Harrowing Story of Joy
Art Gallery Performance
Tony will direct and choreograph a silent theatre production of the harrowing true story of Joy, a courageous young African woman who was saved from infanticide and, after enduring years of abuse and bullying, was kidnapped, tortured, raped and sold into sex slavery. She escaped to Sicily where she was embraced and set on a path to a new life. Joy, an aspiring writer, will join the production team.
Festival Musica sull’Acqua - July 7
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Tony will perform “Dizziness” at Milan’s Galleria Annunciata to open the exhibition Time and Suspension on June 12. He will be joined by his MuMoMusement co-founder, violinist Francesco Senese and mime actress Cecilia Morato. Produced by photographer Francesca Giraudi the exhibition includes works by her and five other artists.
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Lake Como Summer
The Prismatist, an online literary journal, has published Tony’s poem Her Name. Click here to read Her Name.
To read Tony’s short story This One Was for Neptune in The Prismatist click here.
Success in Senegal
Tony will develop three new projects at this summer’s Festival Musica sull’Acqua on the shores of Italy’s Lake Como. Working with the theme Movement - the forced or the chosen movement of people around the world - Tony will use the journal of a young migrant as the basis for this these mime productions. Watch this space for more information!
Tony’s cross-cultural mime and music project in Dakar, Senegal – Get Up! Take Care of Your Planet! – confronts the country’s ecological tragedy of overwhelming amounts of plastic refuse. Tony and a group of young artists, athletes and musicians combined classical mime with local traditions to develop an honest, hard-hitting, funny and physically demanding theatrical presentation described as a show “everyone in the country should see.” Click here for photos.
Between directing and choreographing classical mime theatre productions in Italy and in Senegal, inspiration struck while Tony basked on a beautiful beach in western Calabria. The Prismatist has published Tony’s story “This One Was for Neptune.” Click here to read now.
Mime Workshops in Senegal
Aurora’s Challenge drew a sold-out crowd and sustained applause at Festival Musica sull’Acqua. Lopresti’s mime choreography drew praise as “a stroke of genius” and “always clear and effective.” Click here to read original Italian review. Click here to read English translation.
For three weeks in August, Tony Lopresti will work with young people in Dakar, Senegal to explore combining classical mime with Senegalese movement, theatre and music traditions to delve into environmental issues facing the West African nation. Click here to learn more.
Aurora's Challenge - Premiere
Tony and his long-time Italian collaborator, violinist Franceso Senese, have recently unveiled their new brand and website. Click here to visit MuMoMusement.com.
Celebrating his tenth year as Mime Director of the Festival Musica sull’Acqua / International Music Festival on Water, Tony will choreograph and direct Aurora’s Challenge. Premiere July 7, Lake Como, Italy. Click photo to learn more.
International Music Festival on Water
Tony was recently interviewed by his web designer, Tony Howell, about his past, present, and future. Click here to watch now.
Tony returns to Italy's Lake Como for his 9th year as Mime Director of the International Music Festival on Water. Tony will perform the role of Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age in his original choreography of Gustav Holst's The Planets. He's also collaborating with his partner, violinist and Artistic Director Francesco Senese, on their duo Béla Bartók's Sonata for Solo Violin / Apocalypse Man. Click here to learn more.
Tony is featured in the promotional video for the 2017 Festival Musica sull'Acqua—or The International Musical Festival on Water. Click here to watch the video.
Gospel Without Words
Promoting his 9th year as Mime Director for Festival Musica sull'Acqua, as well as the peformance of Apocalypse Man/Béla Bartók Sonata for Solo Violin, Tony appeared on an Italian radio show. Click here to listen to the interview and/or read translation.
New York Times Interview
Tony was commissioned by the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts and Trinity Episcopal Church in Boston to work with volunteers to produce the Living Stations of the Cross for Good Friday. Click here to learn more.
Interfaith Peace Walk
Tony's work with William J. Bratton, the commissioner of the New York Police Department, was featured in the New York Times. It shows the evolution of video by the NYPD, where Tony served 22 years as Director of Video Production. Click here to watch now.
For the 15th year, Tony organized the annual Interfaith Peace Walk on the Upper West Side. In the tradition of Martin Luther King, Jr., whom we honor today, neighbors of every faith walk to various houses of worship in an expression of hope for peace.
After 22 years as Director of Video Production (developing internal/external communication and training), Tony has retired from service with the New York Police Department. At his retirement, it was said "An entire generation of the NYPD has seen themselves through your eyes."