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Dancing Sicilians, Dancing Satyrs

Dancing Sicilians, Dancing Satyrs

The ballroom scene in Luchino Visconti’s 1963 film version of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s novel Il Gattopardo (The Leopard) is a very grand piece of cinema. It is extravagantly costumed in yards and yards of silk and satin and velvet with a sparkling splash of jewels. Nino Rota’s waltzes whirl around the ballroom showing off […]

FAVARA: Bringing it back to Life

FAVARA:  Bringing it back to Life

Favara, near Agrigento, up until recently was only ever known for its drastic unemployment, urban architectural eysores and mass emigration and it was certainly never included in any tourist itinerary to Sicily.   That was until Florinda Saieva and Andrea Bartoli, two local professionals, decided to put it permanently on the map. Both lovers of contemporary […]

Cavalleria Rusticana

Cavalleria Rusticana

TVs were in black & white, 2 channels: RAI1 and RAI2. At times, they would show part of an the Opera on TV, La Traviata, La Tosca, il Barbiere di Siviglia to name a few, but what appeared more “homely” would be la Cavalleria Rusticana. I still remember Opera LP records featuring Maria Callas with […]

Botero in Palermo

Botero in Palermo

It was back in 1988 when Palermo hosted the first exhibition of Fernando Botero, entitled ‘Corrida’. Now, after 27 years, the work of this famous Colombian painter is back in town again. This time the theme is ‘Via Crucis’. After visiting cities like New York, Panama, and Lisbon, the exhibition is making its only Italian […]

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