GIUDIZIO UNIVERSALE – MICHELANGELO AND THE SECRETS OF THE SISTINE CHAPEL
ongoing until September 30
Auditorium Conciliazione – via della Conciliazione, 4. Calendar of the shows: 11:30 am (morning), 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm (afternoon), 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm (evening) with Italian and English versions – tickets from € 12 up to € 28, free admission for children under the age of 4 (if they do not occupy a seat)
Tel. 06 4078867 | www.giudiziouniversale.com
Produced by Artainment Worldwide Shows with the scientific advice of the Vatican Museums, Giudizio Universale. Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel aims to be an important event for art lovers and will be a must-see for the millions of Italian and international visitors who choose Rome every year as the destination of their journey into the Country of beauty. Conceived by Marco Balich, the show is the first example of an innovative format that combines the narrative of the origin of a masterpiece with the most sophisticated and technologically advanced instruments of live entertainment.
For this project, Marco Balich has collaborated with world-renowned musician Sting, who composed the original theme music. The other names of the cast are stunning: the voice of Michelangelo will be by Pier Francesco Favino (known for
the Disney fantasy “The Chronicles of Narnia – Prince Caspian” and the collaboration with the Oscar-winning director Ron Howard’s “Rush” and “Angels and Demons”). Together with the original theme performed and arranged by Sting, there will be new music composed by John Metcalfe, a leading figure in the contemporary pop-rock scene and producer of artists such as Morrisey, Blur and Coldplay. The scenography of the show will not only reproduce the Sistine Chapel, but will be inspired by the original perspectives of the 16th century.
One of the most amazing places in the history of world art, the Sistine Chapel is at the center of a show that is born from the influence of many different art forms: on the one hand the physical action of the theatrical performance meets the immaterial magic of the special effects, on the other the most advanced technology is at the service of a story told with words and images never seen before. The 270° immersive projections, together with larger-than-life stage effects and live performances similar to Cirque du Soleil classy acrobatics, lead the viewer to the very center of the event. The show brings to light a new kind of entertainment where emotional codes and contemporary visual languages meet art.
During a 60-minute show, spectators will follow the story of the origin of Michelangelo’s masterpiece, from Giulio II‘s commission of frescoes of the vault to the realization of the Universal Judgment, through a reenactment of the Sistine Chapel as the place for the papal election. Through the storytelling about the Buonarroti, modern special effects will animate the frescos of the Sistine Chapel to end with the wonderful Universal Judgment that will come to life throughout the space around the public. A new chapter of the Italian cultural offering, Giudizio Universale is a long-term project with a typical Italian style. It will run from March 15, 2018, at the Auditorium della Conciliazione in Rome. The audience will be able to choose to attend the show in Italian or in English (starting March 24).