“No less than 10 shows in six months straddling an epochal two-year period, the historic San Carlo Theater which returns as the protagonist of the city’s cultural offer, the careful mix of classic works and innovative itineraries mostly exclusively regional, big names who compete in various artistic disciplines such as dance, singing and acting: all this is the 22/23 theater season in Foligno”. These are the words of the Councilor for Culture Decio Barili in announcing the theater and dance season in Foligno.
Stable Theater and Town Hall Also thanked the Teatro Stabile dell’Umbria “for the scrupulous and patient work of shared selection of the proposals with which the municipal administration hopes for the broadest consensus of the public and critics with regard to one of the most awaited cultural events of the very rich panorama citizen”. “Eclecticism and quality are the words that have guided the choice of shows for the Foligno Season – says the director of the Teatro Stabile dell’Umbria Nino Marino – with novelties, regional exclusives and great talents. Four spaces for the theatre, in a city characterized by a great cultural ferment that moves between tradition and the future”.
2022 Foligno’s theatrical season 22/23 opens on Wednesday 23 November, at 9 pm at the Politeama Clarici, in the name of dance with the Ballet of Rome and its Romeo and Juliet, a show freely inspired by William Shakespeare’s tragedy, with 12 dancers on stage , choreographed and directed by Fabrizio Monteverde through an energetic and overwhelming style. With 350 performances and 200,000 spectators, it is today the most acclaimed Italian dance show ever. Sunday 27 and Monday 28 November at 9 pm, at Spazio ZUT! Lorenzo Collalti brings his The mother of monsters taken from the stories of Guy de Maupassant – considered one of the founders of the modern story – to the stage with an unprecedented dramaturgy, capable of investigating and constructing daily life between psychosis and irony, just like the writer does French. “Through the story of Le Horla (a man confesses through a diary that he is possessed by a vampire) – explains the director – almost as if they were slips of the tongue, in the protagonist’s crescendo of madness, a series of stories unfold that come to life through associations of thought”. Tuesday 6 December at 21 we return to the Politeama Clarici with the latest work by director Leonardo Lidi: The Seagull, the first stage of a trilogy dedicated to the Russian playwright Anton Čechov which will continue with Uncle Vanja and The Cherry Orchard. In The Seagull “the dramaturgy of love and its absence is staged – explains the director – a refined design of characters and emotions”. On stage a cast of 10 actors: Giordano Agrusta, Maurizio Cardillo, Ilaria Falini, Christian La Rosa, Angela Malfitano, Francesca Mazza, Orietta Notari, Tino Rossi, Massimiliano Speziani and Giuliana Vigogna.
2023 The Season continues on Saturday 7 January at 9 pm in the San Domenico Auditorium with an engaging and exciting singing drama: EDITH PIAF. The nightingale no longer sings, by and with Melania Giglio directed by Daniele Salvo. Through an unpublished and never performed text, the show retraces the days that preceded the historic performance of Édith Piaf on the Olympia stage, from the end of 1960 until the spring of 1961; a story, enriched by songs performed strictly live – among others L’accordéoniste, La vie en rose, Milord – which represents a tribute to one of the most beautiful and heartbreaking voices of modern song.
On Tuesday 17 January at 9 pm, in the San Domenico Auditorium, the director Serena Sinigaglia brings Supplici to the stage and faces the tragedy of Euripides with seven extraordinary actresses through whom the theater becomes a powerful rite of active memory. “I have always loved the classics: with them I learn what theater is and what human beings are. – explains the director – The speech so dear to Euripides, which speaks of pacifism and love among peoples, of the pain and pity of these mothers who have lost their children, of an entire country that has lost its heroes, is intertwined with a subtle political reasoning, capable of making this tragedy unique for antiquity”. At the Politeama Clarici, on Thursday 2 February at 9 pm, Oblivion Rhapsody will be staged, the amazing show by Oblivion, the musical-theatrical comedy group – made up of five actor-singers Graziana Borciani, Davide Calabrese, Francesca Folloni, Lorenzo Scuda, Fabio Vagnarelli – which brings on stage an unprecedented and surprising acoustic version of his complete work. On Wednesday 22 February at 9 pm, in the San Domenico Auditorium, the award-winning director Maria Grazia Cipriani adapts the text of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi as a dream of Geppetto, for a show that becomes a journey into the dark areas of consciousness. “Dreamlike, nocturnal adventure of a definitive night, where the day is only played by sarcastic thunderstorm flashes… and the fate of the great puppet is revealed, literally, theatrical”. And again, on Friday 17 March at 9 pm, at the Politeama Clarici, Gianmarco Tognazzi is the protagonist of the original and brilliant comedy The honest ghost written and directed by Edoardo Erba. Alternating realistic moments with Shakespearean scenes, the work is an original way of re-reading Hamlet from the ghost’s point of view; but above all it is the story of a special friendship, so strong as to evade even death. It is an act of love towards the theatre, where every conflict becomes acceptable because it is redeemed by poetry. Thursday 13 April at 9 pm, at the Politeama Clarici, an evening dedicated to dance with Ballade by MM Contemporary Dance Company. A new show composed of two unedited choreographies signed by two Italian authors, Mauro Bigonzetti and Enrico Morelli: Bigonzetti’s Ballade is an all-round portrait of the eighties, a decade that has now lost its temporal boundaries to become a symbol of an era, while Morelli’s Elegia recounts our current era, a period that never brings vertigo and bewilderment as now, but also the renewed hope of a new beginning. The Season ends on Friday 28 April, at 9 pm at the Teatro San Carlo, with Tropicana, a project by Frigoproduzioni with director and dramaturgy by Francesco Alberici. Tropicana is a piece by Gruppo Italiano: after dominating the charts in the summer of 1983, it becomes a symbol of the summer tout-court, a hymn to light-heartedness and group dance par excellence. But what is this song really about? Using the song and the experience of the Italian Group in a paradigmatic way, the show opens a reflection on the relationship between art and the market. On stage, the identity of the Company overlaps with that of the Italian Group, in a short circuit between real and imaginary identities.
Tickets Politeama Clarici box office from Tuesday to Saturday from 17.30 to 20, tel. 0742 352232. Available online at www.teatrostabile.umbria.it. Telephone booking: Regional telephone box office of the Teatro Stabile dell’Umbria 07557542222, from Monday to Saturday from 5 to 8 pm, until the day before the show.