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workshop on shadows theatre at the castle

Cora Demaria
Teatro d'Ombre

Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea


Saturday 7th october 10.00 – 14.00h.

Sunday 8th oct. 10.00 – 14.00h.


drammaturgy, design, construction of silhouettes
contemporary musical shadow theatre

Assistant Elena Campanella. In collaboration with dipartimento Educazione del Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea and l'Istituto per i Beni marionettistici e il teatro popolare

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vocal/staging workshop on music by
Monteverdi (L'incoronazione di Poppea)
and Stockhausen

Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana
at the Studio Foce of Lugano
4th - 14th february 2016
Final performance on 14th february, 18:30h.
concept Luisa Castellani with the collaboration of Barbara Zanichelli

conductor Darren Hargan

director Alberto Jona

shadows theatre Jenaro Meléndrez Chas

The Incoronazione -in its wonderful game of feigning, betrayal, duplicity and sensuality- and the Zodiac -in its abstraction and sense of destiny- staged with shadows have become for the students of the Conservatory an exclusive occasion of research on music interpretation, an original access-way to the emotional world of each character.
Different gesture languages, from baroque to contemporary theatre, cohabit in this staging using shadow theater not only as scenic design but especially as a tool for investigating the characters psychology (shadow as double, unconscious, unspoken, dream...) "Interlacing two distant-in-time works while maintaining a thread of history but seizing and opening up to new and unexpected ideas"...

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



For Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana


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

vocal-staging workshop held together with Luisa Castellani, Barbara Zanichelli and Antonella Agati

Alberto Jona and Jenaro Meléndrez Chas from Controluce Teatro d'Ombre

Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, 2-9 february 2015

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 and Alessandro Ghiringhelli (synthesizer)
con la participazione di Maria Francesca Rizza (flute) and Ilenia Torsello (clarinet)

PHOTO (rehearsals)



Saturday 15th February 2014
at ICI London
In collaboration with: Italian Cultural Institutute of London and Puppet Center

Workshop/masterclass by
CONTROLUCE Teatro d'Ombre with
Alberto Jona, Cora De Maria,
Jenaro Meléndrez Chas

Saturday 15th February 2014

Italian Cultural Institut (ICI) London,
39 Belgrave Square London SW1X 8NX

free admission subject to availability, as places are limitedplease apply by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 10th February 2014 at the latest.

In collaboration with: Italian Cultural Institute in London and Puppet Center

STAGING VERDI'S MACBETH has been half workshop and half masterclass. CONTROLUCE founders Cora De Maria, Alberto Jona and Jenaro Meléndrez Chas has illustrated CONTROLUCE's experience in staging Opera with shadows theatre techniques and discussed the activities involved in it, from theory to practice. Participants has been Louise Alexander, Matthew Cohen, Caroline Jones, Jennie Pedley and Louise Radinger.

STAGING VERDI'S MACBETH was part of the project "Italian Contemporary Shadows Theatre" organised by Controluce Teatro d'Ombre with the support of ICI London, Puppet Centre and the contemporary art gallery Rosenfeld&Porcini which hosted the Controluce's performance HAIKU on 13th February 2014.


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