• Italy in Satka

The Days of Culture format - i.e. a complex of activities, aimed at deep and diverse intercultural communication - became an important event for Satka. On 06 of April, the third festival "Days of Italian Culture" came to a close. 

Close correlation between two countries

— One of my goals is to facilitate insight into diversity of Italian culture, not only in Moscow but in Russia’s further-flung regions. Festival events will show Italy through various perspectives to Satka citizens. Such events demonstrate that our countries have great relations in the field of culture – said Pasquale Terracciano, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Italy in Russia as openings remarks. CEO of Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Moscow, Olga Strada continued the grand opening of the festival at Magnezit Cultural Center by saying: “Such events are like bridges of knowledge: movies, photos and theatre provide the possibility to have a better understanding of our culture. We are glad that the Days of Italian Culture are held in Satka for the third time and this year the festival is large-scale. I hope that this tradition will be carried on and that next time we will create something new and exciting for Satka people to learn even more”.

Preliminary stage of the official ceremony was the opening of the “Latitude/Longitude” sculptural composition by maitre Diego Esposito in Zuratkul National Park and presentation of same-name catalogue concerning his creation. When the Italian delegation experienced the nature of The Southern Urals, they had an insight into industrial centres of the region and the city, they visited principal industrial site of Magnesite Group and “Magnesite” museum. 

The first day of the festival came to an end with the opening of "Testimonianze prezione", the exhibition of the selected photographs by Elizabetta Catalano, a famous portrait painter.

— For the first time this exhibition was held in Moscow in 2017 on biennale “Fashion and style in photography”, which our museum has put on a show for the past few years, - told Diana Gurova, exhibition curator, Multimedia Art Museum “Moscow House of Photography” representative. - This is a project where Catalano captured many famous actors, stage directors and artists in photographs. Here we can see both fashion and style; she represented us women, who have been known to be standards of beauty, femininity and charm. We will see short photo reportages on the set where the most famous and favourite Russian stage directors used to work.

Deep traditions 

Stage plays of the world's oldest puppet theatre - Milan Puppet Theatre Carlo Colla and Sons («Compagnia Marionettistica Carlo Colla e Figli») was sort of keynote of the Days of culture in Satka in the Year of Theatre in Russia.

“We held performances all over the world and now we are so glad to perform in Satka. We love your city. The most exciting for us were the people – it is they who attract our attention everywhere as well as the opportunity to show our art. It is a sort of exchange: we do our best and see if we could make people happy, - noted Dario Albini, representative of Governing Body of group “Carlo Colla and Sons” on the day of the premiere in Satka.

At Magnezit Cultural Center the theatre showed its best plays — “Turandot” and “Sleeping Beauty”, and between the acts the actors showed the way to the backstage of the theatre actors, they told about Italian performing arts, more than 250-year-long history of Colla theatre and unveiled details of family crafts.

— Initially the puppet theatre was shaped as a theatre for adults. Group of “Carlo Colla and Sons” produced operas, ballets, dramas, comedies and tragedies. This group was the first to show historical plays (for example, Independence Rebellion in Italy, Napoleonic wars), by taking on the role of newspapers. Our theatre has had fairy tales on the repertoire since the early XX century, - said Pierrot Corbella, manager and theatre actor during master class for students of Rozum Children Art School No. 1. — The theatre added the play “Sleeping Beauty” to its repertoire in 2001. Our group manager Eugenio Monti Colla wrote a script of Charles Perrault's fairy tale for string puppets. Our play is much closer to Perrault's fairy tale. Eugenio added some pieces from “The Sleeping Beauty” ballet, set to the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and developed the famous fairy tale”.

Designed back in the XIX century and hand-picked theatrical scenery and puppets produced the impression of depth and realism of onstage actions. Records of the best performers as supporting music, attention to every string puppet's character, acting skills and actors' sincere passion held both adults and children in thrall. During 4 performances, actors of the Colla theatre presented an impression of unique colourful show that united centuries, countries and cultures. 

Large footprint on the sands of time 

Maitre Luchino Visconti showed Italy of Risorgimento era in his film epic “Leopard”. This film was screened in Magnezit Cultural Center during closing days of the festival.

Upon the completion of the Days of Culture Satka citizens will able to get deeper understanding of the Italian cultural heritage by visiting the Satka Central Library, where they can see books and catalogues, which the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Moscow presented at the official ceremony on April, 03. The Library enlarged its book collection concerning culture of this country with new books of classic and modern prose, guides and linguistic dictionaries, albums of Italian art and architecture.

Italian multifaceted culture, displayed in the festival program, once again left a long-lasting impression for citizens and visitors of Satka District. Year after year due to such events, citizens of the small industrial town get a deeper insight into global culture, by enriching new traditions and world-wide testimonies.

Photo by Vasily Maximov. Video by Denis Shakirov.