Pinocchio: Storia di un burattino (The Story of a Puppet)

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Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall 427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

‘Pinocchio. Storia di un burattino’ is a performance that combines literature, theatre, dance and music, and aims to represent and enhance the value of the ‘made in Italy’, starting from the most celebrated Italian ‘piece of wood’; through the story of the timeless work of a wood carver that teaches beauty and truth.

From "The adventures of Pinocchio" by Carlo Collodi
Theatrical show directed and performed by Massimiliano Finazzer Flory
Choreography and dance Michela Lucenti and Emanuela Serra
Music from Nino Rota and Fiorenzo Carpi

90 minutes, No intermission, Performance in Italian with English supertitles
This show is for an audience of adults and children from 12 yrs. old+

One of the most renowned Italian books, ‘Le avventure di Pinocchio’, which is often considered as a children’s tale, is actually more than this, it is a narration about the memory of a nation fighting for independence, written by a patriot, Carlo Lorenzini, who believes in Italy as a united Country and, doing this, shifts the attention from a classical children’s story to a proper essay, with the aim to provide food for thought.

The object of this show is to return to Collodi’s work, its ‘tragical’ nature, through a journey among most emblematic chapters (I, II, III, IV, XI, XVI, XVII, XXXV,XXXVI).

‘Pinocchio. Storia di un burattino’ is made of the words spoken by philosopher Benedetto Croce: “a tale for adults, centred on the tragic Geppetto key figure, a story where the whole humanity is inscribed in a piece of wood, that of the relationship between freedom and obedience, between father and son”. A narration made of humor, with philosophical taste, deeply emotional.

“We are staging a grown up fairy tale based on the tragic character of Geppetto, a story of humanity written on a piece of wood marking the relationship between freedom and obedience, between son and father. The story of Pinocchio is philosophical: it teaches us to grow through the love of truth that if we don’t want to be puppets in life” M. Finazzer Flory says.

The choreographic work from Michela Lucenti is as important as the interpretation of Massimiliano Finazzer Flory, giving voice to Mister Geppetto, Jiminy Cricket, the Fairy with tourquoise hair, Mangiafuoco, The Fox and the Cat…

Vicariously, through the music composed by Nino Rota, the show is also an homage to the dreamy world of Federico Fellini, while the music score from Fiorenzo Carpi is a tribute to Comencini’s work forty years after the movie.

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