69th Cycle of Classic Plays

'Conversations' at the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza

From 13 September 2016 to 09 October 2016

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'Conversations' is the title of the 69th Ciclo di Spettacoli Classici at the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza: the 2016 program consists of 12 performances from 13th September to 9th October… It invites artists to try and establish a dialogue with the surrounding space.

The first new element of classic plays at the Olympic Theatre in Vicenza in 2016 concerns the artistic curator. After the editions of Eimuntas Nekrošius and Emma Dante, the role passes on to Franco Laera, not a director but a 'curator', who fulfil the task of renewing the relationship between the performance areas and the artists. In addition to the Olympic Theatre, the undisputed stage of classic shows, some events will take place in the Palladian Basilica, clear signal from the organizers of the will to furtherly engage the city of Vicenza in this event.

The artistic direction of Laera will open the doors to a new era of classic shows at the Olympic Theatre in Vicenza, hoping for a renewal of the old formats without compromising the quality standard achieved in present day. The great national and international artists who will appear at the 69th Ciclo di Spettacoli Classici for one of the 2016 events at the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza are called to deal with the prevailing classical style of Vicenza and create a dialogue with the surrounding places, the art and the public.

A new season at the Olympic theatre, Vicenza: the events in 2016 wish to establish a dynamic relationship between the different forms of artistic expression, namely 'conversations', between artists and their subjective conception of the artistic production.

The Teatro Olimpico classics in 2016 becomes a festival of performing arts where every show will take place in the most appropriate place. At the Olympic Theatre by Palladio, a series of events will take place: these events have to be able to create a symphonic unity with the structure, which will fully take on its role as 'co-star' of the classic plays. In addition to the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, the program for 2016 will also involve other structures, above all the splendid Palladian Basilica that is going to be used in full respect of its spaces and the imposing volume for innovative scenic experiments involving dance and theatre.

The opening of the Vicenza theatre schedule 2016 is entrusted to a leading exponent of this 'polymorphic' view of drama: the American director Robert Wilson will present a screening of his 'Hamlet: a monologue' at the Palladian Basilica. Next appointments at the Teatro Olimpico, classics 2016 are 'Killing Desdemona' and 'Before Break', both of them performed by the Compagnia Balletto Civile led by Michela Lucenti. 'The Complete deaths', the exhilarant performance of physical comedy by Tim Crouch with the English group The Spymonkey, and 'I, Malvolio', an original interpretation of an episode of the Twelfth Night directed by Tim Crouch are scheduled at the Palladian Basilica. The Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza will return later as the location for the screening of the great Russian film director Aleksandr Sokurov. In 'Go. Go. Go.' Sokurov will tackle the only play written by the Nobel prize winner Joseph Brodsky, and with his other poems, for the twentieth anniversary of the death of the great Russian poet. Great expectations for the new version of 'Delphi Cantata' by Moni Ovadia and Studio Azzurro, a famous show of the early 90s re-created ad hoc for the Olympic Theatre.

The Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, program for 2016 will give space to some groups and artists that embody the theatrical and artistic activities of the surrounding territory: Anagoor will present 'Socrate il sopravvissuto' at the Astra theatre; Teatro del Lemming will present 'W.S. Tempest'; Patrizia Zanco with her new 'Macbeth?'; Naturalis Labor, a group from Vicenza, with 'Lovers'.

Not to be missed in the programming of the 69th Ciclo di Spettacoli Classici at the Teatro Olimpico are also 'Galileo: l'ordine dell'occhio nel cielo' and the Japanese Company Nō Sakurama-kai. The first show will merge the melodies composed by Vincenzo and Michelangelo Galilei, played by the Accademia d'Arcadia with vintage instruments, and the digital images of the filmmaker Francesco Sortino. The Japanese Company Nō Sakurama-kai will remember the visit of the ambassadors of the Rising Sun in Vicenza in 1585 on a captivating show created specifically for the Olympic theatre.

69 Classic Concerts at the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza


Tuesday 13th September 2016 - 8pm, Palladian Basilica classical plays 2016

based on William Shakespeare'text, adapted by Robert Wilson and Wolfgang Wiens, music by Hans Peter Kuhn, played by Robert Wilson

Robert Wilson will introduce the film projection of this famous show, directed and performed by him in 1995. In his personal approach, this Shakespearean masterpiece takes the form of a lengthy flashback, beginning just before the death of the hero and ending with his last words. In the moments before his death, his whole life is condensed as if it suggests that the whole story only took place in Hamlet's mind.



Friday, 16th September 2016 - 8pm, Olympic Theatre events 2016

produced by the Compagnia Balletto Civile and commissioned by the Ravello Festival and the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza: 'Conversations 2016 - 69th Cycle of Classics at the Teatro Olimpico'. A show loosely based on 'The Tempest' by William Shakespeare, ideation and choreography by Michela Lucenti and the original live music played by Julia Kent

With this performance Michela Lucenti touches one of the greatest Shakespearean masterpieces, 'The Tempest', a play that encapsulates all the contradictions that afflict the human being in his attempt to separate pure illusion from reality, the latter intended both as knowledge of one's own precariousness and of one's imperfections and weaknesses.



Friday, September 16, 2016 - 22:00
Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 20:00

Basilica Palladiana Classical Shows 2016

with Aitor Basauri, Stephan Kreiss, Petra Massey & Toby Park, adapted and directed by Tim Crouch, authored by Tim Crouch & Spymonkey, choreography Theo Clinkard, Janine Fletcher, video design Sam Bailey, voice coach Nia Lynn of RSC

Event in English with subtitles or simultaneous translation - Italian edition

Solemn and mournful entertainment to commemorate 400 hundred years since Shakespeare 'death. The four brilliant Spymonkey clowns will stage the 75 deaths on the stage of the works of William Shakespeare ... From the suicides in 'Julius Caesar', the death of Prince Arthur's death in 'King John' up to the carnage of Hamlet and the adders in the basket of Anthony and Cleopatra, sometimes in a touching way others in a fun and light-hearted way.



Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 20:00, Olympic Theatre Classic Shows 2016

produced by Compagnia Balletto Civile and commissioned by the Olympic Theatre in Vicenza 'Conversations 2016 - 69 Ciclo di Spettacoli Classici at the Olympic Theatre, Ravello Festival, Festival delle Colline Torinesi, Neukoellner Oper Berlin, Compagnia Gli Scarti. Show freely adapted from 'Othello' by William Shakespeare, ideation Michela Lucenti and Maurizio Camilli, directed and choreographed by Michela Lucenti, original music performed live by Jochen Arbeit

A stage language that combines theatre and dance, singing and music, ethical tension and dramaturgical research and forms the backdrop for 'Killing Desdemona', a show that revolves around the figure of a fragile woman struggling against a man's world animated by feelings of violent oppression.



Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 17:30
Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 17:30

Astra Theatre Vicenza Classical Plays 2016

By Simone Derai and Patrizia Vercesi, based on the novel 'The Survivor' by Antonio Scurati with additions freely inspired to Plato and Cees Nooteboom, directed by Simone Derai, with Marco Menegoni, Iohanna Benvegna, Marco Ciccullo, Matteo D'Amore, Piero Ramella, Francesca Scapinello, Margaret Sartor, Massimo Simonetto, Mariagioia Ubaldi, music and sound design Mauro Martinuz, video Simone Derai and Giulio Favotto

The show takes place inside a classroom on the day of final exams, when a student comes into the classroom and murders the examining committee, sparing only the history and philosophy teacher. The point of view is of those who put themselves in front of a group of young people in charge of their education. 'Socrates the survivor' is not a stage adaptation of the novel, but a skilful mix of some of his most emblematic pages and other events, words and eras ... As the last moments of the life of Socrates surrounded by his disciples.



Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 21:00, Vicenza Olympic Theatre Classic Shows 2016

Noh Company Theatre, Sakurama-kai

An event celebrating the 150th anniversary of relations between Japan and Italy, organized in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan

Between 1582 and 1590, a delegation led by four young Japanese dignitaries visited Portugal, Spain and, for the first time, Italy, with a stop also in Vicenza ... A monochrome painting in the Odeo of the Olympic Theatre illustrates the passage of the dignitaries in 1585. To commemorate the event, the Sakurama-kai Company - led by Sakurama Ujin - will present a performance of Nō Theatre, the most sophisticated and ancient form of masked dance in Japan.



Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 21:00, Basilica Palladiana Classical Plays 2016

Academy of Arcadia | Gianmaria Sortino

The show premiere will take place under the vault of the Basilica Palladiana. The ensemble led by Alessandra Rossi Lurig will play music by Vincenzo and Michelangelo Galilei, Galileo's father and younger brother. In the background, a young filmmaker will proceed in parallel, creating allegories, free association and atmospheres ... Baroque music and digital images to create a unique show opens to the interpretation of the individual viewer.


  • GO. GO. GO.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 20:30
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 20:30
Friday, September 30, 2016 - 20:30
Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 20:30
Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 18:00

Olympic Theatre in Vicenza Classic Plays 2016

show premiere produced and commissioned by the Olympic Theatre in Vicenza 'Conversations 2016 - 69 Ciclo di Spettacoli Classici at the Olympic Theatre', authored and directed by Alexander Sokurov with the participation of Alena Shumakova, derived from 'Marbles' and other poems by Josif Brodsky

For the first time Aleksandr Sokurov produces a theater piece, designed purposely as a conversation with the famous Palladio monument. Starting with 'Marbles' by the Nobel Prize Joseph Brodsky, Sokurov also manages to stage iconic characters of Italian cinema.



Friday, September 30, 2016 - 22:30
Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 22:30
Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 20:30

Basilica Palladiana Classic Plays 2016

Naturalis Labor, director and choreographer Luciano Padovani, Diego Dall'Osto original music and music of the from the 15th century in England

Show premiere that comes to life in in the unique surrounding of the Basilica Palladiana... Famous couples of Shakespearean lovers like Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and Ophelia, Othello and Desdemona, and many others: 'Lovers' transports the viewer in the variegated love universe of Shakespeare with vintage music and contemporary compositions. New, sweet, ironic, sensual, stubborn: a show that reflects Shakespeare's characters.



Friday, October 7, 2016 - 21:00
Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 21:00

Basilica Palladiana Classic Plays 2016

Study for Wo.men, directed by Patricia Zanco, translation and adaptation Vitaliano Trevisan, with Patricia Zanco, Francesca Botti, Beatrice Niero

Show created for the 69th Ciclo di Spettacoli Classici di Vicenza - Conversations 2016

The show wants to create a sort of bridge between the beauty of the Basilica Palladiana and the ugliness of the places that invade our urban spaces, the result of an increasingly intrusive and prefabricated archaeology. A battle between the urban environments where communication plays a major role to avoid mistakes... The summary is the radicalism of evil of the human soul, which leads to deceit and folly, in a constant contrast between the supernatural and the deviant interpretation of reality.



Friday, October 7, 2016 - 20:00
Friday, October 7, 2016 - 22:30
Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 20:00
Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 22:30
Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 20:00
Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 22:30

Basilica Palladiana Classic Plays 2016

Lemming Theatre with Chiara Elisa Rossini, Diana Ferrantini, Maria Grazia Bardascino, Katia Raguso, Marina Carluccio, Alessio Papa, Boris Ventura, dramaturgical reworking and direction by Massimo Munaro

Show premiere from 'The Tempest' which tells of a shipwreck, first of all, in the mind of the protagonist ... It almost seems that Shakespeare himself evokes his characters from the seabed: Hamlet, Juliet, the witches of Macbeth, King Lear, Richard, Brutus and others shipwreck in the island / theatre with the magic of Prospero / Shakespeare exiled and now homeless.



Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 20:30
Sunday 09 Oottobre 2016 - 18:00

Olympic Theatre in Vicenza Classic Plays 2016

Moni Ovadia | Studio Azzurro, designed and staged by Moni Ovadia, Piero Milesi and Studio Azzurro from Yiannis Ritsos's poem, translation Nicola Crocetti, music Piero Milesi

After more than 25 years since its debut, one of the most original experiments of contemporary opera will be presented once more. In the poetic text by Ritsos, an elderly guardian of Delphi archaeological ruins talks about the lack of sensitivity of the tourists who visit the site ... Moni Ovadia and Studio Azzurro make the guardian's voice resound among the marbles of the Olympic Theatre to evoke the grandeur of the past compared with the banality of the present. Evocation and suggestion, pictures and music, expressive dance and interaction will succeed to give life to Ritsos's text, which shows its incomparable magic narrative.

By Insidecom Editorial Staff