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Dedicating the fourth edition of VIE Scena Contemporanea Festival to the director Thierry Salmon means not only paying tribute to a much loved artist a decade after his death, but also casting a backward glance over the history of contemporary theatre.

At a moment when our perception of time often means escaping into the future, when anxiety about unchecked growth is an idée fixe, to pause to reflect on the way we have come can help us decide on the way ahead. To jettison the past also means, however, allowing ourselves to be invaded by today's crusading consumerism. When we repress memory, we take one step nearer the void of indifference.

VIE Scena Contemporanea Festival is a way of bringing the act of remembering to life. It offers a heart and pair of lungs to let in light and air. It is not interested in commemorating a mummified past, but in breathing new life into a body of work that has undergone many changes and had many ramifications. Our aim is not to dredge up and dwell on specific memories, but to offer a chance to those who worked side by side with Thierry to share the riches and wonders of the heritage he left them.

Shows featuring Thierry's staff and artists, an exhibition, meetings will form a multi-faceted event which orbits around a contemporary theatre great.
Vie Scena Contemporanea Festival is an Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione project,