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NEW DATE: “Dante, Opera, and Shining Shoes: Rituals of My Italian Immigrant Grandpa’s Life”

September 26 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

POSTPONED.  The performance is rescheduled for Sunday, September 26th @ 2:30 pm and 4pm at Dante Park, Columbus Avenue and 63 Street

Performance and visual artist/playwright/actor LuLu LoLo brings to life memories of her Italian immigrant grandfather Giovanni Pascale who died before she was born. Through family lore, he was a man of myth to her. Grandpa Giovanni loved opera, the poetry of Dante, and shined shoes for a living. This performance celebrates his life with operatic arias and accordion performed by tenor, Aaron Halevy; and poet Angelo Zeolla reciting in both Italian and English an excerpt from Dante Alighieri’s La Divina Commedia (commemorating the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death September 14,1321). Dancers Sara Grassi, Maria Hochnowski, and Rathi Varma will highlight his story of immigration and shining shoes (choreographed by Anabella Lenzu with musical accompaniment by Aaron Halevy). The struggle of the immigrants of the past is the struggle of the immigrants of today. Performed in the shadow of Dante Alighieri’s statue and the Metropolitan Opera House at Dante Park, Columbus Avenue at 63rd Street.  Seating is limited

First Performance (NEW DATE): Sunday, September 26, 2021: 2:30-3:00 pm

Second Performance (NEW DATE): Sunday, September 26, 2021: 4:00-4:30pm

Admission: Free of Charge   Seating is limited

Dante Park, Broadway, Columbus Avenue at 63rd Street


September 26
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm