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Nicola Virdis

in “Nerd Compilation”

Taormina Congress Hall, Sala  B – December 8, 2023 @ 5.30pm

 

Title: Nerd Compilation
Genre: Visual Comedy, Contemporary circus, juggling
Audience: Suitable for everyone
Duration: 60 mins.

 

Nicola Virdis, the Nerd, presents a whirlwind of gags and comedic situations that engage and entertain the audience.

His show is highly original and never the same; in fact, it is the audience that helps and guides the Nerd in building the sequence of gags and collaboratively constructs the performance’s “lineup” on the spot. With his incredible sense of humor, Virdis will showcase stage actions, musical games, and surreal antics using strictly 80s objects and situations. This helps the audience grasp a very original concept: “if you know how to lose, perhaps you’ve already won.”

Nicola Virdis is a comedian, visual comedy performer, juggler, and contemporary circus artist who graduated from the Cirko Vertigo Academy in Turin.

His character, without speaking, achieved great success on Italy’s Got Talent 2019, receiving the golden buzzer and securing third place in the finals. He has also participated in talent shows in Spain, France, Germany, and Romania. His catchphrase “Turn Around” has garnered millions of views on social media and YouTube.

Virdis, through his comedy, conveys a very important concept: “it doesn’t matter what you do, but how you do it.”

 

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TICKETS on ticket.it

Adults: € 12,00
Under 18 and Over 65: € 8,00

 

MORE INFO

Nicola Viridis > www.nicolavirdis.it

FINC Festival > https://fincfestival.com

 

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel La Pensione SvizzeraHotel Villa SchulerHotel Villa Ducale – Hotel Villa Carlotta

 

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Double Take Cinematic Circus

in Jump Cut

Taormina Congress Hall, Sala  B – December 7, 2023 @ 8.30pm

 

Title: Jump Cut
Genre: Contemporary circus
Audience: Suitable for everyone
Duration: 50 mins.

 

Founded in 2016 by two acrobats and filmmakers, Summer Hubbard and Raphaël Herault, Double Take – Cinematic Circus is a circus and filmmaking company guided by the exploration and blending of circus and cinema (both on the stage and on the screen).

Combining techniques of both circus and cinema, “Jump Cut” is an acrobatic show built around a story which is the true heart of the performance. Inspired by real events, “Jump Cut” takes you on a journey through time and space, offering a surreal and acrobatic perspective on how Summer and Raphael, as a couple, navigate this life together.

In their living room, which appears to have come straight out of a dream, there is a massive sofa-trampoline, an oversized lamp, and a miniature electric train. It’s a playground full of life, unexpected twists and turns where every moment of life is poetically celebrated, from the most simple to the most tragic.

While giving prominence to visuals and imagery, “Jump Cut” blends various circus techniques which includes: trampoline, partner acrobatics, aerial acrobatics, and floor acrobatics.

Through a unique use of imagery and symbolism combined with innovative set design, the couple have developed a distinctive language that is uniquely theirs, enabling them to tell a story through movement capable of transcending generations.

Intentionally designed to offer various layers of interpretation, “Jump Cut” can be appreciated internationally by audiences of all ages and imaginations.

(Source: https://fincfestival.com)

 

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TICKETS on ticket.it

Adults: € 12,00
Under 18 and Over 65: € 8,00

 

MORE INFO

Double Take Cinematic Circus > www.doubletakecinematiccircus.com

FINC Festival > https://fincfestival.com

 

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel La Pensione SvizzeraHotel Villa SchulerHotel Villa Ducale – Hotel Villa Carlotta

 

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Benoit Turiman

in Le Voisin

Taormina Congress Hall, Sala  B – December 7, 2023 @ 5.30pm

 

Title: Le Voisin (The Neighbour)
Genre: Mimo
Audience: Suitable for everyone
Duration: 60mins

“Benoît Turjman, an actor and mime trained at the International School of Marcel Marceau, takes the audience on a journey through the comical life of his eccentric character in the show ‘The Neighbor”. Without speaking or using vocal effects, he surprises viewers with every moment of the Neighbor’s life and mishaps. The refined soundtrack and variety of set designs give the audience the feeling of watching a movie on the big screen.

“I wanted to depict everyday life, to show the social conventions that guide and sometimes limit how we relate to each other. To show what can exclude us and what brings us together. And I wanted all of this to be told from the perspective of a very ordinary person. Someone who could be our next-door neighbor.

He’s a middle-class bachelor, living modestly. He grapples with everyday life, aspiring to that perfect life depicted in glossy magazines and TV shows. He’s a man without qualities, inept, incompetent, made selfish by fear, but at the same time, naive, curious about everything, and genuinely positive. And he’s about to experience a great love story, the kind we only see in the movies.

The French author and award-winning screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière said, ‘Man finds in myths the tools to forge social bonds, to understand and strengthen the rules of coexistence. Imagination is the cement of a civilization.’ How many stories do we need to grow as individuals?

I wanted to bring many artistic universes that fascinate me to the stage. The universes of great artists like Michel Courtemanche and Rowan Atkinson, Harold Lloyd, and Marcel Marceau. I wanted the audience to open a comic book and attend a musical at the same time.

I wanted the viewer to see all these wonderful universes.

All of this… and somehow also the story of my life!”

 

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TICKETS on ticket.it

Adults: € 12,00
Under 18 and Over 65: € 8,00

 

MORE INFO

Benoit Turiman > www.benoitturjman.com

FINC Festival > https://fincfestival.com

 

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel La Pensione SvizzeraHotel Villa SchulerHotel Villa Ducale – Hotel Villa Carlotta

 

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The Clown Angels

Giorgia Dell’Uomo, Giulia Rabozzi, Silvia Borello

Taormina Congress Hall, Sala  B – December 3, 2023 @ 5.30pm

 

Title: “BANG BANG”
Genre: Clown, teatro fisico, visual comedy, mimo
Audience: Suitable for everyone
Duration: 50mins

 

>> International Comedy Festival – Full calendar <<

 

TICKETS on ticket.it

Adults: € 12,00
Under 18 and Over 65: € 8,00

 

MORE INFO

The Clown Angels > www.theclownangels.com

Theatre Degart > https://fincfestival.com

 

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel La Pensione SvizzeraHotel Villa SchulerHotel Villa Ducale – Hotel Villa Carlotta

 

 

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Danny Danno e Diva G.

Un’improbabile Storia D’Amore

Taormina Congress Hall, Sala  B – December 3, 2023 @ 8.30pm

 

Title: Un’improbabile Storia D’Amore
Genre: Visual Comedy – Clown
Audience: suitable for everyone
Duration: 70 mins.

When a cabaret star, incredibly elegant and refined, crosses paths with a sweet but clumsy individual, everything becomes possible.
It’s the beginning of a love story that defies all conventions, between him, awkward, and her, irresistibly self-assured. This tale catapults us into a whirlwind of emotions: from conquest to excitement, from despair to the purest joy.
Gestures speak louder than words, revealing the universal magic of falling in love. Gestures and music are the true protagonists of this show that has toured the world, garnering numerous awards and audience acclaim.

Dandy Danno & Diva G are a comedic duo primarily visual. They share the common goal of introducing the audience to the authentic pleasure of laughter. Silence, the absence of limits and barriers thanks to the universality of body language, draws the audience into constant interaction.

Laughter ensues, allowing oneself to be swept away and actively participating in the performance, which becomes a surreal “bubble” capable of encapsulating, with great purity, actors and spectators.

(Source: https://fincfestival.com)

 

>> International Comedy Festival – Full calendar <<

 

TICKETS on ticket.it

Adults: € 12,00
Under 18 and Over 65: € 8,00

 

MORE INFO

Theatre Degart > https://fincfestival.com

 

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel La Pensione SvizzeraHotel Villa SchulerHotel Villa Ducale – Hotel Villa Carlotta

 

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The Umbilical Brothers

Taormina Congress Hall, Sala B – December 2, 2023 @ 8.30pm

 

Title: “HUGO”
Genre: Comicità fisica e visuale, mimo ed effetti sonori
Audience: Suitable for everyone
Duration: 60 mins.

 

The Umbilical Brothers, an Australian comedy duo composed of Shane Dundas and David Collins, met in 1988 at the University of Western Sydney. Despite an initial incident that saw Shane break his nose, they managed to reconcile and develop unique comedic sketches.

Their performances combine mime, dialogue, and vocal sound effects, incorporating puppetry, burlesque, and audience engagement with minimal use of props and lighting.

They have graced prestigious stages such as the Late Show with David Letterman and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, as well as performing at international comedy festivals. Their shows have been praised by critics and have garnered a wide fan base of all ages.

Awards received include two BAFTAs and an EMMY, a testament to their talent and success in the entertainment industry.

Their performances are a captivating blend of physical comedy, vocal sound effects, and verbal interaction that defy theatrical norms, resulting in a comedic triumph. With over a million monthly online views, their charm continues to captivate audiences of all generations.

 

>> International Comedy Festival – Full calendar <<

 

TICKETS on ticket.it

Adults: € 20,00
Under 18 and Over 65: € 15,00

 

MORE INFO

Theatre Degart – https://fincfestival.com/ – info@fincfestival.com, T.  0039 333 6571 686

 

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel La Pensione SvizzeraHotel Villa SchulerHotel Villa Ducale – Hotel Villa Carlotta

 

 

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Hugo Mirò

Taormina Congress Hall, Sala B – December 2, 2023 @ 5.30pm

 

Title: “HUGO”
Genre: TEATRO CIRCO – CLOWN
Audience: Suitable for everyone
Duration: 50 mins.

 

Distracted? Curious?
HUGO is a unique character who discovers the stage as a place to play with the audience, his accomplice, his challenge, the essence. He is an eccentric acrobat, Restless and mischievous comedian, original, daring, and passionate. Needs a constant connection with the audience; to play and give everything in return for… An unexpected gesture? A slight smile?

With careful training in gesture and mime, years of physical and acrobatic preparation, HUGO is an exhaustive work on object play, manipulation. This character invites us to play, to build a time of adventures, imaginary moments, and improbable situations… Suggesting a touch of nostalgia, very close to that of silent films it will transport us to a universe filled with paper airplanes, hats, newspapers, acrobatics, suitcases, grimaces, magic, confetti, laughter, creating a surreal and absurd play space, where everything is possible.

HE wants to play… DO YOU?

All of this arises from the mind and work of Hugo Miró, an artist from Guadalajara, Spain.

Hugo began his journey in the circus world through self-taught means, but along his path, he took various courses in different disciplines, although Hugo always had more curiosity for the world of comedy, and of course, for the clown, this led him to follow a path and focus more on a personal quest. He has worked, shared, and learned from different “masters” such as Leandre Ribera, Churry Silva, Vasily Protsenko… Throughout his journey, he has worked on different projects and with different companies, some of which are well-known, like Ale-Hop company or Jorge Blass, (with whom he worked at the Teatro Circo Price and at the Gala Premios Goya…).

He has worked as Headline Comic/Clown in some circuses such as:
Cirque Imagine (France 2019 & 2021),
Hippodrome Circus Great Yarmouth (UK 2017 & 2018), Circo Sendaviva (Spain 2014 – 2016).
Or at festivals like: 4th and 5th Mondoclowns Festival (France 2019, 2020), Mondoclowns Festival at Chateau du Duras (France 2019)…

And with his solo show, he has participated in various festivals around the world, some of which are renowned.

(Source: fincfestival.com)

 

>> International Comedy Festival – Full calendar <<

 

TICKETS on ticket.it

Adults: € 12,00
Under 18 and Over 65: € 8,00

 

MORE INFO

Hugo Mirò > www.hugomiro.com

FINF Festival > fincfestival.com/ – info@fincfestival.com, T.  0039 333 6571 686

 

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel La Pensione SvizzeraHotel Villa SchulerHotel Villa Ducale – Hotel Villa Carlotta

 

 

 

 

Christmas in Taormina 2023

From December 1st 2023 to January 6th 2024

All the events are free

 

Events organised by the Town of Taormina, in collaboration with local associations and private citizens.

 

December 1 – Taormina Plectrum Orchestra Quartet – Church Of Santa Caterina @ 7.00pm

December 7 – Christmas Tree lightining – Belvedere Square (Piazza IX Aprile) @ 7.00pm

December 7 / January 7 – Group Exhibition “The artists of Taormina” – previous Church of Sant’Agostino (Town Library) @ 8.00pm

December 8 – Piano concerts along the Corso, the main street of the town – from 5.00pm to 8.00pm

December 9 – Piano music along the Corso, the main street of the town – from 5.00pm to 8.00pm

December 10 – Piano music along the Corso, the main street of the town – from 5.00pm to 8.00pm

December 11 – Christmas Charity Concert in favour of UNICEF – Taormina Congress Hall @ 8.30pm

December 15 – Taormina Plectrum Orchestra Quartet / Tetra Chordes – Church Of Santa Caterina @ 6.00pm

December 16 – Piano music along the Corso, the main street of the town – from 5.00pm to 8.00pm

December 17 – Piano music along the Corso, the main street of the town – from 5.00pm to 8.00pm

December 17 – Piano concerts along the Corso, the main street of the town – from 5.00pm to 8.00pm

December 17 – Canta Amuri – Congress Hall @ 6.00pm

December 19 – Candle Light Music – Duomo Square @ 6.30pm

December 21 – The Fairy Village – Florence Trevelyan Park

December 21 – Christmas Concert by the students of the Istituto Comprensivo 1 Taormina – Cathedral @ 6.00pm

December 21 – The Fairy Village – Florence Trevelyan Park – 3.00pm/6.00pm

December 21 – Sport Festival – Congress Hall @ 7.00pm

December 22 – The Fairy Village – Florence Trevelyan Park – 3.00pm/6.00pm

December 23 – Santa Claus meets the children – Florence Trevelyan Park – 3.00pm/6.00pm

December 23 – Piano music along the Corso, the main street of the town – from 5.00pm to 8.00pm

December 23 – Gospel concert by the “Florida Fellowship Superior Choir – Cathedral

December 24 – Lightining of the Chrismas Bonfire – Piazza Santa Caterina @ 11.00pm

December 25 – 11° Tuffo a Mare – Beach of Mazzeo @ 11.00am

December 25 – Piano music along the Corso, the main street of the town – from 5.00pm to 8.00pm

December 26 – Piano music along the Corso, the main street of the town – from 5.00pm to 8.00pm

December 26 – Christmas Concert by the Taormina Children’s Choir – Congress Hall @ 7.00pm

December 26 – Presepe Vivente – Living Natitivity – Trappitello

December 27 – Christmas Concert by Orchestra Gioviale – Congress Hall

December 27 – Candle Light music – Church of Santa Caterina

December 28 – Bagpipe Chrismas Concert – Congress Hall

December 29 – Christmas concert “Natale e Dintorni” – Church of Santa Caterina

December 29 – Presepe Vivente – Living Nativity – Trappitello

December 30 – Christmas Concert by the Orchestra Gioviale – Congress Hall

December 30 – Piano concerts along the Corso, the main street of the town – from 5.00pm to 8.00pm

December 31 – Countdown in Piazza Duomo – from 10.30pm on

 

January 1 – Tuffo a Mare and “Trofeo Chico Scimone” – Beach of Villagonia @ 8.30am

January 1 – Piano music along the Corso, the main street of the town – from 5.00pm to 8.00pm

January 1 – New Year’s Concert by the Taormina Plectrum Orchestra – Congress Hall @ 7.00pm

January 1 – New Year’s Toast wuth the Mayor of Taormina – Piazza IX aprile @ 8.30pm

January 2 – Music event “La vinuta di lu Re” – Congress Hall @6.30pm

January 3 – “Live Sound” concert – Church of Santa Caterina @7.00pm

January 4 – Concert “Canti di un Antico Natale” – Church of Santa Caterina @7.00pm

January 6 – Piano music along the Corso, the main street of the town – from 5.00pm to 8.00pm

January 6 – Concert by the Super Opera Trio – Church of Santa Caterina @7.00pm

 

For Families and kids

 

 

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel La Pensione SvizzeraHotel Villa SchulerHotel Villa Ducale – Hotel Villa Carlotta

 

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OPENING GALA

Taormina Congress Hall, Halla A – Friday 1st December @ 8.30pm

FREE ENTRANCE

 

 

A magic Gala Evening to get to know some of the main actors of the second edition of the FINC FESTIVAL.

International Comedy Festival – Info and calendar

 

Special Guest: the Australian Nola Rea in Performance

Nola Rae

Genre: Mimo – Teatro Fisico
Audience: Suitable for everyone
Duration: 10-15 mins.

 

Nola Rae, born in Sydney in 1943, moved to London in 1963. Trained at the Royal Ballet School, she danced at the Malmö Stadsteater and the Tivoli Pantomime Theatre in Copenhagen. Later, she studied mime with Marcel Marceau in Paris.

She was the founder of the company Kiss and co-founded the Friends Roadshow with Jango Edwards. She was also a member of the Bristol Old Vic Company. In 1974, she founded the London Mime Theatre with Matthew Ridout. She debuted as a solo performer in 1975 and has toured in 68 countries.

Her early shows were sketches with mime, dance, clowning, and puppetry. In 1990, she began presenting full-length comedies. Her current repertoire includes shows like “Elizabeth’s Last Stand” and “Exit Napoleon Pursued by Rabbits”. She has worked in duos with Sally Owen and Lasse Akerlund.

As a writer and director, she transforms tragedies into comedies. She collaborated with tenor Rolando Villazón in various productions.

She is a renowned teacher of mime and clowning and co-founded the London International Mime Festival. She has received several awards, including the Charlie Rivel Medal and the M.B.E. honor.

(Source: https://fincfestival.com)

 

TICKETS 

The event is free

 

MORE INFO

Theatre Degart – https://fincfestival.com/ – info@fincfestival.com, T.  0039 333 6571 686

 

 

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel La Pensione SvizzeraHotel Villa SchulerHotel Villa Ducale – Hotel Villa Carlotta

FINC Comedy Festival

International Festival of Nouveau Clown, 2nd edition

Taormina, December 1 – 10, 2023

 

The FINC FESTIVAL aims to create and engage a new audience, introducing them to the world of contemporary circus and the central figure of the “New Clown,” from which the “International Festival of the Nouveau Clown” takes its name.
The goal is to cultivate an interest in beautiful, international comedy that transcends language barriers with the universal language of gestures and intentions, reaching everyone indiscriminately.

Comic art allows younger generations to understand different artistic languages and develop a strong critical sense, encouraging them to take risks without the fear of making mistakes, and accepting their failures. The clown embodies this way of life and acts as a teacher. The objective is to involve renowned professional comedians and clowns, both in Italy and abroad, in creating a comedic show that appeals to all generations of spectators.

The 2023 edition also focuses on the role of the female clown in live performance. Women also have a place in the world of clowning, although they are often thought to play supporting roles. With the presence of international figures like Nola Rae and Hilary Chaplain, FINC aims to close the gap and challenge this perception.

Another goal is to combat gender disparity, especially in the field of entertainment and clowning. This is particularly significant in a region that still has much progress to make in terms of women’s emancipation.

Clown Therapy is also a key theme we will address in the second edition of the International Festival of the Nouveau Clown. Some techniques borrowed from circus and street theater and are used to transform hospital wards or rooms into magical environments. Laughter serves to alleviate suffering and stimulate dialogue, turning the clown into a healer. The Clown Doctor establishes a human relationship of trust and intimacy, momentarily easing the challenges of hospital life.

(Source: https://fincfestival.com)

PROGRAM

All events take place at the Taormina Congress Hall

 

Friday 1st December @8.3pm – OPEN GALA, free entrance
Nola Rae – from Engand

Saturday 2nd December @5.30pm
Hugo Mirò – from Spain

Saturday 2nd December @8.30pm
The Umbilical Brothers with Shane Dundas and David Collins – from Australia

– Sunday 3rd December @5.30pm
The Clown Angels with Silvia Borello, Giorgia Dell’Uomo and Giulia Rabozzi – from Italy

– Sunday 3rd December @8.30pm
Theatre Degart with Dandy Danno and Diva G – from Italy

– Thursday 7th December @5.30pm
Benoit Turiman – from France

– Thursday 7th December @8.30pm
Double Take Cinematic Circus with SummerHubbard and Raphael Herault – from Belgium

– Friday 8th December @5.30
Nicola Virdis – from Italy

– Friday 8th December @8.30
Hilary Chaplain – from USA

Saturday 9th December @5.30pm
Paula Malik – from Colombia

Saturday 9th December @8.30pm
Theatre Degart with Dandy Danno and Diva G – from Italy

Sunday 10th December @4.00pm
Paula Malik – from Colombia

Sunday 10th December @7.00pm
Enrico Ferretti and Gerardo Mele – from Switzerland and Italy

 

TICKETS

Tickets on www.ticket.it/festival/finc.aspx
Reduced tickets for Under 18 and Over 65

Ticket Office
– before December 1st:
– from December 1st to 10th: Taormina Congress Hotel – 10:00am – 12:00 and 4.00pm – 8.00pm (except on December 4th)

Reservations: email to reservation@fincfestival.com. Please specify: show title, number of adults, number of children

 

MORE INFO

https://fincfestival.com

 

 

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel La Pensione SvizzeraHotel Villa SchulerHotel Villa Ducale – Hotel Villa Carlotta