Leonora Bernardi's Clorilli:
Introducing the Renaissance Playwright and Her Pastoral Drama
Presenters: Professor Virginia Cox, Italian Studies, NYU, and Professor Eric Nicholson, Liberal Studies, NYU Florence
Rediscovered in 2010, this late Renaissance play was written by the multi-talented singer, musician, and poet Leonora Bernardi Belatti of Lucca, famous in her day but now almost entirely forgotten. Clorilli offers a fresh and witty take on the courtly genre of pastoral drama, made fashionable by Torquato Tasso’s Aminta (1573). Evidence suggests that it was first performed at one of the Medici family's Florentine villas in the early 1590s.
In May, 2018, Clorilli was given its first public performance in over 400 years, in the gardens of Villa La Pietra, NYU Florence.
The presentation at the Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò will include videotaped excerpts of this same performance (edited by Domenico Cannalire), a short documentary film about the production (made by Gabriel Goh), and the live performance of selected scenes, by the La Pietra Players.
In ENGLISH, featuring the translation of Clorilli by Anna Wainwright, as abridged by Eric Nicholson
This is a general RSVP. IT DOES NOT GUARANTEE A SEAT. The event is open to the general public on a first-come first-serve basis. For additional info, call: 212-998-8739
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