Civitella Ranieri

Civitella Ranieri
  Fellows' Forum

Monday, October 16, 2017

Chris Brown & Christian Mason Presentations

Current Fellows Chris Brown (Music, USA) and Christian Mason (Music, UK) presented their work in the castle library last Thursday, 12 October. In addition to solo presentations, the two composers collaborated for a pair of live performances to both open and close the evening.

Christian Mason plays the theremin while Chris Brown accompanies
with a digital device.

Christian Mason's piece asked the audience to
play along with glass bottles and tin foil.

Harvest Season

Fruit has begun to ripen in Umbertide! Last Friday a group of Fellows helped us harvest pomegranates, grapes, corbezzolo and quince from around the property. The haul was taken directly to the kitchen staff, and will be used in the coming weeks.

Current fellow Chris Brown (Music, USA) chooses a quince to pick.
Picking grapes at one of our composer's studios.
The team.
The fruits of our labor.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Clara Balaguer & Polina Barskova Presentations

Last night's presentation was the first public event hosted in Galleria after nearly 2 years of restoration work on the Castle's outer wall. Current fellows Polina Barskova (Writing, Russia) and Clara Balaguer (Art, Philippines) shared their work with the public after a welcoming aperitivo in the Giardino Segreto. 

Clara and Polina enjoyed a glass of wine together in the
Giardino Segreto before their presentations.
Polina Barskova reads an English translation of her own poem.
Title screen of Balaguer's film, which detailed her experience
with the indigenous Aeta tribe of the Philippines.
Balaguer asked the audience to stand for the last portion
 of her presentation.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Climbing Monte Corona

A group of fellows followed Program Coordinator Diego Mencaroni to an old monastery situated atop Monte Corona last Saturday, 7 October.

Taking a rest.
On the trail.

Pilgrimage to Assisi

On Tuesday, 10 October a group of Civitellians ventured out to Assisi. In the morning we visited the famous Basilica of St. Francis, and after lunch we stopped by Ubaldo Grazia Ceramics, owned and operated by the same family for 25 generations.

Current fellows - Helena Tulve (Music, Estonia), Milton Momen (Visual Art, Bangladesh),
Christian Mason (Music, UK) and Chris Brown (Music, USA) -
stand outside the Basilica di San Francesco.
Lunch break at La Stalla.
Civitellians learning how the ceramics are made, step by step.

Director's Guest Sheila Berger (USA) with writing Fellow Odai Al Zoubi (Syria).

Monday, October 9, 2017

Excursion to La Verna & Sansepolcro

Civitellians went to explore another pair of Tuscan towns last Tuesday, 3 October. First we visited a Franciscan sanctuary in La Verna where St. Francis received the stigmata. Later, still on the trail of early renaissance painter Piero della Francesca, we visited Sansepolcro, home to Piero's The Resurrection.

2017 Fellows Md Abdul Momen (Bangladesh),
 Clara Balaguer (Philippines), and Kate Tempest (UK).


Executive Director Dana Prescott speaks to the group.


Director's Guest Gael Towey enjoys the view from the sanctuary in La Verna.
Civitellians in the Franciscan Sanctuary.


Lunch break!

Michael Rips & Gael Towey / Sheila Berger Presentations

2017 Director's Guests Michael Rips and Gael Towey presented their work in the Castle last Thursday, 5 October. Gael Towey showed a short documentary she had produced, which features another current Director's Guest: Sheila Berger.


Gael Towey and Sheila Berger field questions from the audience.

Michael Rips reads an unpublished essay detailing his
personal experience of 9/11 in Manhattan.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Victor Lodato & Odai Al Zoubi Presentations

Current writing fellows Victor Lodato and Odai Al Zoubi read samples of their work in the Castle chapel last Tuesday, 3 October.

Victor Lodato (CRF 2017, USA) reads from his novel Edgar & Lucy.

Odai Al Zoubi (CRF 2017, Syria) reads a yet to be published essay.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Excursion to Arezzo & Monterchi

Civitellians took a trip to a pair of Tuscan towns last Tuesday, 3 October to learn about the Early Renaissance painter Piero della Francesca. We first visited his most famous work, The History of the True Cross, in the Basilica di San Francesco in Arezzo, followed by his Madonna del Parto in a museum in Monterchi.

From left: Emily Jacir (CRF 2009), Executive Director Dana Prescott, and Civitella guests Bill & Wendy McLaughlin
at the Basilica di San Francesco. 
Civitellians admire a statue of the Madonna in the Arezzo Cathedral.

 Current fellow Boyce Cummings takes a close look at Piero's Madonna del Parto.

Giuseppe Stampone, Emily Jacir & Md. Abdul Momen enjoy an after-lunch gelato before returning to the Castle.

Civitellians @ Imaginary Bridges

The Imaginary Bridges Music Festival was held in Florence 22-24 September, and 3 Civitella Ranieri Fellows participated, including a feature performance by Oyvind Torvund (CRF 2008).

Civitellians Kate Moore (CRF 2017) and Mary Jane Leach (CRF 2015) 
receiving an applause from the crowd.
Diego Mencaroni, Kate Moore (CRF 2017), Mary Jane Leach (CRF 2015) and Oyvind Torvund (CRF 2008)