Dario Fo, the 20th century jester (1926-2016)

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From the cover of Dario Fo a Milano: lazzi, sberleffi e dipinti (S950.c.201.296)

Writing this blogpost about Dario Fo, I am filled with emotion. Back in August, nearly two months before his death (and when he already knew his illness was terminal), the 90 year-old Italian actor, playwright, theatre director, stage designer, songwriter, painter and political activist performed on stage for two hours and finished the show singing. I was lucky enough to see him perform when he was “only” in his late 70s, and I still remember his incredible vitality and wit, his eyes shining with youthful enthusiasm, his humanity, irony and cutting words causing simultaneous laughter and deep reflection. Continue reading

Luchino Visconti : a lecture on his theatre and opera

A lecture on Visconti will be given by the Italian journalist and writer, Gaia Servadio, on Monday 30th June.

Luchino Visconti di Modrone was born in 1906 in Milan. He was a director and screenwriter, directing plays, films and opera, developing, with others, the movement of “Italian neo-realism” in the 40s and 50s. Although he is probably best known for his films Rocco and his Brothers (1960), The Leopard (1963) and Death In Venice (1971), his opera and theatre productions were lavish and highly acclaimed. He died on March 1976 in Rome. Continue reading