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WE'RE ALL IN THE SAME DANCE

We're All in the Same Dance: a New Hymn to Life

Consumed by the malaise of this spring's quarantine, violinist, percussionist and composer, Mauro Durante of Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, gifts the world with a new hymn to life.Music and dance break down the walls of a house in Puglia to cross the globe and bring us together in a shared experience. “We're all in the same dance” is a scream, a jolt, that invites us to heal through the most powerful medicine: unity. This is his story.

NYU. A New Italian Window for Dialogue & Ideas in the Time of Covid-19

Help the new broadcast program of the Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò (NYU)! The Casa for the Italian Culture in Manhattan has prepared a survey for all those people who are interested in Italian culture and have been able to take advantage of Casa’s offerings online or at 24 West 12th Street over the years. While doors are closed, Casa Italiana is launching a new series of live radio-style shows. The Director Stefano Albertini will host conversations with writers, scholars, and artists. So you’ll be able to join the conversation with questions and comments.

Political Propaganda Under Fascism and Beyond

A fascinating exhibition titled “Propaganda. The Art of Political Indoctrination” conceived and curated by Professor Nicola Lucchi of Queens College opened March 4th at New York University’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, followed by a panel discussion with artistic advisors and NYU Professors Ruth Ben-Ghiat and Ara Merjian. It showcases a selection of works from the Fondazione Massimo e Sonia Cirulli mostly (but not exclusively) dating from Italy’s fascist period and aims to inspire a reflection on the mechanisms of political propaganda under totalitarian regimes as well as during “democratic” times.

Federico Fellini at 100

San Francisco pays homage to the great Maestro with a selection of his works at the Castro Theatre. This thank to Cinema Italia San Francisco’s 10th program, in collaboration with Luce Cinecittà and the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco.

The Art of Political Indoctrination in Italy, 1902-1950

PROPAGANDA. Works from the Fondazione Massimo and Sonia Cirulli. Curated by Nicola Lucchi, CUNY Queens College. On view at Casa Italiana Zerilli Merimò On view through April 17, 2020 (Mon-Fri 10-6)

Something is Moving in Italy, New Quality Cinema

A new approach to cinema is affirming itself in Italy. The pioneers of this metamorphic tendency in the art of narrating through images are the young writer and director Emanuela Mascherini and Stefano Amadio, the Director of the national film and audiovisual promotional platform cinemaitaliano.info. Their initiative, titled CineAtelier, consists of a review created to give space to auteur cinema through a selection of first or second works presented in decentralized areas.

The D’Innocenzo Brothers, New Italian Cinema Goes Forward

When we speak of Italian cinema, the same names always come up: Moretti, Virzì and Sorrentino. But nobody knows what to say about the new generation. That’s where the D’Innocenzo Brothers come in. Fabio and Damiano, whose film Bad Tales just won the award for best screenplay at the 70th Berlinale, are the face of a young new self-taught cinema, which could propel Italy towards different horizons, worlds, and cultures.

Inside the Life and Archives of Vico Magistretti, Pioneer of Italian Design

100 years from the birth of Vico Magistretti, Fondazione Magistretti along with the Italian Cultural Institute present and exhibition dedicated to the acclaimed Italian designer and architect, whose groundbreaking work, conducted throughout his highly prolific sixty-year career, left a profound mark both on his native Milano as well as on the perception of Italian design both at home and abroad.

Stradella’s Esther Comes to New York

Salon/Sanctuary Concerts, in collaboration with NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò and the American Society for Jewish Music present a performance by ensemble members of Ester, Liberatrice del Popolo Ebreo (“Esther, Liberator of the Jewish People”) by Alessandro Stradella (1639 -1682) which will take place at The Brotherhood Synagogue (28 Gramercy Park South) on Thursday March 5th.

Rome to Host the Biggest Raphael Show in History

500 years from the artist’s death, Rome’s Scuderie del Quirinale and Florence’s Uffizi Gallery collaborate on creating the most extensive exhibition dedicated to one of the most important artists of the Italian Renaissance, bringing together works never before exhibited together.

Keeping Culture Alive Through Coronavirus

In response to museum closures due to the Coronavirus outbreak, some Italian institutions are deciding to live stream their exhibitions and events.

Pompeii’s House of Lovers Reopens After 40 Years

The House of Lovers, which had been closed to the public following the 1980 Irpina earthquake, reopens its doors along with two other structures. These three ancient domus were restored as part of the EU-founded Great Pompeii Project.

Olnick Spanu, Pioneers of Italian Contemporary Art

We met with Giorgio Spanu, co-founder - along with his wife Nancy Olnick - of Magazzino Italian Art in Cold Spring. The half-Italian, half-American couple has for the past 20 years been instrumental in the promotion and divulgation of contemporary Italian art in the United States.

Elio Germano Becomes Ligabue

Due to measures related to the coronavirus outbreak, who knows when Giorgio Diritti’s wonderful film will be shown in Italy. In the meantime, it was presented at the 77th Berlinale, where it was a great success. We want to tell you about it so you can make a note to go see it when you have the chance.

It is Time for a Bilingual Revolution

The story of a grassroots movement that emerged in New York. New Insider Guide Helps Parents and Educators Create Dual Language Education Programs in the American School System

Spreading Art, Design and ‘Global Love’

Indixia presents Global Love, a love-themed exhibition and charity auction, in Chelsea’s Sundaram Tagore Gallery, featuring unique works by numerous international artists and designers with the goal to fund arts education in India and to help disadvantaged and disenfranchised women in Afghanistan to gain independence, education, and livable wages.

A Monument to Romulus Emerges in the Roman Forum

Archaeologists found a funerary monument dedicated to Romulus, the mythical founder of Rome and the city’s first king, inside the Roman Forum Complex.

Verdone Returns to the Big Screen with Optimism

The film, written with Giovanni Veronesi and presented by Filmauro, comes out February 26. Reminiscent of the Commedia all’Italiana tradition, however with fluctuating results that are never up to the standards of the Verdone we have come to know and love.

A Taste of Capri in New York

The James Beard House presents “Under the Capri Sun,” a journey through the unique flavors of the island of Capri reinterpreted by Chef Pasquale Rinaldo of D’Amore restaurant as well as the chance to try different kinds of pizza by celebrated Neapolitan pizzaiolo Antonio Fusco.

Valentine's Day in Verona, the Capital of Love

The city of Romeo and Juliet plays into the Shakespearian myth, offering visitors numerous romantic activities for Valentine’s Day and beyond.