The international festival on spirituality, Divinamente New York, comes here from Rome, Italy, April 22 to 26, 2010, for the second consecutive year. A five-night festival, it celebrates spirituality and artistic exploration through a range of events including musical and theatrical performances and round-table discussions.
This year's theme, "The Fear of God," traces the feelings of fear and trepidation as they evolve into comfort, acceptance, and peace -- will be addressed in six different theatrical, artistic, and musical productions, and will be held in several NYC venues including the Rubin Museum of Art, Symphony Space, and the Italian Cultural Institute.
Divinamente New York is an offshoot of the Festival Divinamente Roma, founded in 2008 by Italian actress, director, and cultural icon Pamela Villoresi, who has appeared in over 100 plays, 11 films and 12 television productions. She has worked with such famed Italian actors as Vittorio Gassman and Nino Manfredi, and directors as Marco Bellocchio, the Taviani brothers, Ettore Scola and Giorgio Strehler.
The Festival opens at the Italian Cultural Institute with a round table discussion on the theme led by Villoresi with readings taken from "Noah’s Arch" by Michele di Martino, Dante's Inferno and The Bacchae by Euripides. To be held on Thursday, April 22, it will be followed by "The Path of the Soul," an original concert featuring Russian duo clarinetist Anton Dressler and pianist Uri Brener performing the music of various composers in a variety of styles.
On Friday, April 23, at Symphony Space, Napolitana vocalist Teresa De Sio’s secular prayer will invoke Paradise on earth through popular music.
The Rubin Museum will host the third night of the festival, Saturday, April 24, and is a great setting for the story of the love between Galileo Galilei and his illegitimate daughter, Suor Maria Celeste, played by actress Federica Bern.
At St. Mark’s Church, on Sunday, April 25, Vanessa Gravina will perform the courage of Francesca, the Saint of Immigrants live on stage.
On Monday, April 26 at the Italian Cultural Institute, the closing event will feature the captivating voice of Evelina Meghnagi as she relives the exodus of the Sephardic Jews through Africa and Europe to the Roman community.
Divinamente New York is sponsored by MIBAC, ARCUS, The Italian Cultural Institute of New York, and ARMUSER Association.
For more info about the Divinamente New York Festival, visit: www.divinamente.info
Divinamente New York
April 22nd-April 26th, 2010
The Italian Cultural Institute
Attachè for Cultural Affairs
Tel. 212 879 4242 ext.333