The 2019 Season at the Greek Theatre of Syracuse

Italy – Three directors making their debut at the Greek Theatre of Syracuse, Davide Livermore, Muriel Mayette and Tullio Solenghi and three great performers, Laura Marinoni, Maddalena Crippa and Elisabetta Pozzi, actresses who have made the history of Italian theatre and are much loved by the Syracuse public. And then there are many more novelties: two special evenings with the first time of Luca Zingaretti in the cavea of the Greek Theatre, the only Sicilian stop of the world tour of Ludovico Einaudi, meetings and exhibitions that will make Syracuse a “theatre city” where you can reflect, get excited, indignant, creating a short circuit between past and present of great relevance.
The classical performances at the Greek Theatre, capable in the last two years of attracting almost 300 thousand spectators, have increasingly established themselves as a social moment during which the community meets to reflect on themes that still shake consciences today. In the season of restart after the commissioning and renewal, the first after the installation of the new board of directors chaired by Francesco Italia, the Superintendent Antonio Calbi and the Managing Director Mariarita Sgarlata, the common thread is Women and War.
The three new productions Elena by Euripides, Le Troiane by Euripides and Lisistrata by Aristophanes revolve around intense and unforgettable female figures united by the cry of pain and anger against the senselessness of war. From the Greek Theatre in Syracuse, an anti-militarist message is thus raised at a historical moment in which thousands of people in the world are victims every day of violence and conflict.

The Inda Foundation is strongly committed to offering three months of unique shows and events of the highest level with internationally renowned names. There are three new productions, 48 repetitions between May 9 and July 6, over 100 actors who will perform in the cavea of the Greek Theatre of Syracuse, two unique events: the first
July Luca Zingaretti reads La Sirena from the Lighea story by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, on 25 July the concert by Ludovico Einaudi. In the Inda Season not only theater because June 20 is scheduled Agon, the simulated trial that will see the accused Elena of Troy. Three are the exhibitions set up from May to
September: at the Paolo Orsi Museum the exhibition of the works of Umberto Passeretti, author of the official poster for the 2019 season, at the Regional Gallery of Palazzo Bellomo the exhibitions of Matteo Basilé, from three of his shots were born the posters of the three productions of Indus at the Greek Theatre, and the exhibition on the Orestiadi of Gibellina. The Ear di Dionisio will host 4 meetings that will see the interventions of Eva Cantarella, Claudio Magris, Luciano Canfora and Lella Costa. L’Inda is also looking to young people with the twenty-fifth edition of the International Youth Festival of Palazzolo Acreide, organized with the support of the Sicily Foundation: over 2400 students from 88 schools. from Italy and the world will perform on the stage of the Theatre of Akrai, from May 11 to June 2.
The three new productions will be signed by Davide Livermore, who has just returned from his great success at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan with Attila by Giuseppe Verdi. Livermore will conduct Elena di Euripide, a text on stage in Syracuse for the second time after the 1978 edition. In the opera Euripides proposes a disturbing dialectic between true and false, between reality and appearance. Laura Marinoni has been called to play Elena, who will perform in front of the audience of classical performances for the fourth time after being Io nel Prometeo incatenato directed by Luca Ronconi, Andromaca directed by Luca De Fusco and Giocasta nell’Edipo Re directed by Daniele Salvo. In cast of Elena also Viola Marietti (Teucro), Mariagrazia Solano (la Vecchia), Simonetta Cartia (Teonoe), Linda Gennari and Maria Chiara Centorami (messengers), Federica Quartana (la corifea), Bruno Di Chiara, Marcello Gravina, Django Guerzoni, Giancarlo Latina, Silvio Laviano, Turi Moricca and Marouane Zotti (choir of Dioscuri). The translation is by Walter Lapini, scenes by Davide Livermore, costumes by Gianluca Falaschi, music by Andrea Chenna, lights by Antonio Castro, videomaker is Paolo Jep Cucco.
The direction of Euripides’ Trojans, for the fourth time on the Indus programme after the 1952, 1974 and 2006 editions, will be by Muriel Mayette, the first woman to direct the Comédie Française. The text is one of the most heartbreaking and choral tragedies of all the ancient drama and stages the pain of the Trojan prisoners, made slaves and
subjugated by Greek heroes. Mayette chose for the role of Ecuba Maddalena Crippa who returns to Syracuse for the third time after being Medea in 2004 directed by Peter Stein and Clitennestra in Elettra by Sophocles directed by Gabriele Lavia. In the cast also Maria Bajma Riva (Cassandra), Elena Arvigo (Andromache), Paolo Rossi
(Taltibio), Massimo Cimaglia (Poseidone), Francesca Ciocchetti (Atena), Graziano Piazza (Menelao), Viola Graziosi (Elena), Clara Galante (corifea), Elena Polic Greco (capo coro), Riccardo Livermore (una guardia), Riccardo Scalia (Astianatte). On stage also a guitarist, Fiammetta Poidomani. The translation is by Alessandro Grilli, the
dramaturgy by Cristiano Leone, costumes by Muriel Mayette, music by Ciril Giroux. Stefano Boeri is in charge of the scenic project and has chosen to use the crashed trees of the Carnia forests for the Bosco delle Troiane, cut down trees that will allow to create a bridge between Friuli and Sicily and at the same time to launch
a message of hope and rebirth because some holm oak seedlings will be planted in some parks in the city of Syracuse.
The comedy Lisistrata by Aristophanes will be directed by Tullio Solenghi, who made the history of Italian entertainment with the Trio that has seen him as the protagonist for years with Massimo Lopez, also involved in the staging of Lisistrata, and the unforgettable Anna Marchesini. This year’s will be the second time that Aristophanes has performed his work in the bill of the classic shows after the 2010 edition: in the text the protagonist becomes a heroine and a peacemaker inducing women to a sex strike to force men to end the war.

In the role of Lisistrata Elisabetta Pozzi, at her tenth performance at the Greek Theatre of Syracuse after having interpreted Elettra directed by Piero Maccarinelli and Elena in Oreste di Euripide again directed by Maccarinelli, Ecuba directed by Massimo Castri, Atena nell’Orestea di Eschilo directed by Pietro Carriglio, Medea directed by
by Krzysztof Zanussi, Tecmessa in Aiace by Sofocle directed by Daniele Salvo, Fedra directed by Carmelo Rifici. In 2014, finally, he was Clitennestra both in Aeschylus’ Agamemnon directed by Luca De Fusco and in Coefore Eumenidi directed by Daniele Salvo. In the cast of the comedy, staged from June 28 to July 6, also the same
Solenghi will be Chinese, Federica Carrubba Toscano (Cleonice), Giovanna Di Rauso (Mirrina), Viola Marietti (Lampitò), Vittorio Viviani (Strimodoro), Federico Vanni (the commissioner), Giuliano Chiarello (the Spartan ambassador), Riccardo Livermore and Francesco Mirabella (Athenian ambassadors), Roberto Alinghieri (Didascalio).
In the choir of old men and women Paolo De Vita, Mimmo Mancini, Simonetta Cartia, Elisabetta Neri, Silvia Salvatori Tiziana Schiavarelli and Margherita Carducci. The translation is by Giulio Guidorizzi, scenes and costumes by Andrea Viotti, the choreography by Paola Maffioletti, the lights by Pietro Sperduti.
The cast of Inda productions is completed by the future actors and actresses of the Accademia d’Arte del Dramma Antico, some of whom will close the three years of study in the school entitled “Giusto Monaco” with their debut at the Greek Theatre in Syracuse. The Academy and the presence of young people are the strongest sign of the attention and commitment of the Inda Foundation to future generations, a figure also witnessed by the more than 30 thousand students who in 2017 attended the classic shows. The Inda Season is also born in the sign of inclusion
because in some special evenings the tragedies will be accessible to all thanks to experts who will translate the texts into sign language; confirmed again this year the real time translation into English of the three productions and the “Days of Syracuse” in the sign of a renewed and increasingly strong link between the Foundation Inda, the Greek Theatre and the city of Syracuse.


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