The Secrets of the Sistine Chapel

A brand new live show mixing art, technology, theatrical performance and music just debuted in Rome to shed new light on Michelangelo's timeless masterpiece

  • The Secrets of the Sistine Chapel
  • The Secrets of the Sistine Chapel
  • The Secrets of the Sistine Chapel
  • The Secrets of the Sistine Chapel

Can the majestic and supernatural beauty of the Sistine Chapel become an even more engaging spectacle? Can contemporary technology add something more to an immortal masterpiece like Michelangelo's Last Judgment?
Giudizio Universale. Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel, which debuted on March 15 at Rome's Auditorium Conciliazione, may be the answer to these and more questions.
The Sistine Chapel is the focus of a unique show that stems from the blending of art, theatrical performance, special effects and technology, surrounding the viewer thanks to the immersiveness of 270 degree laser projections on a huge surface positioned over 12 meters above the audience.
Performed both in Italian and in English, this complex one-hour-long show revolves around the creation of Michelangelo's masterpiece, from the commission of the vault's frescoes by Pope Julius II up to the painting of The Last Judgment.
Behind it is the creative mind of artistic director Marco Balich, who produced the Opening Ceremonies for the Olympics in Turin (2006) and Rio (2016). "We wanted to create a completely unique show, telling the genesis of a universal art masterpiece by mixing everything that the world of live entertainment has to offer", he said, "and at the same time absolutely respectful of Michelangelo's work".
Boasting the Vatican Museums' scientific advice, the show involved globally renowned artists such as Sting, who composed and performed the original score's main theme song, and the Italian actor Pierfrancesco Favino, who lended his voice to Michelangelo.
Dancing bodies, lights and videos blend together and immerse the viewer into a continuous transformation of the theatrical language, thanks to the supervision of director and playwright Gabriele Vacis, who defined the show as "a little breath adding up to those of the many people who contributed to building the Sistine Chapel over the centuries".
John Metcalfe's music, Luke Halls' sets inspired by 15th perspectives, and the choreographies by Fotis Nikolaou are just some of the eminent contributions to this innovative and choral show that aims at helping the audience discover and rediscover one of the greatest masterpieces in the history of art.
 "We like to think," commented Balich, "that our viewers, especially the younger ones, will realize that there is nothing more exciting than the beauty of a work of art".

Author : The Slowear Journal

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