Che cosa ci ha insegnato la strada: la ricerca di un linguaggio elementare ma stratificato, la necessità di avere all’interno di una storia un livello di lettura semplice ed efficace. E ancora: la estrema sintesi nella narrazione, la nitidezza dell’immagine, la presenza di personaggi tratteggiati in maniera netta, quasi maschere di una tradizione da reinventare. Il teatro nella strada: il teatro dentro la vita. Non solo il teatro è una analogia della vita, nasce da questa per poi raccontarla, è anche, quando è fatto in strada, parte della vita quotidiana. Lo spettacolo deve quindi rapportarsi continuamente con la realtà che lo ospita, fino a diventarne parte integrante ed essenziale. Stare dentro la vita per essere vivo, essere vivo per poter essere la vita stessa che scorre e corre con nuovo ritmo, con diversa energia, con vitalità.
The nine commandments
a diabolic show about the Money God
A Golden Calf came to preach on the city square, accompanied by his servants devils, to announce the Nine Commandments of Money God. And it seems that the pagan god is amused to remind us that the obscenity of war, the vulgarity of communication, the falsity of politics, the lack of memory and justice are the fruit of his tireless presence. The devils, with the earthly garments of businessmen and wealthy merchants, present the scenes that follow one another with ferocious comedy.
dramaturgy Gigi Bertoni actors Tanja Horstmann, Angela Pezzi, Maria Regosa, Renato Valmori director Alberto Grilli costumes and masks Maria Donata Papadia, Loretta Ingannato, Angela Pezzi, Maria Regosa lights Marcello D’Agostino photo Stefano Tedioli video Andrea Pedna graphic design Marilena Benini
a street theatre parade
CAROSELLO features the characters of The Bremen Town Musicians and transforms the traditional fairytale into a new and contemporary story taking place in the streets of European cities.
The musicians of the play are wandering artists almost like street buskers. They settle on the main square of the town, singing songs and collecting money for food. Present in this tuneful company are the four original animals of the fairytale, the donkey, dog, cat and rooster, but there is a goose with their band as well. Last, but not least, a stork joins the group, carrying a bundle with a baby in it, a new-born that has to be delivered to its mother, Madame Europe, a task the whole group of animals agrees to undertake. The baby is black and Madame Europe proves to be a highly symbolic name as the show unfolds. She lives on Hospitality Street, a road which is not easy to find in the old world.
director Alberto Grilli dramaturgy Gigi Bertoni actors Federica Belmessieri, Denis Campitelli, Tanja Horstmann, Angela Pezzi, Maria Regosa, Renato Valmori music director Antonella Talamonti costumes and masks Angela Pezzi, Maria Regosa, Maria Donata Papadia, Loretta Ingannato photo Stefano Tedioli video Andrea Pedna
FIESTA is an itinerary performance which transforms streets into a festival of South-American flair. Drum rhythms, three-metre-long figures with faces of papier-mâché, colourful patched costumes, banners, whistles and fire: FIESTA advances, people start to follow this fantastic and jolly parade. At once, it stops: spectators form a big circle, Erendira’s admirer and a bandit are struggling and hunting each other, running, dancing and jumping acrobatically on stilts… And then it goes on, from scene to scene; in an onomatopoetic language-mix actors tell little burlesque stories, inspired by Gabriel García Márquez: a dramatic shipwreck, a turbulent rendezvous of four lovers, Erendira’s humiliation by her grand-mother. Popular songs of the Italian Anarchy movement are sung and accompanied by an accordion and comment on the action. And step by step the town changes face adapting its new function as theatre scenery.
director Alberto Grilli actors Federica Belmessieri, Denis Campitelli, Tanja Horstmann, Angela Pezzi, Maria Regosa, Renato Valmori costumes and masks Maria Donata Papadia, Angela Pezzi
La parata Garibaldi
La parata Garibaldi is a colourful theatre parade that evokes the atmosphere of a South Italian traditional fest. Garibaldi, Cavour and Mazzini, the three co-founders of the Italian Republic, have gathered the soldiers of their infantry in order to become an anarchic street marching band. They present funny dances and sing ironic songs which illustrate the history of the foundation of the Bel Paese (“Beautiful Country”) and its way of life. The men of the Brigade are not patriotic soldiers but fraternal and kind companions who want to have fun, spreading their mediterranean temperament amongst the street audience.
actors Federica Belmessieri, Denis Campitelli, Tanja Horstmann, Angela Pezzi, Maria Regosa, Renato Valmori director Alberto Grilli costumes Maria Donata Papadia, Angela Pezzi music director Antonella Talamonti