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KEY RING “LA SCALA 1778”
Dimensions: 5,4 cm * 7,8 cm
THEATRE PROGRAMME “WINTERREISE” (BALLET SEASON 2018/2019)
DE CHIRICO ALLA SCALA
Curated by Vittoria Crespi Morbio
Young Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978) made his debut in the theatre world with the Ballets Suédois and the Ballets Russes in the 1920s. At the time he believed that opera was a genre on the wane. And yet he would devote a considerable part of his artistic career to the musical theatre, signing dozens of performances for the leading Italian institutions. Ranging from echoes of Metaphysical painting to a conception of a neo-classical and neo-baroque ‘Grand Théâtre’, his work as a set and costume designer was a perpetually evolving challenge, now won and then lost, but is above all the secret and problematic self-portrait of an outstanding figure in 20th-century art.
Publisher: Amici della Scala – Grafiche Step Editrice
Text: Italian and English
Format: 12,7 * 17,6 cm
KOKKOS ALLA SCALA
Scenographer, costume designer, and director, Yannis Kokkos is one of the leading figures in contemporary theatre. Greek by birth and Parisian by choice, he developed a highly original conception of dramaturgy, starting from drawing, the matrix of the creative idea: drawing whereby the stage action unfolds, in its perspectives, like an ongoing flow. Essential rather than decorative, the stage according to Kokkos enchanted the audience of La Scala in a historic version of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande and masterpieces by Wagner, Gluck, and Pizzetti. Elegance and simplicity are steeped in a symbolic intensity echoing the theatre of ancient Greece.
OPPO ALLA SCALA
Extremely powerful, feared, and respected under the Fascist regime, Cipriano Efisio Oppo (1891-1962) was almost forgotten after the war, and today his name and his work are scarcely known. He was harmed by his political credo that led him to become a deputy in Parliament and director of the Quadriennale romana, a tireless organiser of events. Yet Oppo was a complex, many-sided figure, willing to promote ‘rebellious’ artists and developing a poetics including his theatre work as scenographer and costume designer that remains a legacy worthy of attention. His stagings at La Scala, in Rome, in Florence, partake of the tradition of Italian painting and assert an Olympian serenity, unperturbed before the tragedies of History.
METLICOVITZ ALLA SCALA
Aloyal and determined Triestine, Leopoldo Metlicovitz (1868-1944) was a key figure in the elaborate advertising system of Casa Ricordi and played a role in shaping its image. Posters, playbills, postcards, drawings to be offered to theatre subscribers, illustrations on the covers of scores, signs advertising a product, on each and every single thing Metlicovitz bestowed his clear, classical mark. But he did not stop there: his graphic works influenced the spirit of his time, steeped the collective imaginary, and shaped a perfect world of opera heroines, department stores, ship launching ceremonies, perfumes, everyday articles, Argentinian tangos. Offspring of the Art Nouveau decorative spirit, Metlicovitz finally distanced himself, privileging subdued moods, concentration, the static pose liable to arouse the audience’s emotions: his works distil a sorrowful humanism that continues to enthrall us even now.