The 63rd Festival Of Two Worlds from June 26 to July
“We’ve been working to offer 17 days of great shows, said director Giorgio Ferrara. The bill is ready and it is my wish to share it in these days of grief for Italy and the world, in hope it might contribute to lift our spirit and show that Entertainment and Culture will not stop. The hope is that the city of Spoleto can again open its stages to Art in all its forms this year, and that it is a pleasure for me to inform that all the artists and companies planned continue to express their desire to be here. We all expect good news.”
As usual, OPERA will be the opener, this time with an imposing show in Piazza Duomo, produced by Spoleto63: a 1984 re-reading of Claudio Monteverdi‘s Orfeo by Luciano Berio, that was staged at Palazzo Pitti in Florence. In his new interpretation, Berio explores new sonic interactions, introducing guitars, brass- and rockbands, electronics. I asked Pier Luigi Pizzi, who used to be its director, to adapt the show to the wonderful scenario of piazza Duomo.
MELOLOGO, for orchestra, choir and voice, taken from Ovidio’s Eroidi, composed by Silvia Colasanti is a Festival’s commission.
THE PILOT AND THE BALLERINA, American extraordinary duo CocoRosie, formed by sisters Bianca and Sierra Casady, will stage their last work, their own composition, with choreography by Ira Anufrieva.
The 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven will be celebrated with MUSIC and DANCE: the FINAL CONCERT by the Italian Youth Orchestra will be conducted by James Conlon, will feature the German composer’s Fifth and Seventh Symphony;
LE CREATURE DI PROMETEO with the Orchestra of the Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova conducted by Andrea Battistoni, a show, between parade and ballet, original costumes by Roberto Capucci;
HEROIC SYMPHONY, John Neumeier with 100 dancers of the Hamburg Ballet in a show conceived on the notes of the Eroica, which combines musicfragments 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 reflect on the composer’s life.
SONGS FROM THE BROKEN HEART, Ute Lemper sings Bukowski and Coelho, as well as Ferré, Brel, Cave, Waits, Glass and Weill.
FROM BALANCHINE TO OCCHIPINTI, the San Francisco Ballet conducted by Helgi Tomasson, with a dynamic, intense program, conceived for Spoleto63, offers a multi-faceted look at different choreographic approaches, between historical past and new interpretations;
MARIA DE BUENOS AIRES, opera-tango on a libretto by Horacio Ferrer, music by Astor Piazzolla, featuring the Ballet de l’Opéra National du Rhin and La Grossa – Tipica Orchestra of the Maison de l’Argentine. First collaboration between two extraordinary artists by the long-lasting impact on Argentinian culture, the show leads us into the meanders of the soul of the beautiful Maria, “Queen of the Rio de la Plata”.
THEATRE – the return of Lithuanian director Rimas Tuminas, celebrating thirty years from the foundation of the State Small Theatre of Vilnius, with two plays by Anton Ceckhov:
THREE SISTERS, his historic theatrical adaptation which symbolically marked the beginning of a new creative period, a meeting point for several generations of actors, and a show in which the director fully bestows his surprising creativity and imagination;
ON THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF TOBACCO, a scene-monologue in a single act in which the only character, Ivan Ivanovič Njuchin, husband of the headmistress of a music school and a girls’ boarding school, is supposed to give a lecture on the damage caused by tobacco.
MARIA CALLAS. LETTRES ET MÉMOIRES, Monica Bellucci remembers the famous diva through a series letters dated 1946 – 1977, that lead us through a path from a debut on the back foot, to the highest peaks of her international career.
LA SIRENA, Luca Zingaretti celebrates the short story Lighea by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, a charming literary jewel that, though set in cold Turin, vigorously discloses the atmosphere of warm Sicily.
LA MOSCA E L’ANGELO, Massimiliano Civica in a script of his own, a tribute to Massimo Troisi.
A LETTER TO A FRIEND IN GAZA, Amos Gitai reflects on war in our times. Partly theatre, partly film and partly a tribute to Albert Camus’ Letters to a German Friend, this play is Gitai’s elegiac, poignant plea on the Arab-Israeli conflict, seen from the point of view of those who directly live it.
PUPO DI ZUCCHERO First ceremony, Emma Dante continues her artistic fellowship with the Festival, presenting the story of an old man who, to defeat solitude, invites his family’s late, beloved ones for dinner; first-ever performance
IL SEME DELLA VIOLENZA. THE LARAMIE PROJECT, directors Ferdinando Bruni and Francesco Frongia stage Moises Kaufmann’s reflections on the case of student Matthew Shepard, brutally killed in 1998 in Laramie, Wyoming, a victim of homofobia;
BROS, Romeo Castellucci stages a new play based on improvising street actors.
SETTIMO SENSO, from a story by Ruggero Cappuccio, dramatized and directed by Nadia Baldi, featuring Euridice Axen, is an imaginary conversation, a story of seduction featuring a pornostar and a man that opens to a critical analysis of pornography touching the deepest, most ancestral and daring senses that move the power and violence of the human being.
HOME, I’M DARLING by Laura Wade, directed by Luchino Giordana and Ester Tatangelo, stages the winner of the 2019 Laurence Olivier Award, 2019; its characters tell us of an unusual rejection of contemporary world, take us back to the origin of that escape, to its evolution, illustrating the unbalanced relationship between man and woman to the rhythm of a jive in the 1950s.
The MUSIC section features the best talents from the main Italian conservatories, performing in the traditional CONCERTI DI MEZZOGIORNO and CONCERTI DELLA SERA.
The collaborations with the ACCADEMIA NAZIONALE DRAMMATICA SILVIO D’AMICO and with LA MAMA SPOLETO OPEN continue to be among the columns of the Festival.
This year’s POSTER is signed by Paolo Roversi.