From Ribalta Teatro to Babilonia Teatri, four days of shows and workshops in the New Lands

Monday 1 August 2022 at 9.30 pm (free entrance)

VARESE LIGURE, Borgorotondo
La Ribalta Theater / THE HAIR IN THE EGG
Playwright Luca Oldani. Directed by Alberto Ierardi, Giorgio Vierda, Luca Oldani.
With Alberto Ierardi and Giorgio Vierda

According to what Feuerbach wrote in 1862 “Man is what he eats”, today we should be something like an overweight creature whose legs give way under a weight that is five times higher than the norm and who lives a few centimeters from the mountains in excrement, which it produces only thanks to the fact that it is constantly raised from the ground, by virtue of the pressure exerted on all sides by the bodies of its own kind and caused by the overcrowding of the environment in which it lives, in a time without more nights or rest. This creature is…. one of the 24 billion chickens raised each year on our planet. The relationship between people and food is the challenge of our current time: living flesh versus dead flesh, habits versus change, customs and societies, traditions, Despite the terrible face of intensive agriculture, our relationship with food remains above all very “human” , and the result of a deep, intimate and ritualistic relationship, that is why the stage can become a battlefield alongside the necessary change in eating habits.

Tuesday 2 August 2022 at 9.30 pm (free entrance)
DEIVA MARINA, Piazza Bollo
Direction and dramaturgy Michelangelo Frola and Marta Abate. With Simone Benelli, Damiano Grondona / Francesco Fontana, Nino Lechevalier, Chiara Leugio, Sofia Pagano Soares.

All the animals are playing. Why do they waste energy and take risks to play when they could be quiet and safe in their cave? According to the philosopher and naturalist Karl Groos, play is a means that teaches us to be with others, to learn and practice the social skills that will serve us in the course of life, and humans, less dependent on simple instinct, are the species that play more. Games are therefore much more than a child’s pastime. They are an essential part of social life.

But in our present, their nature risks being distorted as they tend to become more and more institutionalized and less creative. Participation becomes secondary due to the spectacularization in the media and on social networks. The dominance of professional sport, with its incorporation of competition within rigid regulatory frameworks, is itself a contemporary phenomenon indicative of our social and cultural values. Is this the present we want? The only possible gift?

Wednesday 3 August 2022 at 9.30 pm (free entrance)
SESTA GODANO, The Hague at the Court
Autumn Theater / MADAME BOVARY
Written and performed by Lorena Senestro
Freely inspired by Gustave Flaubert’s “Madame Bovary” with excerpts from Guido Gozzano
Directed by Massimo Betti Merlin and Marco Bianchini

Flaubert’s universe and the setting of Madame Bovary are close to the fog that hovers over the meadows of the Po valley to the characters that populate a certain Piedmontese character. They identify the characteristics of provincial life, the province in its absolute, existential dimension.
Lorena Senestro reinvents a modern Emma Bovary in a Piedmontese key. The characters and moods of the novel, as well as through Flaubert’s mouth, are evoked through verses by Guido Gozzano and filtered by the autobiography of the actress – who is also the author of the text. The performance focuses on the actor and his expressive potential, on the rediscovery of modernity and the evocative power of the classics of literature in the theatre. It combines new dramaturgy and acting theatre, linguistic experiments and dialectal tradition. Address current issues: the fear of taking action; the false chimeras; the dialectic between city and province, between new and tradition. Through a swing of sensations, situations and registers, the viewer is led into an invented world, generated by Emma Bovary’s creative imagination.

Thursday 4 August 2022 at 9.30 pm (tickets €5)
Framura Loc. Costa, Church Square
Babylon Theaters / MULINO BIANCO. Back to the green future
By Enrico Castellani and Valeria Raimondi. With Ettore Castellani and Orlando Castellani and with Valeria Raimondi, Enrico Castellani, Luca Scotton

A company known both in Italy and abroad, winner of the Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale and many other awards, Babilonia Teatri brings to the stage a research work developed from a deep reflection on environmental issues and more. Two children (children of the same artistic couple that make up the company, Enrico Castellani and Valeria Raimondi), speak to an audience of adults to tell their views on the future of the world and ask many questions. “Let’s start from here – declare the two directors – from these questions, which cannot even be defined as provocations, because they are real questions that accompany us and haunt us, that we sometimes turn our attention to and that we pretend not to hear others, to build a show that shares with I publish our questions. To explore themes and issues that are dear to us. We don’t think they have a single answer, but that we can’t reject for this reason’.

INFO: Officine Papage – 371/4612350
TICKETS: Free entry to all events, except for the show by Babilonia Teatri in Framura (€5.00)

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