What do we talk about when we talk about love...?

...a thought that has characterized this past year of artistic reflection. What does it mean to talk about love, through art, in a world dominated by words like "war," "emergency," "crisis," and "extinction"? What can be the role of art, theater and, in its small way, figure theater in this discourse? This year's Festival attempts to emphasize the theme of inclusivity and confrontation as inescapable roots of daily, peaceful coexistence, and it attempts to do so through one of the richest and most heterogeneous programs, capable of connecting different artistic worlds not only as languages but also as generations. This edition of the Festival, in fact, sees represented all the traditional techniques of Italian Figure Theater and beyond: the puppets, the puppets, i puppets sicilians and the guarattelle Neapolitan puppets. At the same time, they also have in the program a representation of excellence the shadow theater, the theater of objects, the theater on black, and in general the more contemporary panorama of this theatrical world. The confrontation between these languages, however, does not take place in an oppositional dynamic between new and old, between experimental and traditional, but rather intersects these elements by bringing different generations into dialogue. And so, a technique such as traditional puppetry now passes from the hands of a historical family like the Gran Teatro Burattini Niemen to those of the very young Valerio Saccà, the new representative of the Lombard mask of the Meneghino; up to the experience of the Spanish puppeteer Paz Tatay, who will open the confrontation to a European tradition of figure theater. the language of shadows is now proposed in the historical guise of the Teatro Gioco Vita, an internationally recognized excellence, now in that of the more contemporary and emerging company Unterwasser. The themes are also transversal: war, the brutality of war, will inhabit the scene of the "ready-made" objects of Israeli Ariel Doron as well as the shack of Parma puppeteer Patrizio Dall'Argine. Finally, the attempt to "include" in the broadest possible sense will touch on the most sensitive issues of disability with the international project Sixth Sense Theatre, but it will also take the form of broader and more radical thinking and an attempt to open more or less theatrical spaces to a real tout public, capable of welcoming different generations of spectators, without sharp separations between targets and labels. A theater of all and for all, this is our idea of love for this Festival.

The Artistic Direction


We report that, due to the current condition of emergency and natural disaster that has affected Romagna, in compliance with the indications of the competent authorities and in solidarity with the affected areas and inhabitants, the Artistic Direction of the Festival together with the Municipal Administrations has taken the decision to cancel all the activities scheduled to be present in Gambettola, Longiano, Gatteo and Ravenna on May 19, 20 and 21. Some of the scheduled activities will be made up, weather conditions permitting, during the week of May 22 to 28.

Saturday and Sunday morning online meetings on Zoom platform will be maintained.

For all updates you can check our website www.arrivanodalmare.it, our Facebook and Instagram pages or contact us by e-mail at festival@teatrodeldrago.it or by phone at 392 6664211.
We embrace our fellow citizens, hoping to see you in Ravenna as soon as this emergency is over

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Special Events


Festival venues

The shows

Outdoor performances

Free admission

Family entertainment activity plays a key role again this year, with diverse programming capable of intercepting all audiences, from the very youngest audience to the real tout public. Once again this year, a location fundamental of the festival will be the outdoor spaces: Rocca Brancaleone in Ravenna, Piazza Pertini and the amphitheater of the Municipal Library in Gambettola, Rio Parco Budrio in Longiano and Piazza Vesi in Gatteo will host a schedule of performances with free admission for children and parents.

Shows at the theater, for everyone

A key part of the family programming will also take place indoors, at the Gambettola Municipal Theater, the Artificerie Almagià and Ravenna's Teatro Rasi, with at least one afternoon performance each day from May 21 to 27 and some evening performances. Hosted by some of Italy's leading figure companies for the younger generation, on stage with long-running shows as well as new productions

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Shows at the theater, for teen and adult audiences

Among the prerogatives of the Festival Arrivano dal Mare! is to support a Figure Theater that is not only dedicated to children's theater or family audiences, but that knows how to make itself a language and theatrical medium for adolescent and adult audiences as well. In this sense, there are several events that the Festival will host, in the evening, at the Artificerie Almagià and Teatro Rasi in Ravenna and the Municipal Theater in Gambettola, including several new productions.


Once again this year the program of performances will be accompanied by parallel programming of meetings and the staging of four exhibitions. 

Press review

"Coming from the Sea 2023": more than 100 artists for festival
More news, April 22, 2023

"Coming from the Sea" makes 48 and moves between sea and hills
Courier Romagna, April 23, 2023

Virtual, modern and pacifist: not 'just' puppets
The Resto del Carlino - Ravenna, April 23, 2023

The Puppet and Figure Festival "Arriving from the Sea!" returns to Ravenna and Romagna, with more than a hundred artists and craftsmen from around the world
RavennaNotizie.it, April 24, 2023

Puppet and Figure Festival "Arriving from the Sea!" returns to Romagna, with more than a hundred artists and craftsmen from around the world
RiminiNotizie.it, April 24, 2023

International Festival of Puppets and Figures Coming from the Sea! 48ͣ edition | What we talk about when we talk about love May 19-28, 2023 - Ravenna, Gambettola, Longiano, Gatteo
Cultural Events Magazine, April 26, 2023

Puppets and puppets talking about love. The 48th edition of Coming from the Sea!
ER Culture, May 4, 2023

When theater wants to talk about love
Special insert, Ravenna and Surroundings, May 11, 2023

Puppet and figure festival 'Arriving from the Sea' in Gambettola
Sixth Power, May 11, 2023

Postponed start of 'Coming from the Sea' festival: online dates remain
Cesena Today, May 11, 2023

Puppets come from the sea and speak of love
Cesenate Courier, May 11, 2023

Coming From the Sea! Figure theater between craftsmanship and artificial intelligence
By Anna Cavallo, Theatron 2.0 Webzine, May 11, 2023

Puppets and marionettes a world heritage site
By Claudia Rocchi, Corriere Romagna, May 12, 2023

Puppets, international festival among meetings, workshops and exhibitions
The Resto del Carlino - Cesena, May 12, 2023

The 48th International Puppet and Figure Festival Arriving from the Sea kicks off
Ravenna Web Tv, May 16, 2023

Arriving from the Sea, puppets canceled
Cesenate Courier, May 18, 2023

"To raise awareness of ancient fables, I recovered the figure of the fulesta"
by Claudia Rocchi, May 18, 2023

From puppets to shadows: shows for families (and adults) that "Come from the sea"
Ravenna and Surroundings, May 18, 2023

Entrusted to "Coming from the Sea" festival to chase away sadness
Courier Romagna, May 21, 2023

"Coming from the sea" festival kicks off, with a thought for the flooding
Ravenna and Surroundings, May 22, 2023

Blockheads await you in Ravenna with glee
Courier Romagna, May 23, 2023

Sandrone, Sicilian puppets and juicy children's stories
By Claudia Rocchi, Corriere Romagna, May 24, 2023

"Coming from the sea," free performances to give relief
Ravenna and Surroundings, May 25, 2023

Unterwasser's "Untold," the unspoken for adults
Courier Romagna, May 26, 2023

Coming in from the sea: from the "Tragic Drone" to the Fairy Tale Museum
Courier Romagna, May 27, 2023

Pulcinella protagonist
The Resto del Carlino - Ravenna, May 27, 2023

"Coming from the sea" salutes with master Bruno Leone
Courier Romagna, May 28, 2023

Dialogue with the inert. The poetics of materials

with Marzia Gambardella | MalaStranaCompagnie (France)

Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Seminar proposes to explore the dramaturgical possibilities that arise from the relationship between actor-manipulator and material. The dialogue with the inanimate is a continuous play of mirrors and cross-references: the stimulation of the manipulator corresponds to a response from the material that becomes a question for the manipulator and so on in a "mise en abîme" in which the boundaries between manipulator and manipulated are lost, or rather, merged in a continuous dialogue. 

Compasses of this exploration will be the tools of the Philippe Genty Company. We will encounter the material by putting ourselves at the service of its dynamics, listening to its essence, discovering its poetic qualities and metaphorical possibilities. We will let the evocative dynamics of the material guide the encounter with our intimate resources, our memory, our memories, our inner landscapes. We will discover the material as a partner, an extension, an echo of our unconscious. We will let ourselves be guided in this dialogue taking care to articulate our relationship with the material between dissociation and contamination to discover different possibilities of scenic writing.


Marzia Gambardella

A graduate in Philosophy, she trained and worked as an actress between Rome and Milan. She fell in love with puppets, learned to build them, animate them and in 2009 moved to France to work with Philippe Genty; she is performer and puppeteer in Voyageurs Immobiles and in the object theater show La llamada del mar. She collaborates with other companies as actress, puppeteer and director. In 2016 she founded MalaStranaCompagnie in Paris. What she is interested in is a visual theater not mediated by words - or rather by the mind. A theater in which gestures, sounds, images, materials, puppets give body to our feelings, our contradictions, what dwells inside us.What she is interested in is the human being in front of himself. In this sense, the puppet in her work becomes a double, declination and echo of the actor-puppeteer ... or vice versa. In 2010 she began teaching and over the years the pedagogical work has become increasingly passionate to her. Currently in Italy she is the only person authorized by Philippe Genty to teach her method.


The performer, the object and the secret in between

with Yael Rasooly (Israel)

Monday, May 23, 9:00 am-1:00 pm and 2:00 pm-6:00 pm
English language workshop

In this short and intense workshop, Yael Rasooly invites participants on a creative journey into the universe of object theater. Participants will explore the dialogue and relationships between the performer/character and "ready-made" objects. They will look for objects that are "loaded" with meaning, either from the use of the object or its symbolic associations, or objects that contain an emotional load related to memory and personal history. Group exercises and improvisations will take place, also touching on the theme of individual creation as a starting point for future development. The body will be used in relation to objects and their manipulation, as well as the voice, both in speaking and singing. Above all, the workshop aims to immerse participants in the process of creation itself, providing tools for individual and group work. To enter the inner space of invention and playfulness, going through the artistic traffic jam, improvising, working quickly, with heightened sensitivity and with pleasure.

Yael Rasooly

critically acclaimed director, actress, singer and puppeteer. Born in Jerusalem in 1983, she trained as a classical pianist and singer and went on to study stage design at Central Saint Martin's in London. Her personal theatrical language is based on a multidisciplinary approach that combines object theater, figure theater, visual art and music. In addition to her theater career, Yael performs as a singer with numerous ensembles/orchestras in Europe and North America. Her performances have been presented in more than 30 countries and hundreds of theaters worldwide, winning numerous international awards. Over the years she has taught at various institutions such as Trinity College, the University of Connecticut and the Eugene O'neill Theatre Centre.

Animation and manipulation workshop AnimaTO

with Tonino Murru | Is Mascareddas

Friday, May 20, Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Animation Theater is an art form in which an inanimate object comes to life through the technical expertise, sensitivity and human intuition of the puppeteer. Giving life to what life does not have also imposes an important inquiry into the characteristics of this "new existence." AnimaTO is an analysis of the different expressive possibilities of animation theater, a workshop aimed at adults to discover puppetry as a dramatic tool. It is a cognitive journey on the manipulation and dramaturgy of the puppet and other objects to be animated.

Topics covered:

  • Introduction to Figure Theater
  • The Buattini Theater: brief history and main animation techniques
  • The discovery of the dramatic instrument: exercises in puppet manipulation, gestures and anatomical action
  • Character creation through shack stage experimentation and identity and historical character analysis

Is Mascareddas

Founded by Antonio Murru and Donatella Pau in 1980, the Is Mascareddas Company is a cultural reality that has contributed greatly to the dissemination and awareness of Figure Theater in Sardinia, a theatrical tradition that until then was almost unknown on the island. The basic idea that sustains the company's activity is that theater animated by puppets is theater in its own right, with equal dignity to theater with actors. Alongside its production activity, the company plays an important role in Sardinia in the dissemination of Animation Theater - as well as children's theater - by conceiving and staging projects, festivals, and reviews that host Italian and international companies.


A thousand origami on display
Lorenzo Gianmario Galli

In Japan it is said that the gods grant a wish to anyone who makes 1,000 origami cranes. Of this tradition, called senbazuru, I love the intimate ritual, the discipline it implies and the meditative repetitiveness it generates. While making my 1000 origami, perhaps because of the particular historical period we are living in, more than the crane I could not help but think of another animal, also linked to myth: the phoenix. Birth from one's own ashes, but also death in one's own nest and return in a new form... these are just some of the symbolic elements that thefirebird carries. So after shaping 1,000 origami birds, I realized that they could be little phoenixes. Why not? No one has ever seen a phoenix! That's why I called them "orifea" (from "phoenix origami"). 

The orphae became the starting point for a video project, divided into two parts: Oriphoea zero is a short film with flesh-and-blood actors and stop-motion animated figures; for I cacciatori di orifee, on the other hand, the idea is that of a "poetic documentary" to narrate, as a series of images without a real narrative thread, intimate creative gestures that I witnessed during this 2020/21. The intent is to want to find seeds of beauty amidst the welter of sensations that characterized such a unique and unprecedented condition as mandatory confinement . The orifee are no longer animated, but they are ever present both as physical objects and, more importantly, as metaphor. 


Experimental publishing project
Alessandra Amicarelli and Valeria Sacco

ANIMATAZINE is the first Italian, print and digital, trilingual (FR IT EN) fanzine dedicated to animated theater. An experimental and innovative publishing project, completely independent, it hosts artists, thinkers, creators and researchers from all over the world. During the festival, in conjunction with the launch of issue 0 of ANIMATAZINE and the opening of a crowdfunding campaign, the project will be presented to the press and the public. 

Friday, October 8, 12:00 p.m.
Gambettola - Fellini Hall

Project presentation press conference. In-person and online on Zoom platform. To report your attendance or request the Zoom link write to prenotazione@teatrodeldrago.it

Saturday, October 9, 6:30 p.m.
Gambettola - Former Slaughterhouse

Presentation of ANIMATAZINE, an experimental publishing project. Reservations required at 392 6664211 or by e-mail at prenotazione@teatrodeldrago.it

Oct. 7 to 9

Workshop on the theme ofwater dedicated to students in the figure theater courses Animateria and The Puppeteer's Crafts

Valentina Lisi


Friday, October 8, 6:00 p.m.
Municipal Theater of Gambettola

by and with Valentina Lisi
directed Nadia Milani
in collaboration with Festival Incanti, Teatro del Drago
show finalist Progetto Cantiere 2020*
Ages 12 and up

Reduced ticket €5, full ticket €10
Reservation required

What is an addiction? "Necessary Relationships" begins this way, with an uncomfortable but, indeed, necessary question. On stage, a large and dusty Family Album, repurposed as a Pop Up book version, with its photographs coming to life and animating through the use of paper silhouettes and figures. And then? Then there is Matilde, a young girl who tells us about the vicissitudes of her bizarre family of origin and her growing up amidst vicissitudes and dynamics that cyclically repeat themselves, amid vices, foibles, habits and impositions dictated by a patriarchal society that feeds on clichés, conventions and stereotypes.

Theater of Feet


Sunday, October 10, 9:00 p.m.
Municipal Theater of Gambettola

Laura Kibel and Veronica Gonzalez concept.
performer Veronica Gonzalez
direction Laura Kibel
scenes Rocio Matosas
realization puppets, costumes, objects Laura Kibel, Rocio Matosas
music elaboration Gaetano Ferrara
voice Artusi Mauro Magliozzi
photos M. Marchetti / E.Biguzzi
video realization GeoMultimedia
Figure theater for one actress and two feet. From 14 years old

Reduced ticket €5, full ticket €10
Reservation required

The extraordinary figure of Pellegrino Artusi told through the enchanted eyes of his faithful helper Marietta. Cooking is the backdrop to the relationship between the Master, gruff but good-natured, and the Pupil, bungling, dreamy but always devoted. With transforming skills, Veronica Gonzalez brings hilarious episodes to life using the "Theater of Feet" technique. Characters in the show arise from the actress' feet and legs, creating amazing inventions, gags and choreography accompanied by those giants (Rossini, Ponchielli, Verdi, Puccini, Collodi) who, like Artusi himself, made Italy of ITALIANS. This tribute to Pellegrino Artusi is not meant to be a biography nor a cooking treatise, precisely because of the expressive choice not to use words. Thanks to figure theater, the stimuli will be more visual and imaginative with a view to reaching an international audience. Artusi's book has been translated into many languages, emotions instead will travel "on tiptoe."

Duo La Fortuna


Sunday, October 10, 6:00 p.m.
Pertini Square - Gambettola

by and with Gianluca Palma and Fabio Zanagelli
Street theater with puppets and actors
For all

Free admission
Reservation required

Fabio Zaganelli, in collaboration with Gianluca Palma are Duo La Fortuna, in a new show that draws from the repertoire of figure theater, clowning and juggling to create an original and engaging comedy duo. Otto the puppet, director of the Great Puppet Circus, is looking for a new performer for his show. Unfortunately, only one candidate shows up at the audition: Fabius! In a welter of mischief and bickering, amidst improbable musical rehearsals and controversial circus skills, it will be up to the audience's applause to decide whether the audition has passed...

Plant Drama


Friday, October 8, 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Longiano - San Girolamo Hall

Compagnia Drammatico Vegetale/Ravenna Teatro
by Pietro Fenati
with Pietro Fenati, Elvira Mascanzoni
direction Pietro Fenati
set design and figures Pietro Fenati, Elvira Mascanzoni
lighting and sound Alessandro Bonoli
technical reference Alessandro Bonoli
organization William Rossano, Sara Maioli

Andersen's was a life spent writing and telling stories, cutting out strange and amusing figurines in paper to animate his personal, dreamlike theater of life. A shrunken pea, an old toy soldier, a cardboard box turned into a figure theater, a scissors and little else, set about telling stories. Souvenir-objects, enough to fuel the tale of Olechiudigliocchi, of The Princess on the Pea, of the two snails in The Happy Family and of Tenacious Tin Soldier. A simple little theater becomes, by the magic of theater, the microcosm of our fears and joys.