Italian dance company to stage ‘Traviata’ ballet in Chicago

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Artemis Danza in TRAVIATA from Festival Danza Estate on Vimeo.

Italy’s Artemis Danza, will make its U.S. debut with its critically acclaimed production of “Traviata” on Nov. 14 at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.

The Parma, Italy,-based company’s adaptation of Verdi’s iconic opera “La Traviata,” is being presented in honor of the 200th birthday of the legendary composer as well as the Year of Italian Culture. It is choreographed and directed by Monica Casadei. The ballet is the first element in a suite of ballets dedicated to the work of some of the world’s greatest composers.

Italy’s Artemis Danza in “Traviata” | PHOTO BY PAOLO BONCIANI

According to a statement released by the troupe, “Casadei utilizes the dancer’s body as an instrument to translate, enhance, and transform the evocative power of Verdi’s opera and music to create a visually striking and highly dramatic production. Employing the vigorous and energetic gestures that typically characterize Casadei’s choreographic language, the dancer’s body embodies the passion, the distress, and ultimately the tragedy of Violetta’s and Alfredo’s affair.”

Tickets, $5-$15, are available online at ticketsweb.uchicago.edu or by phone at (773) 702-ARTS.

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