popp kreiss POPP-KREIS

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

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

conductor Darren Hargan

stage 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.



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

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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WORKSHOP Alghero april 2013

workshop Alghero

A CONTROLUCE Shadows Theatre workshop has been held on 26th and 27th April 2013 in Alghero, Sardegna, organized by the Association Archivi del Sud, dedicated to the staging of a folk tale of Sardinia.

The laboratory has been held by the founders of Controluce Alberto Jona and Jenaro Meléndrez Chas and involved 8 participants.

We worked on the fairy tale of Pietrin Pietré and daddy Ogre, set in Capo Caccia and the city of Alghero.


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