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    The show

    Cipì is a sparrow that stands out from his peers for his desire to explore the world. Even from birth, the nest is too small for him. His mother’s advice is not enough to curb his curiosity: the desire to know the world is always stronger than any prudence. And yet this rebellion of his leads him to measure himself against great experiences and challenges. He discovers the beauty of nature, the value of friendship, learns to defend himself from men, from the lord of the night (an owl) and from the storm. In the end, he becomes a father and teaches his children to be diligent in order to remain honest, to be good in order to be loved, to open their eyes wide in order to distinguish the true from the false, to be brave in order to defend freedom.

    The book

    Cipì was born in the 70’s, within a precise pedagogical path, founded on the respect of the child and on the freedom of learning. In the show are developed themes related to the formation of the child. The curiosity and the desire to be oneself, which sometimes requires a little transgression and the refusal of homologation. The fundamental role of parental education, which must leave the child free to learn through experience and stimulus to growth. But if, on the one hand, the staging led by Selene Farinelli does not betray the themes dear to Mario Lodi, on the other hand it uses the traditional techniques of figure theatre to investigate its possibilities in the digital world. In fact, video projections and a software, specially created by Stefano Piermatteo, allow the actors to animate the characters in real time according to the stop motion technique, modifying the illustrations to be composed and animated live.


    Alice and the Rights of Wonderland

    A story that culminates in the celebration of children’s rights and the transmission of an important message: the protection of childhood. A text with a simple structure that does not hide a pedagogical intent: to make children aware of the rights of which they are too often deprived, starting with the children of the so-called “first world”.


    A long time has passed, and now Alice has finally returned, but she is sad and crying.  She left without luggage, but she came back with a heavy suitcase: inside there are objects and memories related to the episodes of her wandering.

    Encuraged by the Queen of Hearts, Alice pulls out of her suitcase, one by one, all the objects she has collected during her journey. Each object is linked to a memory, each memory to an episode of her journey, each episode to a story, each story to a child, each child to a denied right. Alice revisits the fundamental rights of childhood, crossing several times, in one direction or another, the border that separates “Wonderland” from reality, telling, with the necessary lightness and avoiding lyrical and dramatic excesses, stories of denied childhood.

    The ‘nature’ by Mario Rigoni Stern

    Pino Costalunga will read  passages especially from Stern’s texts about nature.  In particular he will concentrate on stories from his book entitled “Men, Woods and Bees”.


    Mario Rigoni Stern says of his book: ” I wish everyone could hear the song of partridges at sunrise, see the roe deer on the pastures in spring, the larches reddened by the autumn on the cliffs, the darting of fish in the clear waters of streams and bees picking the nectar from cherry trees in bloom.

    In these stories I write about  country villages, about natural environments still liveable.  You will also find those wonderful social insects that are the bees,  but also ancient arts and crafts that are slowly and inexorably disappearing at least here in the Western world. You will also find stories about wild animals and men who lived – and some still live – in an environment that is increasingly difficult to preserve. My short stories are not about silent springs, withered trees, or death by cancer, but about things that can still be enjoyed as long as you have the desire for life, the willingness to walk and the patience to observe.”

    Travel in Italy from Guido Piovene to the present day

    Pino Costalunga will re-propose the pages of “Viaggio in Italia” by Guido Piovene, reading in excerpts. We will then immerse ourselves in the same places and landscapes described and recounted by the great author from Vicenza, but also proposing pages by contemporary authors, who describe the same places but today, 50/60 years later.

    Piovene’s Vicenza, the city and its suburbs, meet/clash with the “same pages” of Vitaliano Trevisan, who retains Piovene’s lucidity and often sarcasm, but writes in a different context. Piovene’s Veneto becomes the “Ballade de Jadis” of another important Venetian author, Giulio Mozzi. We find ourselves in Roberto Ferrucci’s Vespa trip between Fusina and Porto Marghera. From Piovene’s Venice to that of Tiziano Scarpa… and so on. Poetic glimpses will not be overlooked, such as the territories described in dense verse by Fabio Franzin, one of the highest voices of contemporary poetry in Veneto and Italy.

    The great writing of Piovene’s territory, as well as that of the other authors presented, is a clear metaphor of an Italy that no longer exists, but also of a general European change, if not of the entire world.

    The year 2017 marks 60 years since the publication of “Il viaggio in Italia”, published by Mondadori in 1957. The meeting should provide an opportunity to rediscover and re-read the Vicenza writer’s reportage, which was destined to become the most famous literary guide of those years.

    Days of War

    From the homonymous novel by Giovanni Comisso and the Epistolario edited by Luigi Urettini.

    ‘Giorni di guerra’ (Days of War) is the novel by Giovanni Comisso that many compare to Hemingway’s ‘Addio alle Armi’ (Farewell to Arms). It has a similar description of the rout of Caporetto. In Comisso, however, there is not the detachment of the American author, but a melancholy and an adherence to human types and even the small events of the war. The author transforms his story into a great portrait, at times amusing and at times moving. It’s a narration of poor humanity in the face of what was one of the greatest catastrophes of the past century.

    Despite the theme, the novel is light and first tells the passion of many young people for the idea of war and then their detachment, alternating poetic pages with passages of strong narrative capacity and extraordinary comic scenes.

    Commisso, Veneto and the Great War

    Giovanni Comisso (Treviso, 3 October 1895 – Treviso, 21 January 1969) is undoubtely one of the most intersting Italian writers from Veneto of the beginning of the 20th century. Egocentric, passionate, a curious author and a journalist with great descriptive skills, a wanderer for business and for pleasure, he left us a series of articles, novels and essays that tell of an era from a different, often unusual perspective.

    Pino Costalunga will present the portrait of the writer and the man Comisso, especially in the period in which he was on the battlefield during the First World War. “On the battlefield”, so to speak, because the author from Treviso was lucky enough to remain always in the rear and therefore to live only the echoes of the distant battles.

    War as a spectacle, therefore, also appears in the correspondence – intelligently edited by prof. Luigi Urettini – of the writer with his father and especially his mother: the war with all its human miseries, the war as a moment of suspension from carefree life, the war of those who do not fight directly, but are involved in it and often victims.

    The resulting portrait is therefore neither tragic nor dramatic, but often amusing, light, always elegiac, thanks to the undoubted descriptive and evocative power of the great writer’s pen.

    Were has my shadow gone?

    Where has my shadow gone is a story of friendship to learn that even if you are different (sometimes only in appearance), there is always a way to overcome everyday differences and disagreements and become truly friends.

    The proposal is part of the Teatro Onlife project, it is written and performed by the actress and director Mariangela Diana, one of the finalists of the Hystrio Award for vocation in 2019.

    Once upon a time there was a child who just couldn’t stand his shadow. He was called Pin and his shadow, well, it was called Shadow. Its shadow copied it from morning to evening. If he didn’t brush his teeth before going to sleep, not even the shadow brushed them and his mother got angry. He didn’t get mad at Shadow, only with Pin!

    Shadow’s life was easy while Pin’s was very difficult!

    Because Shadow tried to be like him but she was too different. She wasn’t quite like Pin, and he was tired of having her in, indeed under his feet!

    One day Pin found a way to get it out of his sight.

    On, Off and the mystery of the missing cake

    You all know that in every self-respecting home there are always elves.

    “How can it be? – some of you might ask me – if I’ve never seen them? ».

    I guarantee it! It is that the elves are very good at hiding, not being discovered, and that’s why you’ve never seen them!

    Two Goblins also live in the house of the Reds: On and Off. The Reds, of course, have never seen them, but they know that they are there and if something disappears or if you hear strange noises, they are very ready to blame to those two nice beings a bit magical and a bit pranksters.

    In fact, that day when the cake disappeared from the refrigerator, Mr. Rossi was immediately ready not only to accuse the goblins, but he also decided to call the DAF, that is the Anti Kobold Disinfestation, to eliminate them from the house.

    What could our poor friends, On and Off, do to save themselves? The only way was to improvise as investigators for a day and find out who was the real culprit who had stolen the cake.

    After a series of suspicions, searches and mysteries, the culprit is found, but…. This is a surprise, because the ending will be really very very…. Magical….

    If you want to come and help On and Off to reveal the MYSTERY OF THE DISAPPEARED CAKE, we are waiting for you on January 31st at 4.00 pm.

    What to bring during the show

    Also in this Onlife Theater show, to encourage participation and interaction, children are asked to bring a series of objects. In this case:

    • any headdress

    Artistic cast

    • Pino Costalunga has been working for 40 years as a director, playwright and actor for the theater for adults and children and with reading and entertainment projects. He is a member of the regional coordination of professional readers LeggiPerLeggere. For many years he has been a guest of several national festivals with projects related to reading aloud; is a permanent presence of the Mantua Literature Festival
    • Mariangela Diana, an expert actress in the children’s theater sector, among the finalists of the Hystrio award at Vocation 2019
    • Fabio Bersan, technician
    • Stefano Piermatteo, digital consultant

    The king who was afraid of the dark

    You must know dear prince that when it is up to us animals of the night to come out of our dens, usually the animals of the day, including you humans, close your eyes to rest and remember all the day just passed. And these memories are colorful and filled with great things that feel real. And they are called dreams. In dreams you can be anything you want.

    Opening of The King Who Was Afraid of the Dark

    The king who was afraid of the dark is an original fable, written and interpreted by Mariangela Diana. The inspirations come from the short story “The Shadow” by Hans Christian Andersen, from the fairy tale “Fioccobianco and the noises of the night” by Anna Oliviero Ferraris.

    In The King Who Was Afraid of the Dark, the firefly becomes a symbol of the need for the existence of night and darkness, and remembers that there is always a way to enlighten and feel safe.

    In addition to the firefly, the protagonists are a child, a prince who will teach his father, the king, how not to be afraid of the dark, and indeed to love its characteristics, natural and suggestive like those of light.

    Director’s notes The king who was afraid of the dark

    “Depriving oneself of the dark and of the night – explains Mariangela Diana, author and interpreter, Hystrio award at Vocation 2019 – would mean not knowing the other thousand colors of the sky, nocturnal animals and shooting stars. The darkness of a room triggers the often negative and scariest fantasies: witches, ghosts and monsters under the bed have always been the nocturnal enemies. The meeting wants to be discovered instead of the sweetest and most reassuring fantasies that come from the night, such as the rest after a long and tiring day, of fireflies, the protagonists of this fairy tale and above all of dreams, vivid and real especially at night “.

    Respect for the places and fears of others is also relevant. It is not asked to eliminate or demonize fear, but to know how to recognize and deal with it with delicacy and understanding. And alongside the respect for a world that lives when we are asleep, busy dreaming.

    A fear that both adults and children face, and which can be embarrassing especially in personal and social growth.

    Sounds in Revolt

    Sounds in Revolt aims to be an introductory experience to the vast world of sound. To do this you will use not only the voice but also the various resonances of your body and musical instruments. Children will have an active role in the search for various sounds, so as to discover assonances and dissonances together, making their ears more alert and aware of the sonic wonder that surrounds us.

    Sounds in riot plot

    How beautiful is the music! Maga Stornella knows it well, so obsessed with music that she is willing to do anything to become the best musician on the planet! That’s why she and her faithful assistant Wolfgango (bis bis great grandson of the famous Mozart) have designed a foolproof potion to produce the perfect sound. But something goes wrong and all the sounds in the world rebel, making Wolfgango deaf and dumb. It will be the task of Maga Stornella together with the precious help of the children, being able to convince the sounds to return to inhabit the body and ears of poor Wolfgango, more harmonious than ever! To help him, we will need to look for the rebellious sounds and find them from where they are hiding. Musical instruments, the sounds of the world and our own body will be the faithful helpers in this challenge to the last note!

    What to bring during

    Also in this Onlife Theater show, to encourage participation and interaction, children are asked to bring an object that emits a sound that is very popular with children.

    B&B (Snow White and Sleeping Beauty) in the incaRtata Valley

    B&B (Snow White and Sleeping Beauty) in the incaRtata Valley is a “delicate show for children” on the theme of gender equality of the Onlife Theater project. Written and interpreted by Pino Costalunga, with the beautiful paper figures made by Gaia Bellini. To recreate the various settings, Bellini created a diorama where the characters played by Costalunga enter and leave. The proposal is a synthesis that unites: the skill of a young artist, puppetry and the technological possibilities that will allow Costalunga to extricate himself inside and outside the scenes, inside and outside the characters.

    Plot B&B (Snow White and Sleeping Beauty) in the incaRtata Valley

    Even in the IncaRtata Valley there are books with beautiful fairy tales, but when a few pages or corners of paper are torn and go away, in that special valley, fairy tales no longer go as they should.

    There, in the IncaRtata Valley, the Sleeping Beauty and Snow White naturally live there, but they are very worried, in fact the prince who should wake them up with a kiss does not arrive.

    What happened?

    No problem, B & B that is Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, the two famous Princesses, decide to look for the Prince and understand where he ended up and what happened to him?

    What if the Prince was held captive by a terrifying Fire-Breathing Dragon?But isn’t it the Princes, usually, who sets free the Princesses from the Dragons?It doesn’t matter, B&B will try to track down and hunt the Dragon in order to free the Poor Prince.

    In short, nothing in the IncaRtata Valley works as it should, but… it is much more beautiful this way and also more interesting and above all much, much more FUN …

    What to bring during the show

    Also in this Onlife Theater show, to encourage participation and interaction, children are asked to bring a series of objects. In this case

    • any object that allows them to become, according to their choice, the character of the dragon, the prince or the princess
    • a very large key
    • a plastic cup or, alternatively, a paper tube (such as toilet paper ones)

    In the download section you will find the instructions to make a finger puppet to hold, if you want, during the show.

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