Corner Grey and Melbourne Streets
Queensland Performing Arts Centre
9 - 16 Sept | QPAC - Playhouse
Compagnia Finzi Pasca (SWITZERLAND)
Written and directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca
Australian Premiere Exclusive to Brisbane
Dedicated to you, dear Julie.
From one of the world’s great performance companies – and creators of last year’s La Verità – comes this exclusive Australian premiere of astonishing circus and physical theatre.
A gutted stage. Around a red bench in a garden, acrobats stand in medieval armour. Thirty kilograms of steel transform every move into a battle of resistance and strength. It is three months before the premiere of their show. They remember Julie, their friend and great visionary.
Through exquisite images of words and music, shared humour, and a beautiful storm of flying objects, they build an inner garden where we may take shelter. This is a story for you - a light-filled hymn to life, to the amazing power of theatre and imagination, and to the fundamental importance of friendship in our tempest-tossed lives.
Julie Hamelin Finzi
Julie led an exceptional career. At 21, she cofounded Cirque Éloize in Montreal. The shows she produced put the company on the most renowned stages worldwide thanks to her strategic approach as International Development Director. The moment to make her own path with Daniele, her artistic and life partner, came when they cofounded Inlevitas in 2010. A year later, Inlevitas and Teatro Sunil become Compagnia Finzi Pasca.
Besides her extraordinary ability to bring forward projects no matter the circumstances and her achievements, we will always remember the kind person she was: her generosity, her tenderness, her empathy, her lightness, her passion and her natural smile that brought much joy to people around the world. She left us many beautiful projects, a bunch of cherished memories but a deep emptiness in our hearts. Thank you, dear Julie.
Daniele Finzi Pasca
Daniele Finzi Pasca is a director, author, choreographer, light designer, clown, and co-founder of Compagnia Finzi Pasca. His most renowned work includes Icaro, which has been translated in six different languages and performed over 700 times in the past 20 years, and Rain – Comme une plue dans tes yeux (2003), which earned him a nomination for Best Director at the Drama Desk Awards. In 2008, he was also awarded the Swiss Theatre Prize and nominated for the 13th Europe Theatre Prize.
More recently, Finzi Pasca directed the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics and the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games in Russia. In 2016, he was creator, co-‐author (with Julie Hamelin Finzi) and director for the Cirque du Soleil show: Luzia and Brisbane Festival’s Per te.
Composer and choreographer. Cofounder of Compagnia Finzi Pasca
Maria started studying composition with Paul Glass in 1977 and trained as a dancer, dance pedagogue, and choreographer with Rosaria Chladek between 1981 and 1995. In 1984 she met Daniele Finzi Pasca, with whom she began an intense and long-‐lasting artistic collaboration. Together with Daniele Finzi Pasca and Marco Finzi Pasca she elaborated an image of the art of clowning, dance and acting; a theatrical technique they named “Theatre of the Caress”.
Between the years 2004 and 2005 she composed most of the music to Corteo for Cirque du Soleil, also taking care of the artists’ preparation on stage both musically and choreographically. In 2006 she was part of the directing team in the Turin Winter Olympics closing ceremony, designing the acrobatic.
Set designer, actor, writer and director – Cofounder of Compagnia Finzi Pasca.
While studying architecture Hugo began his theatrical training in Montevideo with Luis Cerminara. He participated in a number of shows in Uruguay, and in 1994 he met Daniele Finzi Pasca.
In 2014 his career took a leap when he signed the scenography to the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games and the opening ceremony of the Paralympic games in Sochi, Russia.
During the same year he created the scenography and accessories to Bianco su Bianco, where his light bulb forest must be remembered.
At present he is working on an opera event, and research project and has been invited to participate at the Walt Disney Forum in Los Angeles, California.
Author, director, producer and actor – Cofounder of Compagnia Finzi Pasca.
Originally working as a banker Antonio met Daniele Finzi Pasca in 1992.
Over the years, he participated in a dozen theatre productions working as an actor, author and director presented in Italy, Switzerland, France, Brazil, Austria, Uruguay, Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica, Canada, Bolivia, Peru, Portugal and Chile.
In 2005, he was acting designer of Corteo, produced by Cirque du Soleil, written and directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca and is also part of the creation team, which signed the closing ceremony of the Torino 2006 Winter Olympics.
In 2016 he worked as creative director and producer for Opera Guitta and as an adviser of the production Per te, the new creation of Compagnia Finzi Pasca.
In co-production with
LAC - Lugano Arte e Cultura
RSI - Radiotelevisione Svizzera
OSI - Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola
Caffè Chicco d’Oro
Helsinn - International partner
With the support of
Città di Lugano
Claypaky – Official lighting supplier
Sintetica – Research partner
Sat 16 Sept, 1:30pm session is Auslan interpreted
Wed 13 Sept 6.30pm session features post-show Q&A
Corner Grey and Melbourne Streets
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