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2013 YEAR OF ITALIAN CULTURE IN THE UNITED STATES: GREAT PERFORMANCE OF DOMINIC WALSH DANCE THEATER'S 'AN EVENING IN ITALY' IN HOUSTON.

Date:

09/09/2013



2013 YEAR OF ITALIAN CULTURE IN THE UNITED STATES: GREAT PERFORMANCE OF DOMINIC WALSH DANCE THEATER'S 'AN EVENING IN ITALY' IN HOUSTON.

On Friday, September 6, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater presented a very successful performance of An Evening in Italy: celebrating 2013, the Year of Italian Culture in the United States. Presented by the Miller Outdoor Theater in partnership with the Consulate General of Italy, the performance was attended by a large public that filled entirely the 1,500 seats of the covered section while many more sat on the hill overlooking the open air stage.

An Evening in Italy consists of two original pieces created by Dominic Walsh, Bello and I Napoletani, handpicked by Walsh himself to highlight the country that has been a huge inspiration to him creatively, after being tapped by Consul General Fabrizio Nava to participate in this year's celebration of the Year of Italian Culture in the United States.

The ballets were superbly performed by Domenico Luciano, who appeared courtesy of the Colorado Ballet, by Kristianne Klein, Sarah Scherer, Sareen Tchekmedyian, Ricky Bertoni, Juan Gil e Ricardo Rhodes who appeared by kind permission of Iain Webb and the Sarasota Ballet, by Laureen Bettencourt and Chiara Casiraghi.

The show was opened by the screening of Allegretto Made in Italy, the soundtrack of the Year of Italian Culture in the United States, written, arranged and conducted by Nicola Piovani and performed by the Orchestra Italiana del Cinema.

This was followed by Bello, set to five Italian arias by Georg Frederick Handel, which is a tribute to the life of dancer Mark Arvin, a friend of Walsh's who passed away a month before the piece's 2005 premiere. Following its premiere, Bello received a Dance Europe's Critic's Choice Award for Best Premiere (classical) and is considered one of Walsh's best choreographies.

The performance was enriched by the live music of Mercury Houston directed by Antoine Plante and countertenor Gerrod Pagenkopf, who gave a masterly interpretation of Haendel's music that blended in a unique manner with the movement of the dancers.

The show was closed with I Napoletani, a lighthearted homage to the people of Naples Set to Pergolesi's Stabat Mater and popular Neopolitan music from the late 1800s,
“I feel an unmistakable vitality in the air when I am there, and I thought it would be fun to pay homage to this spirit of life that the Neapolitan people really appreciate, ” says Walsh.

At the end of the performance Consul General Fabrizio Nava climbed on stage to thank Dominic Walsh and all the artists for an unforgettable evening that celebrated Italy and its culture.

2013 - Year of Italian Culture in the United States, is an initiative held under the auspices of the President of the Italian Republic and organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Italy in Washington. The aim of the initiative is to showcase Italian culture, not only in its traditional form of historical and artistic legacy, but also as a dynamic asset that gives value to the future relationship between Italy and the United States.

To learn more about the Year of Italian Culture in the USA:

- Official Web Page
www.italyinus2013.org
- Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/ItalyInUs2013/
- Twitter hashtag #2013ItalianYear
- Social media platform
www.twiplomacy.it/USA


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