KIT at Eataly for the Week of Italian Language

October 23, 2016 Eataly Flatiron 11-2pm – Eataly Downtown 5-8pm Flash-Mob dedicated to food in literature and theater, curated by KIT, with: Francesco Andolfi Francesco Campari Laura Caparrotti Jacopo Cattelan Maria deCotis Laura Lamberti Ilaria Malvezzi Mario Merone Lorenzo Possanza Jacopo Rampini Adriana Rossetto Irene Turri     In occasione della Settimana della Lingua Italiana nel mondo (17-23 ottobre), il Consolato Generale d’Italia a New York, l’Istituto di Cultura e lo IACE hanno collaborato alla realizzazione di un evento di promozione della lingua italiana che avra` luogo domenica 23 ottobre presso le due sedi di Eataly. L’iniziativa ha come principale obiettivo quello di incentivare il pubblico americano allo studio della lingua italiana e, più in generale, promuovere l’immagine e la cultura del nostro Paese a New York. In tale occasione, la compagnia teatrale italiana di New York, Kairos Italy Theater’, interpretera’ di brani in lingua italiana legati alla tradizione culinaria e ai prodotti dell’Italia, utilizzando la tecnica del flash mob. Le performances verranno messe in scena in tutti i principali settori di Eataly  e si concentreranno nelle fasce orarie 11 -14 a Eataly Flatiron e 17-20 a Eataly Downtown . Parallelamente ai flash mob, insegnananti di lingua italiana terranno delle piccole lezioni nelle aree didattiche di Eataly a coloro che sono interessati ad un primo approccio con la lingua. On the occasion of the annual Italian language week in the world (October 17th – 23rd), the Consulate General of Italy in New York, the Italian Cultural Institute in collaboration with the Italian American Committee on Education (IACE), Kairos Italy Theater (KIT) and Eataly present “New York parla Italiano”, a special event to promote the study of the Italian language among the... read more

Testardi (Calabresi a NY) Italian Tour

in italiano e Inglese con sottotitoli in italiano anno 2012. durata:1:07 Producers: Lucia Grillo, Laura Caparrotti Director/Camera/Editor: Lucia Grillo Un documentario che esplora il significato di essere calabrese in America per coloro che lì sono nati e per quelli che vi ci sono trasferiti. La regista Lucia Grillo ha intervistato varie personalità di origine calabrese che occupano posti importanti in vari settori della società Americana. Fra gli intervistati la giornalista Alicia Vitarelli, il direttore del Bronx Zoo John Calvelli, l’attore Max Casella, il direttore della Festa di Roma Antonio Monda, il manager Enzo Capua, il professore Peter Carravetta, lo scrittore Frank Avella e il coreografo Nicola Iervasi. Il documentario e’ stato proiettato per la prima volta a New York durante il Calabria Day 2012. LUCIA GRILLO nasce a New York da genitori calabresi. Contemporaneamente alla laurea conseguita presso la prestigiosa New York University e la laurea secondaria in Letteratura italiana presso la Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò della NYU segue per sette anni i corsi di recitazione del Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute a New York, iniziando nel loro Young People’s Program all’età di 15 anni. Come attrice, regista e produttrice ha lavorato in teatro, televisione e cinema collaborando, tra gli altri, con il regista Spike Lee (“Summer of Sam/Panico a New York” e protagonista nello spot televisivo per la Finlandia Vodka diretto da Lee), Tony Gilroy (“Duplicity”), e con attori del calibro della vincitrice Oscar Mira Sorvino, John Leguizamo, Gary Dourdan, Vincent Schiavelli ed altri. Ha fondato Calabrisella Films, per realizzare il suo primo corto, “A pena do pana (The Cost of Bread)”, che dopo la Prima Mondiale all’AFI FEST di... read more

Festa di Natale

Join KIT for the 2015 FUNdraiser FESTA DI NATALE December 16, 2015 – 6pm 24 W 12 street, NY, NY Entrance: $20 – BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE (includes Sweets, drinks and entertainment) KIT starts a new tradition: a night to toast to a new year of KIT events, productions and to life. KIT will offer its friends and supporters music, traditional sweets and drinks together with some Italian games traditional of the winter holidays. Come and play… Check also our Online Auction, great items for Christmas Shopping are waiting… Tombola Napoletana? Romana? come and see yourself  & Mercante in Fiera  Mercante in Fiera (literally Merchant at the Fair) is a very popular game, played with peculiar illustrated cards. What makes these cards nice to collect is that most subjects vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, and although a few subjects are found in more than one edition, their illustrations are quite different. In traditional sets, the pictures are inspired by nature or by everyday’s life: subjects can be animals, or flowers, or fruit, or household objects, or pieces of furniture, etc.  In modern editions each subject is usually numbered, from 1 to 40, so that players may refer to each card either by means of its name or its number, but older sets, lacked this additional and rather useless detail.Prior to 1972, Mercante in Fiera decks had to bear a tax stamp, as any other variety of playing cards did, in Italy. One of the subjects (card no.1 in editions with numbers) had a small empty circle for this purpose, but only one of the two identical cards was stamped. Among the... read more

Pasolini 1975-2015

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Pier Paolo Pasolini‘s death (he was killed November 2nd 1975), Kairos Italy Theater (Casa Italiana Theater Company in Residence) presents a celebration of his life in New York and of his influence over the work of future generations. In particular, the evening will feature a reading focused on a conversation between Oriana Fallaci and Pasolini when Pasolini came to New York to present a film at the New York Film Festival, followed by an installation of images and poetry coordinated by Laura Caparrotti and poet Dave Johnson. The installation will feature members of KIT together with young New York poets. While the actors read Pasolini poems, the poets will present poems inspired by Pasolini. In the background Rome and New York will embrace the great artist. Part 1 PPP: a Marxist in NY Conceived by Marco Calvani In 1966, journalist and author Oriana Fallaci, who was at that time living in Manhattan, invited Pier Paolo Pasolini out for drinks and conversation. Both her and her publishers were eager to discover what the impressions of this devoted communist would be upon his first visit to the fatherland of capitalism. The depiction of this historic interview – which marked the beginning of an deep friendship – becomes the vehicle for a brief journey inside the prose and poetry of Pasolini, exploring where his private figure and his public persona, the intimate poet and the political figure, met to give birth to immortal literature. Part 2 NY Free Verse poets for Pasolini The poetry of young NY poets inspired by Pasolini’s Roman Poems Curated... read more

In Scena 2015

Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx and Staten Island and Beyond May 4-20, 2015 VISIT IN SCENA! ITALIAN THEATER FESTIVAL NY 2015 will feature the following shows (all presented English or with English supertitles): Broken Dances – in Pasolini’s Bubble by and starring Benedetta Capanna / Excursus Company (Rome/Lazio). This dance theater piece takes audiences on a stroll through the contradictions of Roman daily life punctuated by the echoes of Pier Paolo Pasolini, one of the greatest poets and intellectuals of contemporary Italy (and to whom In Scena! 2015 is dedicated, on the 40th anniversary of his death). Presented in collaboration with IDaCO NYC, the Italian Dance Connection. Chez Dimì by Giuseppe Sinatra / DimiDimitri Company (Novara/Piemonte). A butler tries to lift the spirits of an old lady on her birthday with sketches, jokes and circus-like stunts. DimiDimitri is a clowning-based theater that has received numerous important Italian and international accolades. Cingomma by and starring Jessica Leonello (Brescia/Lombardia). This comic monologue tells the stories of migrants returning home to their roots, travelling backwards through the history of Italy and its changing customs. 2012 Petroni Award winner, 2014 Offerta creative/teatrinrete Award winner. Ninetta and the Others by Damiana Leone / Errare Persona Company (Frosinone/Lazio). This drama tackles the difficult theme of rape as an instrument of war. Based on a mass rape that happened during WWII. Winner of Amnesty International’s Chimere Award. Patres by Saverio Tavano / Scenari Visibili Company (Catanzaro/Calabria). This drama draws from mythology to portray the contemporary world and its lack of father figures. Winner of Best Show at the 2014 Inventaria Festival and winner of 2014... read more

Potions and Passions –

Join us for our one-night only fundraiser “Potions and Passions – a night with KIT.” Come eat, drink, and dance the night away to celebrate our 2015-2016 season! Featuring: Red Carpet pictures Signature Cocktails: “Mandrake Root”, “Hippocras Tea” and “Holy Water” Raffle and Silent Auction A delicious Italian buffet dinner prepared by KIT Company members Live music & entertainment, including scenes from our upcoming shows “The Mandrake Root” and the “Decameron” Dancing… …and much more! Cocktail attire. Doors open at 6.30pm. Hosted by Professor Margherita. Bernie Wohl Center – 647 Columbus Avenue. The event will benefit KIT’s upcoming productions, including our upcoming shows: TICKETS: $20 YoungKIT Special – includes live music & entertainment, as well as delicious Italian food prepared by KIT Company members! $35 Early Bird with Open Bar [hurry, this offer ends soon!] – includes all the above plus all night OPEN BAR! $50 Open Bar – includes all the above plus all night OPEN BAR! — Here are some of the things that KIT does: read more

The Dante Session – Washington DC

Italian Cultural Institute in Washington, DC THE DANTE SESSION, April 21st, 2015 Conceived and Directed by Laura Caparrotti In collaboration with Francesco Meola and Ilaria Amadasi Featuring Ilaria Amadasi Laura Caparrotti Francesco Meola Jacopo Rampini Dante Alighieri was a writer, a poet, a political figure and an innovative artist. During his time, he was famous, yet his true and wide fame came after his death. If you google his name, it is surprising how much you find and of what nature. Dante and the Divine Comedy has inspired the most different and sometime weird kind of things over the centuries. Wondering what Dante would have thought about this kind of fame, KIT has created a session where Dante himself discovers and comments his fortune over the centuries. Led by his therapist, based on Boccaccio’s Trattatello su Dante, Dante will travel within his own words and stories as other writers, poets and comedians (among others) have used them over the centuries. The performance is built to entertain and educate. The language used is English for connecting passages and when quoting artists inspired by Dante and Original for Dante’s verses and writing.... read more

Roberto Gatto and Danilo Rea with Joseph Lepore

December 3, 2007 Dizzy’s Coca Cola Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center Produced by KIT in collaboration with Enzo Capua From the New York Times, Sunday December 2nd, 2007 “DANILO REA/ROBERTO GATTO TRIO (Monday) The pianist Danilo Rea and the drummer Roberto Gatto are two of Italy’s most accomplished jazz musicians, with a shared history stretching back more than 30 years; here they team up with a responsive American bassist, Dennis Irwin. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th Street and Broadway, (212) 258-9595,; cover, $20, with a minimum of $10 at tables, $5 at the bar.... read more

Accattone in Jazz – A Homage to Pier Paolo Pasolini

December 4th, 2007 – 9 pm Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center 165 West 65th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Plaza Level, NYC A one-of-a-kind concert/reading based on Accattone’s screenplay Valerio Mastandrea (voice) Roberto Gatto (drums) Danilo Rea (piano) Pier Paolo Pasolini’s celebrated screenplay for Accattone is revisited by Italian movie star Valerio Mastandrea, as he weaves a unique interplay of words and music together with Italian jazz legends and longtime collaborators Roberto Gatto and Danilo Rea. The performance is In Italian (actually, in Roman) with English subtitles. Accattone in Jazz has been presented in collaboration with The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Italian Cultural Institute of NY. The performance marked the closing night of the series Pier Paolo Pasolini Poet of Ashes organized in New York by the Italian Cultural Institute of New York and The Fondazione Aida. Accattone in Jazz has been realized with the support of the Assessorato alle Politiche Culturali del Comune di Roma and The Italian Cultural Institute in New York, and it has been endorsed by Silversalt pr – international film... read more