An Artmonk’s Life: Lady GaGa, the American Embassy, and monks on fire
The Italy Artmonks kicked off our summer with a pre-season performance of Gioco di Fuoco, a new theater piece based on the myth of Vesta and features pyrotechnics, fire dance, and original music. The show’s debut was a hit, and we look forward to expanding and refining it as an evolving part of the Art Monastery repertoire.
(Want to know more? Click here for a link to Charles’ original score, here for our Italian booking page, or here for Molly’s account of creating the piece – and more photos.)
We’re excited to continue sinking our roots deeper into Labro, Italy, and the European arts community. Lately, we’ve had some amazing experiences with the U.S. Embassy, including gigs at their gorgeous headquarters and marching with them in the Euro Pride Parade. (Read Molly’s thoughts on the embassy and expats here.) We’re also developing relationships with fascinating and talented artists in Europe. Check out The Caravan Stage Company, the La MaMa theater program in Umbria, and the Spoleto Fringe Festival. Keep an eye on our web site for updates on future collaborations!
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Coming Up: Bird dancers, chili peppers, and summer homes
Our first official show of the Summer Season was last weekend and we couldn’t be more pleased! Maria Cleary (harp), Davide Monti (violin), and Iwona Koprowska (soprano) graced our lovely little church with a virtuosic and playful concert featuring works by Uccellini, Handel, and Mozart. If their performance and the audience’s response is any indication, we’re in for a fantastic summer. So what’s coming up?
This week we’re hosting Time Freed in Verse and Steps, an innovative collaboration between two Isadora Duncan dancers (Meg Brooker and Julia Pond), two pianistis (Fiorenza Bucciarelli and Silvia Gianuzzi), and a clarinet player (Cheryl Piana). Next up, we welcome members of Santa Barbara’s Bird Tribe for a two-week residency culminating in the performance of Picnic in Galapagos, an original site-specific dance piece by award-winning choreographer and film-maker Robin Bisio. Meanwhile, Artmonks also will perform at the Rieti Chili Pepper Festival, the Medieval Festival in Poggio, and a number of fun private gigs. Check out our news page to see what else we’ve got planned, including visual arts exhibitions, a variety of musical performances, and film screenings.
The current Art Monastery Italy crew with Gastone Curini, the mayor of Labro.