Daniele Finzi Pasca
Lead Dramatist and Director of the Fête des Vignerons 2019, Daniele Finzi Pasca was born in 1964 in Lugano. He is is a stage designer, director, playwright, choreographer and actor.
He has created such monumental shows as the closing ceremonies for the Olympic Games in Turin in 2006 and Sochi in 2014. Daniele Finzi Pasca has worked for the Cirque du Soleil, the Cirque Éloize and renowned opera houses.
Costume Designer for the Fête des Vignerons 2019, Giovanna Buzzi was born in 1955 in Milan (Italy).
In 2017, she was awarded the Metropolitan Fashion Award for Costume Designer of the Year. Buzzi has often worked with Daniele Finzi Pasca since the Olympic Games in Turin. She has also notably worked with Costa Gravas, Placido Domingo or Daniel Baremboimm, and designs for the most important theatres and Italian opera houses.
Principle Composer and Music Director of the Fête des Vignerons 2019, Maria Bonzanigo was born in Lausanne in 1966. She is a founding member of the Compagnia Finzi Pasca and takes part in the creation of most of its shows as a composer and choreographer. Bonzanigo has also written scores for the Cirque du Soleil and Cirque Eloize.
Stage Designer for the Fête des Vignerons 2019, Hugo Gargiulo was born in 1965 in Montevideo (Uruguay).
Trained as an architect, another founding member of the Compagnia Finzi Pasca, he attended theatrical training where he met Daniele Finzi Pasca. He moved to Switzerland in 1996 and takes part as an actor, stage director or set designer for most of the company’s shows.
Librettist for the Fête des Vignerons 2019, Stéphane Blok is a poet and musician from Vaud Canton, who was born in Lausanne in 1971. Author of songs and compositions for theatre and dance, he is interested in all forms of artistic expression. For the Fête des Vignerons 2019, in collaboration with Blaise Hofmann, he is penning the words and songs to express the various tableaux of the show.
The second librettist for the Fête des Vignerons 2019 and Vaud-native, the writer Blaise Hofmann was born in Morges in 1978. Author of many pieces of theatre, novels and travel books, he joined the creative team for the Fête des Vignerons in 2015, tasked together with Stéphane Blok to express the winemaker’s esprit and write the many songs for 2019’s show.
Composer for the Fête des Vignerons 2019, Jérôme Berney was born in 1971 in Vancouver, Canada. Percussionist and pianist with numerous albums, he likes to build bridges between music and cultures. He composes pieces for choir and instrumental ensembles, often singular, mixing jazz, classical and world music. His creations have been played at the big Swiss festivals (Cully Jazz, Montreux Jazz) as well as abroad (Berlin, Vilnius, New York).
Another composer for the Fête des Vignerons 2019, Valentin Villard was born in Lausanne in 1985. Having studied under Michael Jarrell in Genève and Willem Jeths in Amsterdam, he composes pieces of varied forms, ranging from soloist to grand symphonic orchestra, covering choir music, organ pieces, percussion and electro-acoustic works. The Fête des Vignerons gives him the chance to reconnect with traditional compositions, both solemn and light-hearted.
Choreographer for the Fête des Vignerons 2019, Bryn Walters has worked on more than 40 large shows, including 12 Olympic ceremonies. He collaborated with Daniele Finzi Pasca for the 2006 Turin Olympic Game’s closing ceremony as well as for Sochi 2014.
Born in Montreal, Canada, in 1980, Alexis Bowles has, from an early age, traveled around the world with his father, who worked for Cirque du Soleil. Like many designers of his generation, Alexis masters both lighting design and music production to then create a symbiosis of moods, textures and rhythms. Always looking for new media and new technologies, he works in all the performing arts: circus, opera, dance, theatre, etc. His innovative style demonstrates a modern sensibility influenced by human nature and a great desire for freedom.
Video designer for the Fête des Vignerons 2019, Roberto Vitalini was born in 1971 in Lugano. He is head of BASHIBA SA, a company dealing in imaginary universes, video art, interactive art and video scenography. Since 2009, Roberto has created video scenography for productions staged by Daniele Finzi Pasca.