The Performing Arts Route

A wonderful walk to discover actors, dancers, musicians…

In this path you can visit the graves of a number of specialists in the performing arts buried in the Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome.

A path composed of 13 stages in which you can visit the tombs of celebrities from the entertainment world. This itinerary takes about 60 minutes to complete.

Percorso arti performative

A wonderful walk to discover actors, dancers, musicians…

In this path you can visit the graves of a number of specialists in the performing arts buried in the Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome.

To find out more about the history of individual single tombs, click on the names in the list below or visit our  tomb database.

    The Performing Arts Route

  1. Milloss, Aurél (1906-1988)Hungarian dancer and choreographer, he gave his contribution to the rebirth of Italian ballet and worked in major Italian theatres; he was primo ballerino and then director of the Rome Opera Theatre – V; 2; 18
  2. Borissenko, Evgenija Fëdorovna aka Jia Ruskaja (1902-1970) – Russian-born ballet dancer, she was the founder of the National Academy of Dance in Rome, which she directed until her death – V; 15; 3
  3. Jacopetti, Gualtiero (1919-2011) – Italian film maker, he is considered the creator of the shockumentaries with Franco Prosperi and Paolo Cavara thanks to their documentary Mondo Cane – V; 15; 11
  4. Lee, Belinda (1935-1961)English actress, she starred in Long Night of ’43, Ghosts of Rome and The Magliari and died young in a car accident – V; 15; 11
  5.  Harrison, John “Peter” Mosman (1922-1966)Australian actor and translator; he was one of the founders of the first Shakespearean theatre company in Rome – 1; 11; 38
  6. Scharoff, Pietro (1886-1969)Russian-born actor and director, he was Stanislavsky’s assistant director at the Moscow Art Theatre; once in Italy, he founded the Compagnia stabile at the Eliseo Theatre in Rome; the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Rome has been named after him – 1; 2; 27
  7. Planitz, Clotilde von der (1892-1974)German expressionist dancer and wife of dancer Alexander Sakharov, together they taught at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena in the 1950s – 1; 1; 34
  8. Sacharov, Aleksandr Semënovič (1884-1963, Sacharoff in the Cemetery records) Russian/stateless dancer and husband of dancer Clotilde von der Planitz, together they taught at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena in the 1950s  – 1; 1, 34
  9. Foà, Arnoldo (1916-2014)Italian actor and director, he worked in cinema, theatre and television and gave his contribution to the creation of Radio RAI – 2; 2; 7
  10. Kalnins, Mirzda (1912-1974)Latvian ballerina and dance teacher, she was the prima ballerina at the Rome Opera Theatre and at the Latvian National Opera of Riga – 2; 16; 19
  11. Komissarževskij, Fëdor Petrovič (1831-1905, Fyodor Komissarzhevsky/Teodoro Komisarjevsky negli archivi del Cimitero) – opera singer and teacher of Russian theatre, father of the actress Vera F. Komissarževskaja and the director Fëdor F. Komissarževskij – 2; 15; 27
  12. Popescu, Gladys Marion (1919-2000)Romanian actress and showgirl, she worked in theatre, television and cinema – 3; 1; 6; 14
  13. Haieff, Aleksej (1914-1994, Alexei Haieff in the Cemetery database)Russian-born composer naturalized American, his “Divertimento” (1944) was choreographed by George Balanchine – 3; 2; 4; 12

Details


Time: About 60 minutes

Difficulty: Average

Tips: The route covers various zones of the cemetery. Many graves are not on the main path and you need to use location references or photos to locate them. During the tour, inside the cemetery, it is strictly forbidden to smoke, drink and consume food, lean or sit on the graves and film in the cemetery. For information on the type of photos allowed, you can refer to the Visitor Center. It is also advisable to wear comfortable shoes for the walk and to pay attention to the large roots on the paths, especially in the Zona Seconda and we suggest you bring protective cream during the hottest period.

Route


Please find below the stages of this route:

  1. Milloss Aurel
  2. Hungarian choreographer and dancer, he contributed to the rebirth of Italian ballet and worked in major Italian theaters. Read More

    Zone: V Row: 2 Position: 18

  3. Lee Belinda
  4. English actress, her films include: La lunga notte del ’43, Fantasmi a Roma e I magliari. Read More

    Zone: V Row: 15 Position: 12

  5. Jacopetti Gualtiero
  6. He was an Italian journalist, director and documentary filmmaker. Read More

    Zone: V Row: 15 Position: 12

  7. Lindsay Keith Kemp
  8. He was an Italian journalist, director and documentary filmmaker. Read More

    Zone: V Row: 15 Position: 12

  9. Popescu Gladys Marion
  10. Romanian showgirl and actress, she worked in theater, TV and cinema. Read More

    Zone: 3 Quarter: 1 Row: 6 Position: 14

  11. Harrison John Mosman
  12. Australian actor and translator, one of the founders of the first Shakespearean theatre company in Rome. Read More

    Zone: 1 Row: 11 Position: 38

  13. Borissenko Eugenia Conosciuta Come Ruskaja Jia
  14. Russian dancer, choreographer and teacher, she fled from Russia just after the October Revolution. Read More

  15. Scharoff Pietro
  16. Russian actor and director, he was Stanislavskij’s assistant director at the Moscow Art Theater; in Italy he founded the stable company of the Teatro Eliseo and the Pietro Scharoff Academy of Dramatic Art was dedicated to him. Read More

    Zone: 1 Row: 2 Position: 27

  17. Von Der Planitz Clotilde
  18. German expressionist dancer, wife of the dancer Aleksandr Sacharov, with whom she taught at the Chigiana Music Academy of Siena in the 50s. Read More

  19. Sacharoff Alexandre
  20. Russian/stateless dancer and choreographer; husband of the dancer Clotilde von der Planitz, with whom he taught at the Chigiana Music Academy of Siena in the 50s. Read More

  21. Foà Arnoldo
  22. Italian director and actor, he has worked in theater, cinema and television. Read More

    Zone: 2 Row: 2 Position: 7

  23. Kalnins Mirdza
  24. Italian director and actor, he has worked in theater, cinema and television. Read More

    Zone: 2 Row: 2 Position: 7

  25. Komissarzhevsky, Fyodor Petrovich
  26. Lyric singer and scenic art teacher, father of the actress Vera Komissarevskaja and the director Fëdor Komissarevskij. Read More

    Zone: 2 Row: 15 Position: 27
The complete guide to find a grave

All the graves of the Non-Catholic Cemetery can be located through the position details that can be read within each single buried person’s page or gravestone’s page itself.

Exact position can be located by 4 simple fields: The Area (Zona), The quarter (Riquadro), The Row (Fila) and The Position (Posizione).

 

The Areas (Zona)

The Non-Catholic cemetery of Rome is composed by 5 large areas. All areas are bounded by walkable paths, so they are very easy to locate.

ATTENTION: We gently remind to all visitors that the Antica(A) area is a flat and grassy garden, and the graves are scattered in a very informal fashion. Furthermore we suggest you to exclusively refer to the walk’s map and also to the photo of the gravestone to locate the exact position.

 

The quarter* (Riquadro) *valid only for the Terza Zona (3)

The quarter is strictly related to the Terza Zona of the cemetery.

This area is divided into 4 quadrants numbered as shown in this map.

Only the graves in the Terza Zona will have the quarter indicated in the position information.

The field that represent the quarter will be empty/not visible in each other grave except the graves in the Terza Zona.

Please note that to identify any tomb it is always possible to refer to the walk’s map and to the photo of the grave.

 

 

 

 

The Row (Fila) 

The graves in the cemetery are mostly laid out in ordered rows.

Only the Zona Antica(A) and the tombs along the walls, for example ossuaries, are an exception.

In order to count the row number it is necessary to recognize the lower part of the cemetery as a reference. The Non-Catholic cemetery in fact extends over a slight slope (except for the Zona Antica which is flat but does not have rows).

The first row will always be the one at the lowest level compared to the others.

Once the first row is identified it will be easy to count all the others rows.

 

 

The Position (Posizione)

It is used to locate the grave within the reference row.

The position can be identified by counting the graves from left to right.

The count must be made always starting from the left end of the area where the tomb is located.

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