SUPSI ARTS is back, with “Le Désir attrapé par la queue” by Pablo Picasso with music by Igor Stravinsky

A theatrical project based on two pillars of modern art – Pablo Picasso and Igor Stravinsky – marks the return of SUPSI ARTS, the interdisciplinary show created by the collaboration between the artistic souls of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI). The appointment is for Saturday 12 May, at 20.30, at the cultural centre LAC in Lugano.

Le Désir attrapé par la queue (Desire caught by the tail) is a multimedia show based on the play of the same name by Pablo Picasso, accompanied by a musical score consisting of the very colourful Danses concertantes and Dumbarton Oaks by Igor Stravinsky.

Written in Paris during World War II, the text brings to life the culinary monologues of the protagonist Gros Pied (Big Foot), the complaints of Angoisse Grasse (Fat Anguish) and Angoisse Maigre (Skinny Anguish), the affairs of Tarte (Tart) and Oignon (Onion). Absurd and fragmented pieces, put into dialogue with the musical compositions of Stravinsky, which vie to assemble a disconcerting and increasingly distressing picture. So, as the show progresses, an anxious humanity appears on the stage, a humanity unable to understand the reality by which it is surrounded, lost in the attempt to give coherence to a world by now reduced to an assemblage of incongruent fragments.

On the LAC stage, Ensemble 900 of the Conservatory of Southern Switzerland directed by Arturo Tamayo, will come together with the Master students of the Accademia Teatro Dimitri led by Pavel Štourač, who will direct the performance. The Visual Communication degree course of the Department of environment, construction and design has the task of enhancing the production design with a striking visual component; the multimedia set is by Franco Cavani and Andreas Gysin.

SUPSI ARTS is long-standing project for the creation of multimedia shows of an artistic-experimental nature, resulting from collaboration between the Music University of the Conservatory of Southern Switzerland, the Accademia Teatro Dimitri – both of which are affiliated with SUPSI – and the Visual Communication degree course conducted by the Department of environment, construction and design.

Over the years, the SUPSI ARTS project has constructed its own identity in the cultural landscape of our region, producing numerous shows, including: The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Satyricon by Bruno Maderna and Kraanerg by Iannis Xenakis, The Yellow Sound by Vasilij Kandinskij, The Rape of Lucretia by Benjamin Britten, The Story of the World at Play by by Arthur Honegger, Vocal gestures with music by Luciano Berio and Dieter Schnebel, Dadamusica with music by George Antheil and Erik Satie.

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