Man at the Crossroads
Avaloch Farm Residency
Tony joins Jeremy Rhizor and the Academy of Sacred Drama in New York for the American premiere of Antonio Gianettini’s L’huomo in bivio (Man at the Crossroad). A man must decide whether to follow his guardian angel (Tony) or a demon (Tony).
November 21, 23 and 24.
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Gospel Without Words in Taizé
At the end of August, Tony joined the Academy of Sacred Drama at the idyllic Avaloch Farm Music Institute for a weeklong residency. With Academy Artistic Director Jeremy Rhizor and a dozen baroque musicians and singers, Tony led twice-daily movement workshops and began rehearsing with the singers to embellish their performances with movement and gesture for upcoming oratorios in New York.
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In France this summer at the ecumenical monastic community of Taizé, Tony led a cross-cultural, diverse group of people in a vigorous physical workshop designed to help them enter physically into well-known Gospel stories and themes. The physicality leads participants to experience more profoundly the emotions of the characters and to develop a contemporary human understanding of the story’s themes and lessons.
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A Nighttime Party
Tony conducted a classical mime masterclass with the 65-member MACH Orchestra during the Festival Musica sull’Acqua on Lake Como this summer. MACH (Music Art Creativity Hub), funded by the Hilti Foundation, brings internationally renowned musicians together with young musicians at the beginnings of their careers for a week of intense rehearsal and training leading up to a major concert. Click for photos. Click for video. Click to read more.
“What Tony does with the group physically and in silence is totally orchestral.”
- Giorgio Senese, Director, Experimental School of Music "Roberto Goitre", Colico, Lake Como
Tony performed with Irene Valentini, Francesco Senese and the musicians of the Festival Musica sull’Acqua to Reynaldo Hahn’s Festivities for a Nighttime Party (“Divertissement pour une fete de nuit”). In eight minutes they presented the entire lives, loves and struggles of two soulmates. Click for photos.
“Dizzy” in Milan
“ …a profoundly moving, artistically delicate rendering of a brutal story…”
- Miriam Giovanna, Founder and Director, Terre di Mezzo Publishing House, Milan
Tony choreographed and directed a silent theatre production of Joy’s Story, a true story of violence, abduction, courage, and hope at the Festival Musica sull’Acqua. Saved from infanticide by loving parents, Joy Ehikioya, a young Nigerian woman with albinism, was tormented throughout her childhood. As a young woman, she was kidnapped and endured a harrowing time in captivity. Joy joined the production, reading from her diary and singing one of her original songs. Original score by Felix Mendosa. Orchestra Giovanile del Festival prepared by Artistic Director Francesco Senese and conducted by Diego Matheuz. Joy’s text curated by Guido Babieri. Photos by Camilla Mastaglio.
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Harrowing Story of Joy
Tony, with mime actress Cecilia Morato and violinist Francesco Senese, performed Dizziness at the Galleria Annunciata in Milan, Italy for the opening of Tempo e Suspensione / Time and Suspension. Based on an idea by exhibit artist/producer Francesca Giraudi, Dizziness tells the story of two art thieves who have amassed in their lair all the works in the exhibition. With Franceso’s music filling the room, Tony and Cecilia enter holding two of the works which they hang on the walls to complete the show. With their bodies, they communicate the vibrancy and emotion of the works, leading them to realize that they have always been in love with each other. Click for photos.
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.