Every year Altri Percorsi – in the tradition of this artistic direction – dedicates space to newcomers who never performed here previously.
This year’s newcomers to Teatro Sociale are two young companies: Occhisulmondo, with a rigorous and poetic version of Hamlet in their show Un Principe, and Punta Corsara with Il cielo in una stanza, a show that involves plenty of laughter, but also reflection on a complex environment like the city of Naples.
This section opens in December with an homage to singer Gian Maria Testa, directed by Giorgio Gallione and narrated by Giuseppe Cederna: a version of Testa’s book Da questa parte del mare. After this, Bergamo will see the return after many years of a play directed by Gigi dall’Aglio, with his version of Antigone by Sophocles, an ATIR Teatro Ringhiera production. The Fondazione Teatro Donizetti continues its collaboration with the Milan company by offering it rehearsal space.
Two shows of completely different kinds trace the memory of our country’s past: in La lista Laura Curino tells the incredible story of Pasquale Rotondi who, as a humble superintendent of culture during the Second World War, saved almost 10,000 works of Italian art, hiding them from the ravages of the conflict and Nazi plundering; in Casa del Popolo the Teatro dell’Argine uses a carousel of characters and situations to tell the story of the People’s Houses in Emilia Romagna, with a perspective that’s simultaneously amused and poetic. The season closes with Marcel: Bergamo actor Marcello Magni appears for the first time in the Altri Percorsi section; extremely well-known in France and England, his career ran alongside two giants of twentieth-century theatre: Jacques Lecoq and Peter Brook. The latter’s company Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord has also produced Marcel, a two-man piece with Jos Houben, in which Magni presents a melancholy and entertaining reflection on the passing of time.