THEATER IN THE HANDS
an ancient grammar mirroring the times.
by Stefano Giunchi and Alfonso Cipolla
Sept. 22 and 23, 9:30 a.m. - Gambettola, Fellini Hall
Theater in the Hands is the highlight project of this XLI edition of the International Festival Arriving from the Sea!: it brings to fruition a decade-long research journey on the constituent and structural elements of puppetry language.
A universal language
The dramaturgy of puppetry derives from a natural predisposition of human hands (the opposable thumb), from a consequent universal and immediate language, from basic grammars of movements, conjugated with the different cultures of the countries that have developed this very special form of theater.
A theater that is always contemporary
The puppeteer's eye, historically, looks to the theater of its time: from Commedia dell'Arte, to prose, opera, popular storytelling, crime news, today to film, "network" and television.
What are called "traditional puppets" (that is, made in the ancient fashion), can be very modern and in step with contemporary audiences.
An art, with such a simple basic structure and combina- tory, continually reinvents new characters in which spectators identi- cate themselves, with the complicity and power of languages and dialects.
Characters that are continually born and reborn
This production of continuous characters had a golden moment at the threshold of the nineteenth century with Gerolamo, Gianduja, Guignol, Fagiolino, Gioppino, Vasilache and many others, to continue in the second half of the nineteenth century and the early twentieth century, with Sganapino, Tilella Català, Laszlo Vitez, Bargnocla...
From the 1970s to the present, the production of characters and stories has resumed, in Italy, with brand new protagonists, Pirù, Pin Girometta, Areste Paganos, Spazzolino, Tavà, the reinvention of Stenterello from Pupi di Stac, etc.
A special project made up of performances, talks and an exhibition.
The "Theater in the Hands" Project aims to highlight this vitality of puppets and their power of continuous regeneration. It consists of three closely connected moments:
- an Exhibition, Neo-born by Hands, where puppet theater characters generated in shacks from the early 19th century to the present are displayed for the first time.
- a Review of performances, with a strong hold on the audience, chosen from the best examples (in different eras) of the communicative power of puppets witnessing their "contemporaneity."
- an International Colloquium, open to the public, where demonstrations by artists and communications by scholars alternate.
Follow the green
The public can easily follow the performances or demonstrations and speeches at the International Colloquium or visit the exhibition by searching the printed Program for the color GREEN.