events.

It features the implementation of its main actions in five remarkable historical-archaeological sites: Segovia (Spain), Rudiae and Castro (Italy), Nivica (Albania), Constanta (Romania). The sites, their histories, their communities are at the core of the activities through trans-national collaborations between archaeologists, culture heritage operators, cultural players and artists.

The residences include a series of activities made in the sites such as:
-Site-specific performances related to the intangible heritage made by international and local artists and by local people
-storytelling of cultural heritage made by artists and citizens, related to particular stories and legends
-‘creative’ visits to the places made by archaeologists and artists that will tell the stories of the sites
-‘curiosity zones’ on the stories of the other sites
Local and international artists are called to elaborate the stories of the places, of the communities in order to make them alive through their bodies, their voices. The actions aim to bring people and culture closer together, to directly engage people and communities in experiencing the social value of their culture heritage and of wider European cultural heritage.

In the site-specific performances the artistic moment welcomes the space, transforms it, arranges it in relation to the place and the people. Site-specific is thus an extraordinary opportunity to capitalize on natural, archaeological, and architectural assets, “rereading” them in new keys through artistic experience.

The audience is involved in theatre, dance, music, visual arts actions, highlighting the beauty of the places.. “Site-specific” means, above all, listening to places, tracing their voices, understanding their secret life, the many souls, identities layered over the course of time, the narrative and poetical palimpsest. It is doing performing arts interventions as a privileged mode of knowledge and of revealing.

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The following researches on the sites, stories, legends, myths have been compiled for this project:

>>Stories and Legends on the sites

>>The Necklace of Harmonia

>>Legends of the Back Sea

>>Legends and Stories of Nivica