Elective Affinities XV: Lightly We Passed on Earth

by Nandia Foteini Vlachou

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Cantavamo, morivamo, danzavamo di padre in figlio, crescendo di numero e esperienza dell’isola. Eravamo felici. Chiamavamo noi stessi S’ard, che nell’antica lingua significa danzatori delle stelle.

(We sang, we died, we danced from father to son, growing in number and experience of the island. We were happy. We called ourselves S’ard, which means the dancers in the ancient language of the stars.)

Passavamo sulla terra leggeri, Sergio Atzeni

#Koi Cantando Danzavamo (directed by Chiara Murru / live set by Frantziscu Medda Arrogalla). Photo © Vincenzo Sassu - taken during the

#Koi Cantando Danzavamo (directed by Chiara Murru, live set by Frantziscu Medda Arrogalla). Photo © Vincenzo Sassu – taken during the “Abbabula 2015” festival, Monte d’Accoddi, Sardinia

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Ingmar Bergman, The Seventh Seal, 1957

Ingmar Bergman, The Seventh Seal, 1957

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[I met Vincenzo Sassu, the very talented Sardinian photographer, at the Newsha Tavakolian exhibition at the Chapelle des Beaux-Arts in May 2015. He has studied in London and Rome, and currently lives in Paris, preparing a fascinating photojournalism project on the Parisian suburbs. I thank him for allowing me to reproduce this evocative photograph here (I hope to feature more of his work), taken at dusk at the Monte d’Accoddi. Vincenzo’s color scheme, composition as well as the choice of passage from Sergio Atzeni’s book easily recalls the final scene of the “Dance of Death” in Bergman’s The Seventh Seal and serves as a beautiful reminder of the transience, and poetry, of human existence.]

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