Tribute to La MaMa
An evening dedicated to Ellen Stewart,
La MaMa of Avant-garde that passed away on 13 January 2011
A tribute in memory of Ellen Stewart founder and artistic director of the legendary Cafè La MaMa in New York, considered one of the temples of international avant-garde theater. In the course of fifty years of work, with her passion and creativity, she influenced artists all over the world. Tireless traveler, she was very close to the Festival, where she had presented her performances on several occasions, and it was Spoleto, she had chosen as her residence of choice and where in 1990 she founded the Artistic Residence of La MaMa Umbria International, still active today as a Study Centre and residency in the field of the arts of theater.
There will be various guests from the Italian and foreign entertainment world and representatives of the institutions, to pay tribute and commemorate her extraordinary life inside the theater.
The event will be curated by Mia Yoo, the current artistic director of La MaMa Theatre in New York, and Andrea Paciotto, director and coordinator of the La MaMa Center in Italy.
Unedited video documents will be screened, extracted from both the Archives of La MaMa Theatre in New York and the Historical Archives of the Festival of 2 Worlds, along with the documentary La MaMa of Avant-garde by Moreno Cerquetelli and Paolo Liberati.
Many artists of La MaMa, including members of the historic Great Jones Repertory Company, will meet in Spoleto to offer artistic displays of music, dance and drama in her honor. Some of the artists from the Spoleto Fringe and the Associations that work for its organization will also perform: La MaMa Umbria International, Offucina Eclectic Arts, Anna Mahler International Association and other Associations of the town of Spoleto, which in 2003 had acknowledged her an honorary citizenship.
On this occasion, there will also be a reissuing of a new, updated edition with new photographs and contributions of the book "La MaMa of Avant-garde. Ellen Stewart′s theater and her relations with Italy", curated by Moreno Cerquetelli and printed by the publishing house Editoria e Spettacolo.
The following persons have been invited to speak (awaiting to be confirmed):
Giorgio Ferrara, Daniele Benedetti, Vincenzo Cerami, Fabrizio Bracco, Maurizio Scaparro, Mario Martone, Moreno Cerquetelli, Dario D´Ambrosi, Richard Schekner, Philip Glass, Diane Lane, Andrei Serban, Israel Horovitz, Frank Carucci, David Diamond, Johnathan Hart, Federico Restrepo, Denise Greber, John Kelly, Peggy Shaw, Erik Ehn, Duk Yoo, Tobias Biancone, and others.