chapter  9
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Dionysus Returns: Contemporary Tuscan Trancers and Euripides’ The Bacchae

WithCHIARA BALDINI

On a bright day in December 2007 I received a call: “Ciao Chiara, it’s Mario, do you want to make a trance party with me?” Mario had spent a few years in Amsterdam where he participated in the organisation of many trance events and now he wished to organise a party in Italy where his DJ friends could perform. I had been an enthusiast of psytrance for ten years, mainly attending big international gatherings abroad, which had intrigued and seduced me, prompting my research into the historical and mythological roots of such events. Mario was not only offering me the chance to organise a trance party, but provided me with the opportunity to enable the youth of my hometown on the Chianti hills of Tuscany to experience psytrance culture. With little understanding of what I would face in the following months, I gave Mario an enthusiastic response.