All of the official events happening in Chiaravalle, Montessori's home town, will take place in the historic theatre in the center of town: Teatro Valle. Each booth will host people from the same family and seating will be distanced in the heart of the theatre.
The schedule of events are as follows:
Sunday August 30th at 9:00 p.m. there will be a Concert with music by Hildegard von Bingen, Monteverdi, Händel, Vaccaj, Mozart, Rossini, Bellini, Verdi, Saint-Saëns, and Bizet. From the brochure - Maria Montessori loved music, which she defined as a "necessary companion", and as a "true benefactor of humanity". A pioneer of musical education, she advised that children were offered the opportunity to listen to the music of the "greatest artists and greatest performers" from a very early age, because it was capable of arousing "superior feelings" in them. Montessori appreciated most of all melody and singing; for this reason, on the eve of her 150th birthday, the Domus Musica Association has decided to pay homage to her with an opera. The pieces that have been chosen will trace the entire history of vocal repertoire, from Gregorian chant (indicated by Maria as the children's favorite) to the Italian bel canto of the nineteenth century, with arias and duets by some of the most significant composers of melodrama.
Monday August 31 at 5:30 p.m. there is a book presentation of a new Graphic Novel, Maria Montessori Il Metodo Improprio. Maria Montessori, the Inexact Method. I'm not exactly sure of the translation of 'Improprio' as the choices were: improper, inappropriate, irregular, improvised, erroneous, wrong, inaccurate, imprecise, and inexact. I just took a leap of faith on inexact. Perhaps the various meanings are a play on words and there is a double, or triple or even quadruple entendre... I guess we'll find out soon!
When Maria Montessori published The Method of Scientific Pedagogy in 1909, she was already known in Italy for being one of the first women to graduate in medicine and for her feminist struggles. The book, as it describes children's education, does not talk about stimulating them, rather to pay attention to the interests and motivation of the learners. The enthusiasm with which it was received led Maria Montessori to share her pedagogical views around the world and what followed was the birth of her schools that would prepare a new generation of teachers. Written by the same authors of the graphic novels dedicated to Mario Lodi and Danilo Dolci, this is a comic biographical sketch that covers the fundamental stages in the development of Montessori's educational practices.
Publishers Becco Giallo 2020
Monday August 31 (and Wednesday September 2 and Friday the 3rd) at 9:00 p.m. is the international premier of the new biographical documentary film At the first night's showing there will be a special guest: Carolina Montessori via a video call as well as introductions to the film by the director Emanuela Audisio and the director of Sky Arte Roberto Pisoni. 75 minutes. The documentary W Maria Montessori intends to highlight not only the extraordinary past of a woman capable of freeing herself from conformism - in 1896 she will be the third Italian woman to graduate in medicine, with a specialization in neuropsychiatry - but the modernity of her system for learning that spread across the entire world and saw the development of new schools in her name. ... she knew how to say no to fascism, fight for women's emancipation and universal suffrage, vindicate the autonomy of consciousness as opposed to totalitarianism, and modeled throughout her life the importance of curiosity and travel in bringing together Western and Eastern thought.
Written by Emanuela Audisio
Director Emanuela Audisio and Malina De Carlo
Produced by 3D Productions and Sky Arte in collaboration with Fondazione Chiaravalle Montessori e Istituto Luce Cinecittà, with contributions from the city of Chiaravalle