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.

 

ENRICO CRIPPA, 3 Michelin Stars ‘Piazza Duomo’ Alba, Italy

Alba, Piedmont. In the enchantment of the Langhe, I meet with Enrico Crippa, the Chef of the 3 Michelin starred restaurant Piazza Duomo. We spoke about his choices, his dreams, his travels, his weekends. I tasted one of his dishes: cod and pumpkin, where the exaltation of simplicity, the coherence of cooking and the intuition of the couplings confirm the excellence. Below the recipe.

You chose the Langhe, why?
I can therefore say that my choice was not at all difficult.
The Langhe is an extraordinary territory, rich in exceptional raw materials such as meat, hazelnut, great wines.
Speaking of hazelnuts, would you like to talk about ‘your’ Hazelnut Oil?
The Langa tradition has always seen the production of this
extraordinary oil. In collaboration with Relanghe we decided to produce one that carried my name. We use it to finish our Cardo & Cardo dish, the right combination of two elements of regional cuisine.


You are the champion of ‘legibility’ in a dish. What are the secrets of your crusade?
No secret.
I believe that when we taste a dish we must find the identity of the ingredients and we should not only perceive the technique. Let’s say that the techniques used must be at the service of the dish and not vice versa. Is there a food you love only if cooked by another? More than a food, a kitchen: the Japanese one. The attention to the ingredients, the care of the preparations and the cooking, the choreography of the dish are unequaled if made by their hands.
Which of your dishes represents you the best?

All my dishes represent me.
They are all born from past and present experiences, from the territory that hosts me and from my travels. Each of them brings with me the summary of my kitchen.


A dream in the drawer?
Definitely a restaurant open only for lunch, perhaps in the countryside with lots of greenery around it: I believe that savoring a kitchen with daylight and the tranquility of being able to take a walk in nature after lunch is a priceless gift from
do to ourselves.
Your restaurant has 3 stars. Let’s imagine that
Michelin would give a fourth star. What immediately would come to your mind?
A good news and a possible new goal to reach!

THE RECIPE:
COD AND PUMPKIN
                                                                  
INGREDIENTS
For 20 people
For the cod
3 kg of fresh cod fillet with skin
Qb fine salt
For the pumpkin sauce
1.5 kg of squash
600 grams of butter
80 grams of flour
1.5 l of white brandy
PREPARATION
For the cod
Save the cod thoroughly with fine salt. Sprinkle the whole surface well and let it salt for 35 minutes. Then wash it, dry it and let it rest in the fridge for 24 hours.
The next day cut some nice slices removing the skin and giving a squared shape of 80 g each.
skin and cuttings.
For the pumpkin sauce
Cut the butter into pieces and let it foam in the pot.
Add the previously cleaned, cut and floured pumpkin. cook and then sprinkle with water. Cook for 2 hours over low heat. Once cooked, filter the obtained mixture.
To finish add the cod fillet cut into a squared shape and decorate with the pumpkin sauce.

INFO
Ristorante Piazza Duomo
Piazza Risorgimento, 4 – 12051 – Alba (CN)

ARRIVANO !!! DIVERTITEVI E…COPRITEVI! THE BLUE MAN TOUR IN ITALY —3 MEN NOT TO BE MISSED!— by Cesare Zucca

First time I saw Blue Man Group was back in the 80′ in a Small theatre in Lafayette Street in New York.
I JUST COULDN’T BELIEVE MY EYES…
The show was new, daring, charming, funny and AMAZING ! Finally the 3 blue guys will be performing in Italy !
TOUR DATES
Milan at Teatro degli Arcimboldi fom March19 till 24,
MARTEDÌ 19 MARZO 2019 ORE 21:00
MERCOLEDÌ 20 MARZO 2019 ORE 21:00
GIOVEDÌ 21 MARZO 2019 ORE 21:00
VENERDÌ 22 MARZO 2019 ORE 21:00
SABATO 23 MARZO 2019 ORE 17:00
SABATO 23 MARZO 2019 ORE 21:00
DOMENICA 24 MARZO 2019 ORE 17:00
http://teatroarcimboldi.it/event.php?id=713
then Florence at Nelson Mandela Forum from March 28 till 31.
http://www.mandelaforum.it/eventi/blue-man-group/

A typical Blue Man Group show starts with a Blue Man hanging out in the theater lobby as audiences arrive. He is completely bald, completely blue and dressed in black. Ask for an autograph and he will rub his hand across a program to create a blue smudge. Try to take a picture and he will look at cell phones and cameras with curious wonder. In the theater, the show begins with clanging and flashing lights. The Blue Men create bizarre instruments with their signature plastic tubing. They drum amongst themselves and possibly with a band or other backing music. They throw marshmallows into each other’s mouths with alarming accuracy and in logic-defying numbers. A classic Blue Man bit brings an audience member to the stage for an elegant Twinkie dinner with the Blue Men, culminating in hilarious disaster. At the end of the show, the audience participates in an elaborate toilet paper-throwing ritual. All the while, the innocent and childlike Blue Men never break character.
The audience leaves feeling like they’ve just been entertained by strange but generous aliens. Take note that the first five rows are the “poncho section” — prime placement for those eager to get in on the action and possibly an errant splash of blue paint, too.1987, known worldwide for its various stage productions which typically incorporate many different categories of music and art, both popular and obscure, in their performances.
Blue Man Group currently has continuing theatrical productions in Berlin, Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, New York City, and Orlando. A typical Blue Man production employs 7–9 full-time Blue Men who are selected through an audition process. In addition to the stage theatre show, Blue Man Group has had multiple national and global tours, appeared on various TV programs as both characters and performers, appeared on the Norwegian Cruise Line ship Epic, released multiple studio albums, contributed to a number of film scores, performed with orchestras around the U.S., and appeared in ad campaigns.UN SUGGERIMENTO AL PUBBLICO ITALIANO ….
Se volete godervi al massimo lo show … a vostro rischio e pericolo …. vi consiglio LA ‘SPLASH ZONE’ dove sarete incappuciati e coperti da un pocho di plastica.
Perchè?
Beh, ne riparliamo dopo lo show !
FOR MORE INFO AND TICKETS
https://bluemangroupitalia.it/

Terzo Settore Numerato Ridotto U14 O65
29,50
Terzo Settore Numerato Pacchetto Family 3
32,00
Terzo Settore Numerato Pacchetto Family 4
30,00
5 Quarto Settore Numerato Intero
34,50

 

‘GREEN BOOK’ I SO WISH THE ‘GREEN’ WOULD GO ‘GOLD’, THE COLOR OF THE OSCAR!

My reaction at the end of Green Book’s screening was: ‘Best road movie after driving Miss Daisy..,classically made, impeccably performed and written’.The story follows the highly famous and incredibly successful pianist, Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), who takes great risks as an African American man touring through the highly racial deep south. Tony Lip (a spectacular Viggo Mortensen) a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx,  who is hired to drive the musician   on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South. They must rely on “The Green Book” to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans.  As the tour progresses, the audience goes through many parts of the south where not only racism was prevalent against African Americans and Italians, but also acknowledge the severe homophobia that existed so terribly in the 1960s. A real story that shows the journey of Tony and Don. Confronted with racism, danger-as well as unexpected humanity and humor-they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime. One white and one black met at the apartheid society. At the beginning, they didn’t understand each other and came up a lot of conflict. After a period of time, they started to help each other and Tony always stood up for Don .They turned to be friend or even more than that. I loved the direction, the cinematography , the music, the editing and the excellent performances,.
I truly wish the ‘green of that book’ would change color into ‘gold’, the color of the Oscar.(traduzione)
La mia reazione alla fine della proiezione di Green Book è stata: “Miglior film on the road dopo Driving Miss Daisy. Una pellicola classicamente realizzata, eseguita e scritta in modo impeccabile”.
La storia segue il famoso pianista afroamericano Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), che si azzarda a voler fare una tournee  nel profondo Sud degli Stati Uniti. Tony Lip (uno spettacolare Viggo Mortensen) buttafuori di un quartiere italo-americano del Bronx, viene ingaggiato per guidare il musicista  Devono fare affidamento su “The Green Book” per essere guidati verso le poche strutture che venivano segnalate come sicure per gli afro-americani. Il tour inizia e attraversa molte luoghi impregnati di razzismo contro gli afroamericani e severamente omofobi. Di fronte al razzismo, al pericolo, oltre che all’umanità e all’umore inaspettati, sono costretti a mettere da parte le loro differenze per sopravvivere e continuare nel viaggio. Un bianco e un nero che si incontrarono nella società dell’apartheid e che superano conflitti, trasformandosi in amici e anche più.
Ho amato la regia, la cinematografia, la musica, il montaggio e le eccellenti performance.
Mi auguro davvero che il “verde” del libro cambi colore in “oro”, il colore dell’Oscar.

Teatro Carcano, Milan. The World Premiere of QUEEN LEA-R

Last night at Teatro Carcano, Milan the World Premiere of QUEEN LEA-R,
‘en travesti’ musical play freely adapted from by Shakespeare ‘s King Lear
Open scenario, a doll store with a vintage feeling , on stage the Nina’s Drag Queens Company, in a quite intense musical play conceived by Francesco Micheli, renewed and re-written by the British playwright Claire Dowie and the Italian composer Enrico Melozzi.
The plot is about Lea Rossi moved from Italy to Uk in the 70’s and opened a little doll shop, whose sign reads: Lea R.
The elderly lady is now facing the end of her business and of her life. Struggling with her physical decay, she is unable to give way to new generations, and to separate herself from her things, in spite of the efforts of her three daughters and of the loyal friend Mrs. Kent.The Shakespearean themes are now associated to a contemporary, stark atmosphere, where castles become studio apartments, the moors are hospices, and the madness is senile dementia. In this harsh world the old “queen” has no place to go but a hospice and here her epic visions – knights, wars, and medieval kingdoms – come to life.
Queen LeaR deals with some uncomfortable themes of our time, such as old age, illness and death, on the background of a generation with a hard legacy on his back, a generation of children who may never be fathers. Drag queens act, sing, dance, make people laugh and cry, live and stir strong emotions: for this reason a drag queen is the perfect key to translate Shakespeare in a present-day form, innovating it through a contemporary, eclectic and excessive mask. Queen LeaR is also built on the idea of mixing together different kinds of show. The ambition is to put on stage a form of entertainment at the same time popular and high, which takes its strength from the use of pastiche and the break of genres boundaries.
I loved (and the public too) the crazy and unxpected inserts of contemporary hits  from the Italian Franco Battiato’s The Cure to the classic I will survive just to mention few. All songs ‘live’ revealing some pretty good voices. This format is not so new… the iconic Quartetto Cetra, back in the 60’s  or the ilarious Trio used that gig in the past.  The drag queens’ performances as contemporary opera: a theater with a great visual impact and accurate musical drama dealing with capital issues sometime  sacrificing the enjoyment of the show.
Dowie’s libretto has accustomed the audience ( literally populated by Nina’ friends drug queens,) to her ironic and daring plays, where a social urgency coexists with an amazing lightness. Irreverent, poetic, brilliant, Claire Dowie is a rare and original voice on the European scene and her plays have been translated into many languages and seen around the world. Alessio Calciolari, Gianluca Di Lauro, Sax Nicosia, Lorenzo Piccolo, Ulisse Romanò studied in the main Italian Theatre Academy and performed in many productions in Italy and abroad, ranging from theater to opera, dance and cinema.

Queen LeaR will reign on stage till Jan 20
Here INFO AND TICKETS
https://www.teatrocarcano.com/

 

 

 

Magical Aladdin’s Lamp with the legendary puppets by Carlo Colla and sons

Aladdin’s Lamp is placed in the very rich collection of fairy tales by the legendary  Compagnia Carlo Colla & Figli where, alongside the titles of the repertoire as Cinderella and Puss in Boots, among the new creations. It was in fact expressly written in 1993 by Eugenio Monti Colla, who in the following year also directed him for his debut at the Spoleto Festival. The show, proposed in Milan in ’94 / ’95, was subsequently on tour, among other things, in Cremona, Rome, Puglia and the Macerata Opera Festival, always welcomed with great warmth by the public. Also in this case the “numbers” affect: the marionettes are two hundred, including protagonists, supporting actors, extras and animals; the animators are twelve of which two employees to move only the genius, a singular creature two meters long with the head, the bust and the arms of papier-mâché and the rest of the body made of silk and organza; the paintings of the show are thirteen plus the prologue and correspond to the same number of scenes, partly realized ex novo and partly coming from old shows; two hundred costumes were created for this edition; at least three are the inevitable parades: the procession of the princess, the parade of magical slaves produced by the genius and that of the imperial army that returns victorious led by Aladino, composed of dozens of puppets. The story basically follows the story of the Thousand and One Nights and is set in China, the true East for the Arabs. Among the many curiosities we can finally mention the character of the magician who is a Maghreb dervish, the two genes that come out one from the magic ring and the other from the lamp, one is black, symbol of the irrational, the other is white to to mean reasoning and feeling: from their union will come harmony.The music was composed specifically for the show by Danilo Lorenzini and, more than a commentary on the action, they are a real symphonic poem that follows the action.
Aladdin will ne onstage at
Teatro Studio Melato. Created as an experimental space, a “gymnasium” for the young students of the Piccolo’s Theatrical School and location for the annual international Masterclasses, the Teatro Studio, with its circular layout, is very much appreciated by directors from all over the world for the special relationship it creates between the actors and the audience.
Dates
12/ 27 – 01/06 , 2019
Tickets
https://www.piccoloteatro.org/en/2018-2019/la-lampada-di-aladino

 

 

 

 

LOREDANA ‘I am no Lady’ BERTÈ CONQUERS MILAN

IN ONE OF HER MAJOR HITS SHE DECLARES ‘NON SONO UNA SIGNORA’(I am no Lady) THAT’S HOW THE FLAMBOYANT ITALIAN ROCK STAR LOREDANA BERTÈ LOVES TO INTRODUCE HERSELF

Text by Cesare Zucca
Album Photos by Giovanni Squatriti
Concert Photos by Cesare ZuccaLast night, all the ‘hip Milan’ packed at the Teatro Nazionale, in occasion of the comeback concert of Loredana Bertè, the undiscussed Italian Queen of Rock. Not a real come back: Loredana did not disappeared from the stages and the press, but she is not been recording a new album since 13 years.
The sold out concert was introducing ‘LiBertè‘ the very new work of the Artist where Loredana’s scratchy voice pours out all her anger, sleepless nights, bad thoughts, disappointments and disillusions.
The second part of the concert opens with Liberté (that gives the title to the whole album) with Loredana wearing a straight jacked (exactly like on the CD cover)
In a tour de force performance with song signed by great authors like Fabio Ilacqua, Davide Simonetta, Maurizio Piccoli, Ivano Fossati, Enrico Ruggeri, Pino Daniele, among others. Supported by a great band and her longtime backsinger-friend Aida Copper, Bertè scored her rich repertoire that includes hits like Dedicato, Mare d’Inverno, E la luna bussò,
Among new songs and previous hits, there was one that particularly touched me, rearranged with a new rendition. It is titled ‘Stare fuori,
while the big screen was showed the original video that I worked for as a stylist ..and I still love!
I would like to point out Anima Carbone(Soul charcoal) which is absolutely my favorite track of the album. The lyrics( (by Loredana Bertè) and the music (by Fabio Ilacua) are strongly pairing in a screaming confession.
The text says:
I’m not tired of making mistakes
And to burn up the time
To step on every morality
And then throw it away
If God has cheated on my disgrace
He’s got to settle the bill
With my charcoal soul
Of meat and anarchy
II so wish that Loredana’s new album would be released worldwide and her concert would perform not only in the Italian venues, but also abroad.  I am pretty sure that a lot of European and oversea rock lovers would be mesmerized and captured by her flamboyant personality and her music.
Following the tradition of those majestic ‘No Lady’ Artist like Nina Hagen, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Dolores O’Riordan, gritty and charismatic queens of the stage, soloists and frontwomen who gave to rock music a feminine imprint, revolutionizing the world of music. Some were true pioneers, eradicating stereotypes with their provocative performances and feminist texts. Others have collected this important legacy, adapting it to time and change, always leading the woman power forward.
Long life to Freedom, viva la LiBertè!
LiBertè tour will hit road till summer 2019 .
Check the schedule and if it happens that you ‘ll be in Italy, do not miss it!

More info for dates and venue
LiBertè Tour 2018-2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From NY to Italy. Life is a marathon for Pier…and the others.

THEATER SAN CARLO, NAPLES. Maestro NINO ROTA’s opera buffa, operetta, musical and more…

Last night, the beautiful San Carlo Theatre in Naples, hosted the première of Il Cappello di paglia di Firenze (The Straw Hat of Florence) an alive, surprising and amusing musical farce based on the vaudeville Le Châpeau de paille d’Italie by Eugène Labiche and Marc Michel, with the music of  the great composer Nino Rota who also wrote the libretto helped with his mother Ernesta Rinaldi. This little jewel, that echoes opera, operetta, musical theatre and contemporary sounds, was welcomed by a resounding success that led to a very unusual circuit in Italy, initially performed in the 50’s at the Piccola Scala in Milan under the direction of Giorgio Strehler.
The piece follows the tradition of Donizetti opera buffa, with a sparkle of Rossini, Verdi, Lehár, a reminiscence of some classic movies soundtrack from West Side Story to The Magnificent Seven, and, of course an atmosphere that irrevocably take us to the Federico Fellini‘s masterpieces, such as 8 ½, the Dolce Vita, La Strada, remarkably animated by Rota’s music. Set in the magical atmosphere of Paris,the story turns around an elegant straw hat from Florence, real protagonist of a continuous paradoxical misunderstandings, exchanges of person, plot twists and naturally happy ending.Young and energetic Valerio Galli directed with vitality the San Carlo orchestra and choir. Elena Barbalich ‘s featured an animated direction, perhaps a little too horizontal, having often the big cast (nearly 40 people) all aligned on the same level, Tommaso Lagattolla‘s amazing costumes who’s palette spans from pastels from a glamorous red, black and white evening gowns number. I loved the impressive and athletic cast: Pietro Adaini Gianluca Buratto Bruno de Simone  , Dario Giorgelè, Marco Miglietta, Roberto Covatta just to mention few, and the  primadonnas Zuzana Marková, the ‘diva’ Anna Malavasi as the Baroness of Champigny, the flamboyant Anna Maria Sarra who irrevocably reminded me of the notorious Gradisca from Fellini’s Amarcord.
In the middle of the audience a unexpeced violin solo performance  by Salvo LobardoThe highlights? I have to mention the irresistible choir performance of Io casco dalle nuvole a Broadway musical like moment with eight identical blonds seamstresses silhouetting against a fuchsia background, the very Verdi inspired change of the guard, , a unexpeced Salvo Lobardo ‘s violin solo performance in the middle of the audience, the colored umbrellas floating over the stage and, last but not the least, the lovely clown with his white had and his trumped , who took me to the magical world of Fellini.for more info Teatro San Carlo

 

Beauty has no mercy, are we all Dorian Gray?

Lights and stage special effects, accuracy of the image, a catching opera-rock soundtrack, excellent performances, Federico Marignetti superstar able to carry a non-stop tour de force, perhaps some lack of  narration of the original history. 
La bellezza non ha pietà (Beauty has no mercy), tells the anguish of a perfectly contemporary icon. The long monologue-like written by Daniele Martini focuses on the the obsession for beauty and for its maintenance. Martini starts from the consideration that we are surrounded by thousands of Dorian Gray: the portrait has been replaced by the selfie stick, able to capture an evergreen image. The narration begins when Dorian has already turned thirty-eight and is now a mature man. Although his appearance is unchanged over time, his soul, trapped in the painting that he has hidden for years, bears monstrous and unmistakable signs of unmentionable events. Each of these signs has a story, an emotion that Dorian relieves as it reflects on the experience, starting with the encounter with one’s own beauty. Daniele Martini music follows the emotions of Dorian, and makes the show interesting and animated.The piece, strongly promoted by fashion icon Pierre Cardin, who designed wardrobe for Dorian and his soul (role performed alternatively by Marco Vesprini, and Thibault Servière Emanuele Gabba direction and stage design shines thanks to 3D projection and a huge wooden cube which turning easily follows Dorian’s agony,wickedness and cruelty. A prestigious theatrical tour will take Dorian to Florence, Venice, Bari and other Italian cities


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

. 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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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.

 

 

 

 

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

by Marina Perzy
English version and Photos by Cesare Zucca

 

 

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.