TAOBUK

Taormina Book Festival

9th edition

The Desire

Taormina, 21/25 June 2019

 

The fascinations of literature combined with the beauty of a unique place in the world. It is the perfect combination of Taobuk, an international literary festival which brings together the tradition of Taormina as cosmopolitan capital of literature and arts, refuge for eccentric and excellent personalities such as Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Picasso, Richard Strauss.

The Festival is conceived and directed by Antonella Ferrara.

Every year Taobuk chooses a theme around which the calendar of meetings takes shape with the help of authoritative writers, thinkers and artists, in a tight flow of ideas and novelties.

At the core of the festival there is literature seen through the point of view of international writers. Taobuk’s program, however, is also embellished with exhibitions, theatrical performances, dance pieces and film retrospectives shown in evocative locations: first and foremost the Ancient Theatre, along with the city’s palaces and major hotels.

 

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ALL THIS IS TAOBUK!

Tutto questo è Taobuk!

Le fascinazioni della #letteratura unite alla bellezza di un luogo unico al mondo. È l’equazione perfetta di Taobuk, Festival letterario internazionale, che raccoglie la tradizione di #Taormina quale capitale cosmopolita della letteratura, e delle arti in genere, rifugio di personalità eccentriche ed eccellenti📙

Pubblicato da TAOBUK taormina book festival su Giovedì 7 marzo 2019

 

 

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Earth Wind and Fire

Ancient Theatre, June 18th 2019 @ 9.30pm

 

Earth, Wind & Fire (abbreviated as EWF or EW&F) is an American band that has spanned the musical genres of R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, rock, dance, Latin, and Afro pop. They have been described as one of the most innovative and commercially successful acts of all time. Rolling Stone called them “innovative, precise yet sensual, calculated yet galvanizing” and declared that the band “changed the sound of black pop”.

The band was founded in Chicago by Maurice White in 1969. Other prominent members of EWF have included Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Ralph Johnson, Larry Dunn, Al McKay, Roland Bautista, Sonny Emory, Sheldon Reynolds and Andrew Woolfolk. The band is known for its horn section, kalimba sound, energetic and elaborate stage shows, and the contrast between Philip Bailey’s falsetto vocals and Maurice White’s baritone.

The band has won six Grammys from their 17 nominations. They have won four American Music Awards out of 12 nominations. They have also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and sold over 90 million records, making them one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time.

 

TICKETS on ticketone.it
Stalls (Parterre): € 79,00
Gallery: € 65,00
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 50,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 29,00

 

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Francesco De Gregori

and Orchestra

“Off the record”

Ancient Theatre, Friday 14th June 2019 @ 9.00pm

 

The greatest hits of Francesco De Gregori in key symphonic. The singer and his band will bring on the stage an orchestra made of 40 elements whose core is the Gnu Quartet (Raffaele Rebaudengo: viola, Francesca Rapetti: flute, Roberto Izzo: violin, Stefano Cabrera: cello)

 

TICKETS on ticketone.it
Stalls (Parterre): € 95,00
Gallery: € 89,00
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 69,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 40,00

 

MORE INFO

www.francescodegregori.net

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Francesco Renga

Ancient Theatre, Thursday 13 June 2019 @9.00pm

 

With his unmistakable, powerful voice and his overwhelming energy, Francesco Renga is preparing for a 2019 full of great news and music. A 35 years long career, Francesco Renga is among the most appreciated singer-songwriters of the Italian music scene. His voice has no equal on the Italian scene.

 

TICKETS on ticketone.it
Stalls (Parterre): € 80,50
Gallery: € 69,00
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 52,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 35,00

 

More info: https://francescorenga.it

Taormina Food and Flower Weekend

From Friday May 24 to Sunday May 26 2019

 

A new edition of the event, come and see Taormina… in bloom!

Le Stelle del Cinema

The Stars of Cinema

Exhibition – 1 century of films shooted in Taormina

Casa del Cinema (Corso Umberto n. 61), from May 18th to September 1st 2019

Free entrance

 

The Exhibition – curated by Ninni Panzera, president of the Taormina Arte Foundation – is a true journey through 100 years of Cinema in Taormina.
Posters, playbills and backstage photographs of films partially or entirelly filmed in Taormina: L’appel du sang by the French director Louis Mercanton (1919), L’avventura by Michelangelo Antonioni, Le grand bleu by Luc Besson, Il piccolo diavolo by Roberto Benigni, Il padrino-III part by Francis Ford Coppola, Mighty Aphrodite by Woody Allen, and many others.

Nastri D’Argento

Silver Ribbons Awards

Ancient Theatre, Saturday 29 June 2019

 

The Nastro d’Argento (Silver Ribbon) is a movie award assigned each year, since 1946, for cinematic performances and production by the Sindacato Nazionale dei Giornalisti Cinematografici Italiani, the association of Italian film critics. The Nastro d’argento is the oldest movie award in Europe, and the second oldest in the world (only the Academy Awards are older). The awards are given during a fashion gala night held at the Taormina Greek Theatre.

 

TICKETS on boxol.it
Parterre and Gallery: € 20,00
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 15,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 10,00

 

 

SILVER RIBBONS AWARDS 2019

IL DOCUMENTARIO DELL’ANNO SANTIAGO, ITALIA di Nanni Moretti

NASTRO SPECIALE ANDREA CAMILLERI

per Conversazione su Tiresia, con la regia di Roberto Andò

NASTRO ALLA CARRIERA SILVANO AGOSTI

MIGLIOR DOCUMENTARIO – CINEMA DEL REALE

1938 DIVERSI di Giorgio Treves

MIGLIOR DOCUMENTARIO SUL CINEMA

FRIEDKIN UNCUT di Francesco Zippel

MIGLIOR DOCUMENTARIO – SPETTACOLO

“SONO GASSMAN!” VITTORIO RE DELLA COMMEDIA di Fabrizio Corallo

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SELEZIONE SPECIALE EVENTI d’ARTE

MIGLIOR DOCUMENTARIO HITLER CONTRO PICASSO E GLI ALTRI di Claudio Poli

con una menzione speciale al Maestro REMO ANZOVINO: La musica nell’Arte

PREMI SPECIALI

RINO BARILLARI ‘Protagonista dell’anno

THE KING OF PAPARAZZI- LA VERA STORIA di Giancarlo Scarchilli, Massimo Spano

Per la ricerca storica IL MARE DELLA NOSTRA STORIA di Giovanna Gagliardo

Per non dimenticare SAMI MODIANO,

TUTTO DAVANTI A QUESTI OCCHI di Walter Veltroni

Per una straordinaria esperienza nel mondo della solidarietà

UP & DOWN – UN FILM NORMALE di Paolo Ruffini

MENZIONI SPECIALI

1938 QUANDO SCOPRIMMO DI NON ESSERE PIU’ ITALIANI di Pietro Suber

BE KIND DI Sabrina Paravicini, Nino Monteleone

QUESTO E’ MIO FRATELLO di Marco Leopardi

CONVERSAZIONI ATOMICHE di Felice Farina

HO RUBATO LA MARMELLATA-Vita di un artista politicamente scorretto

di Gioia Magrini, Roberto Meddi

Le ‘cinquine’ 2019

CINEMA DEL REALE

1938 DIVERSI di Giorgio Treves

ARRIVEDERCI SAIGON di Wilma Labate

CAMORRA di Francesco Patierno

LA STRADA DEI SAMOUNI di Stefano Savona

WHAT YOU GONNA DO WHEN THE WORLD’S ON FIRE di Roberto Minervini

CINEMA E SPETTACOLO

ARMANDO TROVAJOLI – CENT’ANNI DI MUSICA di Mario Canale, Annarosa Morri

FRIEDKIN UNCUT di Francesco Zippel

IL TEATRO AL LAVORO di Massimiliano Pacifico

SEMBRAVANO APPLAUSI di Maria Tilli

“SONO GASSMAN!” VITTORIO RE DELLA COMMEDIA di Fabrizio Corallo

FINALISTI SELEZIONE SPECIALE 2019

EVENTI SPECIALI d’ARTE

MICHELANGELO INFINITO di Emanuele Imbucci

HITLER CONTRO PICASSO E GLI ALTRI di Claudio Poli

VAN GOGH TRA IL GRANO E IL CIELO di Giovanni Piscaglia

PER L’ATTENZIONE AL SOCIALE

BE KIND di Sabrina Paravicini, Nino Monteleone

QUESTO E’ MIO FRATELLO di Marco Leopardi

UP & DOWN–UN FILM NORMALE di Paolo Ruffini

Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci

Rustican Chivalry and Pagliacci (Clowns)

Opera by Pietro Mascagni and Ruggero Leoncavallo

Opera Mythos Festival

Ancient Theatre, Mondat 29th July 2019 @9.30pm

 

With the Sicilian Philarmonic Orchestra and Coro Lirico Mediterraneo directed by Nuccio Anselmo
Artistic Direction: Francesco Di Mauro
Direction: Roberto Cresca

 

TICKETS on boxol.itticketone.it and mythosoperafestival.it (more options here)
Gallery Platinum: € 95,00
Gallery Gold: € 65,00
Gallery Silver: € 52,00
Gallery Silver (promo until May 31st): € 48,00
Upper circle – Central: € 47,00
Upper circle – Lateral: € 37,00
Upper circle – Lateral (promo until May 31st): € 33,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 30,00

 

MORE INFO
www.mythosoperafestival.com
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CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA

Synopsis
Place: A 19th-century Sicilian village[10]
Time: Easter morning

Before the action takes place, the young villager Turiddu had returned from military service to find that his fiancée Lola had married the carter Alfio while Turiddu was away.[11] In revenge, Turiddu had seduced Santuzza, a young woman in the village. As the opera begins, Lola, overcome by her jealousy of Santuzza, has begun an adulterous affair with Turiddu.

The main square of the village

Offstage, Turiddu is heard singing a siciliana, “O Lola c’hai di latti la cammisa” (“O Lola! like the snow, pure in thy whiteness!”). To one side is the church; to the other is Lucia’s wine shop and the house where she lives with her son, Turiddu. The villagers move about the square, singing of the beautiful spring day, “Gli aranci olezzano sui verdi margini” (“The air is sweet with orange blossoms”) and a hymn to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Some villagers enter the church, and others wander off still singing.

Santuzza, having slept with Turiddu and suspecting that he has betrayed her for Lola, is distraught and approaches Lucia as she comes out of her house. Santuzza asks for Turiddu, but Lucia replies that he has gone to another town to fetch some wine. Santuzza tells her that he was seen during the night in the village. Lucia asks her inside to talk, but just at that moment Alfio arrives on his wagon, accompanied by the villagers. He praises the joys of a teamster’s life and the beauty of Lola his bride. Alfio asks Lucia for some of her fine old wine. She tells him it has run out and Turiddu has gone away to buy more. Alfio replies that he had seen Turiddu early that morning near his cottage. Lucia starts to express surprise, but Santuzza stops her.

Alfio leaves. The choir inside the church is heard singing the Regina Coeli. Outside, the villagers sing an Easter Hymn, “Inneggiamo, il Signor non è morto” (“We rejoice that our Saviour is living!”) joined by Santuzza. The villagers enter the church, while Santuzza and Lucia remain outside. Lucia asks Santuzza why she signalled her to remain silent when Alfio said that he had seen Turiddu that morning. Santuzza exclaims, “Voi lo sapete” (“You well know”) and tells Lucia the story of her seduction by Turiddu and his affair with Lola. Lucia pities Santuzza, who feels dishonored, having been seduced by Turiddu only to be abandoned by him for his old flame, Lola. Santuzza feels she cannot enter the church, but begs Lucia to go inside herself and pray for Santuzza who stays behind to try to plead with Turiddu to leave Lola and return to her.

Santuzza pleads with Turiddu that he not go to meet with Lola again.
Turiddu arrives. Santuzza upbraids him for pretending to have gone away, when he was actually seeing Lola. Lola enters the square singing. She mocks Santuzza and goes inside the church. Turiddu turns to follow Lola, but Santuzza begs him to stay. Turiddu pushes her away. She clings to him. He loosens her hands, throws her to the ground, and enters the church. Alfio arrives looking for Lola. Santuzza tells him that his wife has betrayed him with Turiddu. Alfio swears to take vendetta (revenge) which causes Santuzza to repent for having disclosed the affair and begs Alfio to stop to no avail.

The square is empty as the orchestra plays the famous Intermezzo.

Turiddu bites Alfio’s ear
The villagers come out of the church. Turiddu is in high spirits because he is with Lola and Santuzza appears to have gone. He invites his friends to his mother’s wine shop where he sings a drinking song, “Viva, il vino spumeggiante” (“Hail to the bubbling wine!”). Alfio joins them. Turiddu offers him wine, but he refuses it. All understand that trouble is in the air. The women leave, taking Lola with them. In a brief exchange of words, Alfio challenges Turiddu to a duel. Following Sicilian custom, the two men embrace, and Turiddu, in a token of acceptance, bites Alfio’s ear, drawing blood which signifies a fight to the death. Alfio leaves and Turiddu calls Lucia back. He tells her that he is going outside to get some air and asks that she be a kindly mother to Santuzza if he should not return: “Un bacio, mamma! Un altro bacio!—Addio!” (“One kiss, mother! One more kiss! – Farewell!”).

Turiddu rushes out. Lucia, weeping, wanders aimlessly around outside her house. Santuzza approaches and throws her arms around her. The villagers start to crowd around. Voices are heard in the distance and a woman cries, “They have murdered Turiddu!” Santuzza faints and Lucia collapses in the arms of the women villagers.

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PAGLIACCI

Synopsis
Place: Calabria, near Montalto, on the Feast of the Assumption
Time: between 1865 and 1870

Prologue
During the overture, the curtain rises. From behind a second curtain, Tonio, dressed as his commedia character Taddeo, addresses the audience (Si può?… Si può?… Signore! Signori! … Un nido di memorie). He reminds the audience that actors have feelings too, and that the show is about real people.

Act 1
At three o’clock in the afternoon, the commedia troupe enters the village to the cheering of the villagers. Canio describes the night’s performance: the troubles of Pagliaccio. He says the play will begin at “ventitré ore”, an agricultural method of time-keeping that means the play will begin an hour before sunset.[note 3] As Nedda steps down from the cart, Tonio offers his hand, but Canio pushes him aside and helps her down himself.

The villagers suggest drinking at the tavern. Canio and Beppe accept, but Tonio stays behind. The villagers tease Canio that Tonio is planning an affair with Nedda. Canio warns everyone that while he may act the foolish husband in the play, in real life he will not tolerate other men making advances to Nedda. Shocked, a villager asks if Canio really suspects her. He says no, and sweetly kisses her on the forehead. As the church bells ring vespers, he and Beppe leave for the tavern, leaving Nedda alone.

Nedda is frightened by Canio’s vehemence (Qual fiamma avea nel guardo), but the birdsong comforts her (Stridono lassù). Tonio returns and confesses his love for her, but she laughs. Enraged, Tonio grabs Nedda, but she takes a whip, strikes him and drives him off. Silvio, who is Nedda’s lover, comes from the tavern, where he has left Canio and Beppe drinking. He asks Nedda to elope with him after the performance and, though she is afraid, she agrees. Tonio, who has been eavesdropping, leaves to inform Canio so that he might catch Silvio and Nedda together. Canio and Tonio return and, as Silvio escapes, Nedda calls after him, “I will always be yours!”

Canio chases Silvio, but does not catch him and does not see his face. He demands that Nedda tell him the name of her lover, but she refuses. He threatens her with a knife, but Beppe disarms him. Beppe insists that they prepare for the performance. Tonio tells Canio that her lover will give himself away at the play. Canio is left alone to put on his costume and prepares to laugh (Vesti la giubba – “Put on the costume”).

Act 2
As the crowd arrives, Nedda, costumed as Colombina, collects their money. She whispers a warning to Silvio, and the crowd cheers as the play begins.

Colombina’s husband Pagliaccio has gone away until morning, and Taddeo is at the market. She anxiously awaits her lover Arlecchino, who comes to serenade her (O Colombina) from beneath her window. Taddeo returns and confesses his love, but she mocks him. She lets Arlecchino in through the window. He boxes Taddeo’s ears and kicks him out of the room, and the audience laughs.

Arlecchino and Colombina dine, and he gives her a sleeping potion to use later. When Pagliaccio returns, Colombina will drug him and elope with Arlecchino. Taddeo bursts in, warning that Pagliaccio is suspicious of his wife and is about to return. As Arlecchino escapes through the window, Colombina tells him, “I will always be yours!”

As Canio (as Pagliaccio) enters, he hears Nedda (as Colombina) and exclaims “Name of God! Those same words!” He tries to continue the play, but loses control and demands to know her lover’s name. Nedda, hoping to keep to the performance, calls Canio by his stage name “Pagliaccio,” to remind him of the audience’s presence. He answers with his arietta: No! Pagliaccio non son! He sings that if his face is pale, it is not from the stage makeup but from the shame she has brought him. The crowd, impressed by his emotional performance, which they do not realize is real, cheers him.

Nedda, trying to continue the play, admits that she has been visited by the innocent Arlecchino. Canio, furious and forgetting the play, demands the name of her lover. Nedda swears she will never tell him, and it becomes apparent that they are not acting. Beppe asks Tonio to intervene, but Tonio refrains and prevents Beppe from halting the action. Silvio begins to fight his way toward the stage. Canio, grabbing a knife from the table, stabs Nedda. As she dies, she calls: “Help! Silvio!” Silvio attacks Canio, but Canio kills Silvio also. The horrified audience then hears the celebrated final line:

La commedia è finita! – “The comedy is finished!”

 

Arte Sicilia Contemporanea

Suggestioni ed echi dall’Antica Naxos

by Francesco Messina

Palazzo Ciampoli, from Monday 15 April to Saturday 15 June 2019

Open every day 9.00am – 7.30pm

Free Entrance

 

 

 

 

International Jazz Day

Taormina, April 30th 2019