by Carlo Collodi
Adaptation and direction Maria Grazia Cipriani
Scenes and costumes Graziano Gregori
Sound Hubert Westkemper
Lights Angelo Linzalata
stage photos Filippo Brancoli Pantera
“…I thought of making myself a beautiful wooden Marionette. It must be wonderful, one that will be able to dance, fence, and turn somersaults”…Geppetto, treasuring inside himself a adolescent desire, dreams of making a puppet, and with him he intends to go around the world like a clown in a journey , as if in a circus, adventurous and illusionist. .
Pinocchio makes Geppetto’s dream his own. But, in order to make that dream came true, he must reach rock bottom , and so he turns into a donkey and dances as a Star in the circus of Land of Toys, running the risk of becoming a drumhead 's leather for the band.
He is welcome as a brother by Fire-Eater's Great Theatre marionettes: his triumphal entry sets his official initiation into that world populated by Immortal Masks. There he seems to reach the place that will give a meaning to his birth.
An hoped cherished by a father…( that is nothing but a pure ghost swallowed by the Terrible Whale)… going through the carriage of Fire- Eater (…in the back ground joyful noises of bass drum ..the rejoice of the Great Theatre, actors moving as marionettes and marionettes moving like actors…and the scene, an harrowing parody, something between a popular comedy and a music drama where Pinocchio begs Fire-Eater for Arlecchino’s mercy..)
…By the Fairy’s house, she must be trapped by the fear of been abandoned, lost, and then in her turn forced to run the risk of loosing and abandoning…(even the Fairy’s world seems to be born to be staged, surrounded by all those grotesque and surreal doctors and gravediggers , appearing and disappearing; and life that never gives up upon death, with her symbolic mass of long hairs)
…and the front of the stage where Pinocchio- donkey obliged to put up a show …
…the landing place is in an ending where the stage is now empty, and Pinocchio, freed by his “wooden dream”, sees his simulacrum abandoned just like a costume scene …
…Dream –like adventure lost in a never ending night time, where the day light is sarcastically marked by lightning storm and Pinocchio's fate appears, literally, theatrical .
Maria Grazia Cipriani