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Centennial

Due to the huge amount of initiatives for John Cage's birth centennial (1912-2012) celebrations, you can find in this page a list of homages to John Cage that took place in Italy. In spite of its lack of completeness, I hope to slowly make this area comprehensive, so this section must be regarded as a continuously evolving one.

Everyday John Cage: January 1 - December 31 2012.
A project of Andrea Felli, Roberto Paci Dalò, Leonardo Sonnoli.
Official site
Ripensando Cage: Rome, February 10 2012.
One time edition from an idea of Valentina Valentini. It's an open call for all the choreographers in Italy, with no age limit. Only new productions are admitted, based on the concepts and key words of Cage's poetry.
Official site
centoCage: Bologna, February 29 - December 15 2012.
centoCage is the series of initiatives promoted by associations, festivals (Angelica) and cultural administrations that the city of Bologna dedicates to composer and musician John Cage on the occasion of his 100th birth anniversary.
Angelica's official program
Program festival CentoCage (PDF file)
John Cage turns 100: Spazio Sirin, Milan, March 18 2012.
Program: projection of the Looking for Cage (2007) video by Roberto Masotti, photographs about Betty Freeman (1921-2009), photographer and music pal, random performances by Gabriele Bonomo and Roberto Masotti, Imaginary Landscape n. 4 performed by Coro dell'Acqua Potabile conducted by Mario Gioventù, plus the Freeman Etudes performed by Marco Fusi, violin: for John Cage's centennial (1912 – 1992). Event curated by Musicadinsieme and Oreste Bossini.
Official site
Four. A night with John Cage: Stazione Leopolda, Florence, May 13 2012.
ContempoArtEnsemble, Fabbrica Europa, L'Homme Armé, Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Tempo Reale present an evening in four parts for John Cage:
I, CAGE & DUCHAMP: Antoine Alerini.
II, CAGE & VOICES: Monica Benvenuti, L'Homme Armé, Tempo Reale Electroacoustic Ensemble, Fabio Lombardo, Francesco Casciaro.
III, CAGE & NAM JUNE PAIK: ContempoArtEnsemble, Mauro Ceccanti, Marco Maria Gazzano.
IV, CAGE & NUMBERS: Jonathan Faralli, Francesco Giomi.
Official site
John Cage : 1912-1992-2012: Auditorium C. Pollini, Padova, May 25, June 8-9 2012.
Curated by Centro d'Arte degli Studenti dell'Università (Veniero Rizzardi). Performers: Aldo Orvieto, Ciro Longobardi, Giovanni Mancuso, Debora Petrina, Alvise Vidolin, Amalia De Goetzen, Agostino Di Scipio, I Pollini Radioplayers, Annamaria Maggese, Simone Beneventi, Mauro Beggio, ensemble Fiori D'icarus. Special guest: Sylvano Bussotti.
Official site
Full program with essays (in Italian)
4'33'': Lezione sui funghi: Vorno (Lucca), June - December 2012.
Concerts, performances, musical theater, dance, visual arts and lectures curated by Antonio Caggiano and Associazione Culturale Dello Scompiglio. Guests/performers: Anna Clementi, Lucia Bova, Ars Ludi, percussionisti della PMCE, Gianni Trovalusci, Stefano Giannotti, Daniele Poletti, Alessandro Certini, Michela Becchis, Lorna Windsor, Giancarlo Simonacci, Oscar Pizzo, Contempoartensemble, Enrica Maria Modugno, Lauren Weiss, Davi Levi, Charlotte Zerbey, Steve Noble, David Moss, Damir Ocko.
Official site
In the Game of Land: Auditorium, Parco della Musica, Roma, June 14 2012.
Program of the first part: Gamelan Concert I (traditional music for Gamelan), John Cage - A Book of Music, Serimpi Sekar Palagan Dance. Program of the second part: Gamelan Concert II, Ramayana Ballet. Performers: PMCE (Parco della Musica Contemporanea Ensemble), Lucio Perotti (piano), Francesco Carlo Leone (piano), Gamelan Traditional Orchestra - Indonesia, Saraswati Peforming Arts Indonesia Institute of the Arts Yogyakarta.
Official site
Dal segno al suono. Dal suono al segno: MUSMA, Museo della Scultura Contemporanea (Matera), July 11 - September 5 2012.
From July 11th to September 5th 2012, MUSMA musical festival, Dal segno al suono. Dal suono al segno (From sign to sound. From sound to sign), dedicates a rich program to American composer John Cage (Los Angeles, 1912 - New York, 1992) on the occasion of his 100th birth anniversary. From didactic activities for children, to yoga for adults, the concerts offered by the festival are connected to the two contemporary exhibitions John Cage e l'Italia and 4CAGEwalls.
Official site
Cage Party: Conservatorio Nino Rota, Monopoli, July 12 and 13 2012.
Euterpe musica association, together with Conservatorio Nino Rota, organized two tribute concerts to celebrate Jonh Cage. July 12: Concert for Piano and Orchestra. July 13: Musicircus. Artistic director: Gianni Lenoci.
Program
On the occasion of John Cage's centennial
On the occasion of John Cage's centennial: Associazione Culturale Salviana, Lecco, July 15 2012.
On the occasion of John Cage's centennial, Unicum. Antonio De Marchi Gherini and Franco Ballabeni, piano - music by Erik Satie, John Cage, Philip Glass, Franco Ballabeni, Gyorgy Ligeti.
Soundres 2012
Sound Res 2012: Happy Birthday John Cage!: Salento, August 9, 20, 27 2012.
Curated by David Cossin, Luigi Negro and Alessandra Pomarico. Happenings, concerts and residence. Guests/performers: i Cantori dei Menamenamo', Massimo Carrieri, Roberto Chiga, Vicky Chow, Valerio Daniele, Vito de Lorenzi, Bohdan Hilash, Silvie Jensen, Giuliano Lombardo, Roberto Masotti, Modular Ensemble/I percussionisti del conservatorio di Cagliari, Luigi Morleo e Kroupalon Trio, Mauro Pagani, Enza Pagliara, Gyan Riley, Admir Shkurtaj, Wendy Sutter, Talujon Percussion Quartet, Luca Tarantino.
Happy Birthday: Cento candeline per John Cage: Triennale di Milano, September 5 2012.
On John Cage's birthday, Inkyung Hwang, sculptress, videoartist, performer and author of Il lungo treno di John Cage (O Barra O Edizioni) and Elio Marchesini, musician and performer, present a rich program featuring video installations e video projections, music and performances of Cage's most famous works. Guests: Michele Porzio, Christian Schmitz, Lorena Portalupi, Alessandra Novaga, Sandro Mussida, Stefano Cardo, Olivia Salvadori, Giorgio Sancristoforo, Elena Russo Arman.
Official site
Sonus de Atongiu: Imaginary Landscapes (Homage to John Cage): Cagliari, August 30, 31, September 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 2012.
The Incontri Musicali association in collaboration with Soundres, Associazione Spaziomusica, Associazione Spaziomusica Ensemble, Molentargius Saline - Parco naturale regionale e Associazione Modular presents Sonus de Atongiu: Imaginary Landscapes, homage to John Cage for his 100th birthday. Guests: Talujon Percussion Group, Silvia Corda, Andrea Desogus, Carlo Pusceddu, Alessandra Giuralongo, Deborah Walker, Michele Sanna, Francesco Ciminiello, Elettroflebo, Carlo Boccadoro, Modular Quartet.
Official site
Program (file PDF)
Musicircus: Ex-Macello Comunale, Putignano, September 8 2012.
Gianni Lenoci presents his Musicircus for John Cage. I MAKE presents the multimedia happening conceived by the great American composer in the 60's and curated by the well-known artist from Puglia. In the afternoon, Lenoci will host an introducing workshop. The event is curated by Gianni Lenoci and Augusta Dall'Arche with the support of I MAKE.
Official site
Cage @ Palladium
Roma Europa Festival: Per John Cage: Palladium, Rome, October 3 - 7 2012.
The main feature of Romaeuropa Festival 2012 is the celebration of the triple anniversary of John Cage: 100 years from his birth, 20 from his death, 60 from his most famous compistion, 4'33''. The personality of the American composer who had influenced music the most stimulates new works, such as the prepared dance of Portuguese choreographer Rui Horta, the performance of two historical pieces of his in two concerts at Palladium, featuring the Contempoart and Per John Cage ensembles, a series of movies, videos and footage of performances –curated by Marco Maria Gazzano- where the collaboration between Cage and Nam June Paik and Fluxus emerges.
MusiCage: MART – Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, October 5 - December 7 2012.
MusiCage is conceived and curated by Francesca Aste. Guests/performers: Gino Di Maggio, Roberto Masotti, Alfonso Alberti, Enrico Malatesta, Luciano Maggiore, Augusto Shantena Sabbadini, Leonardo Zunica, Brake Drum Percussion.
Official site
Boletus: Associazione InCanto, Teatro Secci, Terni, October 10 - 12 2012.
One act intermezzo for John Cage's centennial, by Carlo Boccadoro. The play, which will be staged for the first time, is based on a libretto that Giuseppe Di Leva created around John Cage's famous participation at the Italian quiz show Lascia o raddoppia?, hosted by Mike Bongiorno.
Starring: Luigi Petroni, actor, as John Cage; Ensemble Roma Sinfonietta, Fabio Maestri, conductor; Cesare Scarton, director; Graziano Albertella, stage director and light designer; lyric company SCALT - Turin.
Official site
Assocazione InCanto program
UnCage IT - Omaggio a John Cage: Auditorium San Romano, Lucca, October 19, 2012.
[dia•foria, Associazione Culturale Laboratorio Brunier, Cluster Lucca-Compositori Europei together with Cramps Records present a tribute to John Cage featuring concerts, performances and panels. Guests: Antonio Agostini, Cage Ensemble, Carlo Battisti, Coro Puntaccapo, Renzo Cresti, Marco Fagioli, Stefano Giannotti, Giorgio Lazzarini, Marco Lenzi, Daniele Lombardi, Claudia Marchetti, Guido Masini, Ana Spasic, Beatrice Venezi e VipCancro.
Official site
John Cage's Imaginary Landscapes: Associazione Culturale Ischia Musica, Ischia, October 14 - 21 2012.
Paolo Zavagna presents John Cage's Imaginary Landscapes during 5 lessons. The Associazone Culturale Ischia Musica also presents SON Ensemble's concert for Cage, Friday, October 19. Program: Radio music (1956), Variations I (1958), Variations II (1961), Variations III (1962-63), Variations IV (1963), Branches (1976), Five (1988).
Official site
Program upon John Cage's Imaginary Landscapes
A colazione da Cage (radian) (Breakfast at Cage's): L'Officina Ristorante Culturale, Perugia, October 25, 2012.
An event-performance for the 20 years from the death of John Cage with Edoardo Chiabolotti, Samuele Chiovoloni, Silvia Natalini, Riccardo Toccacielo; direction by Roberto Biselli; collection radian cage by Riccardo Toccacielo. Teatro di Sacco brings on stage the suggestions of John Cage's mind.
...A unique project, that stems from a dream of John Cage... a dream sketched in his mind that we gladly talked about during a breakfast long time ago, when he was guest of the 'Quaderni di Musica Contemporanea' in Perugia, June 1992...
Official site
Festival Arsenale: Nuova Musica a Treviso: Treviso, November 4 - 30, 2012.
For John Cage's centennial, l'Arsenale laboratory organizes panels, concerts and lectures on the music of the American composer, blending them with interdisciplinary seminaries on cinema and architecture. Guests/performers: Peter Ablinger, Stefania Amisano, Simone Beneventi, Nicola Buso, Claudio Cristani, Anna D'Errico, Francesco Dillon, Roberto Durante, Marco Fusi, Luca Ieracitano, Giorgio Klauer, Marco Lenzi, Christopher McIntyre, Ilario Morciano, Filippo Perocco, Luca Piovesan, Ivan Rabaglia, Livia Rado, Lorenzo Tomio, Emanuele Torquati, Stefano Trevisi.
Official site
Salto nel suono: Rumore, Alea e Indeterminazione: Fonoteca di Nonantola, November 7 2012.
The opening event of the new season of Salto nel suono curated by Giorgio Casadei, celebrates John Cage on his 100th birth and 20th death anniversaries with the panel hosted by Stefano Giannotti and Marco Lenzi entitled Rumore, Alea e Indeterminazione.
Official site
The Cage After: Rome - Venice, November 18 - 24 2012.
Retrospective promoted by Fondazione Isabella Scelsi, Federazione Cemat, Goethe-Institut Rom, Istituto Centrale per i Beni Sonori ed Audiovisivi, Nuova Consonanza e Fondazione Giorgio Cini, with the support of variuos Italian and international institutions. A week of concerts, projections, exhibitions, panels spanning between Rome and Venice in order to comprehend the eclectic American composer.
Official site
Official program as PDF file
The Silent Cage: Teatro Greco, Rome, November 18 - December 23 2012.
Five evenings at Teatro Greco with a dance show dedicated to John Cage. Conceived, directed and choreographed by: Dino Verga. Additional choreography: Luca Della Corte, Luca Russo. Music by John Cage and Ryoji Ikeda. Performers: Veronica Cionni, Luca Della Corte, Luca Russo, Dino Verga.
Official site
Memorial Cage: Bari, November 22 - 23 2012.
The XXVII edition of Time Zones on the occasion of John Cage's centennial and twenty years after his death celebrates his 'witty craziness'. November 22 and 23 there will be two days inspired by him: a series of Cageperformances scattered throughout the city in unusual loccations for live music. Closing event: a giant Cage session at Teatro Forma, conducted by ex This-IT drummer Charles Hayward featuring : Alessandra Celletti (piano), James Brooks (guitar), Stefanie Sixt (VJ) con il Markus Mehr (guitar), Populous DJ e Massimo Carrieri (piano).
Official site
Official program as PDF file
Cartridge music: Circolo Arci 'Via d'Acqua', Pavia, December 20 2012.
John Cage's piece will be performed first by the children (6pm) attending the creative music course, followed by an 'adult' performance (8pm) by skilled musicians. These guest musicians, belonging to diverse musical styles, will play the scores drawn, according to Cage's instructions, by the children. Curated by Antonio Mainenti.
Official site