Theatre House of Cesenatico

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With respect to its first construction, the Theatre House of Cesenatico  has gone through some changes. The first one regards an intervention from 1924 to 1925 when some internal sections were modified, like the stairs, the gallery, the communicating stage doors and also the addition of an orchestra pit.

But the most important changes happened recently, when a series of events caused the loss of all decoration, from stuccos to valuable original paintings. The most serious damages were due to the World War II, but also due to the writedown when it was transformed into a cinema or into shelters for emergencies, like a shelter for the homeless victims of the war and even as a warehouse.

The most serious loss refers to several and important artworks, part of the decoration, with stuccos, valuable original paintings, the stage and the velarium, today only remembered through description and some photos from the old times. Among the lost artworks were some ornaments like an inestimable Murano glass chandelier and a massive stage rug.

The frescoes of the roof were a work of Girolamo Bellani and Giovanni Canepa, painters specialized in decoration and stage design, who worked in the area between Bologna and the Adriatic Cost. Their pictorial decoration developed on the roof from the stalls around a big ceiling rose finely carved by Cuccoli from Bologna, like a lace from which medallions portraying the bust of personages of performing arts sprang out. Among these were Goldoni, Metastasio and Donizetti, depicted on a golden background. The sculptural decoration included plaster reliefs from Vittorio Rambelli (a sculptor born in San Giovanni in Persiceto in 1838 and deceased in Cesena in 1908) and gilts from Leonida Morsiani of Cesena.

In the stage area, also the famous Sipario (Curtain) by Pompeo Randi from Forlì was lost. It represented the conversation between Leonardo da Vinci and Cesare Borgia about the project of the canal harbour and the scenes painted by Pirro Rota also from Forlì.

These were works that were recognized by contemporaries, as much as to be celebrated with plaques found in the entrance of the theatre. After the writedown, the restoration of the architect Augusto Savini done between 1981 and 1992 brought the theatre back to its cultural role. The wooden ceiling was completely rebuilt and painted with a neutral background. Also the external decoration of the shelves was mostly re-done, apart from the one of the first order, where it was possible to restore the original. The photos and documentation were useful to rebuild the velarium and other parts of the stage. The curtain was entrusted to the paintings of Paola Galli, Giulia Galli and Stefania Lomi, pupils of the course of Scenografia dell'Accademia from Brera, guided by Gastone Mariani.

Other works regard the expansion of the back and some modifications to make the structure in line with today's health and safety requirements.

A. Cocchi

Trad.: A. Sturmer

A. Cocchi


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