By popular demand, CATS original version, with live orchestra, comes back to Italy. Bags Live is happy to announce the Italian tour that, in addition to Milan, will be hitting cities like Genoa, Turin, Bari and Bologna for the first time.
“Let the memory live again – tour 2016” will be in Italy for five weeks only, from the 18th of February to the 20th of March 2016, and will offer a show full of innovations, a show that has already conquered the English audience.
The musical, back in tour since 2013, reconquered London’s West End last december 2014. On that occasion, the original creative team came back together (Trevor Nunn, director; Gillian Lynne, associate director and coreographer; John Napier, scenographer; Andrew Lloyd Webber, composer) to revisit some pieces. CATS’ new version did not fail to hit his target, going sold-out at the box-office. The show obtained excellent reviews and was nominated at the 2015 Olivier Awards. Thanks to the great popular demand, CATS is back at London Palladium in October 2015 and will afterwards go on with the tour. Italian dates will be the very first in the European tour
CATS, musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber dated 1981, is one of the most famous musicals in the world: it broke all records of longevity, audience and incomes. More than 73 millions people have seen it, and it has fascinated audiences in more than 300 cities all around the world.
The plot is based on Thomas Stearns Eliot’s book “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats”, a collection of poems in which the main characters are cats. The book is a beautiful mix of imagination, drama and romance: on one special night of the year, all Jellicle Cats meet at the Jellicle Ball, where Old Deuteronomy, their wise and kind chief, chooses one of the Cats to ascend to the Heavenside Layer, and to be reborn into a new Jellicle life.
Thanks to the incredible soundtrack, including the unforgettable “Memory”, wonderful scenes, amazing costumes and breath-taking coreographies, CATS is more magical than any other musical.
CATS was originally produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group Limited and is presented on tour by David Ian for David Ian Productions.
|17/03/2016 to 20/03/2016||CATS - Tour 2016||BOLOGNA - UNIPOL ARENA|
|10/03/2016 to 13/03/2016||CATS - Tour 2016||BARI - TEATRO PETRUZZELLI|
|02/03/2016 to 06/03/2016||CATS - Tour 2016||MILANO - TEATRO ARCIMBOLDI|
|25/02/2016 to 28/02/2016||CATS - Tour 2016||TORINO - Teatro Regio|
|18/02/2016 to 21/02/2016||CATS - Tour 2016||Genova – Teatro Carlo Felice|
Bags Live, under special agreements with Disney Theatrical Productions and following the workshop performed last July, presents the first preview after USA and the latest Broadway phenomenon, Newsies. The musical will open on 31st October in Italian and only in Milan, at Barclays Teatro Nazionale.
The show features a Tony Award (The Oscar for the theatre)-winning score with music by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldman, with a book by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein.
Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Newsies is inspired by the real-life ‘Newsboys Strike of 1899.’ It tells the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of young newspapers sellers who dreams of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies the young sellers from across the city to strike for their rights.
Newsies opened on Broadway in March 2012 and has received 23 major theatrical nominations and won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Score and Best Choreography. The show recouped the investment quicker than any other Disney musicals and now it’s succesfully on tour in the USA after 1005 performances on Broadway.
The show is directed by Federico Bellone (Grease, Disney - High School Musical, Sugar-A qualcuno piace caldo), with choreography by Gillian Bruce (Disney - High School Musical, Peter Pan, Frankenstein Junior), the music supervision by Simone Manfredini (Grease, Disney - High School Musical and La bella e la bestia), the book adaptation by Alice Mistroni (Queen - We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia!, Dirty Dancing) and lyrics by Franco Travaglio (Disney - High School Musical and La bella e la bestia, Cats). The cast is composed by 33 performers and they will sing live with an orchestra of 11 members. The cast and the other members of the creative team will be communicated at a later stage.
NEWSIES il musical
For the first time in the world after USA, the new Disney phenomenon on Broadway, arrives in Milan in a very special Italian edition. Set in New York, Newsies tells the exciting adventure of the charismatic Jack Kelly and his band of young “strilloni”, who fight together to make thier dreams come true.
Mathematical illusionist, expert in martial arts, authentic human calculator, Vanni de Luca is the man of the hour.
In 2016 he is the winner of the Italian Championship of Magic at Saint Vincent Convention “Masters of Magic” and the winner of the World Championship of Street Magic after winning, the year before, the Italian Championship of Mental Magic and the Best Performer Award at Ferrara’s Buskers Festival.
Vanni de Luca is the only Italian artist who can perform the “Multiple Marvels Act”, the most complex act ever created in the history of mentalism, in his personal and electrifying version.
In few minutes and at the same time Vanni solves a Rubik’s Cube, 4x4 mathematical matrices, the horse moves on a chessboard and recites by heart an extract, chosen by the audience, from Dante’s Divine Comedy.
The hazard created every night by Vanni in front of the astonished eyes of the spectators, was firstly tried from just two world-renowned performers: Henry Kahne and Ricky Jay.
Inspired by the spectacular acts of the human supercalculators in the 20s, real phenomena of XX Century variety shows, Vanni developed a fool-proof method to store mastodonic packets of information: he can memorize more than 150 names read on doorbells and knows the day of the week of every date in history.
Vanni de Luca spent his whole life studying the power of the mind on his body, thanks to his interest in oriental disciplines, arriving at the point of modifying his heartbeat during his performances, and to use this “trance” for sensational experiments, from prolonged apnea to fakirism.
Esoteric, mathematical, mysterious, Vanni is the only artist able to create incredible shows with no artifice.
His only weapon is to use at the maximum power his prodigious mind.
a production of Suomi
with Vanni De Luca and Tiziano Grigioni
written by Davide Calabrese, Vanni De Luca, Fabio Vagnarelli
Directed by Davide Calabrese Executive production Fabio Vagnarelli
M A G I C S H A D O W S
choreographed and directed by ADAM BATTELSTEIN
Music: A. VIVALDI, H. ARLEN, M. NORTON E ALTRI
My name is Adam Battelstein. Catapult is a shadow-dance company I started in 2008. As the U.S. and world economy fell apart around me, I pushed forward. My dream was to take an ancient art form to brand new places. I wanted to tell stories in ways that had never been seen before. If I can dream something Catapult can bring it to life. Strange and beautiful dreams, however, are not enough; you have to have the talent to make those visions come true. Catapult dancers are incredible performers who can dance, act and transform their bodies into seemingly impossible shapes. Together we create stories in silhouette that excite the imagination and touch the heart.
Catapult has made films, TV commercials and performed live around the US and the world. Many will know us from our performances on America’s Got Talent where we captured the imagination of millions of people and became one of the top acts in the country. Our goal is to create a world of magical transformations made of human bodies and their shadows. Our shadow dances will amaze you and touch you. The worlds of dance and sports have long showcased the beauty and accomplishments of the human body. Now meet the incredible virtuoso talents of a humble and unsung familiar of the human body – the unbelievably protean, amazing human shadow!
|14/01/2017||MAGIC SHADOWS||Teatro La nuova Fenice - Osimo (AN)|
|10/01/2017||MAGIC SHADOWS||Teatro Sociale - Gemona del Friuli (UD)|
|20/12/2016 to 08/01/2017||MAGIC SHADOWS||Teatro Leonardo - Milano|
|18/12/2016||MAGIC SHADOWS||Teatro Comunale - Borgosesia (VC)|
|17/12/2016||MAGIC SHADOWS||Teatro delle Celebrazioni - BOLOGNA|
|15/12/2016 to 16/12/2016||MAGIC SHADOWS||Arezzo|
|01/03/2016||CATAPULT||ARGENTA (FE) - Teatro dei Fluttuanti|
|29/02/2016||CATAPULT||IVREA - Teatro Giacosa|
|28/02/2016||CATAPULT||RICCIONE - Spazio Tondelli|
|27/02/2016||CATAPULT||UDINE - Teatro Giovanni da Udine|
|26/02/2016||CATAPULT||GORIZIA - Teatro Verdi|
|25/02/2016||CATAPULT||BIELLA - Teatro Sociale|
|24/02/2016||CATAPULT||FIRENZE - Teatro Verdi|
|23/02/2016||CATAPULT||URBINO - Teatro Raffaello Sanzio|
|21/02/2016||CATAPULT||CAMERINO - Teatro Marchetti|
|20/02/2016||CATAPULT||BARI - Teatro Palazzo|
|19/02/2016||CATAPULT||FASANO - Teatro Kennedy|
|17/02/2016||CATAPULT||NAPOLI - Teatro delle Palme|
|13/02/2016 to 14/02/2016||CATAPULT||CAGLIARI - Teatro Massimo|
|12/02/2016||CATAPULT||SASSARI - Teatro Comunale|
|11/02/2016||CATAPULT||NUORO - Teatro Eliseo|
|09/02/2016||CATAPULT||SANTA TERESA DI GALLURA - Teatro Nelson Mandela|
|04/02/2016||CATAPULT||CASTIGLIONE DELLE STIVIERE - Teatro Sociale|
|02/02/2016||CATAPULT||TRIESTE - Politeama Rossetti|
|01/02/2016||CATAPULT||ASTI - Teatro Alfieri|
|15/01/2015||CATAPULT||Teatro Novelli - RIMINI|
|14/01/2015||CATAPULT||Teatro Lyric - Assisi|
|13/01/2015||CATAPULT||Teatro Comunale - CARPI (MO)|
|12/01/2015||CATAPULT||Teatro Comunale - VIGNOLA|
|11/01/2015||CATAPULT||AZZANO DECIMO - Teatro Marcello Mascherini|
|10/01/2015||CATAPULT||Teatro Comunale - CORMONS (GO)|
|08/01/2015||CATAPULT||Politeama Genovese - GENOVA|
|07/01/2015||CATAPULT||Teatro Duse - BOLOGNA|
|03/01/2015 to 06/01/2015||CATAPULT||Teatro Manzoni - MILANO|
|31/12/2014 to 01/01/2015||CATAPULT||Auditorium Santa Chiara - TRENTO|
|30/12/2014||CATAPULT||Teatro Cristallo - BOLZANO|
|29/12/2014||CATAPULT||Teatro Ariston - SANREMO|
|28/12/2014||CATAPULT||Teatro Apollonio - VARESE|
|27/12/2014||CATAPULT||Teatro Colosseo - TORINO|
Have you ever tried running up your living room wall?
2017-2018 Season Tour
LEO is a surprising and witty one-man piece that defies the laws of gravity.
Thanks to a ground-breaking stage concept and ingenious video projections, LEO leaves audience members wondering which way is up and which way is down and leads us on a truly fantastic adventure!
The show won three awards at its world premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011, and was invited to to Broadway. The Edinburgh Reporter described it as mind-bending, illusionistic and spellbinding and predicted: This show is destined to a great future! And so it is: LEO played to packed houses at Broadway, and critics were raving: LEO soars! (New York Post). Experience the fascination of this incomparable show and follow LEO on his extraordinary journey!
Have you ever tried running up your living room wall? LEO is a surprising and witty one-man piece that defies the laws of gravity. Thanks to a ground-breaking stage concept and ingenious video projections, LEO leaves audience members wondering which way is up and which way is down and leads us on a truly fantastic adventure!
Monsieur Ibrahim and the flowers of Koran.
2017-18 Season Tour
The French/Belgian novelist and playwright Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt exceptionally threads the boards, to perform the theatrical version of his beloved novel Monsieur Ibrahim and the flowers of Koran.
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BROKERS shows us the wild world of high finance in Yllana’s pure style. After 666 and Star Trip, Yllana enters the universe of luxury and money to show us how crazy, ridiculous and hilarious this world can be.
The protagonists of BROKERS are four businesses sharks looking for success in the era of consumerism. Luxury, fame, power, narcissism and status are their only interests. Fans of fashion brands, technology and the perfection of the human body, they discover their most hidden fears while achieving their economical success, making themselves look ridiculous and creating hilarious situations that will shake the basis of our capitalist society. An extremely good soundtrack and a gorgeous staging complete this absurd, incredibly corrupt and depraved show, that will have even the most demanding audience in stitches.
Yllana embodies creativity. Founded in 1991, the Company has grown and evolved over the years until it can today cover all facets of the wide world of entertainment. Whether it’s a new hit show playing to packed houses full of loyal fans at their Madrid theatre the Teatro Alfil; a touring company thrilling audiences with one of their classic shows at a major arts center in a cultural capital; or a one night industrial show wowing Volkswagen executives at their 50th anniversary — Yllana has it all covered.
Yllana is first and foremost an artists’ collective dedicated to the production, distribution and promotion of unique theatrical events. Its ethos is centered in mime and physical humor, that most universal form of expressing the human comedy that forms the essence and core of the theatrical experience. By dispensing with dialogue to reach the heart of Theatre, Yllana has been able to thrill and amuse audiences across the world. After 21 successful years of existence, Yllana is now a consolidated Company in the arts sector, yet unique in that it is still totally run by the Artists. It is not a Company that employs Artists to further its commercial ends, but rather a collective of Artists that employs a Company to bring their (and fellow artists’) work to many audiences worldwide. That is why Yllana still embodies creativity.
Yllana was born in 1991 as a physical comedy theatre company. Through gestures, sounds and genuine slapstick, Yllana creates its work out of the most common situations of everyday life, combining huge energy with wit and risk.
It exploits an irreverent sense of humor, ironic and interactive, producing the most spontaneous of laughs in the audience. Yllana finds in the onomatopoeic sounds and in gesture its natural form of expression, thus creating a surreal and delirious world where anything can happen.
From the first encounter of Yllana with the stage, it has produced twenty one shows: ¡Muu! (1991), Glub Glub (1994), 666 (1998), Hipo (1999), Rock & Clown (2000), Spingo (2001), Splash! (2002), Star Trip (2003), The Best Sketches of Monty Python (2004), Olimplaff (2004), The Bald Prima Donna (2005), Buuu (2006), Pagagnini (2007), Musicall (2007), Brokers (2008) , Zoo (2009), Sensormen (2010), ¡Muu! 2 (2011), The Hole (2011), Action Man (2012) and Far West (2012). These productions have been presented in 33 countries to over a million and a half spectators.
The universal understanding of Yllana’s physical humor has allowed them to travel across the world to: Portugal, France, Greece, United Kingdom, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Turkey, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, Canada, Mozambique, Brazil, Denmark, Argentina, Georgia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Colombia, Japan, China, Israel, Senegal, Andorra, Korea, United States and Norway.
Yllana’s productions took part in some of the most prestigious theatre festivals in the world, such as Festival d’Avignon, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The International Theatre Festival in Istanbul (Turkey), Juste Pour Rire Festival in Montreal (Canada), Ete de Quebec festival (Canada), Arts Festival in Singapore, Festival de Manizales (Colombia), European Theatre Festival of Grenoble (France), Mime Festival of Perigeux (France).
Moreover Yllana performed in some of the most famous venues/cities of the word: one month at La Cigalle (Paris) with 666, three months at the off broadway Minetta Lane Theatre (New York) with 666, one month at the New York Victory Theatre with PaGAGnini, one month at the Piccolo Teatro di Milano with PaGAGnini, one month at the Riverside Studios (London) with 666.