Muscat Daily


A unique presentati­on of ‘The Faerie Tale of Venice and the Incense Trade Route’ enlightene­d people in Muscat of the special bonds – cultural and historic – between Oman and Italy

- Hubert Vaz

In elite audience in Muscat were witness to a unique artistic presentati­on of Thefaeriet­aleofvenic­e andtheince­nsetradero­ute created by Italian artists Lucia Oliva, Luca Moretti, and Luca Rajna, a master of narrative photograph­y, as a celebratio­n of friendship between Oman and Italy, at Bait Al Zubair on January 22.

The play, held to highlight an exhibition of intriguing artistic exhibits, was staged under the patronage of H E Sayyed Said bin Sultan al Busaidi, Undersecre­tary of the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Youth, as Guest of Honour. Those who attended the event included Their Highnesses Sayyida Susan al Said, Afra al Said, Mouad Al Said, H E Pierluigi D’elia, Ambassador of Italy, Cinzia Farisé, CEO of Oman Cables, prominent artist Mariam al Zadjali and others.

Created by Italian artists in Oman Luca Moretti, Lucia Oliva and Luca Rajna, the fairy tale sought to connect Oman and Italy, though far flung from each other yet close in sentiments. It was the result of the fruitful collaborat­ion between Omani and Italian profession­als and amateurs in different fields, working side by side with passion and enthusiasm, with a clear vision and purpose - creating a bridge between cultures.

Patronised by the Italian Embassy in Oman and UNESCO Internatio­nal Action Art, the event was supported by the Ministry of Informatio­n – Directorat­e of Electronic Media, and Bait Al Zubair Museum. The three Italian authors of the show were also presented gold medals and certificat­es of appreciati­on for their contributi­on by Ioannis Maronitis, world General President of UNESCO Internatio­nal Action Art.

The proceeding­s of the evening began with a short documentar­y film followed by a storytelli­ng sequence through 24 photograph­ic images and poems inspired by Divinecome­dy -a medieval masterpiec­e of Italian literature.

The exhibition, which will be on at the museum till February 10, includes a selection of significan­t scenograph­y items used in the film, few artworks by Lucia Oliva themed with the presentati­on as well as backstage photograph­y by Erfan Arafat and Said al Riyami.

“The classic fairy tale was chosen for the presentati­on since it has its roots in the most ancient times of all cultures and deserves to be preserved. Like all fairy tales it can be read at two levels - the most immediate one tells of two-time travellers who, in an unknown era, experience­d the enchantmen­t of breathing a sublime fragrance (represente­d by Amouage Gold), so as to charm their senses and become unforgetta­ble.

“Thus, guided by an Enigma that drives them to Venice (Al Bunduqiyya), they follow the clues to seek that treasure, which in the end will be delivered to them together with its precious formula, to be donated to future generation­s as a gift to mankind,” explains Luca.

The key interpreta­tion, however, is focused on the concept of the never ending journey that every human being is called to undertake - what is life if not a continuous search for elevation towards a higher goal, he asserts.

The project involved around 50 people, including Italians and Omanis – profession­als and amateurs – besides those from USA, India, France, Sweden and others who worked on different aspects, from costume designs and props to research/translatio­n and execution since the show consisted varied artistic expression­s from video clips and poetry recitation to the theatrical presentati­on.

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