OPERA IN FOUR ACTS
CONDUCTOR: Guillermo García Calvo
STAGE DIRECTOR, SET DESIGN, COSTUMES: Pier Luigi Pizzi
CHOREOGRAPHY: Gheorghe Iancu
LIGHTING: Massimo Gasparon
CHORUS DIRECTOR: Conxita Garcia
Iréne Theorin (Gioconda)
Dolora Zajick (Laura Adorno)
Ildebrando d’Arcangelo (Alvise Badoero)
María José Montiel (La Cieca)
Brian Jagde (Enzo Grimaldo)
Symphony orchestra and chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
DURATION: 3 h 55 approx
Less known as a whole than some of its individual pieces, Ponchielli’s most famous opera takes
nonetheless its place as a favourite in Liceu. With its 230 artists on stage and in the pit, it is a
prime example of Italian grande opera.
In 17 th -century Venice, Enzo Grimaldo has abandoned the unfortunate Gioconda – whose mother,
La Cieca, is accused of witchcraft – and is now in love with Laura, the wife of Alvise. This
emblematic work, from the period between Verdi’s heyday and the dawn of Verismo, is the best
known of Amilcare Ponchielli’s operas. In addition to the famous “Dance of the Hours” and
Gioconda’s suicide aria, La Gioconda contains many other superbly lyrical examples of post-
Romantic sensibility. The masterful orchestration and the vocal writing of roles such as Laura, La
Cieca, Enzo Grimaldo and Barnaba, are other key facets. The distinguished cast will be headed
by Iréne Theorin, hailed as one of the best dramatic sopranos of our times, who has earned long
ovations at the Liceu for her performances in Wagnerian roles. Now she appears in Barcelona
once more to give us her long-awaited Gioconda.
Filmed in Yiddish, M is a journey to the heart of Bnei Brak, world capital of the Haredim, the ultra-Orthodox Jews, “God-fearing” in Hebrew. This is where Menahem Lang grew up. He was known for his kindness, his commitment to Talmud school and especially his golden voice, which made him a renowned performer of liturgical chants. At the age of twenty, however, he broke with this pious life and moves to Tel Aviv, for the child with the bright smile was hiding a secret: for years, he was raped by members of the community that worshipped him. Menahem succeeds in opening the door to this forbidden world. This return to the scene of the crime is also a return to the places he loved, a path of initiation sprinkled with incredible encounters, recovered rituals, a reconciliation. As though drawn towards a magnet, those who experienced the same ordeal as him reveal themselves and dare to speak, driving away the haunting of the “galgal”, the vicious circle that has transformed victims of rape into rapists since the dawn of time.
In his narrative film debut, Kent Jones brings us the story of Diane, a widowed, altruistic septuagenarian whose life is dictated by the needs of others. She fills her days serving food to the homeless, visiting ailing friends in the last years of their lives, and, most centrally, desperately attempting to reach her drug-addicted son, despite his repeated efforts to push her away. But as these pieces of her existence begin to wither and fade, she finds herself forced to look at her own identity—and memories she’d sooner forget than face.
An unlikely relationship between a renowned French-Canadian artist in her sixties and a younger Lebanese actor from Toronto flourishes in the confines of a remote lake house until the realities of the outside world, personal and societal, put it to test.
The comedy tells the story of Rahman, portrayed by Saeed Aqakhani, who is facing severe financial problems and difficulties.
He intends to ask for help from a company managed by Mr. Jalousi, played by Mehran Modiri. However, Mr. Jalousi writes him a cheque for 2021; and there the story begins.
$15 for all. Moviecards are not accepted.
Music: Dimitri Shostakovich
Libretto: Alexandre Preis and Dimitri Shostakovich
After: Nikolaï Leskov
Conductor: Ingo Metzmacher
Director: Krzysztof Warlikowski
Set design: Krzysztof Warlikowski
Costume design: Małgorzata Szczęśniak
Lighting design: Felice Ross
Choreography: Claude Bardouil
Scenography: Christian Longchamp
Chorus master: José Luis Basso
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After leaving the Trump administration, embattled former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is free to peddle influence as a perceived kingmaker in an effort to spread his brand of extreme nationalism to the rest of the world. Tracking his moves through the 2018 American mid-term elections, director Alison Klayman’s startling fly-on-the-wall documentary sheds light on Bannon’s efforts to mobilize and unify far-right parties, starting in Europe with controversial figures like Nigel Farage, Jérôme Rivière, Matteo Salvini, Filip Dewinter and Kent Ekeroth.
What is the Satanic Temple? Is it religion? A cult? Performance art? Acclaimed filmmaker Penny Lane gains unprecedented access to this enigmatic movement, which has grown to over 100,000 members around the world in just five years. HAIL SATAN? explores the Temple's fight for equality, its focus on community, and its devilish sense of humor. In an era when founding principles and institutions can't be trusted to work on behalf of all people, these progressive Satanic crusaders advocate to save the soul of a nation.
TOLKIEN explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school. This takes him into the outbreak of World War I, which threatens to tear the fellowship apart. All of these experiences would inspire Tolkien to write his famous Middle-Earth novels.
A young man of just 22, dressed in a black beret and a dark narrow suit, is on an airplane flying from St Petersburg to Paris. It is 1961 and Rudolf Nureyev, not yet the imperious figure of legend, is a member of the world-renowned Kirov Ballet Company, travelling for the first time outside the Soviet Union. Parisian life delights Nureyev and the young dancer is eager to consume all the culture, art and music the dazzling city has to offer. But the KGB officers who watch his every move become increasingly suspicious of his behavior and his friendship with the young Parisienne Clara Saint. When they finally confront Nureyev with a shocking demand, he is forced to make a heart-breaking decision, one that may change the course of his life forever and put his family and friends in terrible danger. From Nureyev’s poverty-stricken childhood in the Soviet city of Ufa, to his blossoming as a student dancer in Leningrad, to his arrival at the epicentre of western culture in Paris in the early 1960s and a nail-biting stand-off at the Le Bourget airport, “THE WHITE CROW” is the true story of an incredible journey by a unique artist who transformed the world of ballet forever.
Marcello, a small and gentle dog groomer, finds himself involved in a dangerous relationship of subjugation with Simone, a former violent boxer who terrorizes the entire neighborhood. In an effort to reaffirm his dignity, Marcello will submit to an unexpected act of vengeance.