Mediterranean Voices


Photos by Chris Wisner

A cross-cultural journey through the shores of the Old World.

Mediterranean Voices Press Article

The Club @ La MaMa ETC, April 2006
Conceived by Nicola Iervasi
Directed by Kevin Albert
Choreographed by Mare Nostrum Elements
Guest Choreographers: Max Luna III, Anabella Lenzu, Alessandra Belloni

Mediterranean Voices is a soulful re-creation of the Mediterranean lifestyle. Set in a town’s square in a small village by the sea, the audience will enter a timeless legend narrated by the mayor, the photographer, the homeless/seer and all the villagers busy in their daily struggle through life. Throughout the performance the audience will be presented with each character’s point of view and role in the village, as the events proceed from the Patron’s festival to a funeral procession, from remembrances of the past and desire to escape, passing through passionate love, judgmental prejudices, submission to destiny and the everlasting influence of the sea.

Comments

Mediterranean Voices

The cast of 24 artists ranging from 2 to 60 years old is, to say the least, cosmopolitan. It is more than a story; it is a series of scenes lightly based on the stories of Giovanni Verga. Dialogues interweave in unknown and exotic languages for an American audience. Here acting is done in Italian, Spanish, Greek, all Mediterranean languages.-Monia Venturini, RAI TV

La MaMa has a reputation for unusual theatrical events, so before arriving we were unsure as what to expect.  What we found was an evening of beauty constructed with much thought and love; a story that was timeless; performers that were wonderful, both in their acting and their dance. With all the commercialism of Broadway, one needs a diversion on occasion, and when one finds it done with the care, love, and talent of this production- David and Barbara Salz, theatergoers

One of the most remarkable theatrical journeys I have taken. I was transported into an exotic world full of texture, passion and humanity. The direction was seamless and the performances were outstanding; especially that of the creator Nicola Iervasi.- Christopher C. Gates, Businessman, Actor and Theatergoer

One of the most remarkable theatrical journeys I have taken. I was transported into an exotic world full of texture, passion and humanity. The direction was seamless and the performances were outstanding; especially that of the creator Nicola Iervasi.- Christopher C. Gates, Businessman, Actor and Theatergoer

I enjoyed the entire cast and loved the diversity in age especially.  The extra touches such as the food served and the tourist narration really helped make it a Mediterranean experience.- Chuck McKinney, Actor

The show itself completely transports you to a different world and captivates you from beginning to end. The choreography was very strong, the script was so well written as well and the word choice and text was powerful in itself. It was great to see how you guys incorporated the music the vocals and text without making it too “showy” it flowed naturally.- Greg Youdan,Dancer

From the moment we sat down, dancers offered traditional Italian food in character to the audience, enveloping us in the atmosphere of a festive Italian piazza.  The combination of traditional music and modern movement blended masterfully to create a truly enchanting experience.  It is refreshing to encounter a show that integrates the art of choreographed madness and ecstasy with the historical origins of modern dance.- Jennifer Neil-Spaziano-Performer

This is a glorious escape and a beautiful observation of a culture and place as different and similar from our Manhattan experience as one can imagine. This is a must see!- Evan Clayton, Actor

Mediterranean Voices has a timeless, classic quality, and is crafted with a unique blend of theater and dance…with endless care by Director Kevin Albert and a cast of ensemble actors who easily inhabit a world of their own making… Mediterranean Voices is a wholly unique experience in the theater…Mr. Albert and Mr. Iervasi have collaborated with a gifted ensemble to share with us what can best be described as a rite of passage…It is almost a perfectly safe assumption that Mediterranean Voices inherits its charm from the films of Fellini and DeSica – to have embodied the hearts and souls of its inhabitants in live theater is an accomplishment both subtle and prodigious.- Peter Scolari, Actor/Director




This is epic!!-T Nicky Paraiso, curator of the Club @ La MaMa ETC



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