Mirko Dettori (40), aka Mircaccio, rubs his eyes in his house in Pigneto’s neighbourhood of Rome after waking up late in the evening, February 2018. The Club is open 6 nights a week from 11 p.m. to 5-6 in the morning, forcing Mirko to leave almost exclusively at night. 
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At dead of night
From dusk till dawn, a story of an exuberant showman
of the Eternal City's nights.

While the city falls asleep, he wakes up. When Rome's sun goes beyond the horizon, he arises from darkness. 

Mirko Dettori, also known as Mircaccio,is the owner of La Conventicola degli Ultramoderni club, a little tiny gem set in front of San Lorenzo’s medieval walls, opened every night from 11 p.m. till morning. The club has an out-of-time fairy tale atmosphere of 20’s music, burlesque dances and an eccentric clientele of perpetual nighthawks. Born 40 years ago in the middle-size town of Varese in northern Italy and grow up in Brescia, he mastered the art of cabaret performing his first shows in Lombardy’s strip-clubs. At some point of the foggy north-Italian nights, Mirko met what is now the co-owner of the Conventicolaand his former girlfriend: the half-Brazilian, half-Italian Madame de Freitas. From there, they scaled the Italian cabaret scene.

Following him through his mostly night time routine, it is clear Mirco is not building up a character : every detail in his wardrobe, furniture, make up speak out loud the commitment he has to his art, sacrificing his existence to the nightlife. 

From dusk till dawn, a story of an exuberant showman of the Eternal City's nights.

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