FROLIC is the culmination of over 15 years of explorative large-scale musical theatre productions that have established themselves as a new genre based on the intersection between western opera and some of the world’s most distinctive cultural identities. As a necessary path to their realisation, collaborations have been forged with leading organisations and institutions including the Cultural and Foreign Ministries of Italy, Japan, Cambodia, and Bhutan, the Smithsonian Institute and the University of Texas.
In 2004, an invitation was received to create an operative production in the Royal Kingdom of Bhutan in the Himalayas. The unprecedented creative vision and originality was embraced after much research where the key to the success of the project was the inclusion of traditional Bhutanese dance, music and costume into the score of G.F.Handel’s Acis and Galatea. Together with the Italian stage director and co-creator Stefano Vizioli, narrative commonalities were identified that allowed the interweaving of performative expressions. The success of the project led to further major international ventures following a similar technical and artistic approach including Monteverdi’s Orfeo in Japan (Japan Orfeo) and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte in Cambodia (Mozart at Angkor – A Cambodian Magic Flute).
Today FROLIC embraces excellence in its cultural endeavours and continues to explore the power and energy of diverse cultural identities in a celebration of what it means to be human.
"It was beyond the beyond, one of those rare moments in life when one is thrilled to be alive for the privilege of hearing/seeing/feeling a genius of a creation."
Paula Deitz, Hudson Review “It wasn’t just an artistic experience, it was a deeply moving human experience,”
Stefano Vizioli, New York Times "It was, to say the least, a genius display of talents and creative minds that have succeeded to leap past the hurdles of personal, cultural and language differences."
Agnes Alpuerto, Khmer Times "The production incorporated the artistic expressions from each culture in ways that genuinely reflected the meaning of the art—thereby avoiding the blender-results of shared cultural events sometimes described as “fusion” that confuse or lose all meaning."
Preston Scott, Smithsonian Institute "Japan Orfeo is a unique and original interpretation of Monteverdi’s masterpiece, complemented by the performances of the Noh Theatre and a surprise finale by Ryusuke Numajiri."
Massimiliano Sortino, Vogue Italia