Monday, August 14, 2017

Dante Quiz Night a big success!

Full venue, upstairs and downstairs and everywhere at Palazzo Italia last night for the Dante Quiz night! We had vino, bruschette, lasagne and good company, plus lots of beautiful spot prizes throughout the evening. Some of the questions were quite challenging, even for Italians, so well done to everyone, and congratulations to the winning team: Squadra Opito!






Well done to Chef Matteo and the staff at Palazzo Italia, and thank you to all the Dante volunteers on the night and to the talented Flavia for organising the event!

Friday, August 11, 2017

La collezione di opere d’arte rinascimentali di un’influente famiglia italiana arriva ad Auckland


Sandro Botticelli and workshop: Madonna and Child with Six Angels, circa 1500 Mixed media (tempera and oil) on board, Galleria Corsini, Florence

La vita e le opere d’arte di una dinastia fiorentina verranno esposte presso la Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki nella nuova mostra intitolata The Corsini Collection: A Window on Renaissance Florence (La Collezione Corsini: una finestra sulla Firenze rinascimentale), che aprirà sabato 2 settembre 2017.
La mostra, tratta dalla vasta collezione d’arte privata dell’illustre famiglia Corsini di Firenze, include dipinti del Rinascimento e del Barocco, tra i quali opere di Botticelli, Caravaggio, Andrea del Sarto e Pontormo.
Sarà la prima volta che queste opere d’arte saranno esposte fuori dall’Italia e che una collezione privata fiorentina verrà esibita in Aotearoa Nuova Zelanda
La Collezione Corsini è una finestra sulla passione costante per l’arte della famiglia Corsini e la sua continua devozione alla città di Firenze, che è rimasta intatta attraverso la distruzione portata dalla seconda guerra mondiale e dall’alluvione del 1966 nella città toscana. Secondo la direttrice della Auckland Art Gallery, Rhana Devenport, è un privilegio esporre una collezione cosi eccezionale in Nuova Zelanda. La stessa dice:
‘I nostri visitatori potranno vivere la storia affascinante di una famiglia straordinaria, che ha trasformato il suo amore e passione per l’arte in una vera e propria vocazione, collezionando opere d’arte che vanno dal XV al XX secolo
Questi capolavori preservati nel tempo, insieme ad affascinanti cimeli storici, sono testimoni della celebrazione delle belle arti e delle arti decorative di questo periodo, e trasformeranno la galleria in un ambiente immersivo.
Attraverso la mostra viene esplorata anche la storia di Firenze. La città, spesso chiamata la culla del Rinascimento, vide una crescita della sua indipendenza nella sfera politica, economica e religiosa. Questo sviluppo fu favorito da alcune famiglie, come i Corsini, che con i loro sforzi ne cementarono il ruolo nell’ambito della politica italiana.
La vita della famiglia a Palazzo Corsini e il suo patrocinio delle arti sono riprodotti attraverso ritratti, paesaggi, mitologia, vita di ogni giorno e temi religiosi, cosi come sculture, opere su carta, arredamento, costumi, ricami, giochi, utensili da cucina e un sontuoso arredamento da sala da pranzo per sei persone.
La mostra è stata curata dalla dott.sa Ludovica Sebregondi insieme alla curatrice principale dell’Art Gallery Mary Kisler.
Secondo Mary Kisler, che ha trascorso del tempo in Italia per studiare la collezione, la mostra è la finestra perfetta sul mondo di Firenze, sia storico che odierno.
‘La collezione Corsini offre molti spunti e storie da condividere su Firenze. Racconta di un’importante famiglia italiana, della politica, della chiesa, della guerra e del potere e naturalmente della sua arte.’
L’esibizione è organizzata dalla Galleria Corsini di Firenze, dall’Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, dall’ Art Gallery of Western Australia di Perth e da MondoMostre di Roma in collaborazione con l’Ambasciata Italiana, l’Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Sydney e la Società Dante Alighieri di Auckland.
The Corsini Collection: A Window on Renaissance Florence sarà accompagnata da un programma per i visitatori e da eventi speciali per celebrare la cultura italiana nel cuore della città di Auckland.

La mostra è un’esclusiva dell’Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki in Nuova Zelanda e si sposterà successivamente alla Art Gallery of Western Australia di Perth, dove sarà allestita dal febbraio 2018. 



Florentine painter after Francesco Rosselli: The Execution of Savonarola and Two Companions at Piazza della Signoria, 16th century oil on canvas, Galleria Corsini, Florence


From the private collection of the eminent Corsini family in Florence, Italy, comes this fascinating exhibition featuring Renaissance and Baroque paintings.
For the first time in New Zealand we will see masterpieces by artists such as Sandro Botticelli, Andrea del Sarto, Caravaggio and Jacopo da Pontormo. The exhibition provides a window on the family’s continuing passion for collecting art, their support of artists, and their ongoing loyalty to the city of Florence, which has prevailed through the devastation of WWll and the inescapable forces of nature during the flood in Florence in 1966.
Auckland Art Gallery Director Rhana Devenport says it is a privilege to exhibit this exceptional collection in New Zealand.
‘Our audiences will have the opportunity to experience the fascinating history of an extraordinary family, who turned their love and passion for art into a true vocation, gathering artworks that spans from the fteenth to the twentieth centuries,’ she says.
Preserved over time, these masterpieces, as well as fascinating historical objects, will demonstrate the period’s celebration of the ne and decorative arts in an immersive Gallery experience.
The story of Florence will also be explored throughout the exhibition. Often called the cradle of the Renaissance, Florence saw a growth of independence in its political, economic and religious spheres. These developments arose from families, such as the Corsini, who strove to in uence the way their city held its place within broader Italian politics.
Portraits, landscape, mythological, daily life and religious paintings, as well as sculpture, works on paper, furniture, costumes, embroidery, games, kitchen equipment and a lavish dining room set for six, will portray the life of this family at the Corsini Palazzo and their patronage of the arts.
The exhibition has been curated by Dr Ludovica Sebregondi with Auckland Art Gallery’s Mary Kisler, Senior Curator, Mackelvie Collection, International Art.
Mary Kisler, who spent time in Italy researching the collection, says the exhibition is a perfect window on the world of Florence, both historically and today.
‘The Corsini Collection has many insights and stories to share about Florence. It tells of a great Italian family, of politics, of the church, of war and wealth and of course it tells the story of their art.’
This exhibition is organised by the Galleria Corsini, Florence; Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth and MondoMostre, Rome, with the support of the Italian Embassy, the Italian Cultural Institute, Sydney and Dante Alighieri, Auckland.
The Corsini Collection: A Window on Renaissance Florence will be accompanied by a visitor programme and special events that will celebrate Italian culture in the heart of Auckland city.
Exhibition organised by the Galleria Corsini, Florence, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Art Gallery of Western Australia and MondoMostre, Rome.
Admission:
Adult: $19, Concession: $15
Members and Children 12 and under FREE


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Intervista a Paolo Rotondo, Artistic Director del Cinema Italiano Festival!




Ciao Paolo,
The Cinema Italiano Festival is about to hit Auckland and we are all very excited about it.
This is the second edition organized by you and your wife Renee Mark, and I want to thank you, on behalf of the Italian Community and Kiwis who love and support Italian culture, for making it possible.
Grazie a voi, e un piacere. It’s a pleasure, after all it’s rare not to enjoy cinema.


1) When did you decide to take on the challenge of organising this festival?
I had dreamed of being involved in an Italian Festival of film for over fifteen years. When attending Film Festivals overseas as a filmmaker over the years I became very interested in the value of Festivals themselves. Having been involved with the old NZ Italian Film Festival run by Tony Lambert, when it ceased to exist after 2014, I immediately knew I had to do something. As an Italo-Kiwi living in NZ, Italian Cinema had always been a way for me to keep connected to some of the ideas and the cultural climate of Italy from afar.  It feels to me like it was meant to be and with my wife Renee (the brains behind the enterprise) it became a reality.


2) Tell us something about the movies you have selected this year. There seems to be a very broad variety of choices: from new releases to classics, from fiction to documentaries…
Italian culture cannot easily be quantified or explained in a single film or with a particular style. Italy is such a diverse country, that I felt like the Festival needs to reflect this. This year I was particularly moved by the powerful expression of traditions and history in a contemporary context. For me this mix of modernity and ancientness can be seen as something unique and precious in Italian culture. I am also very passionate to bring New Zealand audiences a broad and surprising look at Italian culture. Through documentaries, thematic choices, classics, dramas and comedies I can expose kiwis to the dynamic nature of Italy. You couldn’t get more different films from say Quo Vado / Where am I going? to  Fuocoamare / Fire at Sea, yet both in hilarious and eloquent ways express the complexity of Italy in superb and totally different cinematic ways.

3) Where do you see the Festival in five years from now?
I look forward to The Cinema Italiano Festival being established as an essential event on the New Zealand cultural calendar. I see The Cinema Italiano Festival as a window into many aspects of Italian culture and business. I want Italians in New Zealand to feel an enormous sense of pride and along with kiwis feel that they simply must be part of it. The world and business of Cinema is changing rapidly and we want to be at the crest of those changes. In five years we will have a ‘famiglia’ of loyal businesses and patrons that will feel they simply have to be part of our celebration.

4) tell us where the opening night will be? We are curious to know a little bit more about it.
We are rapidly becoming famous for our opening nights, its.  We will have our opening night at one of Auckland’s most charming boutique Cinemas The Bridgeway Theatre on August 31. Vino by Carpinetto, Banfi and Zabu, birra by Peroni and aqua by San Pellegrino. Esteemed Chef Antonio Crisci of Poderi Crisci will be creating some sensational stuzzichini. We will kick the Auckland Cinema Italiano Festival 2017 with a classic, the beautifully restored Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, quite possibly the greatest ever romantic comedy.

Cinema Italiano, the Italian Film Festival in New Zealand, will run in Auckland for two weeks,
from 1 September to 14 October at:
The Bridgeway 122 Queen Street, Northcote, Auckland   Tel.: 09 481 0040  www.bridgeway.co.nz
Click here for the full programme

ENQUIRIES +64 27 2244541 renee@cinemaitaliano.co.nz


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Win Italy with the Dante Raffle!



This year's Dante School Raffle has some amazing prizes!
To be in to win just buy at raffle ticket from the Dante Alighieri Society, tickets are on sale now at the Dante School, or through our volunteers, and all day util 3pm on 1 October (the Festival Italiano Day) in Newmarket.


First Prize

2 x Lufthansa Premium Economy Class return tickets from any airport in New Zealand to any Lufthansa destination in Europe!




Imagine yourself and your partner or best friend flying all the way to Europe in Premium Economy
Class with Lufthansa!
Yes, this year's winner will take home 2 x Lufthansa Premium Economy Class return tickets from any airport in New Zealand to any Lufthansa destination in Europe! (Of course we strongly recommend Italy as you final destination, but the choice will be yours!)
Prize pack worth approx. $10,000.
Click on the terms and conditions to find out more.

2nd Prize An Italian dinner for four at Palazzo Italia Restaurant in Newmarket, valued at $300
(alcohol not included)








3rd Prize
Learn to make fresh pasta like they do it in Bologna!
A pasta class for two at Pasta & Cuore in Mt Eden, valued at $220







4th Prize
A beautiful Italian necklace from Simply Italian Jewellery
valued at $190











5th Prize
A delicious hamper of Italian products from Sabato in Mt Eden, valued at $150.
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Tickets: $5 for 1 or a pack of 5 tickets for $20. Draw will be held publicly at 3:30pm on stage at the Festival Italiano, Sunday 1 October 2017, in the presence of a Police Officer. Winners, if not present, will be notified by phone. Results will be published on this website.  Thank you to our generous sponsors the entire raffle taking will go towards the Dante Italian School for Children. Lottery Licence number: LT80005475. For more info contact info@dante.org.nz

Monday, July 10, 2017

Intervista alla scrittrice Viola Di Grado

Some of you may have met young Italian writer Viola Di Grado at the Auckland Writers Festival last month, but if you missed her here is an exclusive interview with Matteo Telara for the Dante Blog.

Happy reading.

       

Pluripremiata autrice, non solo in Italia (con il suo primo romanzo Settanta acrilico trenta lana è stata la più giovane vincitrice del Premio Campiello Opera Prima e la più giovane finalista del Premio Strega) ma anche all’estero (ricordiamo, tra i vari riconoscimenti, il primo posto raggiunto dal suo secondo romanzo Cuore Cavo, nella lista Goodreads del Man Booker International Prize) e accreditata orientalista (si è laureata in lingue orientali all'Università di Torino e si è specializzata in filosofie dell'Asia Orientale alla University of London), Viola Di Grado è universalmente considerata una delle scrittrici più rappresentative degli ultimi decenni, un'autrice nella quale tematiche complesse (in particolare l'incomunicabilità, l'alienazione e l'illusorietà dell'io) e ricerca linguistica (che si avvale spesso di "sottili smottamenti anaforici" e di una varietà di linguaggi simbolici quali ad esempio quello degli ideogrammi) convergono nella realizzazione di opere d'indiscussa originalità.


1) Settanta acrilico trenta lana, pubblicato quando avevi 23 anni, ha vinto il Premio Campiello Opera Prima per “l’invenzione linguistica spinta fino alla visionarietà” e ha fatto di te e la più giovane finalista del Premio Strega. Com’è nato questo romanzo? E che intenzioni avevi (se ne avevi) quando l’hai scritto?

Volevo inventare qualcosa che non c’era. Utilizzare una lingua (il cinese) come personaggio di una storia. Stabilire nuove coordinate di tempo, un tempo irregolare che segue i moti della mente, che s’inceppa con il dolore e si riattiva con la vitalità. Volevo raccontare in forma narrativa una storia che

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Photos from the Dante Play 2017: Ultimo Posto Disponibile



Thank you all for coming the the Dante Play Ultimo Posto Disponibile
Bravissimi Director Matteo Telara and all the actors, Warren Shepard, Diana Mead, Romi Patel, Dorothea Lewis and Prudence Moyle. 






Monday, June 26, 2017

Our July newsletter is out now full of news and events. Don't miss the amazing play ULTIMO POSTO DISPONIBILE this Saturday

For a full read and more info, follow the link:
July Newsletter


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Props list update!




Le prove per la recita di quest'anno stanno andando avanti!
La tensione per l'attesa sta crescendo.
Nel frattempo, siamo ancora alla ricerca di:

-       4 sedie da salotto o 4 poltrone o/e 1 divano         
         (4 lounge chairs or 4 easy chairs or/and 1 sofa)

-       1 mobiletto                   
(1 small cupboard)

-       1 attaccapanni a stelo     
(1 hatstand)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Props List!

 DANTE’S PLAY
PROPS LIST




                                                              
Ciao a tutti,
Here is a list of props we might need for our play this year. The play is “on” the 1st of July, at 5pm at the Dante’s Auditorium. If you have any of these items and want to contribute to the success of the play, please contact Matteo by email: matteotelara@gmail.com
It will be much appreciated!

-       1 tappeto grande            
(1 large rug)

-       4 sedie da salotto o 4 poltrone o/e 1 divano         
         (4 lounge chairs or 4 easy chairs or/and 1 sofa)

-       2 tavolinetti                  
(2 tea tables)

-       1 mobiletto                   
(1 small cupboard)

-       1 attaccapanni a stelo     
(1 hatstand)

-       1 specchio

         (1 standing mirror)