The official title of this event was Sogno di una notte di fine estate: Equinozio in Bragora (or An End-of-Summer Night's Dream: Equinox in Bragora), and the weather cooperated completely, supplying a singularly beautiful evening poised perfectly between summer and fall, with the warm clear stillness of the former and just a hint of cool humidity settling upon the proceedings gently as a benediction as the night wore on in one of the city's most appealing campi.
There were events throughout the day, beginning with the construction of a meridian for kids at noon, live music, more activities for kids, then the construction of a maze made out of votive lights, which turned out, as one followed it, to be far more involved than it appeared at first glance. We arrived for the open-air dinner--cibi dalla via della seta (food from the silk road)--and Hindustani classical music by Angelo Sorato and Fabio Lazzarin, with the dancer Marianna Biadene (pictured above and below).
Sando turned out to be completely mesmerized by the latter, and only returned to the votive light maze when Ms Biadene finished her performance. By that time a lot of other people, of all ages, were winding their way along its path--and, sometimes, running, which was distinctly discouraged. Though, as you can see in the photo at the bottom of the page, the urge was often too great for some people to resist.
|The votive light maze being laid out in early evening|
For as you can see in the photo at the top of this page, there is a plaque upon the front of the church of San Giovanni in Bragora noting the fact that this was the church in which Antonio Vivaldi, composer of The Four Seasons, was baptized. The inspiration to mark the changing of each season in this particular campo is as simple as that.
|People wait in line at the food tent at right, while others enjoy live entertainment|
But that will be the subject of my next post.
|The votive light maze might have made a pleasant place to practice walking meditation--but not with a couple of speed demons like the above around|