Moni Ovadia Theaterorchestra

Moni Ovadia was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria in 1946 from a Jewish family. He carried out his studies in Milan where he got a degree in political science. It is here where he begins his artistic career as singer and musician in the group “Almanacco Popolare” under the guide of music expert Roberto Leydi. In 1972 he is the founder of the “Gruppo Folk Internazionale” that dedicates itself to the study traditional music of different countries focusing, in particular, on the Balkanic area. In 1978 the group changed structure and became “Ensemble Havadia ” dedicated to their own compositions. The theatrical work did not start until 1984 when he begins to collaborate with numerous personalities in theater: Pier’Alli, Bollek Polivka, Tadeusz Kantor, Giorgio Marini, Franco Parenti. It is with the Franco Parenti theater in collaboration with Mara Cantoni that the show “Dalla Sabbia Dalla Tempo” sees the first lights at the Festival of Cultura Ebraica in 1987. This is the occasion for Moni Ovadia to combine his experiences as singer and actor and give life to the proposition of a “musical theater”, that is still the basis for his expressive research. In 1990 he founds the “TheaterOrchestra” and starts to work on a permanent basis with the CRT Artificio di Milano that produced the show called “Golem” with the collaboration of Daniele Abbado. After its debut at the Petrucelli of Bari it was presented with success in Milan, Rome, Berlin, Paris and New York. But it is with “Oylem Goylem” a creation of musical theater performed as cabaret that Ovadia becomes known to the general public. In 1995, always in collaboration with Mara Cantoni, the show Dybbuk is presented. This show about Shoah is welcomed like one of the most important events of the theatrical season. During the same year, with Pamela Villoresi, the show “Taibele e il suo demone” debuts co-produced with the Piccolo Teatro di Milano. In 1996 with the Piccolo Teatro di Milano and Mara Cantoni another show named “ Ballata di Fine Millenio” that obtained a great success with critics and public taking them on an extensive tour of Italy. In 1994 the collaboration with Roberto Andò started with the debut in the multimedia opera “Frammenti sull’Apocalisse” written Daniele Abbado Nicola Sani and by Andò himself. Presented at the Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara the show’s debut occurred at the Festival Roma Europa in June 1995. In February 1995 Roberto Andò and Moni himself wrote “Diario Ironico dall’ Esilio” co-produced by Teatro Biondo Stabile in Palermo. With German actor Bruno Ganz he participates in the first feature film by Andò; “Diario senza date” (Diary with no dates) that was presented at the 51°Mostra del Cinema di Venezia. Important to mention is the “Progetto Ritsos Delfi Cantata” inspired by the greek poet Ghiannis Ritsos. The music for the piece was composed by Piero Milesi. Also, for the Orestiadi di Gibellina in 1993, in memory of the earthquake that destroyed the valley of Belice, he constructs, with the collaboration of Studio Azzurro and the music by Alfredo Lacosegliaz “Ultima forma di Libertà , il silenzio”. At the Festival di Gibellina of 1996 he presents the show “Pallida madre tenera sorella” directed by Piero Maccarinelli. In 1997 he hits the scene with “Il Caso Kafka”, also written with Roberto Andò. As a director in 1998 the show “Mame, Mamel, Mama, Mame, Mamma, Mamà ”. His ever expanding artistic horizons lead Moni Ovadia to participate in different activities; to lend his face for the big screen: in “Caro Diario” by Nanni Moretti and as co-protagonist in “Facciamo Paradiso” by Mario Monicelli. Of great success was also the radio program on Rai 2 in spring 1994, “Notte Spettinate”. Finally in 1995 the mayor of Florence awarded him with the”Sigillo della Pace.” As a growing figure but especially a very deep artist his wide interests lead him to also write a book entitled “Perché no” published in 1996 by Bompiani that immediately climbed the charts on its release. In 1998 the autobiography “Speriamo che tenga” (Mondadori) and the anthology “L’ebreo che ride”(Einaudi) were also published.





Moni Ovadia Theaterorchestra

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