On Stage: Carmen, the secret diary

Get ready for melodrama, intrigues, loves, triumphs and disappointments!

Carmen -Diary of a Masterpiece  is an imaginative theatrical journey created and directed by Mauro Trombetta, in the genesis of one of the best known masterpieces of nineteenth-century melodrama in the magical setting of the Bagni Misteriosi at Teatro Franco Parenti
Get ready for melodrama, intrigues, loves, triumphs and disappointments, while on the stage the story and the drama of Carmen will unfold in a sort of double track
 .A fantasy diary, but trodden in historical truth, which reveals the tribulations of the debut and the affirmation of one of the most beautiful and performed opera in the world.
An imaginative journey into the genesis of one of the best known masterpieces of nineteenth-century melodrama.Through the words of its first protagonist, Celestine Galli Marié, played by Lucilla Giagnoni, the spectator will be immersed in the history of melodrama, intrigues, loves, triumphs and disappointments, while on the stage a sort of double track will unfold story, Carmen’s drama.
July 30th, 2020
On stage Lucilla Giagnoni, Giorgia Gazzola, Annarita Taliento, Danilo Formaggia, Mauro Trombetta, Simone D’Eusanio, Simona Pallanti, Carlotta Linetti, Luigi Varriale, Michele Shi, the choir San Gregorio Magno and Pianist Mirco Godio

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“IN THE HEART OF MUSIC” VERONA SUMMER 2020: THE MAGNIFICENT ARENA IS CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF YOUR HEART

With an impressive all-Italian cast on the inaugural night of July 25th and great international stars for the month of August, with gala events and symphony concerts, the 2020 Summer Festival at the Arena di Verona is ready to start with its new format with an in-the-round (central) stage and reduced seating capacity, but stimulated by the desire to support the revival of the local area, under the banner of quality and the age-old tradition that have made it world-famous.
It is thanks to this spirit of safeguarding artistic quality that the sponsors, starting with major partner Unicredit, have confirmed their commitment, making this edition feasible, in spite of the serious penalization of ticket sales.
Following months of continuous commitment to avoid the Arena being silent in this difficult year for the cultural sector, the Arena season is finally starting again with a new stage set-up that makes this edition truly historic and unrepeatable.On 25th July the 2020 Summer Festival “In the heart of the Music” begins with a great tribute to Italian art and artists: Francesco Meli, Saimir Pirgu, Fabio Sartori, Roberto Aronica, Fabio Armiliato, Barbara Frittoli, Eleonora Buratto, Luca Salsi, Leo Nucci, Daniela Barcellona, Michele Pertusi, and Katia Ricciarelli for a total of 31 all-Italian artists. The inaugural evening is set to be a tribute to the wounded country of Italy, its great bel canto tradition, the quality of its great school, whose solidity was put to the test by the challenges imposed by the pandemic. Fondazione Arena di Verona therefore wants to give a very strong message of hope by means of art, with a moral and aesthetic initiative, which just had to originate in the world’s largest open-air theatre.

OPERA WILL LOVE YOU!
on August 13th, a unique event is scheduled at the Arena: Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the eagerly awaited return of young Veneto violinist Giovanni Andrea Zanon along with the Arena Orchestra’s strings.
Then on 21st August, Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi will be staged in semi-scenic form, an opera never staged at the Arena, with Leo Nucci in the leading role. Then no less than two appointments with icon Plácido Domingo, a milestone in the Arena program, firstly with a show on August 28th in which he will be the undisputed star performer alongside the beautiful Spanish voice of Saioa Hernández supported by Saimir Pirgu, then on the conclusive night of 29th August, with the international diva Sonya Yoncheva and Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo.Then, on 31st July an absolute “first” follows, with Mozart’s Requiem conducted by Marco Armiliato with Vittoria Yeo, Sonia Ganassi, Saimir Pirgu and Alex Esposito, in an ideal bow to the numerous victims of the pandemic and their families.On Saturday 1st August, Anna Netrebko, Yusif Eyvazov, Ekaterina Gubanova and Ambrogio Maestri will be on the Arena’s huge central stage in what will be a true celebration of re-birth in the name of art, returning to breath that international creative inspiration that has always made the Arena a goal for fans from all over the world.
On Friday 7th August on the other hand things starts to look ahead, to the star-studded 2021 edition, with a unique all-Wagnerian gala with a view to the debut of Jonas Kaufmann and his promise to partially bring back the great Leipzig composer to the Arena stage, a truly historic rarity.
For the Verdi and Puccini galas, on August 8th and 22nd August, Daniel Oren and Andrea Battistoni will make a welcome return to the podium and singers will include the great tenor Marcelo Alvarez. Between these prestigious nights, on 14th August, the programme includes an important gala dedicated to Rossini – a real innovative feature – whose protagonist will be soprano Lisette Oropesa, an esteemed singer of Rossini repertoire, young South African tenor Levy Sekgapane, baritones Alessandro Corbelli and Marco Filippo Romano and bass Roberto Tagliavini, with Jader Bignamini on the podium.
O P E R A !

ROSSINI GALA
Il barbiere di Siviglia, La cenerentola and Guglielmo Tell. Rossini Anthology
LE STELLE DELL’OPERA
Gubanova, Netrebko, Eyvazov and Maestri for the Arena
VERDI GALA
From Nabucco to Rigoletto; from Don Carlo to Un ballo in Maschera
PUCCINI GALA
Poignant love in Bohéme, Madama Butterfly, Manon Lescaut and Tosca

PROGRAM

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Saturday 25th July

MOZART Requiem

Friday 31st July

Le Stelle dell’Opera

Saturday 1st August

WAGNER in Arena

Friday 7th August

VERDI Gala

Saturday 8th August

VIVALDI Le quattro stagioni

Thursday 13th August

ROSSINI Gala

Friday 14th August

PUCCINI Gianni Schicchi 

Friday 21st August

PUCCINI Gala

Saturday 22nd August

Plácido Domingo per l’Arena

Friday 28th August

Opera in Love

Saturday 29th August

Tickets vary in price from 34 to 199 euros.
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CESARE ZUCCA
Travel, food, wine & lifestyle.
Milanese by birth, lives between NY, Milan and the rest of the world. Cesare photographs and narrates cities, cultures, lifestyles, top chefs, and discovers traditional and innovative gastronomic delights  to tell you everything here,
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Ricordate Giulietta degli Spiriti? Do you remember Juliet of the Spirits? (italian & english version)

Ricordate Giulietta degli Spiriti? Un meraviglioso progetto cinematografico di Federico Fellini che nasce dal suo racconto ‘Giulietta’ pubblicato dall’ editore svizzero Diogenes, per poi diventare il film Giulietta degli Spiriti, timori e sentimenti di una moglie tradita e raccontati attraverso una lunga seduta spiritica popolata da maghi e veggenti e senza dubbi uno dei capolavori del Maestro,
Valter Malosti ha voluto portare in scena una versione teatrale del racconto, scritto tutto in soggettiva come un flusso di coscienza della protagonista e liberamente adattatato da Vitaliano Trevisan.
Roberta Caronia è la straordinaria protagonista, una Giulietta che, come una contemporanea Alice nello specchio, vive in una struggente favola psicanalitica, infantile e allo stesso tempo inquietante, attorniata da inquietanti personaggi come lo spirito Olaf e l’erotico incontro con Casanova attorniata dalle suggestive ( ma purtroppo immobili) marionette di Gianni Busso e inchiodata nel centro di una pista di un circo, lmondo caro a Fellini e da sempre fonte di ispirazione.
” Questa ebbrezza, questa emozione, questa esaltazione, questo immediato sentirmi a casa mia, io l’ho provato subito, la prima volta che sono entrato sotto la tenda di un circo; e non era nemmeno l’ora dello spettacolo” scrive Jacqueline Risset nel suo libro ‘L’incantatore’, ” era la mattina presto e sotto il tendone dorato che respirava appena, come una grande panciona calda, accogliente, non c’era nessuno. Si sentiva un gran silenzio incantato, di lontano la voce di una donna che cantava sbattendo i panni e solo, il nitrito di un cavallo, da qualche parte. Sono rimasto rapito, sospeso, come un astronauta abbandonato sulla luna che ritrova la sua astronave”.Vorrei citare gli incisivi allestimenti scenografici di Paolo Baroni  e le bellissime luci di Francesco Dell’Elba. Patrizia Tirino ha disegnato abiti-tutù che spaziano tra la favola e il sogno, le musiche originali di Giovanni D’aquila e ricostruzione e le rielaborazioni musicali di Fabio Cinicola che ci portano inevitabilmente alle atmosfere di Nino Rota.
Peccato che il lungo monologo (più di un’ora)  non sia stato rvvivato da qualche ‘effetto speciale’ che ci riportasse alle scene o perlomeno alle atmosfere del film. Anche la grande gonna-tenda di Giulietta si prestava a essere una tela su cui potevano apparire immagini suggestive, peresempio il rogo della santa, o un mare in tempesta, oltre alla sfilata in biano e nero delle marionette-soldatini .

In scena 14, 15 luglio 2020

Informazioni e biglietti
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Patrocinato da FELLINI 100 Celebrazioni per il Centenario della nascita di Federico Fellini

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Do you remember Juliet of the Spirits?
A wonderful cinematographic project by Federico Fellini inspired byf his short story ‘Giulietta’ published by the Swiss publisher Diogenes, to then become the film Giulietta degli Spiriti, a long spirit session populated by magicians and visionaries and without doubt one of the Maestro’s masterpieces,
Valter Malosti wanted to stage a theatrical version of the story, written all in subjective as a flow of consciousness of the protagonist and freely adapted by Vitaliano Trevisan.
Roberta Caronia is the extraordinary protagonist, a Juliet who, like a contemporary Alice in the mirror, lives in a poignant psychoanalytic fairy tale, childish and at the same time disturbing, surrounded by disturbing characters, such as the suggestive puppets of Gianni Busso and nailed in the center of a track of a circus, The circus, a world dear to Fellini and always a source of inspiration.
“This intoxication, this emotion, this exaltation, this immediate feeling at home, I felt it immediately, the first time I entered the tent of a circus; and it wasn’t even the time for the show” writes Jacqueline Risset in his book ‘The Enchanter’, “it was early in the morning and under the golden awning that barely breathed, like a large warm, welcoming panciona, there was no one. There was a great enchanted silence, from afar the voice of a a woman who sang the clothes and alone, the neigh of a horse, somewhere. I was kidnapped, suspended, like an astronaut abandoned on the moon who finds his spaceship “.
I would like to mention the incisive scenographic productions of Paolo Baroni and the beautiful lights by Francesco Dell’Elba. Patrizia Tirino has designed tutu dresses ranging from the fairy tale and the dream, the original music by Giovanni D’aquila and reconstruction and the musical reworkings by Fabio Cinicola that inevitably lead us to and atmospheres of Nino Rota. On stage 14, 15 July 2020

INFO
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CESARE ZUCCA Travel, Food & Lifestyle.
Milanese by birth, she lives between New York, Milan and the rest of the world. Cesare likes to photograph and narrate cities, cultures, lifestyles, excited to discover traditional and innovative gastronomic delights, meet and interview top chefs from all over the world, ‘steal’ their recipes and tell everything her, in his ‘non-touristy‘ style blog

 

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TANGO FATAL COMPANY in “TANGO Y AMOR”


Tango Fatal is an international tango company directed by Guillermo Berzins, a world-famous Argentine dancer and choreographer, who will involve us in the show Tango y Amor, together with his sensual dancer with great technical and interpretative ability of Marijana Tanasković. The show, with a strong emotional impact, makes the sensual and mysterious atmospheres of Buenos Aires revive and live on stage, managing to maintain an abstract and suspended in time setting, always current and modern, where dance, the main and fundamental element, is blends harmoniously with the music played by excellent musicians directed by the concertmaster Oksana Peceny Dolenc. Interpreting the romantic and dramatic notes of the most famous tangos and combining the rhythms of different tango periods, the show Tango y Amor is a promise of irresistible seduction!
There will be a dance between men who challenge each other with a knife, the partner as a key character of the tango, the ancient way of dancing of the canyengue tango, without forgetting the contagious energy of Argentine folklore and its gauchos with bombos and boleadoras, up to get to the golden age and finally reach spectacular contemporary choreography crowned by the music of Astor Piazzolla.
On Febryary 17, 2020 at 8.45 pm
Teatro Manzoni, Milan
Via Alessandro Manzoni, 42
 

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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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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 ballerinaSabrina 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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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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GODSPELL, THE MUSICAL

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GREAT BONDS! EAT AT THE MOST LOVED RESTAURANT

You should become familiar with DINNERBOND.IT asap!
Dinnerbond.it is the first Italian portal for the management of “dining bonds”, where you can now buy a lunch or dinner at a special price in your favorite place to enjoy them at the reopening, as soon as the lockdown will be over.
To offer a demonstration of unconditional love today by investing a sum that allows you to secure a higher value lunch or dinner tomorrow in that restaurant where you can’t wait to return.
It will be possible to purchase, at a price set by restaurateurs, alphanumeric vouchers that can also be given away, offering the bearer the opportunity to benefit, upon reopening, from a higher value meal. The voucher will not be tied to the purchase of any specific menu, but can be spent on the card, with the possibility for the customer to add the difference if the amount spent is greater than its value.
Dinnerbond.it has already registered the membership of countless chefs, including Luigi Taglienti, owner of the starred “Lume” in Milan, and Filippo La Mantia, owner of the restaurant in Piazza Risorgimento, Milan.
 “At a time when it becomes difficult to interpret the future – declares Taglienti – I have decided to join this initiative, which I find intelligent in content and which gives us a little optimism with sympathy”. “I am sure that this initiative – echoes La Mantia – is a good reason for hope. Our restaurants are yours too and together we will have to overcome this moment through everyone’s efforts. ”
The Venetian Lorenzo Cogo, the enfant prodige of “made in Italy” cuisine, who is looking forward to reopening the shutters of his starred restaurant “El Coq” in the center of Vicenza. “I think that dining bonds – says Cogo – represent a tool to unite even more restaurateurs and customers: it is for them that we enter the kitchen every day and it is to them that now they support us that we will still give many emotions”.

Cristiano Tomei from Tuscany, eclectic chef at the restaurant “L’Imbuto” in Lucca, and, representing the fairer sex, the “counter-current chef” par excellence, Cristina Bowerman (1 Michelin star) ), undisputed protagonist of the Roman gastronomic panorama with the “Glass Hostaria” of Trastevere. “Freedom – comments Tomei – is participation, as Gaber sang, and cooking is sharing. We will return to sharing our lives: it is not a hope for the future, but a certainty “. “It will be impossible – Bowerman says she is convinced – that everything remains identical to the pre-Covid period, but I am sure that the restaurant, through a more or less profound transformation, will find again the way to express itself. Our passion to pamper customers and to love each other a little more every day will also return. “Meanwhile, work is already underway on a further evolution of the project with the extension of the love mechanism to other sectors – from travel to holiday stays in hotels and resorts, from cruises to exclusive sports experiences – through the creation of “love bonds” which allow you to buy today at a special price a series of experiences – in a word “all you can love” – which can be enjoyed in the future according to the timescales foreseen in Phase 2 of the Covid-19 emergency.

3427/5000

INNERBOND.IT “, THE FIRST ITALIAN PORTAL

WHERE TO BUY THE BONDS OF THE MOST LOVED RESTAURANTS

The platform allows you to buy now, at a special price, a lunch or dinner of higher value in your favorite places to enjoy them when they reopen at the end of the lockdown

Milan, April 17, 2020 – “What will be the first restaurant you want to go to as soon as the emergency is over?”. It will have happened many times in these days to ask or be asked this question. The creators of Dinnerbond.it know it well, the first Italian portal for the management of “dining bonds”, where you can now buy a lunch or dinner at a special price in your favorite place to enjoy them at the reopening, as soon as the lockdown will be over.

To offer a demonstration of unconditional love today by investing a sum that allows you to secure a higher value lunch or dinner tomorrow in that restaurant where you can’t wait to return. This is the philosophy behind the new platform. A simple but virtuous mechanism that the promoters – Massimo Giannuzzi, Micaela Marcialis, Maurizio Rosazza Prin and Paolo Colapietro – summarized in the claim “Love now, enjoy later”. The same will be declined from time to time by reporting the economic value of the investment and that of the greatest future profit obtained (eg Love 50, enjoy 100 “).

Through the platform, in fact, it will be possible to purchase, at a price set by restaurateurs, alphanumeric vouchers that can also be given away, offering the bearer the opportunity to benefit, upon reopening, from a higher value meal. The voucher will not be tied to the purchase of any specific menu, but can be spent on the card, with the possibility for the customer to add the difference if the amount spent is greater than its value.

“With this initiative – explains Maurizio Rosazza Prin – we do not intend to go to the rescue of anyone, but more concretely we want to give the restaurants we love so much the opportunity to monetize in real time in this moment of crisis, but also to advertise and demonstrate to their customers, both loyal and new ones, who, despite the forced closure imposed by the health emergency, have never stopped, but in fact they are now and there will also be tomorrow. Conversely, cooking enthusiasts will be able to concretely demonstrate their love for their favorite places with an injection of liquidity and confidence that is certainly useful in such a difficult moment. ”

Dinnerbond.it has already registered the membership of countless chefs, including Luigi Taglienti, owner of the starred “Lume” in Milan, and Filippo La Mantia, owner of the homonymous restaurant in Piazza Risorgimento, always in the Lombard capital. They are among the protagonists, as ambassador, of a fun advertising spot that will be broadcast on TV and spread virally through the portal’s social channels. “At a time when it becomes difficult to interpret the future – declares Taglienti – I have decided to join this initiative, which I find intelligent in content and which gives us a little optimism with sympathy”. “I am sure that this initiative – echoes La Mantia – is a good reason for hope. Our restaurants are yours too and together we will have to overcome this moment through everyone’s efforts. ”

3427/5000

INNERBOND.IT “, THE FIRST ITALIAN PORTAL

WHERE TO BUY THE BONDS OF THE MOST LOVED RESTAURANTS

The platform allows you to buy now, at a special price, a lunch or dinner of higher value in your favorite places to enjoy them when they reopen at the end of the lockdown

Milan, April 17, 2020 – “What will be the first restaurant you want to go to as soon as the emergency is over?”. It will have happened many times in these days to ask or be asked this question. The creators of Dinnerbond.it know it well, the first Italian portal for the management of “dining bonds”, where you can now buy a lunch or dinner at a special price in your favorite place to enjoy them at the reopening, as soon as the lockdown will be over.

To offer a demonstration of unconditional love today by investing a sum that allows you to secure a higher value lunch or dinner tomorrow in that restaurant where you can’t wait to return. This is the philosophy behind the new platform. A simple but virtuous mechanism that the promoters – Massimo Giannuzzi, Micaela Marcialis, Maurizio Rosazza Prin and Paolo Colapietro – summarized in the claim “Love now, enjoy later”. The same will be declined from time to time by reporting the economic value of the investment and that of the greatest future profit obtained (eg Love 50, enjoy 100 “).

Through the platform, in fact, it will be possible to purchase, at a price set by restaurateurs, alphanumeric vouchers that can also be given away, offering the bearer the opportunity to benefit, upon reopening, from a higher value meal. The voucher will not be tied to the purchase of any specific menu, but can be spent on the card, with the possibility for the customer to add the difference if the amount spent is greater than its value.

“With this initiative – explains Maurizio Rosazza Prin – we do not intend to go to the rescue of anyone, but more concretely we want to give the restaurants we love so much the opportunity to monetize in real time in this moment of crisis, but also to advertise and demonstrate to their customers, both loyal and new ones, who, despite the forced closure imposed by the health emergency, have never stopped, but in fact they are now and there will also be tomorrow. Conversely, cooking enthusiasts will be able to concretely demonstrate their love for their favorite places with an injection of liquidity and confidence that is certainly useful in such a difficult moment. ”

Dinnerbond.it has already registered the membership of countless chefs, including Luigi Taglienti, owner of the starred “Lume” in Milan, and Filippo La Mantia, owner of the homonymous restaurant in Piazza Risorgimento, always in the Lombard capital. They are among the protagonists, as ambassador, of a fun advertising spot that will be broadcast on TV and spread virally through the portal’s social channels. “At a time when it becomes difficult to interpret the future – declares Taglienti – I have decided to join this initiative, which I find intelligent in content and which gives us a little optimism with sympathy”. “I am sure that this initiative – echoes La Mantia – is a good reason for hope. Our restaurants are yours too and together we will have to overcome this moment through everyone’s efforts. ”

CHEF DOMENICO CANDELA, NAPOLI. MICHELIN REGALA UNA STELLA A GEORGE.

TESTO E FOTO DI CESARE ZUCCA  –

Devo confessare che ho scoperto la cucina di Domenico Candela molti mesi fa. Era una bellissima serata di fine maggio, sulla terrazza del ristorante George, un’ incantevole finestra che si apre sul Golfo di Napoli e sul  magico Vesuvio.

L’incanto è continuato a tavola. Dai primi bocconi mente e palato hanno preso il volo…e ho sentenziato: “Tutto questo merita una stella Michelin, quasi quasi aspetto a scrivere il mio pezzo…”
Beh, avevo ragione: in Novembre la stella è arrivata, coronando il talento e l’impegno di Domenico, della sua cucina e di tutto il suo meraviglioso staff, dove lo Chef sfoggia tecnica, sperimentazione e sapiente fusione di sapori, con grande rispetto alla tradizione e amore per la sua terra, come il suo ‘omaggio a Napoli’ con crema di cipolla bruciata, yogurt greco e crema di menta, dalle candele ‘alla genovese‘ di coniglio ischitano, al San Pietro marinato con alghe combu, carote di Polignano e limone di Sorrento, al piatto ‘iberico’: baccalà delle isole Far Oer, cotto dolcemente in olio al limone, risone Di Nola, chorizo e piquillos, zabaione di pesce allo zafferano, alle verdure di contorno che provengono da Sarno, alle zucchine alla scapece, una tipica marinatura con spezie, erbe,  aglio e scalogno, ai pastifici Dei Campi e Gerardo di Nola, allo spaghettone di Gragnano, in perfetto connubio con i pomodorini campani.


Parlami del George
George è un progetto nato circa un anno fa. Arrivavo da quattro anni in Francia e tante convivenze con maestri italiani. Qui trovi un po’ un riassunto delle mie esperienze di vita e di ristorazione, ricerca e contaminazione con gli Chef che ho affiancat, da Antonio Guida del Pellicano, a Stefano Mazzoni del Quisisana, a altri teriitori, come le Langhe, senza tuttavia dimenticare le mie origini campane.

Quanto tempo prima studi il menu?
Circa due mesi, tenendo conto della stagionalità e del contesto internazionale della clientela, visto che siamo al Parker’s un hotel cinque stelle lusso, quindi clientela internazionale e piuttosto esigente, attenta alla gastronomia campana ma anche aperta a nuovi percorsi.


E’ un menu che presenta
primi tradizionali, come lo spaghetto al pomodoro, la famosa genovese, coniglio, baccalà, ma che ama viaggiare in altre regioni come la bagacauda o il tipico bagnetto verde piemontese.

Parliamo di viaggi?
Mi piace viaggiare sia per ricerche gastronomiche sia per piacere personale. Sono stato in Chile, in Perù. L’ultimo viaggio è stato in Giappone, a Tokyo, Yokohama e Kyoto, che mi ha colpito molto e dove  mi piacerebbe fare uno stage di pura cucina giapponese, vorrei conoscerne meglio la tradizione. gli  apparati, le tecniche.

Quando hai del tempo libero dove vai per il weekend
Sono libero solo la domenica, mi piace passarla in casa , in familia, rilassarmi, staccare la mente e perchè no ?… cucinare qualche piatto semplice che mi ricollega alla tradizione campana.
Cosa sognavi di fare da grande?
Di certo non lo chef (ride)… piuttosto sognavo di fare il calciatore, ero bravino…


Il primo ricordo in cucina?
Forse è banale, ma mi è rimasto nel naso il profumo del pane che nonna faceva nel forno in cortile .Ah, poi l’ insostituibile parmigiana di melanzane di mia mamma. La migliore del mondo!
Veniamo alla tua meravigliosa ricetta… qual è il segreto?
L’equilibrio è  il segreto del gusto di questo particolare piatto, bilanciato nella grassezza del pesce fresco, reso anche amaro dalla cottura alla brace, con la dolcezza della zucchina, un prodotto speciale preso dalla tradizione ortolana napoletana.

A queste punte sensoriali si aggiunge la sensazione di freschezza frutto dello iodio e la sapidità dell’ostrica raccolta nei ravioli di daikon che impreziosiscono e completano la ricetta, l’aglio nero con i suoi sentori di liquirizia e le proprietà antiossidanti regala un quid di benessere e una nota aspra e dolce all’assaggio.

ROMBO CHIODATO COTTO ALLA BRACE CON PUREA DI ZUCCHINI AFFUMICATA, RAVIOLI VEGETALI DI DAYCON CON OSTRICHE E AGLIO NERO DI VOGHERA

Per 4 persone
Preparazione del rombo:

Iniziate ad eviscerare e lavare bene il rombo. Quando il pesce e ben pulito iniziare a sfilettare i 4 filetti del dorso e dalla pancia ben precisi.
Per la purea di zucchine
200g di zucchine vari colori
4g sale
1g pepe
2g aceto di Lampone
Per il raviolo di Daycon
300g Ostriche Fines de Claire Marennes
100g di Zucchine
5g erba cipollina
100g Daycon
4 g aglio nero di Voghera
Olio di semi di zucca
Per la salsa
250g Fumetto Pesce
100g Mata Rose’ Villa Matilde
100g Latte
10g Burro 1 limone
Per il rombo
560g Rombo
5g olio Evo
10g erbe aromatiche
40 g di burro demi sel
Preparazione della purea di zucchine
Tagliare le zucchine in 3 parti ognuno grigliarli per darle un saporeaffumicato e amarostico. In seconda fase mettere le zucchine a cuocere avvolte in carta stagnola con olio e sale e pepe a 200 gradi al forno per circa 30 minuti.Quando tutto e ben cotto frullare a caldo nel bimby aggiustando di olio e sale ed aceto di lampone.
Preparazione del raviolo
Pelare il Daycon con l’aiuto di una mandolina giapponese ottenere dei dischi di 4 cm per poi farcirli con con il ripieno ottenuto dalle varie brunoise di ostrica, zucchine, aglio nero ed erba cipollina
Preparazione della salsa
Mettere a ridurre il fumetto con il Mata Rosè e in secondo momento aggiungere il latte e il burro ed emulsionare il tutto aggiustando di acidità con qualche goccia di succo di limone fresco.
Finitura
Cuocere il filetto del rombo in un primo momento in padella con il burro demi sel, per poi finire la cottura alla griglia. Quando il pesce è cotto alla goccia posizionare nel piatto i 3 ravioli di daycon e le 3 quenelle di purea di zucchine affumicata. Guarnire con foglie di oxalis e un filo di olio di semi di zucca.
Buon Appetito!INFO
George Restaurant
Grand Hotel Parker’s
Corso Vittorio Emanuele, 135.
Napoli. Tel. +39 081 761 2474

VALENCIA: BERND KNOLLER, IL SUO RISTORANTE STELLATO E LA SUA INSALATA “ANTI PIOGGIA”

VALENCIA: BERND KNOLLER, IL SUO RISTORANTE STELLATO E LA SUA INSALATA “ANTI PIOGGIA”

Una coloratissima e sana insalata, piatto ideale per sopravvivere alle abbuffate natalizie e per sentirsi già in estate, anche se fuori piove…
“ALIOLI” CON VERDURE

Per l “alioli”:
1 patata cotta con buccia, ancora calda
1 tenda d’aglio,
2 tuorli d’uovo
200 ml di olio extra vergine di oliva di ottima qualità
Sale marino non raffinato
Verdure
2 piccole carote
4 pomodori piccoli
8 tirabeques
4 pezzi di broccoli
4 pezzi di cavolfiore
4 ravanelli
Diversi fiori
Sale marino non raffinato
Le verdure vengono sbiancate in acqua salata e raffreddate con acqua salata con ghiaccio.
Viene preparato, con l’aiuto della patata pressata, i tuorli, un po ‘di purea d’aglio (occhio, non troppo), una maionese con olio extra vergine di oliva e, se necessario, con un po’ di acqua di cottura delle verdure
La maionese (alioli) viene messa sul piatto e le verdure, i fiori e le gemme vengono posate sopra.
INFO
RIFF
Conde De Altea, 18 Valencia, Spagna
Locale minimalista, intimo, luminoso. Grandi tendaggi d’argento separano, su richiesta, i pochi tavoli, il personale è cordiale, presente, mai invadente e sportivamente in scarpe da ginnastica.  La musica? Beh, credeteci o no, è proprio lo Chef che, nei momenti liberi, diventa DJ e suona musica rock, rigorosamente in vinile… Uno che ama il contatto con il cliente, esce spesso dalla cucina, intratteresi con il cliente, sentirne i gusti e definire insieme le ordinazioni.

A Valencia si può arrivare via terra, mare e aria. Il centro è collegato alle principali città spagnole ed europee. L’aeroporto di Valencia, situato a soli 8 chilometri da Valencia, offre voli regolari giornalieri per le destinazioni nazionali e internazionali più importanti. La città possiede due stazioni ferroviarie, la stazione del Norte, dove opera soprattutto il servizio ferroviario metropolitano (Cercanías), e la stazione Joaquín Sorolla dell’alta velocità, da cui partono gli AVE per Madrid, Cuenca, Siviglia e Cordova. Dalla stazione Joaquín Sorolla partono anche i treni Alvia ed Euromed di lunga percorrenza che uniscono Valencia a Barcellona e ad altre città.


Il Porto di Valencia è uno dei più importanti del Mediterraneo in quanto a traffico commerciale. Il porto collega Valencia via nave alle isole Baleari e all’Italia, ed è una meta sempre più richiesta dalle navi di crociera, che attraccano nel molo di Ponente per consentire ai passeggeri di visitare la città per qualche ora.  Per raggiungere Valencia in macchina, una moderna rete stradale la collega alle principali città spagnole. In particolare, la AP-7, che percorre da nord a sud tutta la costa levantina, unendo Valencia a Barcellona e Alicante, e la A-3, che attraversa il centro della penisola per raggiungere Madrid.

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The TUTU inside you !

Six dancers take us on a frantic, humorous trip while revisiting iconic moments of classic ballet rigorously in travesti. Six male performers (and one female only, who acts as ‘porteur’) who fear nothing raise this Tutu to the rank of the best dance levels.. The troupe founded by choreographer  Philippe Lafeuille is known for self-irony and the art of mocking but also for the seriousness with which he carries on his belief: the love of dance above all things.
Each scene is a surprise of colors and the performers joyfully transport the audience into their fantastic and theatrical universe. The comic inventions are underlined by the amazing costumes of Corinne Petitpierre, delusional variations of the classic tutu, jackets, hats, duck tails and trousers that allow a bird to dance.

It’s a mix of dance, ballroom, sport and rhythm, academic or acrobatic. It is an ode to dance, where fun meets requirement , like in the iconic ‘Four little swans’ from Swan Lake, transforming their dance into a  fun hip hop mood.Screen Shot 2020-02-21 at 17.36.07.png
In addition to the classical ballet, there are endless shows on ancient songs on the gramophone, typical of the ‘pieces’ by Pina Bausch.
Or the shapes of the gymnasts who at the Olympics amaze us with their incredible technicalities and their slightly fanatical expressions. And the ‘expressive’ solos of throbbing modern dancers, half Valkyries and half Erinyes.
 All declined with grace and skill, with a taste for dialogue with the public capable of enchanting and showing that even our simple gesture, if guided with skill and poetry, can become dance.
Demonstrating that in every human being there is a hidden but ready to go out when you least expect it, a dancing soul.
 From classical ballet to Pina Bausch, to a ‘Bayaderes’ atmosphere  including the “dance of ducks and swans”, Chicos Mambo revisit all types of dance and make fun of the codes of choreography without any taboos, spanning from from classical ballet to contemporary dance to tango, to hip hop even to the Maori tribal dances.
Amazing finale:  Philippe Lafeuille engages the public with a global singing and dancing .
Impossible to resist!
It’s true , there a TUTU inside everybody………
Don’t miss TUTU
Sat 22
Sund 23
February 2020
at
Teatro Menotti,
Via Ciro Menotti, 11 Milano

CESARE ZUCCA
Travel, food & lifestyle.
Milanese by birth, Cesare lives between New York, Milan and the rest of the world. He travels up and down America, often indulging to escape to Italy and Europe.
Cesare photographs and narrates cities, cultures, lifestyles and discovers traditional and innovative gastronomic delights. He meets and interviewes top chefs from all over the world, ‘steal’ their recipes and tell you everything here, in the  ‘non touristy’ style.

 

TANGO FATAL COMPANY in “TANGO Y AMOR”

Tango originated in Argentina in the late 1800s, invented by the creativity of the first immigrants, especially Italian and French, who sought an escape from hard daily life, to take refuge in music and dance. A new music, almost a fusion of European, American and black rhythms and sounds, but above all a new, bold and transgressive dance.
!t was danced in public housing, in the barrios of the suburbs, in cabarets called perigundines and in the infamous dance halls of San Telmo and Boca, where all the scandalous rules of the new dance were allowed: the sensuality of the embrace, the provocative intertwining of the legs and the bold words of the songs that told the sad reality of survival and the nostalgia for the distance from their land, but they exalted loyalty and brotherhood in adversity. Thus was born the tango, expression of body and mind for a free and intuitive choreography, destined to become part of the identity and culture of the Argentine people.
Tango Fatal is an international tango company directed by Guillermo Berzins, a world-famous Argentine dancer and choreographer, who will involve us in the show Tango y Amor, together with his sensual dancer with great technical and interpretative ability of Marijana Tanasković.
The show, with a strong emotional impact, makes the sensual and mysterious atmospheres of Buenos Aires revive and live on stage, managing to maintain an abstract and suspended in time setting, always current and modern, where dance, the main and fundamental element, is blends harmoniously with the music played by excellent musicians directed by the concertmaster Oksana Peceny Dolenc. Interpreting the romantic and dramatic notes of the most famous tangos and combining the rhythms of different tango periods, the show Tango y Amor is a promise of irresistible seduction!
There will be a dance between men who challenge each other with a knife, the partner as a key character of the tango, the ancient way of dancing of the canyengue tango, without forgetting the contagious energy of Argentine folklore and its gauchos with bombos and boleadoras, up to get to the golden age and finally reach spectacular contemporary choreography crowned by the music of Astor Piazzolla.
On Febryary 17, 2020 at 8.45 pm
Teatro Manzoni, Milan
Via Alessandro Manzoni, 42
 

 

ROCKING ON STAGE: ELVIS MEETS JIMI

DUO BALDO, WHEN MUSIC AND FUN HAVE A PARTY…


The musical comedy team DUO BALDO is renowned violinist Brad Repp and pianist/actor Aldo Gentileschi. Their critically acclaimed performances combine virtuosic performances, theatrical humor, and pop culture.
Duo Baldo made their debut with Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli in 2004.  In February 2006, Duo Baldo won first prize at the National Short Theater Competition in Florence. After winning first prize at the 2009 Musicomicontest, they performed at the opening of the 2010 Salzburg Festival.  Other engagements include the Chamber Music Society of Trieste, as well as appearances in many US cities including Cincinnati, Baltimore, El Paso, and internationally in Milan, Lucca, Lugano (Switzerland), Dubai (UAE), Mexico City, Paunat (France) and tours of China, Taiwan and Japan. Violinist Brad Repp has appeared as violin soloist with José Carreras.  He performs on a 1736 Testore violin.  Aldo Gentileschi performs on whatever piano he can find.After having sold out in Tokyo, Salzburg, Mexico City and Washington, CONdivertimentoCERTO finally returns to Milan to open the Harmonies and Sounds of the Spazio Teatro No’hma exhibition.
Aldo Gentileschi (pianist) and Brad Repp (violinist), “play” with music, humorously interpreting many classic songs from the most famous repertoire.They know how to  add theatrical comedy to the most splendid melodies.
What a repertoire!
From Mozart , to Debussy, to Gershiwn to a funny Per Elisa, to Paganini and John Cage. The violinist Maestro Repp and his ‘victim’ Aldo build an irresistible show that offers a different way of approaching the world of classical music. Jokes, tics, musical provocations become the fabric of the show in which music is combined with fun.
Let’s have them play & party!


Jan 8, 9 2020
At TEATRO NO’HMA TERESA POMODORO
Via Andrea Orcagna 2, Milan
Free entrance. To make a reservation
http://www.nohma.org/

CESARE ZUCCA
Born in Milan, he lives in New York, Milan and the rest of the world.
Cesare likes to travel up and down America as well as spending time  in Italy and Europe.
For NTT, he photographs and tells about cities, cultures, lifestyles and discovers both traditional and innovative gastronomic delights, among interviewing top chefs from all over the world, “stealing” their recipes and  write everything here, in  a perfect ‘ non touristy tourist’ style..
 

 

 

Milan.: MIC celebrates the great Federico

From 7 to 18 January 2020 at the MIC – Interactive Cinema Museum.
A century after its birth and sixty years after the release of La Dolce vita, the Cineteca Italiana Foundation pays homage to the great master Federico Fellini with an exhibition dedicated to him, Do you remember Federico? fA rich proposal that wants to celebrate not only the director but also the man who talks about himself without masks. To this end, the festival offers its most famous and exclusive documentaries in which Fellini tells about himself and his poetics, capable of revolutionizing Italian cinema and making it famous internationally.
The exhibition is designed to combine in a single great tribute to the Director and to explore the poetry of Fellini and to understand the great contribution he has been able to give to the history of cinema. Among the documentaries proposed in the review, Ciao Federico! by director Gideon Bachmann, who will open the review on Tuesday 7 January at 3pm, a film capable of capturing the magical atmosphere of the glittering set of the Satyricon, in the only truly complete and rich backstage on Federico Fellini’s way of working.
The irony, the boundless creativity, the brilliant intuitions emerge in a unique atmosphere that has fallen over the time. A wise work of alternation between archive material and interviews that tells a salient moment in the director’s career, in which he seems to be looking for new artistic paths.
Following, at 17, FMM: Fellini, Mastroianni, Masina – Interviews on the set of Ginger and Fred, another work by the director Gideon Bachmann in which Giulietta Masina first and Federico Fellini with Marcello Mastroianni then, open to the director in telling the production of the film that sees them reunited after many years. The mutual expectations and ambitions emerge, as well as the general sense of the project in the precise historical moment.
At 8.30 pm we continue with Fellini Fine Mai documentary presented at the 76th Venice International Film Festival for Venice Classics, in which the director Eugenio Cappuccio personally tells Fellini who lives again through the power of the images, sounds and photographs kept by Rai Teche: fragments of life and poetry of cinema, often unknown, and revealed by those who have had the good fortune to work with him. For the occasion, the director Eugenio Cappuccio will be present in the room for a meeting with the public.
On Friday 10 January at 3pm Fellinikon will be screened, a rhythmic and eccentric editing film of images captured from the Satyricon set: the preparation and filming of some scenes with different director’s commentary inserts. Another contribution by director Gideon Bachmann, in continuity with what has been done in Ciao Federico! to the re-discovery of Fellini’s genius in action.
Saturday 11 January at 3pm another great documentary interview: Fellini: I am a great liar by the Canadian director Damian Pettigrew, a biographical story by Federico Fellini, a year before the director’s death, which traces his entire career revealing that he was above all a talented “liar”. An exciting journey full of testimonies from friends, technicians and actors, archive images, scenes cut and never seen by his most famous films and extracts of recently restored films.
The occasion also offers nine of his timeless works, some of which are awarded the Oscar: La Strada, Rome, I vitelloni, Amarcord, Fellini Satyricon, La Dolce vita, 8 ½, Giulietta degli Spiriti, The nights of Cabiria . A selection of the absolutely unmissable works both for those who love the great director and for the younger ones who want to know their poetics.
To complete the review, Sunday 12 January at 17, a meeting with a projection of the anthropological docufilm by Lorenzo Bassi and Franco Longobardi Fellineide: a fascinating and amusing excursus on the director Federico Fellini in which two of the main crossroads of his unmistakable style will be explored, the paradoxical and evocative characterization of the human fauna that has constantly populated his works, and the taste for the grotesque and the scratchy satire. Franco Longobardi meets the audience.
more info
MIC
Viale Fulvio Testi 121
Milano

CESARE ZUCCA
Born in Milan, he lives in New York, Milan and the rest of the world.
Cesare likes to travel up and down America as well as spending time  in Italy and Europe.
For NTT, he photographs and tells about cities, cultures, lifestyles and discovers both traditional and innovative gastronomic delights, among interviewing top chefs from all over the world, “stealing” their recipes and  write everything here, in  a perfect ‘ non touristy tourist’ style..
 

 

MILAN, ITALY. ‘IL DONO’: A GREAT FREE GIFT FOR THE CITY

I saw Voca’s show a while ago at Off-Broadway New World Stages in New York.
It was amazingI I looooved it! The group will be performing one night only at the former railway station of Porta Romana, owned by FS Sistemi Urbani (Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane Group), an unusual venue that will become the stage where Voca People, an internationally renowned Israeli company, will perform on a very special night December 19th. 2019
Voca are eight aliens from the planet Voca, where they communicate through music and vocal expressions. Using only a cappella singing and beat box (which consists of playing percussion as drums and cymbals through the voice)No instruments, no sound effects, It will be a show beyond every boundary and barrier, a kind of a ” theater outside the theater” that it will create an intergalactic musical explosion from the planet Voca, located somewhere behind the sun. Using no instruments, only vocals, they create an alien, innovative sound that’s music to your ears.
What a repertoire! Hits from the ’70s to Mozart to Michael Jackson to ABBA…and those ‘greatest hits’ from any kinda of music, or armonia as the aliens would say….spanning from
Opera, to Bee Gess, to Disco music, to Queen, to classical to the greatest movie soundtracks to literally dozen and dozen of popular tunes.

“‘Il Dono’(The Gift ), says Teatro No’hma’s President Livia Pomodoro, is a special initiative that aims to different theatrical ​​experiences with the public as a journey from the stage to the beating heart of the city, this year our ‘dono’ will be the amazingly talented Voca People. INFO
Teatro No’hma
At Porta Romana Railway Station
Giovanni Lorenzini 3/A, 20139, Milano MI
Free entrance , reservation a must.
By phone 39-0245485085/0226688369
Online  www.nohma.org

CESARE ZUCCA
Born in Milan, he lives in New York, Milan and the rest of the world.
Cesare likes to travel up and down America as well as spending time  in Italy and Europe.
For NTT, he photographs and tells about cities, cultures, lifestyles and discovers both traditional and innovative gastronomic delights, among interviewing top chefs from all over the world, “stealing” their recipes and  write everything here, in  a perfect ‘ non touristy tourist’ style..
 

I LEGNANESI…the funniest italian family on stage!

Herr they go again …. A new show from the funniest Italian Family .The theatrical company I Legnanesi was born in 1949, in an oratory of Legnano, led by late Felice Musazzi. 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. Musazzi died in 1989. The company, that went trough different casts, is still performing successfully. The man of the house is (or should be) Giovanni (Lorenzo Cordara) but is indeed his wife Teresa (Antonio Provasio, who is also co-writer and director) who runs the family. They have a flamboyant daughter, Mabilia (Enrico Dalceri) a not-so-young blond hairdresser, always looking to get married to a rich guy.

I saw their recent production, The Colombo Family …. and I canìt wait for the new show..

Screen Shot 2016-01-06 at 20.22.51The courts are celebrating the feast of Sant Ambrogio. Teresa with the help of friends and nuns, is preparing a festive re-act of the Passion, featuring Mabilia in the roule of the Virgin Mary “Just call her Mary, forget the Virgin” suggests Teresa.During the rehearsal Mabilia falls for a newcomer who plays Jesus Christ.Teresa starts with researches. The guy is actually the descendent of a wealthy family (totally inspired to the Addams) living in a remote villa. The Colombos decide to visit them and, through grotesque situations and campy gags, including in psychih session, to talk with a dead uncle who apparently hid a winning lotto ticket in the houseMy favorite line?
When Teresa tells Pina, a very short parent,  “Do not go out alone. The grass is high and we’ll not found you anymore”Screen Shot 2016-01-06 at 20.22.20This company brings to the stage the stories, customs and traditions of Lombardy but is widely appreciated outside Lombardy, thanks to the modernization of the original texts , the usage of more of an Italian text and the choice of universal themes such as the family, the economic crisis, the neighborly relations and of course their love-hate relationship.Finally, Mabilia offers some great musical numbers, first with a tribute to the iconic italian musical diva Wanda Osiris, then as a flamboyant Cuban singer sourrended by colorfull young dancers, while in the grand finale: all actors show up as “men” in ” elegant tuxedos.Year 2020
Here we go again….
A TV movie debut:
The next ‘Legnanesi’ adventure is called ‘Non è natale senza panettone’ there is no Xmas without panettone cake’ which is the first movie they ever made.
Airing on December 16th in the Italian Channel Rete 4
Followed by a long tour in many Italian cities
Here more info on the tour and how to get tickets
www.ilegnanesi.it

CESARE ZUCCA
Born in Milan, he lives in New York, Milan and the rest of the world.
Cesare likes to travel up and down America as well as spending time  in Italy and Europe.
For NTT, he photographs and tells about cities, cultures, lifestyles and discovers both traditional and innovative gastronomic delights, among interviewing top chefs from all over the world, “stealing” their recipes and  write everything here, in  a perfect non touristy tourist’ style..

 

 

From a bench to Shakespeare… (kinda)…

BY CESARE ZUCCA
My first encounter with the very talented comedians  Ale and Franz, was in front to my TV, watching their funny gig. two men chatting while sitting on a bench) with Ale reading the newspaper and making with the bewildered Franz in the great show called Zelig.
Ale and Franz is an Italian comic duo formed by Alessandro Besentini and Francesco Villa  in addition to Zelig; since then they have taken part in various successful TV shows, as well as acting in films and plays.
Well. forget the bench, Ale and Franz are now on the stage of Teatro Manzoni with the play Born under a contrary star, the painful story of Juliet and her Romeo”, directed by the agile and lively director of Leo Muscato.
It is a variation of  the famous Shakespearean tragedy, directed by a director who can improvise stopgaps for small roles..
The text is a pre-text for improvisation, as happened in the late sixteenth century. At the beginning of the show, the actors themselves, at the front, announce the spirit of the staging: mas-sanctify the text.
Ale is Juliet, in a fluffy white tutu and Franz is the handsome Franz’s Romeo who creates a character in balance between lyricism and irony. On the stage they put into play all their ability to have fun and have fun, but the result is unexpected. The rough Ale is a moving Juliet, as tender and naive as you’d expect from a young girl while the handsome Romeo, Franz is impetuous as expected from his character as a young lover.
The protagonists are no longer the characters of the drama but the actors themselves who, in balance between tragedy and comedy, tell first of all themselves. Each one represents a character: the avant-gardist, the attorone, ( big actor) the promiscuous, and everyone has a story of his own that led him to that stage.
A cast of all men performing even female roles, observing the authentic Elizabethan spirit. Rivals and accomplices at the same time, on the one hand the jokes are stolen, on the other they help each other as much as they can. The Elizabethan script obviously requires a cast of transformist comedians and Muscato brings together a group of very talented actors, including the great with Paolo Graziosi, who actually performed Mercuzio in the play directed by Franco Zeffirelli.Although the text is entirely Shakespearean, with the exception of the short prologue, the risk of these rewritings that wink at the cabaret is that the “character” takes precedence over the text, as is partially the case in this production.I have the feeling that most of the audience. as fans of the comic duo, got pretty disappointed  to see their fav comedians acting like Shakespearean actors  or at least Shakespeare amateurs. The laughs were few and anxiously expected.
I had the feeling that the search for comedy and a strong characterization of the characters prevails over the overall vision, conveying a feeling of fragmentation and sometime getting pretty boring.
Luckily the story of Romeo and Juliet triumphs over everything,
If you want to know more about Ale and Franz

Lou Von Salomé, philosopher, writer, psychoanalyst, muse. Italian release: Sept 26th

Lou Andreas-Salomé is such a relevant figure in the world of philosophy and feminism. Finally her life  life is brought to the screen in this German film directed by Cordula Kablitz-Post. Lou Andreas-Salomé, the woman who enraptured 19th century Europe’s greatest minds, recounts her life to Ernst Pfeiffer. A published novelist, poet and essayist, Salomé’s desire to live a life free from convention scandalized society but spurred genius and passion in others, including Friedrich Nietzsche, Paul Rée and her lover, the poet Rainer Maria Rilke. Under the tutelage of Sigmund Freud, she became the first female psychoanalyst.A boldly unconventional woman gets a crushingly conventional biopic with “Lou Andreas-Salomé, The Audacity to Be Free.” Such a heavy-handed title fits the film perfectly, far more than the original English-language handle, “In Love With Lou,” which confusingly made the movie sound like a sitcom. In her feature debut, director and co-writer Cordula Kablitz-Post clearly decided that Andreas-Salomé, famed author, philosopher and psychoanalyst, needed to be treated not just with kid gloves, but with pristine laminated mitts, robbing her subject of humor, let alone the charm that bewitched the likes of Friedrich Nietzsche, Rainer Maria Rilke and Sigmund Freud. The movie will be released in Italy on Sept 26th , 2019

E DOPO CAROSELLO TUTTI A NANNA! After CAROSELLO everybody goes to sleep!


After CAROSELLO…kids go to bed !
That was the slogan that ran in families as a motivation to send kids to bed after the 20 minutes of fun and entertainment that the TV show CAROSELLO punctually aired every night after dinner. I remember, even if I was really young, the black-and-white commercials, everytime different unlike the today s ones that keep repeating same images and slogans.
At the magnificent Villa  Fondazione Magnani Rocca in Mamiano di Traversetolo near Parma, the CAROSELLO exhibition tells the story of the iconic transmission born in 1957, when the strictly black and white spots had truly remarkable directors, writers, singers along a bounch of great actors such as the comedians Carlo Campanini,Macario, Gino Bramieri, Raimondo Vianello and his wife Sandra Mondaini and directors of the caliber of Lucio Fulci and the Taviani Brothers. Lights costumes and sets were carefully curated by the best In the showbiz. The exhibition is really a hoot both for those who remember the show and for the younger ones who have never seen it, and who can thus enjoy the taste and the trends of the 60s and 70s and maybe compare those spots with the more frenetic today tv rythm  euroticly assemblyied, super fastly edited. In addition to the videos, there is a rich collection of memorabia as objects, dolls, inflatables, plastic objects, postcards of the protagonists of the carousels including Carmencita, Susanna tutta Panna, Mucca Carolina and Calimero.and then again posters are original brackets, even the iconic drink Rabarbaro Zucca that, believe it or not, my great great father invented!
Some of those aperitifs and digestives are no longer produced…  but  thanks to the careful research of the exhibit curators , they are back to life , at list on the wall. I was impressed of the great number of original market sketches and rafts used for the realization of cartoons. Let CAROSELLO take you back to the legendary first TV years and enjoy this funny era of great advertisement.
The exhibit will last till Dec 8th 2019
Don’t miss it!
INFO
CAROSELLO. Pubblicità e Televisione 1957-1977
Fondazione Magnani Rocca,
via Fondazione Magnani-Rocca 4,Mamiano di Traversetolo (Parma).

Are you looking for a top central location? Here where to stay while in Bologna

A New York impera il motto “location,  location, location” vale a dire che più si è in centro, più si vale… Trasferiamoci a Bologna e …niente da dire dell’ Hotel Orologio strategicamente situato nel cuore del cuore della città: Piazza Maggiore, una delle piazze medievali più belle del mondo.

Situato proprio di fronte all’antica torre dell’orologio del Municipio, da cui deriva il suo nome e che l’hotel onora, adornando le aree comuni e le camere da letto con orologi di ogni genere, grandi e piccoli, in bronzo e ceramica, smalto o legno.


In un mix di stili, l’atmosfera generale è calda e accogliente, quà e là troverete simpatici dettagli come coprisedili all’uncinetto, la sala breakfast (ricchissimo) in contrasto con i suntuosi lampadari e un piacevole salone con una combinazione di colori giallo intenso e un trio di divani.

Sculture occasionali, stampe storiche e altri oggetti artistici fanno un cenno al titolo di hotel d’arte, mentre sorprende la decorazione delle camere a tema, come la Suite Africa, impreziosita da oggetti esotici.

Questa proprietà fa parte della mini catena Art Hotel, specializzata nell’ offrire carattere e atmosfera del vecchio mondo ma anche della contemporeità in egual misura, con camere confortevoli e ben arredate in aggiunta alla passione per la qualità e all’incomparabile ospitalità emiliana.
Bologna , I love you!

On 28 August, 5 and 11 September 2019 at the MIC – Interactive Cinema Museum of Milan, Fondazione Cineteca Italiana presents LET’S DANCE, three special appointments with CineBalli on the MIC terrace to dance non-stop with live entertainment!
While the images of the films follow one another on the screen of the MIC Terrace, during the dance scenes the spectators will be invited to take part in dance challenges with the prize for the wildest movie gadgets and free tickets for subsequent screenings.
This program starts on Wednesday, August 28 at 8.30 pm, with a montage of the most famous dance sequences, from the perfume of a woman, to Mamma mia’s group dances, through the wonderful pieces of Moulin Rouge and many others, to satisfy all musical tastes.
It continues, Thursday 5 September at 8.30 pm, with Dirty Dancing (1987), a timeless love story that has made entire generations dream and that has as its protagonists the charming Johnny and the shy Baby.
To conclude the calendar, Wednesday, September 11th again at 8.30pm, the masterpiece La La Land (2016) by Damien Chazelle, a modern version of the classic love story set in Hollywood, made more intense by spectacular numbers of singing and dancing.
INFO
MIC – MUSEO INTERATTIVO DEL CINEMA
Viale Fulvio Testi 121, 20162, Milano – MM5 Bicocca
T 0287242114 / info@cinetecamilano.it / http://www.cinetecamilano.it

 

TOKYO : BOTTEGA LOUNGE BAR IN THE PRESTIGIOUS GINZA DISTRICT

A Bottega Lounge Bar was inaugurated in Tokyo on the terrace of the Anchor Gate Hotel on 11 June. The property is located in Ginza, one of the most exclusive districts of the Japanese metropolis, reserved for shopping and sales outlets of the most sought-after brands. The refined and elegant space was set up with the aim of giving maximum visibility to Bottega Gold, the Prosecco Doc with its unmistakable bottle with golden livery, which has become in the world the incomparable standard-bearer and the reference point of the Treviso winery. The lounge bar card features, along with a selection of Bottega wines, also the Lemon Spritz cocktail that combines Prosecco and Limoncino, in the sign of Made in Italy and the contamination between Veneto and Sicily. Ginza, synonymous with sober elegance, is an area rich in history that dates back to the Edo period (1603-1867), The company is based in Bibano di Godega (TV), 50 km north of Venice, and has two other production facilities in Valpolicella and Montalcino. The range Today, along the main street there are many of the most well-known department stores in Tokyo that, along with high quality products, offer customers an equally appreciated service. Ginza is a kind of cultural laboratory of the whole of Japan, which continues to renew itself by transmitting in symbiotic connection with the evolution of deeds, the enthusiasm and ageless charm of Tokyo.
The presence of a Bottegalounge bar in Ginz helps to reinforce the image and the fame of the Treviso brand throughout Japan. Bottega S.p.A.Bottega S.p.A. it is at the same time a cellar and a distillery, which has a close-knit team of wine experts both in vinification and distillation. of products includes Prosecco and other well-known sparkling wines, the great red wines of Veneto and Tuscany, including Amarone and Brunello di Montalcino, the prized single-variety grappas, the distillates aged in barrique, the fruit-based liqueurs and cream. Founded in 1977 by Aldo Bottega, who had inherited from his grandfather the passion for the wine world, Bottega is a solid reality, which distributes its products in over 140 countries and is present in the most prestigious airport duty free shops in the world.