Pinocchio: The Story of a Puppet
from The adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
Directed & performed by Massimiliano Finazzer Flory
Choreography & Dance: Michela Lucenti & Emanuela Serra
Piano Music: Nino Rota & Fiorenzo Carpi, performed by Gianluca Pezzino
One of the most renowned Italian books, Pinocchio: the Story of a Puppet, is often considered to be a children's story, but actually it is more than this. It is a narration about the memory of a nation fighting for independence, written by a patriot, Carlo Lorenzini, under the pen name C. Collodi, who believed in Italy as a united country. In telling the story as a fairy tale, he was able to subtly shift the attention toward a proper philosophical essay on the relationship between freedom and obedience.
This performance combines literature, theater, dance, and music to bring to realization the most celebrated Italian "piece of wood," through the story of the timeless work of a wood carver that teaches beauty and truth. The choreographic work is as important as the character interpretations of Massimiliano Finazzer Flory, giving voice to Geppetto, the talking Cricket, the Fairy, and more. Vicariously through the music composed by Nino Rota the show is also an homage to the dreamy cinematic world of Federico Fellini.
Performed in Italian, with English surtitles. Recommended for age 12 and up.
Performance Timing: 90 minutes, with no intermission