CONTROLUCE Shadow Theatre

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CONTROLUCE Theatre of Shadows was born as a theatre group in 1994 in Turin by the encounter between the Spanish painter Jenaro Meléndrez Chas and musicians Cora De Maria and Alberto Jona, thanks to their shared passion for the theatre. The initial idea was to combine music, abstract painting and techniques of oriental shadow theatre with the aim of creating a common artistic project, which soon developed in two directions, one of puppetry -dedicated to an adult audience- and one of Musical Theatre.

In the music field, with some surprises and adventures, CONTROLUCE has proposed staging opera and contemporary music with shadow theatre. The group has participated in festivals, exhibitions, theatrical and musical events in Italy (including the season of Unione Musicale, MI-TO and Teatro Piccolo Regio in Turin, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Lugo Opera Festival in Lugo di Romagna, Teatro Regio di Parma, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova, Pordenone Silent Film Festival, Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Festival of the Itria Valley in Martina Franca, Mittelfest Cividale, Teatro Stabile di Torino, Teatro Stabile di Genova etc.), Europe (Germany, Austria, Spain, France, Holland, Great Britain, Ireland, Switzerland, Portugal, Poland, Bosnia-Herzegovina), North Africa, North America and South America and Asia.

In November 2013 CONTROLUCE made his debut as a director of opera with Il Pirata by Bellini at the Landestheater Niederbayern in Passau, Landshut and Straubing in Germany. In 2015 it was engaged for the second time for the direction of Bellini's La Straniera.

In 2014 the group made his debut in London and Japan with great success of audience and critic and also collaborated to the Kate Bush return show at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, hailed as one of the biggest events of pop music in last decades.

In October 2014 presented in Yverdon, Switzerland, the new version in French of chamber opera Gulliver by Bruno Moretti with Les Boulouris 5 and Francesco Biamonte in the title role; in November in Basel Dido and Aeneas with the group Novantik Project Basel.

In December 2014 debuted with the Adriano Guarnieri Scenic Cantata (staging and direction) The mournful screech of steel dedicated to the tragedy of the Thyssen Krupp steel plant happened in Turin in 2007.

In the 2015/16 season, a new collaboration with the ORT in Florence and regular collaboration for new education-productive projects with the Conservatory of italian Switzerland in Lugano (Did-one Purcell/Bussotti, Popp-Kreis Monteverdi/Stockhausen) and the Conservatory of Milan (Knows thou the land where the lemon trees bloom? Italian Canzoniere of Hugo Wolf, Des Knaben Wunderhorn Mahler).

2016: Collaboration with the Unione Musicale of Turin with Des Knaben Wunderhorn. In December 2016 debut in Milan of Butterfly Blues at the "Madama Butterfly in Città"project organized by the Municipality of Milan for the Scala opening of the 2016/17 season with Puccini's Madama Butterfly.

Controluce has collaborated with writers, musicians, composers, artists, music and cultural organizations such as Alessandro Baricco, Mario Brunello, Jordi Savall, Kate Bush, Kenneth Weiss, the String Quartet of Turin, the Debussy Trio, Orchestra Regionale Toscana , the Italian String Orchestra, Quartet Terpsycordes, Icarus Ensemble, Gabriel Garrido, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, the Teatro Regio in Turin, the Butoh Company Shizuku of Tokyo, Adriano Guarnieri, Nicola Campogrande, Bruno Moretti, Andrea Liberovici, David Livermore, Antonella Usai, Paola Bianchi, Dario Voltolini, Rosa Mogliasso, Vinicio Capossela, Elio, the National Museum of Cinema.

From 1994 Controluce organizes and diects INCANTI Iternational Figure Theatre Festival in Turin

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Among the performances of CONTROLUCE:

-Butterfly Blues music by Giacomo Puccini, Teatro dell'Arte, Triennale, Milano, 2016
-Des Knambenwundernhorn by Gustav Mahler, Unione Musicale, Torino, 2016
-Brücken Bauen by Hindemit, Britten and others, Lörrach, Germania, 2016
-Des Knambenwundernhorn by Gustav Mahler, Sala Verdi Conservatorio, Milano, 2016
-PopKreis (Monteverdi/Stockhausen) Studio Foce Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana Lugano 2016
-La Straniera di Bellini, Niederbayern Landestheater, Passau, Landshut, Straubing, Germany, 2015
-Kennst du das Land music by Hugo Wolf, Sala Verdi Conservatorio Milano 2015
-Lo stridere luttuoso degli acciai (music by A.Guarnieri) TPE Torino, 2014
-I viaggi di Gulliver - All'ombra dell'uomo montagna (new version in French) Yverdon, Svizzera, 2014
-Did-One (music by Purcell/Bussotti) Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana Lugano 2014
-L’Histoire de Babar (musica by Poulenc) Teatro Piccolo Regio, Torino, 2013
-Il Pirata by Bellini, Niederbayern Landestheater Passau, Landshut, Straubing Germania, 2013
-Lo Struzzo e il Bue (music by Milhaud and the Group of Six) Incanti Torino, 2012
-Le boeuf sur le toit (music by Poulenc) Unione Musicale Torino, 2012
-Il carnevale degli animali (music by Camille Saint-Saëns, Unione Musicale di Torino) 2011
I viaggi di Gulliver - All'ombra dell'uomo montagna music by Bruno Moretti, ORT Firenze) 2011
Aida nuova versione (Aída new version) (music by Giuseppe Verdi, International Kukla Festival of Izmir – Turkey) 2011
Agrippina (music by G.F. Haendel, Festival Via Stellae of Santiago de Compostela) 2010
Chat Noir a nove code (Chat Noir with nine tails) (music by Brahms, Satie, Ravel and Wagner, Incanti/Prospettiva Teatro Stabile Torino) 2010
Tempi burrascosi (Stormy times) (music by Nicola Campogrande, ORT Firenze) 2009
Aida (music by Giuseppe Verdi, trascription for 4 instruments and 4 singers of Alberto Cola, Incanti) 2008
Pierrot Lunaire (music by Arnold Schoenberg, Festival Fra Futuro e Passato) 2008
Didone e Enea (Dido and Aeneas) (music by Henry Purcell, Incanti 1999, Teatro Comunale di Bologna 2007)
Repercussio, ombre e luci per la sagra della primavera (musica di I. Stravinskij, Teatro Juvarra) 2005
Canto a Orfeo (Chant to Orpheus) (music by C.W.Gluck and original music by Domenico De Maria, Incanti) 2002
Haiku (original music by Nicola Campogrande, Incanti) 2001
Partitura per uomo solo (Score for man alone) (music by Sophia Gubajdulina, Unione Musicale di Torino) 2001
Macbeth (original music by Antonio Gatti, Incanti) 1998
Storie d'Ombra (Stories of shadow) (music by Dussek, Popper, Camus and Naumann, Museo Nazionale del Cinema) 1996
Genovefa di Brabante (music by Erik Satie, Unione Musicale di Torino) 1996
Nero Scarlatto (Black scarlet) (original music by Domenico De Maria) 1996
Naufragi suggestioni di ombre e luci su musica di Robert Schumann music by Schumann and Domenico De Maria, Museo Nazionale del Cinema) 1995
Ma Mère l'Oye (music by Ravel and Satie) 1994

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