Eating good, eating healthy, eating nourishing goodies, for body and soul … and to tell all this in music, poetry and a hundred of boys and girls, between musicians and singers on stage.
An exceptional event, an interactive show for children wanted and produced by the European Music Consortium N.E.M.O. geie and with the patronage and collaboration of the Department of Culture and Performances of the Liguria Region and the Conservatory Niccolò Paganini of Genoa.
Production and artistic direction of Edu.Re.
The Educational Opera “Foody Come natura vuole” was presented within the ExpoMilano2015 billboard as part of the official events of the Liguria Region in three different Italian cities: in Genoa in a double performance on the 1st of October 2015 at Teatro della Corte at 10.00 am and at 12.00 am, in Chiavari on October 2nd, 2015 at Teatro Cantero at 10.30am, and in Milan on October 19th, 2015 at Teatro Auditorium La Verdi at 11.00 am.
“Foody Come natura vuole” expresses the relationship with food through poetry, irony, music and play. The opera features 15 characters: Orange, Banana, Basil, Carrot, Onion, Fig, Lemon, Corn, Apple, Pomegranate, Walnut, Potato, Pear, Tomato, Rice, flanked by 2 human characters: the Cook and the Painter, for a total of 17 all cleverly characterized by costumes created ad hoc by the costume designer Marta Sitia as well as songs all different from each other, with their own rhythms and melodies linked to the atmosphere suggested each time by the different “characters”.
A sad cook who is disheartened by the disenchantment of his usual cuisine is led by the beautiful and imaginative painter in the world of colours and flavours through a rediscovery of food and research … of that pinch of love that makes all things special, even the best recipes made with fruits and vegetables good for health. A beautiful fable where so many healthy foods come to life and they tell themselves with irony and sweetness, where the pleasantness of the notes guide the listeners into a fantastic world, where every vegetable or fruit is represented by its particular melody.
With the texts of Roberto Piumini, the most important Italian writer for children, and the music of Andrea Basevi, Conservatory teacher and composer already known for his experience with young people two national excellences in the world of the Theatre for young people and not only, the project takes shape and form thanks to the important artistic direction and organization of Stefania Bertini. “Communicating with art and music” is one of the main ways in which Stefania Bertini chooses to develop her own work in the world of live entertainment, in favour of young people and together with them. In this sense, once again, “Foody Come natura vuole” proceeds in this direction and chooses to narrate to the young generations the importance of healthy eating in order to preserve a salutary lifestyle, demonstrating once again the efficacy of using music and poetry to introduce lightly and gracefully educational themes of fundamental importance to the growth of children.
It is a musical project for young people, which can involve a youth orchestra and at least 6 young singers.
The young audience, previously formed by the teachers of the schools involved each time, will be interpreted in turn by the Opera, as it is called to accompany the soloists in all the choruses of the sung arias.
A musical adventure that has the important goal of contributing to a delicate issue, this one of knowing how to be nourished, which is closely linked to the widespread and critical problem of food discomfort, a drama that afflicts an ever-growing number of children and young people, and that is often overlooked by the families until it is not presented in forms of extreme gravity.
AN INTERACTIVE PROJECT FOR SCHOOLS
“Foody Come natura vuole” is an interactive opera, in the sense that it is required a supported participation of the audience that assists it each time. In fact, the children who are present in the audience will be the “choir” of the opera themselves, because every melody predicts that the chorus will be sung by the choir on the stage and by the children of the audience, suitably guided by the orchestra conductor.
This direct participation will be possible thanks to the teachers’ prior involvement who will be able to download the singing parts reserved to the audience from the event promotion websites and prepare them in class together with their students before watching the opera in the theatre.