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The Celebrity Series of Boston is hosting Italia's finest the Spellbound Dance Company. (Photo courtesy of Celebrity Series Productions) cries, incredibly knowledge- able experts and put on an absolutely amazing show. The Wine Riot Boston hits the Hub April 5 m and 6 tn at the Park Plaza Castle, 130 Columbus Avenue, Boston. For more information and tickets to the show visit www. secondglass, com. Celebrity Series Boston .... The celebrity Series is nearing the end of their sea- son and has brought in an amazing act from Italy. Spellbound Dance Com- pany with artistic direction from Mauro Astolfi will make their way to the Citi Shubert Theatre for performances on friends. The best part is an app that tracks your favorite wines and shows you where to buy them later, arming you with all the tools needed for total wine domination. The concept was simple: Second Glass wanted to cre- ate a fun, non-intimidating place where people could learn about wine. So in 2008, Morgan and Tyler maxed out their credit cards, called in every favor they had and made Wine Riot a reality. It was an instant hit. They have grown since those days but their dedicated team continues to work around the clock to find the best win- Still Here... Happy Easter : Maria's Pastry Shop '/"" " Homemade Pannetone and Nougat Candy ...... . ..'1 [:_'.-" 46 Cross Street, Boston, Massachusetts i --'J Friday, April 5 th at 7:30 pm and Saturday, April 6  begin- ning at 8:00 pm. This is the U.S. debut tour for Spellbound Dance Company, Italy's lead- ing contemporary dance ensemble. The program will include Lost for Words, Down- shifting and She Is On The Ground by Mauro Astolfi. In the spring of 1910, a group of Italian radicals pub- lished a manifesto for new visual art suited to the emerg- ing industrial century. Sepa- rated by more than a century from Futurist authors Carlo Carra, Umberto Boccioni, Luigi Russolo, Giacomo Balla and Gino Severini, choreog- rapher Mauro Astolfi contin- ues to endorse a distinctly Italian enthusiasm for mo- bility as a signal of creative freedom. Italy's dance scene has roots in 18 th century court pageants and enlarged its reputation by way of peda- gogue Enrico Cecchetti and the more recent glamour of Carla Fracci, the dramatic ballerina who presided over La Scala for four decades. Yet as much as today's Italian choreographers revere the classical tradition, they have also been influenced by American modern dance and physical theatre. Like Ater- balletto's Mauro Bigonzetti, whose work Boston audi- ences have seen in the rep- ertory of Canadian troupe BJM, choreographer Mauro Astolfi of Spellbound Dance Company is both a proud son of Italy and a citizen of the global contemporary dance world. 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Mauro Astolfi, a former gymnast, had re- cently returned to Italy after eight years living in New York where he trained with Merce Cunningham and Paul Taylor and freelancing as a dancer in the United States, Italy and London. In 1994, the ad hoc group es- tablished itself as a going concern. Astolfi found him- self choreographing in both opera houses and indepen- dent venues, as well as pre- senting work as part of art exhibitions such as a Venice Biennale. His most cel- ebrated work to date is a ver- sion of Carmina Burana he created for the International Festival of Maiori in 2006. For this inaugural U.S. tour, Spellbound Dance Com- pany presents a trio of recent works. Lost for Words, sub- titled The Invasion of Empty Words was created in two sections, a year apart in 2011 and 2012. Marked by a steady intensity, Astolfi's choreography deploys his dancers' extreme flexibility in knotty pairings and can- tilevered poses that cannot cohere. The score addresses the bewildering limits of lan- guage as an 18 m century vio- lin passacaglia overlaps with Vancouver-based electronic musician Scott Morgan's as- sertion: "I should only make things I understand. I should only make things I know how to construct, however imper- Columbus Avenue, Boston. fect. It's not even like dic- 'tating to someone. It's less than that." Watchful as wolves, the dancers confront each other and the audience under wedges of light de- signed by Marco Policastro, who began working with Astolfi a decade ago and is now the company's technical director. Astolfi's recently premiered She Is On The Ground takes a lighter look at miscommunication, where women respond to the intrusive scrutiny of a group of clueless louts with a cer- tain degree of female com- plicity. Astolfi's intricate trio partnering is showcased in style that undercuts the dancers' technical prowess with a casual sheen. Finally, in Downshifting (2009), the performers make space for shared impulses and unison dancing. Streaked with light, as if moving behind venetian blinds on a summer after- noon, they sway against a violin-and-piano pendulum and the soothing vocal ribbons of the acappella. Norwegian vocal sextet Pust/Breath. As the connec- tions between the dancers in Downshifting grow less fleeting and more trusting, Mauro Astolfi's choreography seems to counsel us that the time we invest in sustained human connection is always time well spent. (Continued on Page 13) 00uona 00'asqua i .al If you've never dined in an ltalhome, o )5l, you've never dined at La Summa 's 1..,,-q I o   Homemade Italian Specialties -- Celebrating 30 Years -- 30 Fleet Street Boston's North End "5 Prop: Barbara Summa Phone: (617) 523-9503 PICCOLO Restaurant Pino Irano Owner NIDO 617. 742.4272 fax 617.227.5154 www.piccolonidol @ aol. com. 257 North Street, Boston, MA 02113