The Barber of Seville

Conception and choreography: Monica Casadei
Music: Gioacchino Rossini
Music arrangement: Luca Vianini, Fabian Albertini, Teresa Morisano, Giovanni Pastore, Daniela Usai, Davide Tagliavini
Dance: Dance Compagnia Artemis Danza
In cooperation with: Associazione Marchigiana Attività Teatrali & Comune di Pesaro
Co-production: Italian Festival in Bangkok (Thailand), Armonie d’Arte Festival (Italy)

For the 150th anniversary of the death of Gioacchino Rossini, Artemis Danza stages one of the most famous titles of the master from Pesaro, The Barber Of Seville. It will be the hometown of the composer to host the premiere of this show in March 2018 at Teatro Rossini, in cooperation with AMAT, Associazione Marchigiana Attività Teatrali.

A show that Monica Casadei wants to define as a futuristic ‘action ballet’ and that as usual involves all the well-established creative body of Artemis, which is composed not only by the dancers and the choreographer, but also by all the visual artists and by the musicians, who have already become one with the dancing ensemble. Another trademark of the Artemis shows will be the involvement of the territory, especially with the participation of the painter Giuliano Del Sorbo for the scenes and with the collaboration of the ROF (Rossini Opera Festival) which will provide some of its historical costumes.

A well-structured project that develops around the very well-known figure of Figaro, whose boundless fame meets the invitation received by Artemis to host the show in Bangkok on the 28th of March 2018, during the Italian Festival in Thailand.

But who is Figaro in reality? Is there anything hiding behind the loveliness and the smart kindness that seem to portray him? What would happen to him, if he lived nowadays? According to Monica Casadei’s interpretation, Figaro is the prototype of a successful man in today’s world. Clad in rigorous managerial clothes, this Rossinian hero becomes the emblem of all those who are able to satisfy with strength, vivacity and savoir faire, the expectations of a society that requires a daily achievement of personal goals by optimising time and energy.

Figaro becomes then the problem solver, necessary and sought-after because he is able to act in a versatile and multifaceted way with cunning, class and intelligence. In each situation today’s barber is the ultimate multitasking character, with his intellectual mobility, his capability of always finding the right topic of conversation, his smart way of organising meetings between people and especially his way of bending everything at his own advantage. With grit and grace.

On the choreographic level, Figaro’s character duplicates in the bodies of the entire company, where, without distinction of gender, the performers act with the determination, energy and precision of a special team: vigorous, gritty and hyper focused, their dance manipulates nonstop the time and space, it continuously weaves and unravels an endless web made of changes of direction, intersections of trajectories and inlays of movements. As if they were chasing the routes of overcrowded and noisy highways, the dancers extricate themselves with lucidity and martial energy, wise gears of the deranged mechanism of the social living. 


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