“Balere” is the Italian term for a popular public dance floor. These spaces are the subject of a photo essay by Gian Luca Perrone, just published at domusweb.it. His interiors, devoid of people, have a Gursky-esque breadth, and Kubrick-quality ornate blankness.
From a brief essay accompanying the Domus photos:
They are part of the lives, past and present, of a certain number of Italians who have driven local decisions and growth. This work prompts critical reflection on social change in Italy, where leisure-time preferences and habits also have life cycles. These are places where the ephemeral has dialogued with all ranks of society ”“ from blue-collar workers to entrepreneurs and the middle classes ”“ with no ghettos; on the contrary, they have encouraged entire regions and provinces (from Emilia Romagna to the northern Marche, Tuscany, Liguria and Veneto) to socialise. This has made them the glitzy shrines of an aesthetic and a social growth where the dance ritual broke the weekly work routine.