Wednesday, 30 September 2015

The Não_Corpo and Mia Farr in a rather different perspective ...

Having seen some of the sketches made during the performance of the Não_Corpo (Non_Body) and photos taken throughout the performing act I must highlight the fact that the artists managed to get through to the soul of the actor and "capture" her in a way I didn't believe it to be possible.
The sullen look ... the sensuality of the movement as she danced ... the strength behind the frailty ... the powerless expectancy ... the silent scream ... the inner pain ... the multifaceted body and facial expressions she has brought onto the stage ... herself ...

I can't help but feel proud ... to have a daughter whose commitment to the performing Arts has brought out the best in her ...  and made the stage a living experience that inevitably not only touches the hundreds of Theatre lovers but is a silent honour to what Theatre should be ...


Tuesday, 29 September 2015

My 3 day Italy trip - Milano, the Cathedral's interior - The 20th of September 2015


Despite having had quite a few problems at the entrance because of a small glass flask of perfume which I had to dispose of and the incessant up and down the stairs forced walking so as to throw away the inacceptable items and have the back pack checked again and again, the moment I walked into the Cathedral's interior all the nuisances were forgotten.

Having been built over several hundred years in a number of different and sometimes contrasting styles has given it, in my opinion, a rather remarkable touch. In the words of Henry James "If it had no other distinction, it would still have that of an impressive immesurable achievement ... a supreme embodiement of vigorous effort."

The photos I have taken may or may not speak for themselves but I did enjoy the visit and was unfortunate not to have visited both the roof and the Cathedral's Museum, which I had bought tickets for, because of lack of time.


My 3 day Italy trip - Milano, Piazza of the Cathedral, the Cathedral's façade - The 20th of September 2015


We reached Milan Central Station by early afternoon and because we had two hours to spare before heading to Malpensa Airport we tried to leave our back packs at the baggage bureau to soon realise the queue was so gigantic that it would be better to hop onto the metro and visit the Cathedral with the weight on rather than miss the opportunity to do so.

We walked directly into the Piazza bearing the same name as the Cathedral with a monumento to King Vitorio Emanuelle II, to whom the Italians are said to have given the epithet of Father of the Fatherland, once he became the first King of the Kingdom of Italy, a Gallery named after him, said to be one of the world's oldest shopping malls  housed within a four-storey double arcade,  the Palazzo Carminati and the Cathedral, which was magnificent to look at and clearly the most attractive of them all.

We feared not being allowed in because of our back packs but once we were told it would be possible and they were looked through at the check-in point by  the Carabineri we walked to the Royal Palace of Milan, just across the road from the Catedral's entrance to buy the entry tickets, not before having taken a few photographs of its main façade, which was very impressive.

Dedicated to St. Mary of the Nativity, the Gothic Cathedral is said to have taken nearly six centuries to complete, being the 5th largest church in the world and the 2nd largest in Italy.

(To be continued)