As usual, the OPERA will open the Festival, this time with an impressive show in Piazza Duomo produced by Spoleto63: a reinterpretation of the ORFEO by Monteverdi composed by Luciano Berio in 1984 and staged in the courtyard of Palazzo Pitti in Florence. In his new interpretation, Berio explores new sonic interactions, making use of a group of guitar picks, brass bands, rock bands, and electronic sounds. I have asked Pier Luigi Pizzi, who was the director, to recreate the show adapting it to the wonderful scenery of Piazza Duomo.
MELOLOGO, for orchestra, choir and reciting voice, taken from Ovid´s Eroidi, composed by Silvia Colasanti and commissioned by the Festival.
THE PILOT AND THE BALLERINA, the exceptional American musical duo CocoRosie, composed of the sisters Bianca and Sierra Casady, brings their new composition on stage, with choreography by Ira Anufrieva.
MUSIC and DANCE will celebrate the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven´s birth: FINAL CONCERT, James Conlon conducts the Italian Youth Orchestra in the Fifth and Seventh Symphonies;
THE CREATURES OF PROMETHEUS with the Orchestra of the Carlo Felice Theater in Genoa conducted by Andrea Battistoni, a show which is a mixture of "parade" and ballet, with original costumes by Roberto Capucci;
EROICA, John Neumeier with his 100 Hamburg Ballet dancers in a show, conceived on the notes of Eroica, which combines fragments of music and emotional suggestions based on Beethoven’s biography, in a unique combination of dance, piano and symphonic music;
BEETHOVEN. THE MUSIC OF LIFE with Corrado Augias and Giuseppe Fausto Modugno on piano, leads us to reflections on the composer’s life.
SONGS FROM THE BROKEN HEART, Ute Lemper interprets songs based on lyrics by Bukowski and Coelho, and some great hits by Ferré, Brel, Cave, Waits, Glass and Weill.
More for the DANCE sector:
FROM BALANCHINE TO OCCHIPINTI, the San Francisco Ballet directed by Helgi Tomasson, with an intense, dynamic program, conceived for Spoleto63, offers a faceted look on the different choreographic approaches, between historical past and new interpretations;
MARIA DE BUENOS AIRES, opera-tango based on a libretto by Horacio Ferrer and music by Astor Piazzolla, with the Ballet de l´Opéra National du Rhin and the Orquesta La Grossa - Orquesta Tipica de la Maison de l’Argentine. This first collaboration between two extraordinary artists who have had a lasting impact on Argentine culture, with a show that takes us into the depths of the soul of the beautiful Maria, "Regina del Rio della Plata".
For the THEATER, the Lithuanian director Rimas Tuminas returns to Spoleto, celebrating thirty years since the founding of The State Small Theater of Vilnius, with two pieces by Anton Ceckhov:
THREE SISTERS, his historical theatrical adaptation that symbolically marked the beginning of the new creative period of his theater, a meeting point for several generations of actors, and a show where the director fully exposes his surprising creativity and imagination;
THE HARMFULNESS OF TOBACCO, -monologue scene in one act that involves the only character, Ivan Ivanovič Njuchin, the husband of the director of a music school and a women´s college, giving a lecture on the damage caused by tobacco.
MARIA CALLAS. LETTRES ET MÉMOIRES, Monica Bellucci recalls the famous diva through a series of letters that range from 1946 to 1977, and takes us along a path from a muted debut and reaches the heights of a career on an international level.
LA SIRENA, Luca Zingaretti celebrates the story Lighea by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, a small and fascinating jewel, set in a cold Turin where a warm Sicily emerges vigorously.
LA MOSCA E L’ANGELO, Massimiliano Civica interprets his text in homage to Massimo Troisi.
A LETTER TO A FRIEND IN GAZA, Amos Gitai reflects on the theme of war today. Partly theater, partly film and in part tribute to Albert Camus´ Letters to a German Friend, this piece is Gitai´s sorrowful and heart-wrenching appeal against the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, told from the point of view of those who are experiencing it.
PUPO DI ZUCCHERO First ceremony, Emma Dante continues the artistic partnership with the Festival, presenting the premiere of her show freely inspired by Giambattista Basile’s Neapolitan language, which tells the story of an old man who invites his deceased family to dinner to defeat his loneliness ;
THE SEED OF VIOLENCE. THE LARAMIE PROJECT, directors Ferdinando Bruni and Francesco Frongia stage the text by Moises Kaufmann, a reflection on the case of the student Matthew Shepard who was brutally killed in the town of Wyoming in 1998 for reasons of homophonic hatred;
BROS, Romeo Castellucci stages, a new improv show with actors called from the street.
SETTIMO SENSO, from a story by Ruggero Cappuccio, with the dramaturgy and direction of Nadia Baldi, and played by Euridice Axen, is an imaginary dialogue, a story of seduction between a pornstar and a man, which opens up to a critical analysis of pornography and touches the deepest, most ancestral and impertinent senses that move the power and violence of human beings.
HOME, I´M DARLING by Laura Wade, directed by Luchino Giordana and Ester Tatangelo, stages the winning text of the Laurence Olivier Award 2019 and across its characters, tells us about an unusual rejection of the contemporary world, taking us back to the origin of that getaway, to its evolution, illustrating the frantic adjustment of the equilibrium which regulates the relationship between man and woman to the rhythm of a jive, in the 1950s.
The MUSIC sector sees the usual young talents from major Italian conservatories as the protagonists, in collaboration with the MIUR, in the traditional NOONTIME CONCERTS and EVENING CONCERTS.
The collaboration continues with the SILVIO D´AMICO NATIONAL DRAMATIC ACADEMY and with LA MAMA SPOLETO OPEN.
THE POSTER of Spoleto63 is signed by the photographer Paolo Roversi.