Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

Segmento Q&A: Teatro alla Scala Principal Dancer Nicoletta Manni

Principal Dancer of the Teatro alla Scala, Nicoletta Manni, showed incredible talent as a ballerina at a very young age. Born in Lecce, she spent much of her childhood training until she was accepted at the La Scala Theatre Ballet School when she was just 12 years old.

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Jenna Lo Bianco

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1/10/2018

Culture
Art & culture

Teatro alla Scala ballet company graces Brisbane for the very first time

I was just 15 years old when I first stumbled into La Scala opera house in Milan. Truth be told, I had lost my way from the outstretched corridors of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and was in search of directions – no romantic story here at all.

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Jenna Lo Bianco

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6/9/2018

Migrants
Profiles

Blood is thicker than sugo.

Today’s story is one I have longed to share with you for a while now. It is the tale of two Italian women – one Italian by birth, and the other Italian in spirit. They are Vincenza and Melinda Aloisio. Mother and daughter.

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Jenna Lo Bianco

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6/9/2018

Immigration
Current affairs

The challenge to keep the Italian language alive in our homes through our children

I recently found myself at a checkout with my crying 10-week-old son. I spoke to the cashier in English then tended to my son in Italian, soothing him and using diminutive Italian forms of his name.

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Jenna Lo Bianco

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30/7/2018

Literature
Art & culture

Many English words have entered the Italian language but the same can be said the other way around

When we think of linguistic influences in Australian culture we often think of the languages brought to us by migrants from foreign lands.

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Jenna Lo Bianco

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10/2/2018

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

From the floor to the big screen: Damian Walshe-Howling

I remember the scene vividly. He lay motionless on his back. Blood streaming from a number of gunshot wounds. He stares blankly back at us. Lifeless. Dead. The year was 2008 and ‘Underbelly’ was on our TV screens.

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Jenna Lo Bianco

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20/4/2018

Literature
Art & culture

The strengths and weaknesses of Italian language education in Victoria

A few weeks ago, at the Italian Institute of Culture of Melbourne, a group of key stakeholders met a delegation of members of the Italian Senate to discuss the current state of Italian language education in Victoria. The delegation was accompanied by the Italian Consul-General Dr. Marco Maria Cerbo and comprised Sen. Claudio Micheloni, Sen. Francesco Giacobbe, Sen. Pippo Pagano and Sen. Vito Rosario Petrocelli.

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Jenna Lo Bianco

on

20/1/2017

Young talents
Profiles

Portrait of an actor as a young man

The man sat in front of me, coffee in hand, is not the man I have seen in action. Today he is poised, articulate and composed. With grace and unabridged honesty he recounts the ups and downs of his life journey. So far, in all my encounters with him, I have been his audience: I sit gripped, hanging on to every word.

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Jenna Lo Bianco

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31/8/2017

Art
Art & culture

Stefano Costabile: a head above the rest

To know Stefano Costabile’s work is to know a mastermind in action. Likened to the Mad Hatter in Lewis Carroll’s imaginative world of Alice in Wonderland, Stefano is indeed mad about hats. With a career spanning decades, and with work gracing various industries and fields, Stefano has proven that he has what it takes to lead the millinery industry and set a new standard in functional Italian fashion. As it goes, there is certainly more to hats than meets the eye: medium, design, artisan technique and styling.

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Jenna Lo Bianco

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31/8/2017

Food trends
Food & wine

The bakery that has restored true Italian bread making

Five years ago I was diagnosed with an allergy to wheat: this was heartbreaking news. In a very short amount of time I had to re-train my brain to overlook the yeasty, crusty temptation, and seek guilty starchy pleasures in other forms; needless to say it took its toll. How ridiculous! – you might say. Take bread away from an Italian, however, and the situation gets serious.

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Jenna Lo Bianco

on

15/10/2017

Footy
Sport

In his blood, but on his own terms

Following in his nonno’s and father’s footsteps, the nineteen year old Jack Silvagni promises to add luster to the name of a legendary family of Italian-Australian footballers

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Jenna Lo Bianco

on

6/6/2017

Immigration
Current affairs

Ellis Island, New York same journey. Different destination.

On a recent trip to the US I was humbled to explore Ellis Island’s National Museum of Immigration. The harsh conditions of the New York winter melted away as I stepped inside the warm and welcoming lobby. After catching my breath, I stopped to admire the world I had stepped into. Millions of hopeful immigrants had to withstand gruelling transit conditions with no guarantee of security in the US.

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Jenna Lo Bianco

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10/5/2017

Lifestyle
Lifestyle

Erika Lancini: creativity knows no boundaries

March of 2014 signalled the beginning of a new and exciting life for the talented Erika Lancini, her husband Manuel, and their three daughters, Martina, Alexandra and Maya. After long discussions and reflections about what a future remaining in Italy would look like, they packed up their life in Brescia and moved to Melbourne; a move neither regrets.

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Jenna Lo Bianco

on

7/3/2017

Culture
Art & culture

The Italian-speaking inner voice that can't be silenced

Do you ever hear voices in your head? I do. All the time. I hear two. One voice, usually the voice of reason and control, speaks English. The other, the voice that pipes up in moments of extreme emotion and passion, speaks Italian.

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Jenna Lo Bianco

on

20/1/2017

Pizza
Food & wine

From life-long passion to World Pizza Champion

Andrea Cozzolino’s passion for the art of pizza making – and yes, it is quite an art – began in Naples during his school-age years. Andrea was just twelve years old. It all started quite modestly, working at a local family-run pizzeria, making simple pizzas, preparing ingredients and feeding the staff.

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Jenna Lo Bianco

on

28/11/2016

Footy
Sport

Darcy’s pride with no prejudice

The story of a Victorian country girl of Italian descent who is developing a career as a professional player in women’s Australian football and is a staunch promoter of gender equality in all sports.

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Jenna Lo Bianco

on

4/12/2017

Immigration
Current affairs

The small corner in all of us that is Italian

In his 1964 masterpiece The Italians, Luigi Barzini, in his infinite wisdom and acute social awareness, states: “In the heart of every man, wherever he is born, whatever his education and tastes, there is one small corner that is Italian”. What else could explain your need to pick up this edition of Segmento? Everyone can connect with, even in the smallest way, the Italian way of life, culture and language.

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Jenna Lo Bianco

on

14/11/2017

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