The Piccolo Theatre celebrated its 70th anniversary with a new architectural lighting system donated by the studio CastagnaRavelli
(lighting project) and iGuzzini (lighting solution). The lights were switched on just before the start of the long-awaited play The Cherry Orchard
by the playwright Anton Chekhov
on the 23rd
of November at 6.30pm.
“We’re proud to have collaborated on such an important cultural and social project. An action that reaffirms our commitment to share the culture of light and the knowledge of the latest lighting technologies in order to allow people to better appreciate a place so important to society” declared Paolo Guzzini, Vice-President of iGuzzini, recalling the link between the theatrical traditional of Recanati and the Piccolo Theatre in Milan.
In fact, after a long period of inactivity, the public reopening of the Persiani Theatre in Recanati in 2004 was managed by the artistic direction of the Piccolo Theatre. “The new lighting system of the Strehler Theatre is a way to give this place its original identity back, reconnecting it to the great utopia of Strehler and Zanuso who considered this space as the factory of theatre
”, commented Sergio Escobar, Director of the Piccolo Theatre of Milan. An intervention that enhances the iconic architecture interpreted as total space
by the opera
director Giorgio Strehler and the architect Marco Zanuso.
The new lighting system by Paolo Castagna and Gianni Ravelli aims at illuminating the whole building by enhancing the stratification of volumes and the variety of the materials. The main entrance to the theatre is marked with luminous beams of warm light (colour temperature 3000K) created by ceiling-mounted iPro
floodlights. The clay façades are illuminated by Linealuce Mini
LED linear system and Platea Pro
(positioned at the 1st
level, respectively) which highlight the peculiarity of the material texture with an oblique Warm White light (3000K). Platea Pro
iPro, placed respectively at the 2nd
level, light up the
copper roof with a cool light (4000K). Finally, the iPro micro
floodlights illuminate and add value to the bronze sculpture the Torre a Spirale
(Spiral Tower) by the artist Arnaldo Pomodoro. The system achieves an energy savings of up to 60% compared to the previous one.