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“Billy Elliot” Flash Mob thrills Milan
Milan becomes the scene of a flash mob inspired by "Billy Elliot", involving over 150 young people in a performance to the tune of "Swan Lake".
On 6 April Piazza Duomo became the scene of an event dedicated to the well-known musical "Billy Elliot". The square hosted over one hundred and fifty young people, including children and teenagers, who interpreted the choreographies to the melodies of "Swan Lake" together with the artists of the show, currently on the bill at the Sistina Chapiteau until 14 April. The event continued in Piazza San Babila, to the amazement of passers-by, fascinated by the expressive abilities of the dancers.
Massimo Romeo Piparo is director and author of the Italian adaptation, which stars Giulio Scarpati in the role of Billy's father and Rossella Brescia in that of Mrs. Wilkinson, the dance teacher who discovers his talent.
The day ended with a meeting open to the public at the Lenovo Space, where it was possible to meet and interact with the artists of the show.

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“Billy Elliot”, a 2000 British film directed by Stephen Daldry and written by Lee Hall, narrates the maturation process of a young man belonging to the working class who, in the context of the 1984-1985 miners' strike in County Durham, in North- East of England, he discovered and cultivated a fervent passion for ballet. This interest clashes with the opposition of the boy's father and with common prejudices regarding male dancers. The film stars Jamie Bell in the role of the eleven-year-old protagonist, alongside Gary Lewis, Jamie Draven and Julie Walters in the roles of the father, the older brother and the dance teacher respectively.
The idea for the film originates from Lee Hall's play “Dancer”, with development of the film project starting in 1999. During casting, Jamie Bell was selected to play Billy from around two thousand candidates, confirming the Filming began in the North East of England in August of the same year. The production was entrusted to Greg Brenman and Jon Finn, with the music composed by Stephen Warbeck. “Billy Elliot” is the result of a co-production between BBC Films, Tiger Aspect Pictures and Working Title Films.
The film debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000, and was released in the United Kingdom on 29 September 2000 by Universal Pictures via United International Pictures. “Billy Elliot” achieved positive critical reception and considerable commercial success, with a global gross of $109.3 million against a budget of $5 million. At the 54th British Academy Film Awards, the film won three awards out of thirteen nominations, with Jamie Bell winning the title of Best Actor in a Leading Role, becoming the youngest winner in this category. The film also received three Academy Award nominations, including Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress.
In 2001, the narrative was adapted into a novel by Melvin Burgess and subsequently turned into a highly successful musical, “Billy Elliot the Musical,” which premiered in London's West End in 2005 and was subsequently staged in Australia in 2007 and on Broadway in New York in 2008.

Source: Images from the video available on Youtube: https://youtu.be/Lxxgsp0GAGM

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