popp kreiss

Theatrical workshop on music by Monteverdi and Stockhausen

Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana at the
Studio Foce of Lugano
4th - 14th february 2016
Final performance on 14th february, 18:30h.

idea: Luisa Castellani with the collaboration of Barbara Zanichelli

Staging: Controluce Teatro d'Ombre
Director: Alberto Jona
Shadows: theatre Jenaro Meléndrez Chas

With: Giovanni Baraglia, Juan Manuel Bernal Jimenez, Simona Bonanno, Brenda Borradori, Barbara Brandi, Renato Cadel, Javier Carbajal Ferro, Viola Cartoni, Federica Cassati, Rebecca Agatha Calota, Laura Chareun, Isabella Gualda, Alina Kovaleva, Matteo Marazzi, Marcelo Marchetti, Rebeca Maseda Longarela, Anna Piroli, Carmen Pirrone, Elena Revelant, Alice Rossi, Nuno Santos, Joel Sharbaugh, Dani Souto, Ana María Villamizar Carvajal, Tianyou Wang.

conductor: Darren Hargan
sound engineer: Fabrizio Rosso

Popp-Kreis comes from the idea of ​​trying to weave two works very distant in time, L'incoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi (1642) and the Zodiac by Stockhausen (1974-5), keeping the thread of the story but seizing and opening to new and unexpected suggestions. Sudden musical and stylistic deviations become possible routes of access to individual characters and their emotional world.
At the same time the Popp-Kreis project offers to the undergraduate students of the Conservatory of Lugano the chance to work in a set where different sign languages live together, from baroque to contemporary theater, using the shadow theater both as sscenery and above all as possibility of research on the psychology of the characters: shadow as double, unconscious, unspoken, dream. For that, both L'incoronazione in its wonderful game of pretense, betrayal, duplicity and sensuality, and the Zodiac Stockhausen in its abstraction and sense of destiny, offer us many opportunities.
The story of Nero and Poppea is ideally transferred closer to us, Imperial Rome will be suggested through intangible and ephemeral images of the 30s rationalist Rome, on which the characters act, love and betray.

                                                                                PHOTO    POSTER    VIDEO
interv radio popp kreis
extracts from the  radio introduction
13/02/2016 Castellani/Hargan/Jona

Monteverdi and Stockhausen
The bet of the POPP-KREIS project has been to weave Monteverdi and Stockhausen trying to make them to dialogue theatrically, thanks to the formal freedom of Monteverdi's opera -not yet reined in the formalism of the late Baroque opera- and the imaginative, changing structure of Stockhausen's Tierkries. We have assigned a zodiac sign to each one of the opera characters to see, in a symbolic way, both the characters and the dramatic articulations of the story. In this way, the 12 signs have gone to wedge themselves into the "empty" spaces of the opera, which for obvious reasons in a teaching project was reduced and simplified: the disappointed love of Otto, the irony of the nurse Arnalta, the sensuality of Poppea, the violence of Nero, the mischievous protection of Love, the order of Seneca's death, the clothes exchange between Ottone and Drusilla, the hysteria of Fortune, the bombastic gestures of Virtue, etc., inhabit the pages of Capricorn, Pisces, Taurus, Leo, Libra and so on, and become gears-like of the story moving passions, hatreds, jealousies and ideally carrying forward the action.

LA STRANIERA by Vincenzo Bellini

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opera in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini
on libretto by Felice Romani, 1829

Production Landestheater Niederbayern, Passau/Landshut/Straubing
December 2015 - March 2016

prremiere Stadttheater Passau 19th December 2015

Conductor Basil H. E. Coleman
Staging Controluce Teatro d'Ombre
Director Alberto Jona
Shadows director Jenaro Meléndrez Chas
Set design Antonio Martire
Choreography Anja Maisenbacher
Costume design Osvaldo Montalbano
Choir director Christine Strubel

Alaide Tatiana Larina
Arturo Victor Campos Leal
Valdeburgo Kyung Chun Kim
Isoletta Sabine Noack
Priore Jisang Ryu
Montolino Martin Danzl
Osburgo Oscar Imhoff

Orchestra Niederbayerische Philharmonie
Choir of Landestheater Niederbayern
Extras of Landestheater Niederbayern

presentation and direction notes
set design and tecnical notes
press cuts



backstage reportage

"DID-ONE" CSI Lugano


vocal staging workshop on music by Henry Purcell (Dido and Aeneas) and Sylvano Bussotti (Lachrimae)

Luisa Castellani, Barbara Zanichelli, Antonella Agati, CONTROLUCE Teatro d'Ombre (Alberto Jona and Jenaro Meléndrez Chas)

Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano 2-9 february 2015. Final concert 9th february 2015, 20.30h Aula Magna CSI (+info)

Giovanni Baraglia, Barbara Brandi, Renato Cadel, Rebecca Agatha Calota, Federica Cassati, Laura Chareun, Giorgia Conterno, Pinar Donmez, Margit G. Fodor, Marcelo Marchetti, Sandra Ranisavljevic, Elena Revelant, Alice Rossi, Nuno Santos, Xin Yang e Alessandro Ghiringhelli (synthesizer)
con la participazione di Maria Francesca Rizza (flute) e Ilenia Torsello (clarinet)

rehearsal PHOTO


VIDEO general rehearsal

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