"ORF-AGE" CSI Lugano

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Theatrical workshop on Monteverdi and Cage

Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana, Lugano
3rd - 9th February 2019

Final performance on 9th February at 20:30h.
Aula Magna of Conservatory

Idea: Luisa Castellani

Staging: Controluce Teatro d'Ombre
Direction: Alberto Jona
Shadow theatre: Jenaro Meléndrez Chas

With: Giovanni Baraglia, Juan Bernal, Laura Bevacqua, Lorenza Donadini, Pinar Dönmez, Serge-Etienne Freytag, Minji Kim, Emanuela La Porta, Marta Moraru, Nuno Santos, Laura Stella, Karolina Zielinska e Gaja Basic, Sara Capone, Jonas Morkünas, Andrea Pedrazzini, Mirjana Tadic


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The dream of Mr. Rodari

rodossier2The dream of Mr. Rodari
chamber opera for public from 10 years old

Opera in one act by
Nuria Núñez Hierro

Jacopo Masini

Staging and direction
Controluce Teatro d'Ombre

Academy of Spain in Roma

The dream of Mr. Rodari is part of a new musical theater in which contemporary music and shadow theater converge. It is inspired by two great figures of Italian culture of the last century, Gianni Rodari, one of the greatest interpreters of the "fantastic" theme, as well as one of the main theorists of the

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Il giardino della vita (The garden of life)


Il giardino della vita

Opera in one act by
José María Sánchez Verdú

Gilberto Osella

Controluce Teatro d'Ombre

Co-production CSi, RSI.ch Rete Due/Settimana di Musica Religiosa di Cuenca SMR 56a edition

World première
Sunday 26th Febrruary 2017, 17:30h.
Palazzo dei Congressi, Lugano (CH)

Spain première
Saturday, 8th April 2017, 19:00h. Teatro Auditorio, Cuenca (SP)
Semana de Música Religiosa de Cuenca INAUGURATION SMR 56th edition

Ticino's writer Gilberto Isella paints a stylized and symbolic portrait of the Catalonian architect Antoni Gaudí. The music by José María Sánchez-Verdú intermediates between the text and the shadows of Controluce Teatro d'Ombre. The memories of an aged Gaudí, who looking back finds himself as a child and the mother, take the evanescent forms of a theatrical dream narrated with music.


Lugano - Palazzo dei Congressi
ensemble 900 of CSi directed by Arturo Tamayo
ensemble Choir Clairière directed by Brunella Clerici
Soprano Alice Rossi
Acting Antonio Zanoletti and Margherita Coldesina, coordination by Claudio Laiso (Settore Prosa della RSI)
CONTROLUCE Teatro d'Ombre: direction Alberto Jona, scenic structure Jenaro Meléndrez Chas,
original silhouettes Cora De Maria with the colaboration of Anna Guazzotti, light design Simona Gallo, costumes Sita Singh
Shadows Elena Campanella, Alice De Bacco and Marco Intraia

Cuenca - Teatro Auditorio
ensemble 900 of CSi directed by Arturo Tamayo
Choir "Escolanía Ciudad de Cuenca" directed by Carlos Lozano
Soprano Marga Rodriguez
Acting Rafa Nuñez and Eva Higueras
CONTROLUCE Teatro d'Ombre: direction Alberto Jona, scenic structure Jenaro Meléndrez Chas,
original silhouettes Cora De Maria with the colaboration of Anna Guazzotti, light design Simona Gallo, costumes Sita Singh
Shadows Elena Campanella, Alice De Bacco and Marco Intraia


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.

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