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On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci, a theater play entitled “Being Leonardo da Vinci, an impossible interview” by renowned Italian director and actor Massimiliano Finazzer Flory will be staged on November 21, 2019, 7pm at the Little Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.  The event is held in cooperation with the Philippine Italian Association, Italian Embassy, and the Italian Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, Inc. with the support of OMAN AIR, Rustan’s and Hotel Jen Manila by Shangri-La. 


Renowned Italian director and actor Massimiliano Finazzer Flory's latest project, with the special collaboration of Filipino actor, director and screen/play writer Carlito (Lito) Casaje brings the immensely multi-talented Leonardo da Vinci to life on the stage. Being Leonardo da Vinci is a one-act play, which uses theater to present the Italian genius' true life, art history and science. Through the format of an impossible interview, Finazzer Flory "physically" becomes Leonardo. Dressed in period costumes and wearing make-up which reconstructs da Vinci's face, he performs in Renaissance language original texts written by Leonardo himself, among which is the famous "Trattato di pittura" (Painting Treaties). Finazzer Flory's Leonardo answers questions about his childhood, his civil and military activities, and how to become a "good painter" (bono pittore), and about the relationship between Painting and Science, Painting and Sculpture, Painting and Music. He comments on "The Last Supper" and the figures of the apostles, replies to his enemies' attacks, prophesies man's flying, and finally offers maxims and aphorisms to live by in our times.  The theatre play has been toured in USA, Russia, Japan, France, Italy and Switzerland, among other countries.

Italian Renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci, the universal genius

Likewise, a masterclass and short film screening of “Being Leonardo da Vinci, an impossible interview” will be held on November 20, 2019 at the CCP Dream Theater at 2pm.  The masterclass will deal with the topic of interdisciplinarity through the conjugation of: Art and Science, Memory and Imagination, Tradition and Technology, Theater and Cinema.

The throng of press people and the officers of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and Philippine Italian Association pay homage to the universal genius Leonardo da Vinci

The abovementioned events are part of a series of cultural and artistic activities in Metro Manila aimed at remembering and spreading knowledge of Leonardo da Vinci and the relevance of his achievements in our contemporary world held from November 13-21.

Philippine Italian Association General Manager Alessandro Milani narrates the personal history of the universal genius Leonardo da Vinci

The core of the programmed activities revolves around the work of the renowned Italian artist Massimiliano Finazzer Flory who, since 2011 has been investigating the life of Leonardo da Vinci and the relevance of his genius to contemporary generations. The versatile and interdisciplinary works of Leonardo brought him to render his investigations in different artistic forms: from theatre to cinema. 

Members of the media are all ears on the achievements of Leonardo da Vinci

Other events in celebration of Leonardo da Vinci’s 500th anniversary include the following:


1. Introduction on the secrets of Leonardo’s “The Last Supper” by Mr. James Freney - November 13, 2019 - Italian restaurant Caruso, in Bel Air, Makati 


2. Cook-Off with Leonardo – November 5-6, 14, 2019 at the LPU (Lyceum of the Philippines University Manila) Culinary Institute


3. Film Presentation – November 19, 2019 – Cinematheque Center Manila


4. Dinner and lecture on “Leonardo da Vinci, wine and cuisine” by Chef Salvatore Arria, and Mr. Luca Galli, sommelier - November 20, 2019 - Italian restaurant Ponte di Rialto, at Venice Piazza mall, Taguig 

“Leonardo da Vinci, The Impossible Interview,” a theater play written, acted and directed by a contemporary Italian artist Massimiliano Finazzer Flory with the special participation of writer, filmmaker, theater artist and mentor Lito Casaje    

For more information, contact the Philippine-Italian Association through e-mail (philippineitalianassociation@gmail.com) or telephone (+632) 8-815-1310. Interested parties for the masterclass may contact the CCP Arts Education Department via email (ccp.artist.training@gmail.com) or landline (+632) 8-832-1125 local 1604.



Philippine Italian Association General Manager Alessandro Milani 



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