The fine wooden heads
Manica Lunga della Biblioteca Classense
Inaugurazione sabato 21 maggio ore 11:00
visitabile fino al 4 giugno, dal Lunedì al venerdì dalle ore 15:00-18:30 Il Sabato dalle ore 9:00-13:00 e 15:00-18:30
Stefano Zaccagnini, son of the Honourable Benigno Zaccagnini, inherited his father's passion for puppetry, so much so that he chose the stage name 'Fagiolino' in honour of his favourite mask. His interest in this form of art was manifested from an early age when his father, a doctor, together with his great friend Giordano Mazzavillani (father of Cristina Mazzavillani in Muti), and another friend, doctor Nicola Ronchi, founded the "Compagnia dei Tre Dottori", which later became "la Piccola Ribalta", with which they staged shows in schools, kindergartens and hospices in the Ravenna area until the 1970s. This activity was carried out by Benigno Zaccagnini both as a Member of Parliament and as a Minister of the Republic, a way to continue a social and cultural service, fulfilling his spiritual commitment with laughter.
Stefano, who had always breathed the art of the Figure in his family, joined the company at a very young age. As early as 1973, the 15-year-old Zaccagnini's responsibilities grew, with increasingly important roles, and when Mazzavillani died in May 1976, the 18-year-old Stefano ideally took over. Since 1992 Stefano Zaccagnini with his "Compagnia delle Finissime Teste di Legno" has continued to perform in streets, squares, schools, theatres and parishes and on local and national television. In 2021 Stefano Zaccagnini's collection was donated to the Museo La casa delle Marionette and this project is an opportunity to draw up an inventory of the materials and to produce acts that will expand the knowledge of figure theatre. This project continues the work of research and valorisation in the field of Figure Theatre that the Museum La casa delle Marionette of Ravenna and the Monticelli Family have been supporting for years.