Nineteen Mantras

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10 and 11 January 2012, 21.00

Auditorium Parco della Musica, Sala Petrassi

Nineteen Mantras, a musical opera produced by the Fondazione Musisca per Roma and Fondazione MAXXI on the occasion of the exhibition Indian Highway derives from the coming together of three different creative spheres: the music of Riccardo Nova, the visual talent of Giorgio Barberio Corsetti and the corporeality of Shantala Shivalingappa, balanced between two worlds, two visions and two cultures, that of Europe and that of India.

The work represents a universal drama in which the concepts of space, time, duration and succession are not respected. Rather than succeeding one another each action expands into the next, thus creating cycles that dissolve and are reborn. The music, departing from the natural intonation of sounds, creates an itinerary within the Indian cosmogony, lingering over certain significant moments of existence.

As Giorgio Barberio Corsetti writes: “The musical Nineteen Mantras will be a visionary story of the divinities evoked by the mantras, through episodes from their mythological stories. […] The variegated fabric of the show is born out of the music, the singing, the images, the choreography and the actions of the dancers. The work with the dancers will involve two parallel threads, a structured choreography of “danced dance” curated by Shantala Shivalingappa and more theatrical actions for which I shall be responsible.”

The work will also be performed on the 13th and 14th of January at Milan’s Teatro Piccolo.

Direction, scenery and video
Giorgio Barberio Corsetti
Script
Giorgio Barberio Corsetti
and Riccardo Nova
Music
Riccardo Nova
Choreography
Shantala Shivalingappa
Dancers
Hema Sundari Vellaluru, Paride Biasuzzi, Luigi Corrado, Filippo Del Sal, Jacopo Giarda, Sho Kamiko, Vincenzo Turiano
Acrobats
Francesco Mirabile, Zielinski Jacub
Musicians
Dr Mysore Manjunath violin
Dr Uday Kiran voice
BC Manjunath mridangam and percussion
Guru Prasanna kanjira and percussion
PMCE Parco della Musica Contemporanea Ensemble
Fabio Bagnoli oboe
Paolo Ravaglia clarinett
Francesco Dillon cello

A Fondazione Musica per Roma and Fondazione MAXXI production
coproduced with the Accademia Teatro alla Scala
Executive production Fattore K.

thanks to
The Province of Rome – ABC Arte Bellezza Cultura
and Istituzione Palazzo Rospigliosi, Centro Studi Alain
Danielou Fondazione Harsharan, FLIC Scuola di Circo
Torino, Centre Henri Pousseur Musique électronique /
Musique mixte de Liège