A musical comedy for the whole family based on the bestseller by Julia Donaldson and Axel Sheffler.
Pino Costalunga’s work has always been characterised by continuous research and attention to the small world around him. Here, then, that even in the readings he proposes (often accompanied by excellent musicians) we find a careful look at the land where he was born and lives: Veneto. His narratives cannot miss the authors and voices of Veneto: often a side look to find those surprises that the direct glance rarely knows how to give.
Two shows are dedicated to a great Venetian author of the beginning of the twentieth century who had a transversal look for the times in which he lived: Giovanni Comisso who was recognised as a master by Goffredo Parise. Writer and journalist, Pino Costalunga dedicates two shows to him: ‘Il Veneto Felice’, with readings from ‘La Mia Casa di Campagna’, offers an image of a Veneto province suspended between the two wars. Among stories of friendship and love, here is the description of an ancient, beautiful countryside. ‘Giorni di Guerra ‘(Days of War), on the other hand, is Comisso’s account of the First World War as seen by a ‘soldier’. The text of the show does not only reliey on the omonymous novel by the Treviso born author, but also on the letters sent to his mother from the front, many of them unpublished and edited by the historian Luigi Urettini.
‘C’era una volta un’isola’ (Once Upon a Time on an Island) is another trip to the Campagna Veneta of Pino Costalunga between the two wars and post-war period, with amusing stories of great poetic stature. The text is taken from the homonymous collection of stories by the writer from Vicenza Pino Sbalchiero. ‘La natura ‘di Mario Rigoni Stern, a journey through the landscape and the man of the great writer from Asiago. In ‘Viaggio in Italia da Guido Piovene ai giorni nostri’ (Journey in Italy from Guido Piovene to the present day), Pino Costalunga will start from the homonymous collection of radio articles of the 1950s by the great journalist from Vicenza. He then goes on to describe the contemporary Veneto by proposing the voices of today’s Veneto authors: from Vitaliano Trevisan to Fabio Franzin.
Veneto in verse is a path in the great Veneto poetry, through the voices of authors. These include the Venetian Giacomo Noventa or Mario Stefani, the Treviso born Ernesto Calzavara or Andrea Zanzotto, Berto Barabarani from Verona and Fernando Bandini from Vicenza. There will also be poets from the Veneto area who have written in Italian, such as Diego Valeri or Davide Maria Turoldo. The world of poetry, and not only, also overlooks the proposal for the reading/performance entitled ‘L’altro mondo di Dante e non solo’. In this proposal Pino Costalunga, accompanied by a musician, starting from passages from Dante, proposes other hells and other literary journeys into the beyond.
‘Storie di Laura Lattes’ is the story of a teacher and writer of Jewish origin, who was born in Venice and lived in Vicenza, but was forced to hide and leave school after the racial laws enacted by Fascism in Italy. The list ends with ‘Sghignazzi italiani… d’autore’ (Italian snickers… by authors), a journey through irony and comedy in literature, with authors from Veneto and elsewhere. A way of saying: poetry and great literature can also be made by laughing.
A musical comedy for the whole family based on the bestseller by Julia Donaldson and Axel Sheffler.
An evergreen by Fondazione Aida, staged with Glossateatro and Papagena (Norrköping – Sweden), which has received the approval of the Lindgren family as well as the AGIS- ETI GOLDEN TICKET PRIZE for its success with the public in the 2007-2008 season.
Fairy Tales on the Phone is a “fairy tale in music” dedicated to the whole family that collects some of the most famous tales and nursery rhymes by Gianni Rodari, inserting them into a completely original plot capable of speaking to children of today and those of then, who they are the parents of today.
The show is a reinterpretation of the fairy tale known to all with music that goes from light rock to a catchy country style. Its catchy melodies involve children and project the older ones in a joyful atmosphere.
One of the most beautiful fairy tales for children, taken from the famous story by L. Frank Baum which retains its charm intact over time. A wonderful journey, in that dangerous and tortuous path that is growing up, becoming great. It definitely takes brain, heart and courage!
From the story of the same name by Rudyard Kipling, a show made of extraordinary adventures and friendships set in the jungle, a metaphor for the world.
Curated by Pino Costalunga and Silvia Bonanni. Taken from the homonymous book by Gianni Rodari
The trips to the moon, two of them, and the one to Russia, where a horse can be found hanging from a bell tower, are just some of the numerous adventures of the Baron of Münchhausen, the only one able to fly on cannonballs.
Is it possible to tell jazz to children like telling a story or reading a nursery rhyme? Of course it is, and to do that we will use words and music.
Show inspired by the musical fable of Sergej Prokofev, recorded by the Verdi Orchestra of Milan courtesy of the Amadeus magazine, with the unforgettable voice of Dario Fo in the role of the Great Narrator and the scenes and illustrations by Emanuele Luzzati
Show available in English / also available in English
The show is inspired by the book of the same name by Mario Lodi, a revolutionary teacher and creator, together with his children, of a complex story that describes the joyful but difficult aspects of growing up. A small animated picture where fairy tale images linked to the world of nature are mixed with interactive effects with the public.
Alice and the Rights of Wonderland is a show that will make both children and adults think. Through the characters of the famous novel, the theme of children’s rights will be discussed. Text inspired by “The Big Book of Children’s Rights” by Amnesty International.
The meeting will take the form of a journey into “nature” as experienced by Mario Rigoni Stern, the great storyteller of the four seasons, who was able, through his books, to retrieve emotions and words from the secrets of the universe, bringing him closer to the woods, animals and plants.
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.
Pino Costalunga interprets the words of one of the greatest 20th-century authors from the Veneto region: Giovanni Commisso. ‘Giorni di Guerra’ (Days of War) will evoke that inauspicious period of the First World War, through the eyes and words of Commisso and the voice of Costalunga.
A story of friendship that deals with the discovery of oneself and the other.
Will On, Off be able to defeat the DAF Pest Control and discover the mystery of the missing cake?
Short but intense online show for children dedicated to that feeling that everyone inevitably feels as they grow up.
Can you play with your belly? Or with your feet?
A last-known challenge to introduce children to the varied world of sound.
Who said that it is always the princes or the knights who set the princesses free? In the Inca Valley this hasn’t happened anymore, for a long time already…
Staged with the Haydn Orchestra and the Mozart Festival, the show aims to bring children closer to the life and music of the famous composer.
Pino Costalunga will interpret the great poets of Veneto and the surrounding area. You will hear the musicality of the dialects that make the Veneto unique, but also the verses of poets who have written in Italian.
In association with the Bologna Festival and as part of Baby BoFè, in 2013 we presented at the Teatro Antoniano in Bologna, the life and events of these three historical characters, accompanied by various musical selections.
An invitation to a healthy diet for a harmonious growth, using the tools of the theatre, which involves the young spectators with the cheerfulness, fun and emotions that are typical of it.
Based on “The Wizard of Oz” by F. Baum it was co-produced with the “Civic Centre” of Syracuse and the “Brooklyn Academy od Music (BAM)” of New York where it was presented in 1989.
Based on the famous fairy tale The Ugly Duckling by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, which contains a striking element of topicality: the discriminated diversity. On stage three strange characters all somehow a bit “ugly” and a bit “different” and perhaps for this reason they have the bad habit of teasing others.
The show is freely adapted from the famous novel by Mary Shelley and deals with important themes such as tolerance, marginality and love. Small acts of great comedy inspired by the commedia dell’arte and the clown make this an entertaining proposal suitable for different age groups.
It’s a two-part show with music by Cesare Picco and Paolo Coggiola prepared on the occasion of Futuri, the first festival of musical theatre for children organized in 1999 by the Fondazione Arena di Verona.
Freely based on a legend set in the 13th century during a pandemic.
A co-production with Febo Teatro, set up as part of the “A casa nostra” project.
Pino Costalunga, accompanied by Giuseppe Zambon’s accordion, will interpret the texts of La Casa di Campagna by Giovanni Commisso.
Il Caffè della Peppina, Volevo un Gatto Nero or Quel bulletto del carciofo. Who among us, at least once, has not heard and sung these songs? Songs that have marked our childhood and that, today, represent and narrate the life of the Zecchino d’Oro, the famous song festival dedicated to children, which last year celebrated its first 60 years.
After having worked on Saint Exupery, Calvin, Baum and traditional fairy tales, in collaboration with the Ente Lirico Arena di Verona, in 1989 we challenged ourselvesin this first experiment in musical theatre based on Histoire du Soldat, a small jewel of the music of our century.
Based on the story A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, dramaturgical transposition by UgoRonfani of which follows an excerpt of his presentation in a co-production with the Municipal Theatre “G.Borgatti” of Cento (FE) and the Aida Foundation.
A show that unites children and adults: “Merry Christmas Santa Claus”.
A Christmas fairy tale set to music designed for young and adult alike. Santa Claus and the 13 Herb Potion is an adventure to watch and listen to!
Pino Costalunga will retrace both the human and literary events of Laura Lattes, a teacher but also a writer of Jewish origin who lived during the Second World War. He therefore tells of a difficult and tremendous era, as it was the Fascist period in Italy and racial laws.
It is a sad and painful story.
Based on the book of the same name by Aldo Cazzullo, journalist and writer for the Corriere Della Sera, the show is aimed at children and all young people, inviting them not to confuse virtual life with real life.
A show dedicated to the genius of Leonardo da Vinci. A magical adventure to make children reflect on how precious study, exploration and interest in nature are, through songs, inventions, a ballet, a puppet, two actors, theatre and lots of magic!
Based on “The four seasons” by Chiara Carminati and illustrated by PiaValentinis, both Andersen Prize winners, and music by Antonio Vivaldi, the show is a journey on the wings of music, between words and images, to lead children to discover the seasons through listening to the musical story.
The show is the winner of the prestigious “Briciole di fiaba 2012” award.
The Secret of the Invincibles tells the story of one of the darkest periods in Italian and European history, that of the Nazi-Fascist madness during the Second World War, through the unique story of ErnőErbstein, first a footballer and then a coach, who was able to create the myth of one of the football teams that every Italian has in his heart: Grande Torino.
The show is the result of the encounter between music and puppets and between man and animals based on the Suite by Camille Saint- Saens where the French composer shows all his genius and irony.
A play based on the novel of the same name by Vamba (Luigi Bertelli), where children’s vitality and purity clash with a world of adults more focused on personal interests and undoubtedly more hypocritical.
A show freely inspired by the Charter of the Rights of the Child, born within the European project Rights4Kids.
A show based on the great classic “The Diary of Anne Frank” that deals with one of the darkest periods of world history: the Nazi-fascist madness and racism during the Second World War. Through Anne’s story, the director, Selene Farinelli, intends to give a message of hope to the young audience, inviting them to still trust in the humanity of people as the young protagonist believed, despite everything.
A co-production set up in collaboration with Oficina OCM Orchestra da Camera di Mantova, original music composed by Gabrio Taglietti, with the contribution of Fondazione Cariverona within the project “Fatti di Musica”.
Two actors, with two suitcases and two noses, are firmly determined to tell the story of the puppet Pinocchio by themselves. Immediately they begin to quarrel, nose to nose, about who will have to tell it and who will play the part of Pinocchio.
An animated reading from the book Princess Piccolina (Little Princess) by Ulf Stark. With translation and adaptation by Pino Costalunga. A magical and entertaining story that addresses the themes of diversity and affectivity.
A reading that will stimulate children to approach the world of books. Reading should be a pleasure and not an effort, sometimes it’s just a matter of finding the right pages!
Grammar and spelling rules have never been this fun with this reading! Play this treasure hunt with Alin and Carlotta and watch out for grammar traps!
A story from Sweden about Mr. Peter and a kitten named Findus. Discover their exciting adventures with this reading.
Ogres, wolves and witches! Don’t be afraid! With this reading by Pino Costalunga, the terrifying protagonists of the scary stories will become your friends and will make you die with laughter!
With this reading, the memory of the great Venetian author Pino Sbalchiero will be kept alive. His greatest friend, Pino Costalunga accompanied by musicians, will interpret his lyrics celebrating him as a man and as an author.
Pino Costalunga reads and interprets various important authors: from Calvino to Trevisan. In particular Dino Buzzati, one of the most important authors in Veneto. The fil rouge of these readings is the surreal and the comedy, in fact: author’s sneer!
A show based on the best seller of the same name by Andrea Vitali, with Adriano Evangelisti under the direction of RaffaeleLatagliata.
A story between the serious and the amused of what the word has meant and means and in particular the word of the Venetian dialect or of the dialects of Veneto in its encounter / clash with the Italian language, on a text by Pino Costalunga accompanied by music by Sergio Marchesini and Giorgio Gobbo of the Piccola Bottega Baltazar. A show that lightly and joyfully touches on the fundamental theme of what our language is and therefore who we are.
An adventure made of paper and carboard in the name of friendship.
A traveling show in stages to discover the myths about the creation of the world.
An amusing and light-hearted show, somewhere between a “detective story” and a “noir fiction”, aims to offer an insight into an issue that in recent decades has revolutionised the traditional make up of the Italian family, namely the arrival of many women, especially from Eastern Europe, who have found work as “carers”.
One-act theatrical text freely taken from the tale of the same name by the Brothers Grimm.
Mythology is part of the cultural heritage of Europe; the legends are handed down from generation to generation and form the basis of the identity of each country.
Based on Charles Perrault’s Little Thumbling, our Little Thumbling, after many years of the famous adventure, goes to visit the fateful Ogre, whom he finds old and fat…
An interesting reinterpretation of the German fairy tale reported by the Brothers Grimm.
A show inspired by the text by Gianni Rodari. A Christmas story that will make you dream. Will the children be able to receive the gifts from the Befana? Find out with us!