Summary of DANCE, OPERA, MUSICAL THEATER articles by Cesare Zucca

Ravel Project is a triptych structured tribute to the always fascinating music of Maurice Ravel .A new production by Jas Art Ballet ensemble, founded and directed by principal Andrea Volpintesta and the international prima ballerina Sabrina Brazzo a prima ballerina at  in Milan who performed on the most famous stages in the world such as Milan La Scala, Paris Opera, London Covent Garden, Moscow Bolshoi and NY Metropolitan, .
The show starts with
Piano where three couples alternate on a suggestive piano composition played by Stefano Salvatori. La Valse by Giorgio Azzone the research by many young people searching for a dark new world of alcohol and drugs. Loving and hating each other. The piece reminded me some intense duel scenes from West Side Story The metaphysical landscapes of Giorgio De Chirico are the inspiration for the final ballet Bolero where the original composition has been revisited by the choreography among the musical arrangements by Massimo Margaria, In a breathless run, the faceless dancers seem to struggle in a ritual of love dialogue, and contact.
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Thursday, December 10th. It will be an amazing night for opera lovers.
It will happen in one of The Space Cinema, a  great chain of movie theaters                      all over the Italian territory, hosting two long waited live performances                                 from London Royal Opera House. I am talking off Mascani’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, two short works, each recognized as the masterpiece of its composer, are presented together in a new production of the award-winning Damiano Michieletto. Exaggerated and cheeky, tender and inventive, energetic and ironic: 40 years old Michieletto is considered the richest talent of Italian directors, who come and go between lyrical and dramatic theater.The two masterpieces, set up as Sergio Leone westerns, will reveal their western soul…
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Diaghilev, Nijinsky, Massine, Pina Bausch, Martha Graham, Kenneth MacMillan, Maurice Béjart, Natalia Kasatkina and Vladimir Vasiliev those are just few names of extraordinary choreographers who were enchanted by Igor Stravinskij’s The Rite of Spring, the legend where in spring a virgin was sacrificed to propitiate the benefit of the gods with primitive rituals celebrating the advent of spring,with a unique score that contains many novel features for its time, including experiments in tonality, rhythm, stress and dissonance. that attack and conquer every listener.
Hungarian choreographer Marinel Stefanescu staged it in 1986 with a show at the Valli Theater in Reggio Emilia,  It was a great success and was requested in many Italian theaters and for several tours abroad. Last night, the Teatro Manzoni di Milano hosted Liliana Cosi and Marinel Stefanescu‘s company Nuovo Balletto Classico, featuring Dorian Grori and Rezart Stafa, a strong couple of male principals, while Elena Casolar and Michela Mazzoni seamed  to me to be less stable on their movements. I have to mention the energetic and convincing ensemble of 25 young talented dancers.
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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.
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Here it comes again. The magic world of Mummenschanz hypnotizes one more time.
The group of four mimes debuted last night at Teatro Carcano in Milan, Italy.
Despite some technical issues, the show captured the audience, as usual.
The performance started with two huge hands…
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3 TIMES MAURICE. Ravel music pulses on stage.

Ravel Project is a triptych structured tribute to the always fascinating music of Maurice Ravel .A new production by Jas Art Ballet ensemble, founded and directed by principal Andrea Volpintesta and the international prima ballerina Sabrina Brazzo a prima ballerina at  in Milan who performed on the most famous stages in the world such as Milan La Scala, Paris Opera, London Covent Garden, Moscow Bolshoi and NY Metropolitan, .
The show starts with
Piano where three couples alternate on a suggestive piano composition played by Stefano Salvatori. La Valse by Giorgio Azzone the research by many young people searching for a dark new world of alcohol and drugs. Loving and hating each other. The piece reminded me some intense duel scenes from West Side Story The metaphysical landscapes of Giorgio De Chirico are the inspiration for the final ballet Bolero where the original composition has been revisited by the choreography among the musical arrangements by Massimo Margaria, In a breathless run, the faceless dancers seem to struggle in a ritual of love dialogue, and contact.

 

 



THE ENCHANTING BALLET ‘SAGRA DELLA PRIMAVERA’ AT TEATRO MANZONI, MILAN

                      LA SAGRA DELLA PRIMAVERA (The Rite of Spring)
Diaghilev, Nijinsky, Massine, Pina Bausch, Martha Graham, Kenneth MacMillan, Maurice Béjart, Natalia Kasatkina and Vladimir Vasiliev those are just few names of extraordinary choreographers who were enchanted by Igor Stravinskij’s The Rite of Spring, the legend where in spring a virgin was sacrificed to propitiate the benefit of the gods with primitive rituals celebrating the advent of spring,with a unique score that contains many novel features for its time, including experiments in tonality, rhythm, stress and dissonance. that attack and conquer every listener.
Hungarian choreographer Marinel Stefanescu staged it in 1986 with a show at the Valli Theater in Reggio Emilia,  It was a great success and was requested in many Italian theaters and for several tours abroad. Last night, the Teatro Manzoni di Milano hosted Liliana Cosi and Marinel Stefanescu‘s company
Nuovo Balletto Classico, featuring Dorian Grori and Rezart Stafa, a strong couple of male principals, while Elena Casolar and Michela Mazzoni seamed  to me to be less stable on their movements. I have to mention the energetic and convincing ensemble of 25 young talented dancers. The ballet tells the extraordinary primitive experience of man in contact with nature and its elements, in an almost fairytale setting at the sources of life. In the second part “Dialogue with the Infinite” the music was written by Adrian Enescu to give life to an inner dialogue of modern man, attracted both by violence and by peace. Man, the protagonist of the show, experiment with curious intensity every element of nature – has an instinctive repugnance for the horrible rite of the young woman who must be sacrificed and decides, risking in person, to save her. It is projected into a new world – and here it is Smetana who repays it by immersing it in the rich and fantastic Nature, so well described in the Vltava, which will close the first part of the show.

In the second part of the Stefanescu ballet, starting from an almost autobiographical reflection, he emphasizes the exhausting struggle of man against the aggressiveness he finds within himself. In collaboration with his friend composer Adrian Enescu, he chooses a music that unfolds on nine contrasting passages to illustrate the inclination of Man to yield to the fascination of violence and war rather than to the choices of peace. In fact, he will call this ballet ‘Dialogue with the Infinite’ because it is a struggle that seems never to be resolved until reaching out for peace.

 

 

 

 

DANCE and MUSICAL THEATRE REVIEWS BY CESARE ZUCCA

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 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. Nicoletta Manni Timofej Andrijashenko ph Brescia e Amisano Teatro alla ScalaBravo 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
 Thursday, December 10th. It will be an amazing night for opera lovers.
It will happen in one of The Space Cinema, a  great chain of movie theaters                      all over the Italian territory, hosting two long waited live performances                                 from London Royal Opera House. I am talking off Mascani’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, two short works, each recognized as the masterpiece of its composer, are presented together in a new production of the award-winning Damiano Michieletto. Exaggerated and cheeky, tender and inventive, energetic and ironic: 40 years old Michieletto is considered the richest talent of Italian directors, who come and go between lyrical and dramatic theater.
The two masterpieces, set up as Sergio Leone westerns, will reveal their western soul.
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The event, hosted by Director of The Royal Opera Kasper Holten, will see Damiano, the great sopranos Carmen Giannattasio and Eva-Maria Westbroek,                               his superb cast and the amazing production team        
explore the production, the tradition of verismo opera and why composers such as Mascagni and Leoncavallo chose to write gritty operas about real life as opposed to romantic fantasies.

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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,

The School of American Ballet’s 2014 Winter Ball, in celebration of SAB’s 80th Anniversary, took place at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater on Monday, March 3, 2014 and raised more than $1.2 million for scholarships and school programs.
A highlight of the evening was a one-time-only performance by the talented students of The School of American Ballet choreographed by Silas Farley, who choose Antonio Vivaldi’s music for a five movimento ballet .
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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


Here it comes again. The magic world of Mummenschanz hypnotizes one more time.
The group of four mimes debuted last night at Teatro Carcano in Milan, Italy.
Despite some technical issues, the show captured the audience, as usual.
The performance started with two huge hands that opened the curtain, flirted with the audience and finally met each other to give the green light to the 80 minutes show, that boasts some Mummenschanz favorite moments and features some new numbers.
In a totally black stage the group of four mimes, bring to life an extraordinary variety of imaginary creatures who fight, love, care, have fun and …reach.There is often a destination to land on, a goal to finalize, a mission to persue in the those creatures world. Like the paper toilet couple (she is in pink, he is in blue) that seams to flirt, or the funny Pac Man lookalike who finally reach the top of a tablemumm2Searching, and reaching, a comfort zone, either they are flying or folding their bodies. One of the best moments is the classic encounter between two masked creatures, which keep changing their plastic faces, in a never ending metamorphosis, transforming themselves into animals and humans.The company will tour around the world. Lots of dates in Italy and Usa, Check Mummenschanz international tour at http://www.mummenschanz.com/en/ Photos Courtesy of Mummenschanz.com

                             ‘FUERZA BRUTA’ DOES MILAN

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Sleeping Beauty, a ballet masterpiece with the wonderful music of PI TCajkovskij
and the iconic choreography of Marius Petipa will enchant again Milan audience
thanks to one of the most famous ballet companies in the world,
the New Classical Ballet of Moscow featuring Stetlitsa Evgenii and Olga Kifiak,
both first soloists of the Opera and Ballet Theatre of Kiev, while the finale will bring some very special Guests such as Puss in boots and White Cat, Cinderella and the Prince
Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf. The New Classical Ballet of Moscow is a young company with the aim of developing the great tradition of classical Russian ballet, but also seek new choreographic forms. The Ballet is made up of dancers from the best dance Academies in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ufa, Perm, winners of international competitions among etoiles from the best theaters in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg.
A magical fairy tale not to be missed.
At Teatro Manzoni in Milan For info and tickets http://www.teatromanzoni.it

D U M M
Sonics are the actor/dancer Antonio Villella aka Serafino and eight extraordinary aerial acrobats.Their new show is called DUUM and pays homage to the imaginary
underworld of Agharta. Sonics will bring on stage some breathtaking aerial acrobatics trying to make the Duum, the jump towards the earth surface.
Duum is actually the sound of a jump. always invent new expedients searching for the right vibration, the secret that will make them leave the underworld forever.duum-sito-3I loved the  show, the music and the costumes, created by Ileana Prudente and
Irene Chiarle DUUM will be performing at Teatro Carcano in Milan till Sunday Jan 31th, then will take the Italian tour to Faenza, Bologna, Cividale, Tolmezzo, Sacile, Varese, Forlì.
Here You can check the full Duum Tour schedule.

Screen Shot 2016-02-18 at 08.23.47An amazing, long journey is taking away the audience of Teatro Arcimboldi in Milan.
The voyage is guided by the spectacular cast, music, lights, and visual effect created by the Cirque Éloize Cirkopolis, a nearly two hour show directed by Jeannot Painchaud and Dave St-Pierre. It starts off with a back projection of a dreary factory populated by a crowd of people in grey overcoats designed by Liz Vandal, while an employer is constantly stamping documents at his office desk. It reminded me of a scene of the recent movie Anna Karenina as well as Terry Gilliam’s Brazil and the underground world of Fritz Lang’s  Metropolis. The amazing video screen by Alexis Laurence follow the action with an intense zooming through buildings or tunnels, giving us the feeling of moving through space. Cirkopolis is taking us to forests, machines, buildings and finally a black and white circus tent. The 10 member extraordinary cast of acrobats and dancers use ropes, trapeze, a Chinese pole, teeter-board German wheel  in a variety of different acts that are pretty astonishing to behold. Screen Shot 2016-02-18 at 09.35.49 The great music by Stefan Boucher and the active choreography created by Dave St Pierre follow and animate constantly the show, like a modern ballet interacting with the  balancing acts. At Teatro Arcimboldi till February 24th 

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This is the year of Brechtian celebrations, The legendary Piccolo Teatro Strehler of Milano hosts a new production ofThe 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. 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. 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.
Midsummer 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
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 FamePageFAME is back!
Fame, the Musical
is coming to Milanat Barclays Teatro Nazionale.
The electrifying show, inspired to the legendary movie that opened 35 years ago, provides an open look at the New York City’s High School of Performing Arts, where sweat and hard work are the key factors to a successful life as a performer.
The plot follows a group of students across the acting, dancing and music faculties from 1980-1984 as they learn to master their craft and grow up alongside each other, rising to the various challenges that face them.Fame-12-1
The new version, directed by Federico Bellone reserves to its audience a nice surprise: every evening 10 people from the public, will be hosted on stage as part of the Auditorium of Fame School. For more info
http://www.teatronazionale.it/tutti-gli-spettacoli/fame-saranno-famosi

Successful return of the beloved family show “Rapunzel” a musical inspired to the Grimm Brother tale, revisited by Alessandro Procacci, Davide Magnabosco e Paolo Barillari.
Great Cast starting with Lorella Cuccarini as the evil Gothel,Alessandra Ferrari as Rapunzel, while the role of Rapunzel child, is greatly performed by 9 years old Valentina Critelli the winner of a popular TV Italian kid contest”Ti Lascio una Canzone”. A big applause for the flamboyant Giulio Corso as Phil, a young robber who is trying to escape the royal guards and sheltering refuge in an old tower, where he will find Rapunzel , a young girl keep imprisoned by a witchy aunt.There are a lots of new characters, like the two talking flowers, the guard “Hound” who speaks in Grammelot and the mirror “Spiegel”, which reflects the conscience of Rapunzel and inner thoughts.
In addition to that I loved some cartoon animated outdoor sequences Great Idea! 
 A memorable moment: a multitude of lanterns flying over the audience.
Rapunzel will perform at Teatro Arcimboldi till Jan 10th 2016 then touring all over Italy .

L’ANATRA ALL’ ARANCIA…ma alla fine, la cucineranno? DUCK à l’ORANGE…will they finally cook it?

by Marina Perzy
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Quando due attori in scena riescono a far dimenticare l’originale di anni fa o il film che ne rese popolare il testo, parlo della versione sul grande schermo, dove i protagonisti erano la grande Monica Vitti e un irresistibile Ugo Tognazzi, il successo della commedia è decretato! L’altra sera alla prima al Teatro Manzoni di Milano, ho visto una straordinaria Chiara Noschese perfettamente calata, anche nella cadenza, nella parte di una milanese radical chic e Luca Barbareschi, che si sapeva bravo attore, questa volta impegnato in un ruolo inedito, dove brilla di un’ irrefrenabile simpatia che, non a caso, strappa diversi applausi a scena aperta.
It happened few nights ago….When two actors on the stage are able to make you forget about the original of years ago or the movie that made that story popular (I’m talking about the great Monica Vitti and Ugo Tognazzi) the success of the comedy is confirmed! The other night at the Teatro Manzoni in Milano, I saw an amazing Chiara Noschese perfectly dropped, even in her accent, in the part of a milanese radical chic and Luca Barbareschi, whom I know is a good actor, put himself in an un unusual role where he shines of a great  coolness.

Luca, a tratti, mi ha ricordato il grande Woody Allen, anche se Luca è più alto e più bello ovviamente! Un lavoro straordinario anche per la sua regia, capace di riportare atmosfere e sapori che il pubblico ha apprezzato fino alla fine di uno spettacolo molto vivace con ritmi che hanno fatto volare i due atti. Musica, luci e design per una scenografia post moderna/futurista. Anche il resto del cast completa il successo: Margherita La Terza, è una , perfetta sexy-coatta segretaria. Gerardo Maffei l’amante, meno belloccio e giovane di come ci si aspetta, ma comunque credibile nel ruolo del principe russo e finalmente il cameriere Ernesto Mahieux, eccellente caratterista napoletano.
Sometimes he  reminded me of Woody Allen, even though Luca is taller and more beautiful of course! The direction did an extraordinary job  able to bring back the atmosphere and flavors that the audience enjoyed until the end of this very lively show with  such a rhythm that made the two acts actually fly.  A great cast: Margherita La Terza, is a perfect sexy-secretary. Gerardo Maffei as the lover, a Russian prince, and finally the butler Ernesto Mahieux . not to mention a very 70′ music,  cool lighting and streamline design set.

Tutti abbiamo bisogno di uscire per qualche ora, passare una serata scordando lo stress, il traffico, le ansie quotidiane e il teatro, se fatto bene, assolve in pieno questo compito.
We all need to go out for a few hours, spend an evening forgetting the stress, the traffic, the daily anxieties and the theater ,if done well, fulfills those issues.

Vi consiglio vivamente di non perdere questa L’Anatra All’Arancia. spettacolo Intelligente,  divertente e dai toni alla Virginia Woolf.
Applausi , applausi e dopo lo show sono corsa backstage per un abbraccio e una dovuta selfie con Chiara…

I highly recommend that you do not miss this cool show, that brings some Virginia Woolf moments.

 

 

Milan: At Sforza Castle, Vivaldi meets Piazzolla

Summer in the City ?
New York Central Park offers Shakespeare in the Park,
London Hyde Park rocks with
Justin Bieber and
Phil Collins performances.
What about Milan?
The city gets an amazing location, the beautiful Park where the Sforza Castle stills reigns as it did for centuries .
Every night in the Cortile delle Armi the stage vibrates of music and emotions.
Last night the program hosted a quite surprising mix of different musics,
Last night
Vivaldi met Piazzolla
Two centuries, two continents and more than ten thousand kilometers are the physical and temporal distances separating the two artists: Vivaldi and Astor Piazzolla in dialogue with their respective “Four Seasons”. From the brilliant and balanced Venetian baroque to Piazzolla’s tormented Las cuatro estaciones porteñas
The unprecedented combo started from the famous Vivaldi’ Spring  followed by Piazzolla Fall, then interacting with all the other seasons by both the musicians.
A great night, Thanks to the magic violin of Francesco
Manara from Teatro alla Scala and the
Milano Chamber Orchestra directed by Lorenzo Passerini
Tonight a new show:  From Summertime to Roman holidays, a compilation of the best original songs from iconic movies. and more…. such as Jobim’s Desafinado, Callin you from Bagdad cafè, Streisand’s The way we were , Over the rainbow, and much more
all performed by Quartet Archimia.

SHOT CALLER

LA FRATELLANZA , original title SHOT CALLER will be released in Italy in the first week of September . Great movie! Don’t miss it. In crime thriller Directed by RicRoman Waugh’s (Snitch), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Swords throne) interprets Jacob Harlon, a successful Pasadena businessman married to Kate (Lake Bell)

 

 

All this ends in a night when, drunk at the wheel, Jacob causes a deadly accident in which his best friend Tom (Max Greenfield) loses life.

Jacob is sentenced to two years in jail surrounded by true criminals. While surviving inside the prison hierarchy, where a wrong move can mean the end of the game, Jacob is forced to make though choices.

MY LIFE AS IMAGE CONSULTANT. Italian interview by Mattia Marzi/Rockol.it

Ambra in versione sadomaso, un’irriconoscibile Annie Lennox, Ramazzotti il borgataro e Madonna la businesswoman: parla lo stylist delle star.

Ambra in versione sadomaso, un'irriconoscibile Annie Lennox, Ramazzotti il borgataro e Madonna la businesswoman: parla lo stylist delle star
Avete visto la copertina del nuovo singolo di Marcella Bella, “Non mi basti più”? Capelli ricci e ribelli, rossetto rosso marcatissimo, sguardo provocante: sembra ringiovanita di quarant’anni. Il look della voce di “Montagne verdi” per il suo nuovo progetto discografico, prodotto da Mario Biondi, è curato da Cesare Zucca, stylist che nel corso della sua lunga carriera ha avuto modo di collaborare con star della musica italiana e internazionale. Di cose da raccontare ne ha parecchie, Zucca: partita da alcuni locali della Milano degli anni ’70 e ’80, la sua avventura nel mondo della musica (e dello spettacolo) lo ha portato addirittura a lavorare negli Stati Uniti, dove ha vissuto per diversi anni. Il suo motto? “L’arte di comandare sta nell’arte di delegare, ad attorniarsi del meglio senza temere che il meglio possa scavalcare qualcun altro”, risponde Zucca. Ma quanto conta l’immagine, oggi, per una popstar? Ne abbiamo parlato con lui.

Non è un caso che Marcella Bella abbia scelto proprio te come stylist per il suo nuovo progetto discografico: la vostra prima collaborazione, quella per il look di “Nell’aria”, risale a oltre trent’anni fa.
Ascoltai il disco, mi piacque molto. Cercai di eliminare il capello riccio, ma lei proprio non voleva saperne di tagliarlo. Così raccogliemmo i capelli e attaccammo alcuni ciuffetti che le davano un’atmosfera non dico punk, ma più nuova rispetto ai suoi precedenti lavori. Ora ha lavorato con Mario Biondi al suo nuovo album, davvero notevole, e mi ha voluto nuovamente al suo fianco.

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Ma andiamo con ordine: come cominciò questo tuo lungo viaggio nel mondo della musica e dello spettacolo?
Tutto ebbe inizio in tre discoteche molto in voga a Milano tra la fine degli anni ’70 e i primi anni ’80, Primadonna, Divina e No Ties. Non facevo il dj, ci lavoravo come pr, come organizzatore di feste. Presi a lavorare Claudio Cecchetto: era bravissimo a mixare, ma sul palco era una mummia, non diceva mezza parola e non intratteneva il pubblico. Ricordo che mi dovetti allontanare per qualche giorno e dissi a Cecchetto di provare a sciogliersi un po’, a intrattenere la folla. Quando tornai, lo trovai che era un’altra persona.

Nello stesso periodo lavoravi anche come ufficio stampa per la EMI italiana, per la quale incidevano – tra gli altri – Alan Sorrenti, Francesco Guccini e poi, verso la fine degli anni ’70, anche Franco Battiato e Pino Daniele. Cosa ricordi di quel periodo?
Battiato arrivò in EMI dopo una serie di album sperimentali. Curiosamente, avevo suonato insieme a lui all’inizio della sua carriera: facevamo parte del complesso che accompagnava Ombretta Colli, la moglie di Giorgio Gaber. Andai in sala d’incisione quando Battiato registrò insieme ad Alice “Chan-son egocentrique” e fu lì che capii da dove venivano fuori i suoi testi: totale improvvisazione con grande senso dell’humour. Quanto a Pino Daniele, ricordo che quando la EMI lo mise sotto contratto chiesero a me di fargli qualche foto, perché non avevano budget.

Poi arrivò la prima collaborazione come stylist, quella con Alan Sorrenti.
Alla EMI avevano un nuovo artista da riproporre, Alan Sorrenti, appunto, che veniva da alcuni dischi prog rock e che aveva appena inciso “Figli delle stelle”: si ripresentava sulle scene con sonorità diverse, decisamente disco. Chiesero a me di curare la sua immagine, di rimetterlo in ordine. Per prima cosa, via i capelli lunghi. Poi, gli abiti: in quel periodo, era il 1977, Gianni Versace aveva realizzato la prima collezione da uomo, tutto bianco e Superman. Era perfetta. Presi il portfolio con le foto e andai a Roma, a farle visionare ai miei capi della EMI, che bocciarono in totale il progetto: “Troppo disco, troppo gay”, mi dissero. Ma Alan si sentiva a suo agio con quella nuova immagine e quindi, alla fine, venne scelto proprio il mio look. “Figli delle stelle” andò al primo posto in classifica: non che il merito fosse del look, ma in qualche modo contribuì al successo del singolo. Così mi licenziai dalla EMI e cominciai a curare l’immagine degli artisti.
Poco tempo dopo ti affidarono il look di Kate Bush per la sua partecipazione al Festivalbar del 1978 con “Wuthering heights”,come fu lavorare con lei?
Quel singolo rimase nel cassetto di quello che si occupava del repertorio straniero della EMI Italiana per cinque o sei mesi, pensavano che fosse una canzone troppo strana. Incontrai Kate Bush a Nizza, lei stava registrando nello stesso studio in cui i Rolling Stones avevano registrato “Exile on Main Street”. Mi diede carta bianca: l’arte di comandare sta nell’arte di delegare, appunto. Andai a New York ad acquistare qualche maschera, poi a Milano feci realizzare alcuni costumi da samurai. Chiesi agli scenografi della Scala di costruire un grande aquilone. Il giorno dell’esibizione all’Arena di Verona, Kate arrivò con molto ritardo. In quel periodo era seguita da Hilary Walker, ex manager di Paul McCartney. La trascinai in camerino per darle una sistemata. La coreografia prevedeva che lei si nascondesse dietro l’aquilone e che ad un certo punto i due samurai girassero l’aquilone. Ma nessuno disse a Kate che l’Arena era gremita, quella sera, e quando l’aquilone si girò lei rimase esterrefatta

 Nel 1981 fu la volta di Alice, in gara al Festival di Sanremo con “Per Elisa”.
Voleva un’immagine forte, aggressiva, alternativa, un po’ maschile. Ci trovammo in perfetta armonia: si trattò semplicemente di mettere in pratica le idee che giravano già nella sua testa. Non si aspettava assolutamente di vincere quell’edizione del Festival e quando le comunicarono che sarebbe dovuta tornare sul palco per cantare la sua canzone, non tirò fuori dalla borsa rossetto o altri trucchi.

Con Loredana Berté, invece, collaborasti a più riprese: prima per l’album “Jazz” del 1983, poi per “Savoir faire” del 1984 e, infine, per “Carioca” del 1985. Tutti quelli che lavorarono con lei raccontano che Loredana aveva un carattere non facile. Confermi?
Quella con Loredana fu la collaborazione più difficile, ma anche la più bella. Ci furono litigi, ma anche momenti molto intensi. Ho mille ricordi di quel periodo. Ed è vero che che era un personaggio con cui non era così semplice lavorare. Loredana, che tendenzialmente indossava sempre jeans e magliette a maniche corte, per “Il mare d’inverno” scelse un look post-atomico, come lo chiamava lei, a brandelli. Per “Carioca”, invece, preferì un’immagine più estiva. Era sempre un gradino verso il futuro, estremamente attenta alla contemporaneità, a quello che funzionava in quel preciso momento. Il primo lavoro che fece senza di me fu il Festival di Sanremo con il pancione finto, quello di “Re”. L’idea venne ripresa da Lady Gaga, è vero, ma prima di Loredana lo aveva già fatto Barbra Streisand in un film.

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Restando sempre in Italia: nel 1984 curasti il look di Eros Ramazzotti, che quell’anno cercava di farsi conoscere dal grande pubblico partecipando, tra le Nuove Proposte, al Festival di Sanremo. Come ti arrivò la proposta di collaborare con lui?
Mi chiamò il suo produttore, Renato Brioschi, ex membro dei Profeti: “Ho un giovane che va a Sanremo, ma non sono molto sicuro del look. Puoi dargli un’occhiata?”, mi chiese. Era domenica, Ramazzotti si sarebbe esibito quattro giorni dopo, il giovedì. Mi arrivò a casa questo ragazzo con i riccioloni, romano, un po’ borgataro, aveva appena finito di giocare a pallone. Gli dissi: “Devi essere il nuovo James Dean”. Pensavo a “I ragazzi della 56esima strada”, jeans e capelli rockabilly. Trovai un parrucchiere disponibile di lunedì, un amico, e mi procurai un paio di magliette, una riciclata da Alan Sorrenti. Ramazzotti partì per Sanremo e vinse con “Terra promessa”. Lo rividi qualche anno dopo a Miami, dove abitavo. Aveva in programma un concerto a Milano con Tina Turner e mi invitò a fargli da direttore artistico.Dopo le tante collaborazioni con artisti italiani, poi, arrivarono quelle con le star internazionali: su tutte, Madonna. Come arrivasti a lei?
Sognavo di lavorare con lei da tempo e capii che se fossi rimasto a lavorare a Milano non sarebbe mai successo. Così, feci le valigie e volai a Los Angeles. Condividevo l’appartamento con Bob Esty, arrangiatore e produttore che all’epoca lavorava con Donna Summer e Giorgio Moroder. Cominciai a lavorare con alcuni clienti e un giorno mi chiamarono per dirmi che Madonna, reduce dall’album “True blue”, aveva visto i miei lavori e voleva che collaborassi con lei per un book fotografico. Fu relativamente semplice lavorare con Madonna: era precisissima e molto pignola. Sapeva di avere un grande potere e voleva dominarlo: una grande businesswoman.

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Della collaborazione con Annie Lennox, invece, cosa ricordi?
Avevo due abiti, uno di Versace e l’altro di Missoni. Le proposi di fare un gioco:  la regina di picche. capelli neri e abito rosso. A riguardare quelle foto, oggi, appare irriconoscibile. Qualche tempo dopo venne in Italia insieme agli Eurythmics, per un concerto al Palatrussardi di Milano. Andai in albergo e lasciai un regalo nella stanza del suo manager. Due o tre giorni dopo mi lasciò un messaggio nella segreteria del telefono: “Hi, this is Annie… Annie Lennox. Ho ricevuto il tuo regalo, vieni al concerto: ti faccio trovare due pass”. Mi aveva dato un pass per tutte le aree. Andai in camerino e scoprii che aveva fatto registrare tutto il concerto per ascoltare com’era venuto, a livello di suono. La nostra collaborazione finì perché il suo manager, geloso, tagliò i rapporti.

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Una collaborazione che non ti ha dato le soddisfazioni che ti aspettavi, invece?

 

Ambra Angiolini, la più grande disillusione artistica. C’era un servizio fotografico da fare, le mandai l’idea: i sette vizi capitali. Un po’ sexy e sadomaso: Ambra, che verso la metà degli anni ’90 faceva un programma in tv insieme ai ballerini Luca Tommassini e Kevin Stea, Qualche giorno prima le spiegai il look: avrebbe avuto un sigaro in bocca e due guanti di pelle nera lucida. Ambra entusiasta. Eravamo nello studio che avevo affittato per il set, Ambra era nel suo camerino. Dopo un po’ la mamma uscì e mi disse: “Non si trova con questo trucco, non si sente a suo agio. Le è preso un crampo allo stomaco”. Evidentemente una pessima scusa per non lavorare e professionalità zero.
Chiusi tutto, pagai studio e assistenti e fermai la produzione.

L’immagine, in musica, è legata in particolar modo ai videoclip: negli anni ’80 e ’90, a volte, il video era più importante della canzone. Oggi è ancora così, secondo te?
Assolutamente sì, considerando anche che i video di oggi possono vantare del supporto di internet, a differenza di quelli degli anni ’80 e ’90. Quando mi paragonano i video di Lady Gaga e quelli di Madonna rispondo sempre che Madonna non aveva internet. Prima, però, c’era un’attenzione diversa: si viveva l’attesa del videoclip.

Ma quanto conta il look per una popstar, oggi?
Conta eccome. Tra l’altro, oggi è molto diffuso anche l’anti-look: penso a personaggi come LP, che si presenta senza trucco, magliettina e jeans. Anche quello di Sia è un anti-look, perché non vuole farsi vedere. Dietro, però c’è una grande idea di marketing. Anche se sembra che dietro non ci sia uno studio, anche questi non-look fanno tendenza.

Le varie popstar internazionali contemporanee, penso a Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Adele, Beyoncé e Rihanna, secondo te fanno un buon uso del look ?
Sì, anche se certi look sono meno riusciti di altri. Katy Perry sorprende ogni volta, Beyoncé fa grandi ricerche sulla sua immagine.

Certe loro scelte hanno fatto discutere: ricordi il vestito di carne che Lady Gaga ha indossato qualche anno fa agli MTV Video Awards?
Me lo ricordo benissimo. E ricordo anche quando si presentò alla cerimonia dei Grammy dentro l’uovo, tipo un feto. Lady Gaga, comunque, è una grande. Anche lei, ad esempio, ora che si è avvicinata al country ha scelto un non-look.

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Con chi ti piacerebbe lavorare, in futuro?
Del panorama italiano l’unico artista che con cui mi piacerebbe collaborare è Raphael Gualazzi: mi è piaciuta molto la sua “L’estate di John Wayne”, trovo che il video sia meraviglioso, sembra girato dal nipote di Fellini. Quanto agli artisti internazionali: sarebbe stato molto bello lavorare con Amy Winehouse.di Mattia Marzi

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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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From Legnano to Rio. The funniest Italian family does Brasil!

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The theatrical company I Legnanesi was born in 1949, in an oratory of Legnano,
The exclusively male nature of the company is due to an ancient ecclesiastical ban that prevented to women to act with men, so that women’s roles were interpreted by the same male actors in disguise, talking in the Legnanese dialect.
The company became famous and performed in mayor theaters, gaining great popularity and winning several awards.ilegnanesi2017_icolomboviaggiatori_foto4phangeloredaelli
The new show I COLOMBO VIAGGIATORI , is all about the traveling adventures of the  Famiglia Colombo formed by the man of the house is (or at least he should be) Giovanni (Luigi Campisi) his unsinkable wife Teresa (Antonio Provasio, who is also co-writer and director) and their glamorous daughter Mabilia (Enrico Dalceri) a not-so-young blond shell, always looking to get married to a rich guy.
The action takes places in the courtyard , when an unexpected news arrives.
Gege’, the Colombo’s long distance adopted brasilian son, now grown up, is coming back to Legnano to meet his family. He ‘s a rich guy , owns 3 boats and invites Mommy and Dad to a cruise to Brasil, not only,  he hires Mabilia as the star of the show.

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From left Giovanni (Luigi Campisi)
Teresa
(Antonio Provasio,
Mabilia
(Enrico Dalceri)

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This new sparkling episode of the Colombo family is ready to entertaining the audience and will be on the stage of Teatro Nazionale , Via Giordano Rota,1
in Milan till February 19th then to ‘crossover’ the milanese public, ferforming ‘ abroad’ in many theaters all over Italy for a very long tour that will include Genoa, Bologna,Reggio Emilia, Bergamo, among many cities of Lombardy and Piedmont regions. untill the end of May 2017!
Here more info www.ilegnanesi.it
To buy online tickets

From Florianopolis to Castelfranco. Best tourism videos travel the ocean.

Italy, Veneto Region.img_0147-copyCastelfranco Veneto, is the picturesque birthplace of Giorgione, an Italian painter of the Venetian school in the High Renaissance.

Only a few of his works are available today, but they are among the most valued art works of Italy: like the renowned Pala  the altar-piece left in the Cathedral portraying a Madonna with the Child, San Francesco and San Liberale.screen-shot-2016-12-12-at-14-37-06

The spectacular square named after Giorgione is the heart of this town that still preserves great architectural and art works within its walls. These include the Cathedral (Duomo), built between 1724 and 1746 on a project of Francesco Maria Preti and which contains many art works, frescoes by Paolo Veronese, paintings by Jacopo Bassano, Paolo Piazza, Pietro Damini and other painters of the Venetian school of the XVI, XVII and XVII centuries.

Castelfranco means “duty-free castle” because its first inhabitants did not pay. The city recently hosted last weekend the  FIACULT awards, dedicated to the audiovisual products promoting tourism, trade. culture, and local gastronomy.
Dozen of  worldwide videos were selected and judged by an
international jury composed of journalists and video experts selected the winners.

FIACULT, International Audiovisual Festival of Culture and Tourism was born in Florianopolis, Brazil  and for the first time brought its awards ceremony to the magnificent Castelfranco Veneto, a city well known not only for its historical Castle, The Tower and the screen-shot-2016-12-12-at-14-41-54Giorgione Arts and Museum,
                                 The  awarding ceremony was held with a gala evening
at the  beautiful Teatro  Accademico on Saturday, Nov 19th.

HERE THE WINNERS, BUT…
Third place for the video “Setubal is um Mundo” promoting the  ancient city of Setubal, second place for David Cooper’s “Cities We Love Unesco” about 15 World Heritage cities of Spain, and the winnerInfinit Blu Resort & Spa, great venue in Balneário Camboriú, nearly 1 million tourists favorite summer destination.
screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-13-34-17A well deserved “food tourism” trophy went to the National Park of the Cinque Terre with the first episode of Passport & Plate series,
produced in cooperation with World Nomads.
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First time the Giovanni Sartori prize
went to
Castelfranco Veneto Carlo Rosselli Institute for the realization of a short montage of the contest nominees. 

                                  I was a little bit disappointed, because my favorite
Viver, experiementar, sentir
(A cute story promoting the Serra Gaúcha’s Termas & Longevidade Tourist Route)
…was snubbed as well as
Thailand Remember
(
visionary short where a tour in Thailand can magically relive even in the Big Apple)
…was only awarded for best in its category.screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-15-38-31
Here they are
please watch and enjoy!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5EGd1sqne0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiuqxJxPfoU

This is me ,sourrended-by the beauty of the Teatro-Accademico dated1778

This is me, surrounded by the beauty of the Teatro Accademico, a masterpiece dated 1778


Another masterpiece by Sokurov at Spazio Oberdan Milan

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FRANCOFONIA
A history of the Louvre during the Nazi occupation
and a meditation on the meaning and timelessness of art. 1225401_Francofonia

Check the trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGF7vZALBQU

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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.

At Spazio Oberdan in Milan
Check schedule

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Mr.Peck, an impeccable style

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From April 29, 2016  to May 15, 2016
Milano MIC – Interactive Museum of Cinema presents,
GREGORY PECK, A FLAWLESS STYLE, Roman_Holiday
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
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Info, calendar and schedules at MIC 2bf15c6f-bead-4e6c-81ab-ee47c2fdcd9f