ENTERTAINMENT ARTICLES BY CESARE ZUCCA

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Preferisci essere intervistato in italiano o in inglese?
Italiano. Sono nato a Ortisei, amo la mia lingua nativa e cerco di praticarla. Seguo le news, leggo quotidianamente il Corriere della Sera e mi tengo in esercizio con le parole crociate.
Segui anche la musica italiana?
Poco. Mi piace Jovanotti, il rap di Fedez e la Pausini.
Si parla molto del tuo nuovo progetto. Pensi davvero che i 74 anni siano i nuovi 24?
Quando si tratta di dance music, penso che l’età non conti, anzi a 74 mi sento più sicuro e intraprendente.
Torniamo ai 24 allora, che musica ascoltavi? Chi era la tua ispirazione?
Giravo per l’Europa, cantavo e suonavo. I miei preferiti erano i Beatles.
Oggi?
Parlando di dance, poca ispirazione, con qualche eccezione. Mi piacciono Rihanna, Lady Gaga, ho chiesto a Beyoncé di incidere un mio pezzo, ammiro e sono grato ai Daft Punk, che mi hanno ospitato nel loro Random access memories e mi hanno incoraggiato a tornare a produrre musica, sono soddisfatto degli artisti che hanno partecipato al mio progetto. Per il resto rimango piuttosto insensibile.
Disco music di ieri e dance di oggi, cos’è cambiato?
Spariti i violini, chitarre in secondo piano. Il ritmo è rimasto. I suoni sono migliorati, più puliti, più netti, merito del digitale che aiuta immensamente. Allora lavoravo sul Moog, un vero mostro di difficoltà in un labirinto di cavi. Era difficilissimo gestirlo. Oggi ci sono suoni prefabbricati ed è tutto più maneggevole e facile. Anche qualcuno musicalmente impreparato può fare musica. Guarda i Dj, non sono musicisti nel vero senso della parola, oltre a mixare, più che altro si improvvisano autori e creatori di suoni, spesso affascinanti.
Nel tuo progetto appaiono molti ospiti ilustri, tra cui Sia e Kylie Minogue. Me ne vuoi parlare?
Con Sia ho lavorato “a distanza” e ha funzionato. È un’artista completa, grande professionista. Ha composto la melodia e scritto le parole, poi sono arrivato io per lavorarci sopra, con tutti gli altri suoni. Con Kylie ho realizzato Right here, Right Now, di cui ho iniziato la registrazione a Londra, per terminarla insieme a Los Angeles. Mi fa piacere dirti che questa collaborazione continua, infatti sarò ospite come Dj nel suo tour in Australia.
Come è nato il video di 74?
Avevo notato un video online. Mi è piaciuto, ho rintracciato i produttori e ho chiesto di creare una versione per il mio singolo di presentazione del progetto 74 is the new 24. Un eccellente lavoro di montaggio e un risultato che mi piace. È un video di 3 minuti dove persone, animali e cose si rincorrono in una corsa nello spazio.
Anche tu vai di corsa o sei un tipo tranquillo?
Tranquillo, ma la mia musica viaggia a 128 BPM, corre e non si ferma mai.
La tua recente esperienza di Dj set?
Tutto nato per caso, un amico mi ha chiesto di affiancarlo come Dj in una sfilata di moda. Eravamo in due, poi ho continuato da solo, mi sono organizzato, ho selezionato e riarrangiato molta della mia musica. Sono stato in mezzo mondo, Giappone, Svezia, Messico e Germania. Ho suonato a New York e all’Hard Day Of The Dead a Los Angeles. Mi entusiasma fare musica davanti a migliaia di ragazzi che ballano e vivono i miei pezzi di tanti anni fa. Ripeto, la dance non ha età.
Collaborazioni future?
Mi piacerebbe lavorare con Lady Gaga. È un’artista che ammiro molto. Ci siamo sentiti, ne abbiamo parlato. Spero che accada. Ho già rimixato il suo I Can’t Give You Anything But Love in duetto con Tony Bennett.
È vero che hai scritto un nuovo inno nazionale italiano?
Sì, anni fa, ai tempi della cosiddetta Seconda Repubblica. C’era desiderio di cambiamento anche nelle tradizioni istituzionali, Umberto Eco, nuova bandiera, nuovo inno… Me lo chiesero, lo scrissi ma non successe niente. Però mi sono rifatto con l’inno delle Olimpiadi di Los Angeles e di Pechino.
Un momento indimenticabile della tua carriera?
Love to love you baby. Ero in studio di registrazione con Donna Summer. La casa discografica voleva una versione hard del provino che inizialmente era solo di pochi minuti. Avevo previsto una versione lunga, disseminata da molti sospiri che suggerissero svariati orgasmi. Donna era imbarazzata. Non si sentiva a suo agio. Ho chiesto a tutti di lasciarci soli in studio, ho spento tutte le luci e nella penombra Donna si è lasciata andare ed ha interpretato la canzone come se fosse un’attrice più che una cantante. Il disco è diventato un successo mondiale. Milioni di copie, erano tutti impazziti… tranne Donna che, suo malgrado, era diventata un sex symbol, un’identità che non ha mai amato.
Hai mai ricevuto un clamoroso “no”?
È successo con Bob Dylan. Stavo scrivendo le musiche per Rambo 3. Silvester Stallone mi chiese una canzone da proporre a Dylan. L’ho incontrato, l’ha ascoltata e mi è sembrato interessato, ma un paio di giorni dopo mi ha chiamato dicendo che non l’avrebbe cantata. Non ho mai saputo se non amava la musica o il film… Ma ci saranno altre occasioni. In fondo è come se avessi solo 24 anni!

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Milan, Teatro alla Scala.
Last night I indulged in a dream.
The Scala Ballet Company was performing a very classical Swan Lake, as a tribute to the genius of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, the original creators of the choreography of this masterpiece. Petipa is considered the father of 19th-century Russian ballet. His thoughts on all aspects of ballet – the dance technique and style, the music, the structure, even the props used became prevailing practices For some Lev Ivanov is Petipa’s dependable assistant. For others he is ballet’s unjustly ignored unsung genius, who transformed Swan Lake into a very different ballet. Director Alexei Ratmansky created a new version respectful of Petipa style and intentions. The Scala Orchestra, directed by Michail Jurowski, started with some hesitations then was able to carry the passion and the drama on the stage to a great finale. Nicoletta Manni Timofej Andrijashenko ph Brescia e Amisano Teatro alla ScalaNicoletta Manni in the principal roles of Odette/Odile showed an amazing amount of grace, power and technicality. (I was carefully counting the nearly perfect Odile’ s32 fouettés in Act 3) Timofej Andrijashenko as the Prince Siegfried, colored his role with athletic moves and an amazing dramatic interpretation. Bravo to the female Ensemble that, in a challenging tour de force, spanned from being joyous courtesan to swans, to character figures from all over Europe, back to swans. The Spanish dance was a winner, thanks to the flamboyant Riccardo Massimi and Massimo Garon while Christian Fagetti as Benno performed a passionate pas de trois. Applause to the iconic Litte Swan, beautifully featured by Daniela Cavalleri, LusyMay Di Stefano ,Christelle Cennerelli, Agnese Di Clemente I wasn’t so impressed by the Jerome Kaplan costumes. In my opinion, the pastel palette worked great on the courtesans in the Act I, but I didn’t like the long-than-usual feathered tutus of the Swans, as well the ‘Cirque du Soleil-meets-Disneyland’ Hungarian look neither the Botticelli/Art Nouveau/Renaissance dresses of the ‘marry-me’ Ladies who kept fanatically fanning with their golden fans.Swan Lake will perform till July 15th Twww.teatroallascala.org/en/index.html

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The first Italian debut took place in 1980 at Barclays Teatro Nazionale in Milan. After 35 years, the theater has hosted the world premiere of Momix FOREVER

spectacular collage of choreographed by Moses Pendleton, the charismatic creator of the company. The show is not only a retrospective of famous pieces, but also the presentation of four new creations that Moses was able to enter into a continuous environment in which every new piece depends on the previous one and is linked to the one that follows it. “I like to share my day at the fixed time, where industry long walks during which I take pictures and inspirations, photographer, tour videos, record my thoughts and my emotions” momix“My mind needs precise timing to channel the emotions and suggestions of what I see. It ‘s like walking into a museum that presents a different work every day, something new that affects us immediately the attention and that, almost an alchemical process turns into a choreographic movement “ I’m looking, I explore, suddenly metaphors, stirring moving objects and creating new elements in the bodies of my dancers involved in elaborate choreographies that require a perfect physical and great athleticism ‘ “” my muse is nature. In Italy, for example, the beautiful fields of flowers in Tuscany and the peaks of the Dolomites “

Fiordaliso, che ha una lunga storia musicale pop ma che è animata da una indomabile attitudine rock verso la vita, ha infatti appena fatto uscire un singolo che ha come tema l’eutanasia. La canzone, intitolata Senza una lacrima non anticipa nessun album, non ha nessuna etichetta discografica alle spalle ed è stata completamente auto-prodotta da Fiordaliso che ha imposto un’unica condizione: ogni centesimo derivato dalla vendita della canzone su iTunes sarà devoluta all’Associazione Luca Coscioni, che lotta per affermare i diritti umani, civili e politici delle persone malate e disabili anche nelle scelte di fine vita.

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ARE YOU A LIZ TAYLOR FAN?

 My dear friend photographer FIROOZ ZAHEDI will host a book signing of his book
MY ELISABETH
at Galleria Sozzani , corso Como 10 , Milan. on June 22  at 7.00 pm Capture_1_1024x1024It ‘s a great book with never seen before images of the Diva… including this beautiful , candid, intimate and lovely moment of Liz while cooking … 41a679e2c7fab998395bf3d3260f155e

 

FRANCOFONIA
A history of the Louvre during the Nazi occupation and a meditation on the meaning and timelessness of art. Sokurov is one of the most internationally recognized Russian directors. His previous feature, Faust, collected the Golden Lion at Venice back in 2011.
FRANCOFONIA has been awarded by the FEDEORA jury as the Best European Film in Competition at the 2015 Venice International film festival.

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GREGORY PECK, A FLAWLESS STYLE, Roman_Holiday
A retrospective that traces the extraordinary career of the star, 100 years after his birth, the unforgettable protagonist of great masterpieces such as Hitchcock‘s Spellbound , Huston‘s Moby Dick and
Wyiler’s Roman Holiday
Info, calendar and schedules at MIC

ROSALINA, UNREAL MEMORIES OF A REAL LIFE

The set is simple: a banch, a red balloon, an elderly homeless woman who talks in grammelot alternating French, Italian, Milanese, English
Her stories are real or false…It doesn’t matter. I loved the rewinding of the tape of past events by mixing truth and fiction, the life of the living and the dead, until the present.
The still elegant Bag Lady brings out moments life, carrier, travels, lovers, not to mention a  very persona interpretation of the every single sign of the horoscope according to his penis…The 70 minutes monologue of Je Me fut is brilliantly performed by Rosalina Neri, notorious back in the 50′ and 60’as the Italian bombshell Marylln Monroe lookalike.
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LUKAS GRAHAM: ROME TONIGHT, THEN THE WORLD

lukas.jpgFirst Italian date for Lukas Graham Band at Carroponte Center, Milan.
I was surprise to see not a big crowd , but made the concert even more intimate , colloquial and definitely grand. Lukas loves to talk to the public, to entertain, to be cool. “This is our first concert in Italy and the first one not sold out, but that’s ok , we ‘ll love to play for you, we would like to thank you for coming .” A humble, gentle friendly performer, who like to talk of family, memories, personal stories, dreams, food and to cheer with a drink.The band, an amazing voice and , of course. There is a great companionship between Lukas and his band, drummer Mark Falgren, bassist Magnus Larsson, keyboardist Kasper Daugaard and a great session of saxophone and trumpets that brings to stage rhythm n blues atmosphere.Many hits, starting from the opening Better Than Yourself that echoes Beethoven’s Sonata au claScreen Shot 2016-06-21 at 00.54.20ir de lune , Welcome to my funeral, Strip no more, Mama said, ‘We love Italy , probably the one country in the world where you have lunch…before working. We love to see the main church in the city we play in. So far the Cathedrals in Milan and Colone are our favorite, but hey, tomorrow will be in Rome…’His love for father Eugene whom Lukas describes as My father. My mentor. My best friend became a strong reference like in Don’t you worry about me , You are not there and the super famous 7 Years, one the most beautiful song of the season, that I would not be surprised ( and I wish) to see it crowned as Best Song of The Year in the next Grammy Awards.

The legendary Piccolo Teatro Strehler of Milano hosts a new production of
The Three Penny Opera. Twenty actors, a superb staging and lighting, a full symphony orchestra and the clever direction of Damiano Michieletto an Italian opera director known for His innovative productions at several leading opera houses and festivals including his Olivier Award-winning production of Leoncavallo’s thrilling tragic opera of a violent jealousy.The story (that Michieletto starts from the end) tells about Mackie Messer, notorious criminal (Marco Foschi) who marries Polly Peachum (Maria Roveran) without the permission of Peachum, the girl’s father, (Peppe Servillo) the one who controls all the London’s beggars, here turned into migrants in orange life jackets and suggesting a mass drowning tragedy.Screen Shot 2016-06-03 at 10.49.11 Eventually Mackie manages to get a conviction but shortly before the execution, a Queen’s Messenger grace the accused and awarded him the title of baronet.  I love to mention  the amazing staging of Jenny’s song sung by the incomparable Almodovar’s muse
Rossy De Palma surrounded by male hands.Screen Shot 2016-06-03 at 11.06.56 A great ensemble of young actors not to mention the perfect harmony between sounds and visual, thanks to the Sets by Paolo Fantin, costumes by Carla Teti, lighting by Alessandro Carletti, choreography by Chiara Vecchi and the Orchestra Sinfonica of Milano Giuseppe Verdi conducted by Giuseppe Grazioli.At Piccolo Teatro of Milano till June 11.

    400 years ago…Did Shakespeare love the Circus?

MSNC_1Midsummer Night’s Circus a new musical written by Tobias Rossi and Simone Nardini with music and lyrics by Antonio Torella
accurately directed by Marco Bellocchio and inspired to
Shakespeare A Midsummer Night’s Dream.Like in Pippin or the new version of Godspell, the action takes place in a circus,
where elves, clowns, acrobats all together celebrate the circus life, spiced up from a brilliant cast of over forty performers, including young talents and hot stars
such as Michel Altieri (in the role of Oberon) Pietro Pignatelli (Aegean),
Giovanni Abbracciamento
(Lysander), and a great Titania
played by Simona Samarelli
Shakespeare, Circus, Music, Colors, and an enthusiastic cast all work for this lovely version of a masterpiece, that probably Sir William himself may like. May 13,14 at the Teatro della Luna of Assago

DANCE TO UNITE
One Way or Another
featuring live music from Debbie Harry.dbDance to Unite, Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to use dance as a vehicle to teach and to celebrate cultural diversity.The evening will be a celebration of artistic excellence and cultural diversity to benefit Screen Shot 2016-05-02 at 18.15.14Dance to Unite’s expanding free after-school dance and education programs.  This year, Dance to Unite proudly honors Jenny Morgenthau, who recently retired after 32 years as the Executive Director of the Fresh Air Fund.  As part of the celebration, students of Dance to Unite will perform to music icon and Blondie lead singer, Debbie’s biggest hits live.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 6pm at The World School Chelsea, 259 Tenth Avenue, NYC,

                                 A SWAN LAKE…LIKE YOU NEVER SAW BEFORE

Put together the “Swan Song ” a vaudeville by Chekhov about an old actor in a
theatre after the lights go out, the eternal music of Tchaikovsky,
the genially irreverent choreography and direction by Fabrizio Monteverde
and a bunch of older, aching, curved dancers who want to live one more time the tragic love story of Prince Siegfried and Odette/Odile. The result is an amazing new version of one of the most celebrated ballet in the history The Swan Lake,
this time retitled Il Lago dei Cigni ovvero il Canto.Lago-dei-Cigni-02-1030x686 A contemporary ballet that ancient dancers remember and recreate with enormous love and pain. From an amazing opening with all the dancers/swans lied down on ground covered with colored cloths of the scene, while only their raised arms are moving as swan necks to the Odette’s solo, first pure purity and then more and more disjointed and bloodless revealing physical stress and despair to an intense finale where topless Odette frees her body and her beauty to revive the lost youth.Soloists  Roberta De Simone, Claudia Vecchi, Luca Pannacci and Siro Guglielmi, among all the artists of the Balletto di Roma certainly know how give to the audience some emotional, intense, unforgettable moments.
At Teatro Carcano till April 30th

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