EMILIA’S LAST DANCE

Between the 70s and 80s, the entertainment industry was born in Italy. Emilia-Romagna, in particular, became a leisure district with a great number of clubs and dancehalls within a few hundred kilometres. Along with the disco clubs, in that time a great number of brand new dancefloors sproud out the region, following the success of a new music style led to the success from musician and folk singer Raoul Casadei: the so-called Liscio (smooth dance).
Countless orchestras were founded out of nowhere, Casadei performs in concert twice a day, often even outside the regional borders: liscio became in a short time a truly mass phenomenon. Decades after its golden age, this couple dance is in decline: the latest statistics speak of a turnover of 20 million euros per year, 75% less than in the nineties when in Emilia-Romagna it generated revenues of over 100 million euros. The dancehalls have gradually closed their doors, the musical genre is day after day contaminated with Latin-American rhythms, the average age of the public has definitively increased. In Emilia-Romagna (and in some regions of northern Italy) is still alive, but confined mainly to recreational circles for the elderly and few clubs, clinging to those generations that made its boom. The last witnesses of a cultural phenomenon destined to disappear.

You can find this project on Parallelozero International Photo Agency and on Insitute Artist. It was also issued by “TAZ”, “TAZ online” (Germany) and by the weekly magazine “Specchio” (La Stampa). 

The reportage was selected as one of the finalists for the Marco Pesaresi award (Savignano Immagini 2018) and won first place overall in the “Fotografia e mondo del Lavoro” competition (2021) organised by the Laviosa Foundation, with Letizia Battaglia as the jury president.