The essence of theatre…Biancaneve is a performance for children, as well as all intelligent people between 5 and 80." -- La Repubblica review of Biancanev
Teatro Del Carretto -- the renowned company founded in 1983 in Lucca, Italy by director Maria Grazia Cipriani and designer Graziano Gregori, and widely recognized as one of Italy's most innovative theatre companies -- makes its long-awaited US debut at LaMaMa ETC with its highly acclaimed family-friendly adaptation of BIANCANEVE (Snow White), for six matinee performances only, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30pm, January 12-27. The beloved Italian company's US debut is a Watson Arts Project presented by La MaMa ETC.
For audiences of all ages, BIANCANEVE offers the enchanting story of a woman whose life is forever altered by mysterious dwarves, a wicked step-mother, and the kiss of a handsome prince.
Based on the beloved story by the Grimm Brothers, BIANCANEVE unfolds with contemporary resonance through an imaginative fusion of spoken word, movement, puppetry, masks, large and miniature objects, light and shadows, sound effects and music. Human actors, paper-mache creatures and animated characters co-exist in a seemingly magical world that is part reality and part make-believe.
BIANCANEVE stars Elsa Bossi as Snow White, along with Elena Nene Barini, Jonathan Bertolai, Giacomo Pecchia, and Giacomo Vezzani. In addition to the sets and costume design by Mr. Gregori, the production has sound design by Hubert Westkemper and lighting design by Angelo Linzalata. BIANCANEVE will be performed in Italian, with English narration.
In addition to the matinee performances of BIANCANEVE, Teatro Del Carretto will present the US premiere of its enchantingly dark, surreal adult adaptation of C. Collodi's PINOCCHIO, with 7:30pm performances on Thursdays-Sundays, January 10-27. Giandomenico Cupaiulo stars in this tale of a wooden puppet who becomes a real man in a world full of very real dangers.
Director Maria Grazia Cipriani and designer Graziano Gregori founded Teatro Del Carretto in 1983. Their inaugural production, BIANCANEVE, immediately drew raves for the company's unique aesthetic and innovative presentation of one of the world's most popular stories and quickly became a staple of the company's repertoire which includes adaptations of literary classics ranging from the aforementioned fairy tales to the works of Shakespeare, Kafka, Omero and others.
Throughout the years, Teatro Del Carretto has developed an award-winning repertoire featuring imaginative, provocative adaptations of literary and dramatic classics, including ROMEO AND JULIET, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE ILLIAD, and THE ODYSSEY, in addition to BIANCANEVE (Snow White), PINOCCHIO and others.
Teatro Del Carretto has performed within Italy and throughout Europe, demonstrating its capacity to overcome linguistic and cultural barriers at international theatre festivals in Paris, Lisbon, Berlin, Madrid, London, Prague, Budapest, Tel Aviv, Mexico City, Tokyo and Cairo, amongst others. They represented Italy at Italia-Russia 2005 in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, and at Italia-China 2006 in Beijing. The productions of PINOCCHIO and BIANCANEVE marks the company's US premiere.
Under the artistic director Mary Fulham, Watson Arts has been a resident company at La MaMa ETC since 1994.
Founded by Ellen Stewart, and presently in its 46th year, La MaMa E.T.C. enjoys international recognition as the home for theatrical experimentation. La MaMa was one of the first Off-Off Broadway theatres to support full-time resident companies, and was one of the first Off-Off companies to tour Europe. La MaMa has been honored with numerous Obie Awards, dozens of Drama Desk Awards, Bessie Awards and Villager Awards. Well-known names in theatre for whom La MaMa was their first artistic home in the United States include Sam Shepard, Andrei Serban, Jerzy Grotowski; Tadeusz Kantor (Cricot 2 Theatre of Poland), Tom O'Horgan (Hair); Lee Breuer, Elizabeth Swados (Runaways); Tom Eyen (Dreamgirls); Harvey Fierstein, Mike Figgis, Joel Zwick and Harold Pinter (La MaMa was one of the first presenters of Mr. Pinter's work in the United States); and artists from countless other countries. The company's heritage continues to grow with programs established by Ms. Stewart in Umbria, Italy, in which international understanding is promoted through cultural exchange.