On stage the show by Dario D’Ambrosi, one of the major Italian avant-garde artists. The actor, founder of the Pathological Theater, has always promoted educational, pedagogical and theatrical activities involving people with mental and physical disabilities. Appointment at the Franco Parenti Theater in Milan from 23 to 25 May 2023.
The founder and director of the Teatro Patologico Dario D’Ambrosi, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Teatro Franco Parenti in Milan and his personal 40th careerbrings one to the stage very particular version of the “Medea” by Euripidesadapted and directed by him, and interpreted by disabled actors of the University Course “Integrated Theater of Emotion” First in the world created in collaboration with the University of Rome Tor Vergata to be aimed at people with physical and mental disabilities. The show sees on stage boys with physical and mental disabilities and professional actors, including Almerica Schiavo in the role of Medea, Dario D’Ambrosi himself in the role of Creon and Paolo Vaselli in the role of Jason. The adaptation has as its central element the relationship between body and language: a body that becomes language and communication, thanks to the very important role that the live music of Francesco Santalucia and Papaceccio will play. The language takes on substance above all through the use of ancient Greek. In fact, the show foresees both the use of Italian and ancient Greek (result of careful study and philological consultancy). What has outlined the different moments and therefore the different use of the two languages is precisely the emotionality, the different emotional states that characterize this violent and moving story. Live music accompanies the moments in ancient Greek, not as a simple musical carpet but as a real bodily intervention to enrich, complete the suggestions that will be evoked by such an ancient and musical language; the Italian language will be left to silence, to the absence of music, to that full of suggestions and emotions that will be present in Medea’s monologues as well as in the rapid and intense exchanges of jokes. The choice of the text and the subsequent experimental work demonstrate that D’Ambrosi’s work with children with disabilities, are not only a form of therapy, but also the fantastic possibility of artistic and emotional expressionan exciting meeting and training place in which to play and have fun for real, in which disabled children were able to feel and finally be protagonists.
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Adaptation and direction: Dario D’Ambrosi
Performers: Almerica Schiavo, Paolo Vaselli, Dario D’Ambrosi
Chorus: Actors with disabilities of the Permanent Company of the Pathological Theater
Original music: Francesco Santalucia Choir and percussion direction: Francesco “Papaceccio” Crudele
Sets and costumes: Raffaella Toni Assistant director: Alessandro Corazzi
Lighting design: Danilo Facco