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    Pippi Calzelunghe To Vimmerby and back

    Pippi Calzelunghe To Vimmerby and Back is a project created on the occasion of the centenary of the birth of Astrid Lindgren, the Swedish author of extraordinary and unforgettable children’s books that do not seem to have been affected by the patina of time.

    On the occasion of the centenary we have created a project dedicated to the figure of Pippi Longstocking, a theater show for children, which over time has become an ever green of our foundation and the exhibition A Vimmerby and back.

    With A Vimmerby and back we want first of all to rediscover such a characteristic and important character in children’s literature. A character who became famous in the world for his sympathy and innate ability to communicate. In order also to bring attention, in Italy, to Astrid Lindgren as a fundamental author in the history of literature for both children and in general.

    The exhibition therefore represents a real journey into the history and figure of Pippi Longstocking.

    It is made up of sixty color photographic paintings that illustrate the writer’s life and places. It is a journey into the world of Lindgren, in a glimpse of Sweden that binds all her production and that is present in every line of her novels as a silent and tender protagonist.
    We have also set up this exhibition in collaboration with the Municipality of Verona and the University of Verona. A Vimmerby and back is a child-friendly exhibition itinerary enriched with multimedia corners dedicated to television and film production.

    The cinema and the faces of Pier Paolo Pasolini

    Aida Foundation on the occasion of the Pier Paolo Pasolini poet of the ashes project which was held in New York in 2007 has set up two important exhibitions dedicated to the Master of Casarsa: The faces of Pier Paolo Pasolini set up at the Gallery of the Italian Cultural Institute in New York, and Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Cinema at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York.

    Both were made with the precious advice of Graziella Chiarcossi, nephew, and Vincenzo Cerami, a pupil of Pasolini.

    The faces of Pier Paolo Pasolini

    The exhibition displays the extraordinary shots of Angelo Novi, one of the most intense stage photographers of Italian cinema, who has worked with Pasolini, but also with other great directors such as Sergio Leone and Bernardo Bertolucci.

    The exhibition displays reproductions of the original photographs of the Pier Paolo Pasolini Fund Association of the Cineteca di Bologna.

    Curators:

    • Andrea Mancini, Professor of Theater Iconography at the University of Siena
    • Roberto Chiesi, curator of the Study Center – Pier Paolo Pasolini Archive of the Cineteca di Bologna
    • Roberto Terrible, Artistic Director of the Aida Foundation
    • the exhibition is organized by Tony Impavido, Director of Gallery Exhibitions.

    In The faces of Pier Paolo Pasolini we find well-known faces such as: Anna Magnani from “Mamma Roma”, Enrique Irazoqui from the “Gospel according to Matthew”, Totò from “Uccellacci e uccellini”. There are also many faces of nameless people, of the people, carefully sought and chosen by Pasolini to express an idea, a feeling or a condition.

    The cinema of Pier Paolo Pasolini

    It is an exhibition that through posters and promotional material presents the cinematographic work of the master from Casarsa. Each object allows you to enter Pasolini’s artistic and cultural message.

    The exhibition allows to know the ways of promoting Italian cinema in its golden season.

     

    The Pier Paolo Pasolini poet of the ashes project was created by the Aida Foundation, Titivillus Mostre Publishing, the Italian Cultural Institute of New York, the New York Public Library.

    However, the exhibitions are no longer available.

    Pier Paolo Pasolini in New York

    Thanks to a special friendship with Graziella Chiarcossi and Vincenzo Cerami, respectively Pasolini’s cousin and pupil, as well as screenwriter of La Vita è Bella, and a network of important institutions, it was possible to create one of the most complex projects ever dedicated to Pier Paolo Pasolini.

    Fondazione Aida built a new idea of project, a horizontal design, that is to say, involving conferences, exhibitions, music, theatre, publishing and cinema around the ‘Maestro’.

    An enlarged dream, diffused by communion and friendship realised in a solid table of intentions and strong and propositive wills.

    From 26 November to 18 December 2007, the Big Apple saw a series of concerts, films and documentary screenings, readings, exhibitions, shows and meetings held in various cultural venues in New York.

    One of the highlights was the US premiere of Accattone in Jazz – A Tribute to Pier Paolo Pasolini at the Walter Reade Theater.

    The musical performance featured Roberto Gatto on drums, Danilo Rea on piano and Valerio Mastandrea, who recited excerpts from Accattone (1960).

    The protagonists:

    The main protagonists of the review include: Aisha Cerami, singer, Carlo di Carlo, director, Matteo Cerami.

    But also Patti Smith, musician and poet, Gianni Borgna, President of the ‘Fondazione Musica per Roma’, Goffredo Pettini, President of the Fondazione Cinema per Roma, Roberto Chiesi, Curator of the Centro Studi-Archivio Pier Paolo Pasolini of the Cineteca di Bologna.

    Finally, also taking part in the project there were: Antonio Monda, teacher and journalist, Nuccio Siano, musician and director, Andrea Colocci, bass player, Roberto Marino, pianist, Salvatore Zambataro, clarinettist and accordionist.

     

    Partners

    The following have also joined the project: Italian Cultural Institute of New York, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, MiBACT, Auditorium Parco della Musica di Roma, Cinema Festa Internazionale di Roma, IMAIE, Cineteca di Bologna and Assessorato alla Cultura della Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia, Fondazione Musica per Roma.

    With the support of ASTI Spumanti.

    Hijab or the border

    In 2007 AIDA Foundation took part in the European programme Crossing Borders-Connecting Cultures 2007-2013 with the project ReconcArt, which stands for Reconciliation through Art: Perceptions of the Hijab.

    The project aims to explore the fundamental questions related to the meaning of the HIJAB (veil in Arabic) and how it is embraced by Muslim and Italian women.

    The partner countries involved are Greece and Bulgaria.

    In Italy, the project involved a group of twelve women from Algeria, Morocco, Syria, Palestine, Brazil and Italy who, from March 2008, took part in a theatrical storytelling workshop that gave them the opportunity to express themselves and discuss the meaning of the hijab (veil in Arabic).

    The natural evolution of this process has led to the staging of a play entitled: HIJAB or the border: voices and looks of women between the hidden world and the sacred world of the veil, directed by Letizia Quintavalla (one of the founders of the Teatro delle Briciole in Parma), which, as she explained, is brought to the stage “not to give answers but to arouse in others the desire to research”.

    The theatrical production is entrusted to seven women who have become the spokespersons for the entire group of the workshops.

    An example of cultural mediation, which reaffirms how art can produce change and questions about the nature of the boundary that each person carries within themself and the possibilities of a shared boundary.

    The artistic cast

    The dramaturgy was written by four people: Letizia Quintavalla (director), Gabriel Maria Sala (Director Master in Cultural Mediation-University of Verona), Rosanna Sfragara (actress of Fondazione Aida and curator of the workshops) Susanna Bissoli (writer).

    The workshops were attended by: Livia Alga, Sandra Calcagnile, Rossella Cevese, Elena Migliavacca, Siham Khalaile, Ladib Zhora Fatima, Fatima Ismaili, Huda Milad, Elena Spola, Cinzia Vigilante, Hanan Essoubai, Asmaa Chakir and the linguistic-cultural mediators Jamila Chtioui and Najat Rezki.

    The tour

    The show was also presented on an international tour in Verona, Athens, Mantua, Gibellina, Sesto San Giovanni and Concese.

    The partners

    The project is realised with the collaboration of Equal Opportunities Commission of the Veneto Region, University of Verona, Directorate General Education and Culture – Culture of the European Commission.

    European Literary Marathon

    On the 9th May 2007, on the occasion of the Europe Day, the European Literary Marathon was held in the Cortile Mercato Vecchio in Verona and at the same time in the Casa di Reclusione di Isili in Cagliari and in seven other European cities. This project aims to enhance the European literary heritage, highlighting both its richness and the aspects common to all national literatures.

    An initiative born from an idea of Prof. Mario Allegri, Professor of Italian Literature at the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy of the University of Verona and member of the scientific committee of Fondazione Aida.

    The text:

    The marathon in Italy involves the full reading of Italo Svevo’s novel La coscienza di Zeno. One of the most European writers, starting from his own biography, in which different and sometimes distant cultures intersect and merge, arriving at his novel, the most significant of the entire Italian Novecento.

    The partners:

    The project also involved other countries such as: Finland, Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, United Kingdom, Spain, Greece.

    Readers:

    The readers were: teachers and students, librarians, actors, musicians, writers such as: Pietro Spirito, Giuseppe Longo, Alberto Cavaglion and Pino Roveredo.

    Participants from Cagliari included: prisoners, police and prison educators, the director of the prison. Some representatives of the Ministry of Justice also took part in the project.

    The events:

    During the marathon in Verona, moments of conviviality were shared thanks to the polyphonic concert by the Choir of the Liceo Scientifico Fracastoro, directed by Rhonda Moore.

    This was followed by a sporting moment with the literary relay (from Via Italo Svevo to Cortile Mercato Vecchio).

    The European Literary Marathon thus offered the opportunity for citizens from different countries to get involved, making them the protagonists of a unique European event. All marathons were dedicated to the reading of a masterpiece of the Novecento literature that was particularly significant for the culture of each country.

    The marathons will take place simultaneously in the European countries:

    Bulgaria 12.00 – 19.00 in Sliven at the “Stefan Kirov” Theatre reading of the novel The Bowler Hat by Yordan Radichkov

    Finland 11:00 – 20:00 in Järvenpää at the Municipal Library reading of Rautatie (Railroad), by Juhani Aho

    Greece 12:00 – 10:00 p.m. in Athens at the “Athinais” Cultural Centre in Votanikos reading of the 154 poems collected in the anthology The Canon , a collection of works published during Kavafis’ lifetime

    Poland 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. in Cracow at the Regional Public Library of Cracow reading of texts from the works: The Green Goose Theatre by Konstanty Ildefons Gaczyski; The Second Killing of a Dog by Marek Hasko, The Adventures of Sindbad the Sailor by Bolesaw Lemian

    Romania 12:00 – 8:00 p.m. in Bucharest at the ROR National Radio Romania reading of Pe Strada Mântuleasa (The Old Man and the Civil Servant) by Mircea Eliade

    Spain 11.00 – 21.00 in Cartagena at the Casino de Cartagena reading of Mujer sin Edén (poemía), La Rambla (novel) Vivientes de los siglos (poemía), Poemas de Mar Menor (poemía) and Cita con la Vida (poemía) by Carmen Conde Abellán

    United Kingdom 12.00 – 21.00 noon in York at Ruins Crafthouse reading of a selection of early texts and poems and plays from The English Auden and The Age of Anxiety

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