Anton Chekhov

What if tomorrow is the day you wake up alone in a waste-land?
A journey to discover the Wonder! of our Mother Earth.

Nature has been sending clear messages and the world has ignored them for too long.
We want to take a stance and work towards a better world, more sustainable and attentive. Our weapon of choice? The only effective “weapon” we know: ART.

Feelings are the primary drive for all our actions on this planet. We are born on this world and, from our very first day, we begin to learn and enjoy it with a sense of… wonder!

Can we go back to that? Can we try to look at our environment with new “child” eyes to appreciate and protect its beauty again?

That is the concept behind our new show Meraviglia!, which will debut internationally in 2020.

A surreal journey and a dreamlike vision that brings people and Nature together to discover the feeling of wonder and amazement that can be caused by all the simple yet magical aspects of the natural world.

Emotional suggestion, machinery and surreal characters, through the physical theater, the nouveau cirque and the gesture, will provoke the spectator by giving life to a visual language of strong impact, able to dialogue with people of every age, ethnicity and culture and to reach an international audience.

On tour:  2020 – 2024

Cast and crew: 7 (5 actors / actresses)
Running time: 60 min. approx.
Venue: Show suitable for unconventional venue.

Language: NO TEXT >> non-verbal show
Techniques: Physical theatre / Dance / Machinery and large moving objects
Audience: Best ca 700 people. It can host up to 1.000 audience.
Ideal situation: Frontal / Semicircular

Target: Any age bracket. Suitable to an international audience.
Directed by: Marco Paciotti
Intellectual copyright rights: ONDADURTO TEATRO / Lorenzo Pasquali and Marco Paciotti

Cast: Valerio Marinaro, Giorgia Marras, Sara Mennella, Lorenzo Pasquali, Dario Vandelli.

Machinery: Lorenzo Pasquali and Massimo Carsetti
Construction of machinery: Dario Vandelli

Original Music: Stefano Saletti
Costumes Design: K.B. Project
Lights and Videos design: Roberto Mazzaro

International Consultancy: Ute Classen Kulturmanagement – GERMANY

«The truth is, when I was born, there was already a concrete desert and that’s where
I would play, the water was already polluted, the fire already set, the walls already built.»

Patches of sand resignedly eyeing through a land of waste filled with scattered crooked beach umbrellas, lipstick-stained cigarette butts, once red-and-white wooden huts with broken boards hanging from rusty nail. And – lying on this open landfill – you, almost feeling like you were yourself a piece of plastic left to rot in that thick and limy sun light feeding on the exhalation of the dump.
A hollow draft blows fumes of putrefaction and faint sounds of the sea and of birds – sharks of the sky – flying low to catch a pray, alive or (most likely) dead. But destruction is never idle – it’s a greedy, swift and sharp-teethed rat that always finds its way through and devours slowly though inescapably.

Destruction changes everything and this story is no exception.
A girl opens her eyes, maybe she has just woken up, maybe…
A surreal figure is standing next to her and he will lead her to discovery of a sense of nature that has been lost through the cycle of the seasons.

Immersed in the Spring, she will rediscover the amazement before a blooming flower, before the changing of a landscape that is born.
The carefree dance of the puffy white clouds will leave her under the scorching sun of a frenetic Summer. And it is precisely among the noisy noises of the summer euphoria that she will rediscover the pleasure of a drop of water on the heated skin.
But here the chaos leaves room for the timid noises of a landscape that is going to sleep, to rest, after the wild summer excesses.
The trees are transformed into spirits that walk our traveler in the gloomy Autumn atmosphere. Finally, Winter, with its calmness and its silence accompanied by a singing Spirit, leaves her without answers, but with a new awareness.

Wonder can lead us to appreciate the small things life can give us and take pride and joy in what we can give it in return.
Though we may find ourselves in a seemingly hopeless land of waste and spoil, we can still turn things around and change the world we live in by grasping any opportunity to awe before the spirit and generosity of Nature…

Each one of us can drive this change, each one of us will share the responsibility of destroying the planet if they don’t.
We don’t know how much time we have left to make it better before we reach the bottom. The choice is yours, it is ours, so use it!

The original music, composed by Stefano Saletti, was created starting from a question: is it possible to get music from raw materials?
Is iron really such a rough material that you can play with it only using violence?
What sound could come from the vibration of a steel plate?
How would simple electric cable tubes sound? What if all these materials began to sing?

For every material a sound, for every sound a fantastic world, a suggestion, a color, a story. The sound will open to the viewer several imaginary worlds linked to the wonder of nature.
The soundtrack also makes use of the magical and suggestive notes of the “Four Seasons” recomposed by Max Richter.

The research in MERAVIGLIA!, aimed precisely at capturing the imagination, also happens thanks to the costumes that are inspired by nature and, through surreal shapes and structures, design the space.
Real performative bodies made of volumes, lines, full and empty, which amplify, deform, decompose the presence of the performers who act.
Dancing architectures that enhance the work and research of the company that, for the occasion, has built an important collaboration with the visionary duo K.B. Project.

The use of video projections is influenced by the balance between different media.
Closely connected to the dramaturgical structure, video projections are an integral part of the show, just like music, actors and machinery.
The projection invades different spaces, playing with empty and full surfaces: the images are dismantled, transformed, multiplied, never the same.
Not a fixed image on static and prefixed screens, video become dynamic projection in movement and in continuous transformation.

Il Messaggero – Italy
(“A surreal journey and a dreamlike vision that will take the audience back in time, between awe and, of course, wonder.”)

Do you want to see the other photos of the show? Go to our dedicated section, where you can get to know the actors, discover the scenes, and much more …

Do you want to see other videos of the show? Go to our dedicated section, where you can see excerpts from the show, and much more …

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