Massimiliano studied at the London School of Contemporary Dance of London. In 1990, he left the world of dance to begin a new journey in the world of video art where he quickly became the artistic force behind visual mise-en-scène for choreographers around the world. Massimiliano created video scenographies for numerous prestigious festivals and galas internationally. He has also constructed the video mapping of the Basilica di Giotto and for the Teatro Petruzzelli of Bari, where one of his permanent installation’s virtually re-constructed the frescoes of the Cupola. Massimiliano is also a celebrated photographer and has had photo exhibitions in Spoleto and Rome. He is professor of digital image elaboration at the Accademia di Comunicazione e Immagine of Rome. In 2012, Massimiliano received the prestigious International Award “Romaindanza” for his talent in the visual work of dance theatre. From 2012, he has been artist-in-residence at the Carrières de Lumières – Atelier des Lumières where he authored the mise-en-scène of numerous immersive shows. He is currently creating projects within Italy as well as in New York, Berlin, Leipzig and Rome.
Italian composer and pianist, Luca Longobardi, is a classically trained musician who incorporates contemporary electronic music into his pieces. Born in 1976, Longobardi studied classical music in Italy and New York and went on to earn his doctorate in digital audio restoration in Rome in 2011. His works reveal a strong interaction between classical and contemporary music. The experience he has gained as a theatre musician has increased his interest in the relationship between sounds and spectacle. He has composed music for ballets and films and accompanied installations and experimental art productions (Atelier de Lumières – Paris, Carrière des Lumières – Baux-de-Provence, Kunstkraftwerk – Leipzig). At his multimedia performances and in his recordings, strong experimental electronic music meets pure, ethereal and simple-seeming piano playing that relay deep emotions.
Creative Director of Animations
Graduated from the European Institute of Design in 2007 and his graduation in short film scores won an award right away at the Cortintesta Film Festival.
Thanks to the collaboration with artist Massimiliano Siccardi, he created numerous video projections for the National Dance Academy in Rome. In 2016 they made a permanent installation for the Musem of the Dancing Satyr in Mazzara del Vallo and in 2017 a temporary one for the Museum of Parfume in Grasse.
Vittorio participated as creative director of animations for the immersive shows presented by Carriers de Lumiers and in 2016 collaborates in the writing and the creation of the show “Au pays d’Alice”. With the opening of the venues of Paris, Jeju island, and Bordeaux, Vittorio has become increasingly involved in the production, becoming the Creative Director of Animation for all the main shows. In 2019 Vittorio signed, together with Massimiliano Siccard and Luca Longobardi, the creation of the show “Vincent” currently showing in the Toronto Star Building in Toronto, Canada.
Founded in Toronto in 2003 by Corey Ross, Starvox Entertainment has ranked in Profit Magazine’s Fastest growing Canadian companies for 5 years in a row. Starvox produces, manages, represents and promotes cross-over performing arts shows and exhibitions that tour Canada, the United States, and internationally. Mr. Ross has produced multiple theatrical shows in Chicago including the Harry Potter parody Potted Potter, Evil Dead the Musical, Champions of Magic, and Sherlock Holmes. In Las Vegas Mr. Ross produces three shows for Caesars Entertainment—Wow, Extravagnza and Potted Potter. In the world of art exhibitions Mr. Ross produces the Art of Banksy in London, Canada, the USA, as well as Immersive Van Gogh and Illusionarium in Toronto.
Slava has specialized in building modern custom developments across Toronto, and recently took on a new challenge of preserving heritage buildings that can be integrated into the city’s contemporary landscape. His latest and proudest achievement is the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit — a venture that began by converting a 5-storey industrial base of a 50 year-old high-rise office tower to a magical installation of 600,000 cubic feet projections.
He had to re-develop the existing space into a safe and visually unobtrusive arena for showcasing Van Gogh’s work on an astonishing scale. Considering all the supporting elements behind the production, imagination and innovation were at the core. For Slava, the project reached extraordinary heights and expanded beyond anything that has ever been done before. What was once the home to Toronto Star’s printing presses was conceptualized into the world’s first drive-in art experience.
The old and the new, commerce and culture, architecture and technology – all existing thrillingly, side by side. Slava Zheleznyakov is the man who made it happen.
Director of Global Business Development for Starvox Entertainment and Lighthouse Immersive.
Fusco began his career in Monterrey, Mexico, promoting tour productions across Mexico for Cirque du Soleil, Cavalia and Slava’s Snowshow. In 2013, Fusco joined Canadian-based Starvox Entertainment, where he oversaw touring productions across Mexico and North America as well as international engagements. Today, Fusco manages global business development for both Starvox Entertainment and Lighthouse Immersive, expanding beyond their existing North American markets with successful productions in Dubai, Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Koriyama, Taipei, Kaohsiung, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, among others. Fusco is a Producer for The Art of Banksy exhibit in North America, with current/upcoming runs in Chicago, San Francisco, Denver, Boston, Washington, and Toronto, as well as an Associate Producer for IMMERSIVE FRIDA KAHLO, arriving in seven North American cities this spring.
New York-based Maestro Immersive Arts is the latest creative venture by Maria Shclover and Irina Shabshis, in partnership with Lighthouse Immersive (Canada) to introduce the immersive art genre in major markets across the United States.
Shclover is a classically trained pianist who later became a finance and international business professional, after graduating from NYU Stern School of Business. With extensive finance experience under her belt, Shclover founded Maestro Artist Management in 2004 that initially concentrated on presenting classical music and special events.
Shabshis joined Maestro Artist Management in 2005, with a classical music background and vast computer science experience. Maestro Artist Management focused on providing a bespoke experience to international artists and over the years became one of the leading boutique artist management companies that presented international tours of such legendary classical musicians as Yuri Bashmet, Olga Kern, Denis Matsuev, Mischa Maysky, Vadim Repin, Vladimir Spivakov and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Together, the company presented more than 1,000 events and sold more than 700,000 tickets, working with international stars such as Michel Legrand, John Malkovich, Mikhail Baryshnikov and many others. As a presenter of some of the world’s best talent in the international performing arts, the company closely collaborated and partnered with some of the most prestigious art organizations, such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, The Metropolitan Opera and various Broadway productions.
In 2012, Shclover and Shabshis formed a non-profit organization, Cherry Orchard Festival Foundation, to introduce international theatrical projects and acclaimed performers to American audience. Festival has been a summer staple in New York and beyond, and received rave reviews from critics and audiences, welcoming such prominent international companies and projects as Gesher Theatre (Israel), John Malkovich and the international cast of Giacomo Variations (Austria), The Theatre of Nations (Russia), Vakhtangov State Theatre (Russia), Jaunais Rīgas Teātris (Latvia), Tango Fire Dance Company (Argentina), Rafael Amargo Flamenco Company (Spain), The Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra (Russia), Max Raabe & Palast Orchester (Germany), Theatre-Atelier Piotr Fomenko (Russia) and many more. In 2018, Shclover and Shabshis founded yet another venture, the Russian Film Week USA, an annual showcase of both independent and artistic films that represent the dynamic landscape of Russian filmmaking today. The festival received a resounding welcome from critics and audiences, and will take place digitally in January 2021.