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Study for a cabaret in wartimes

original silhouettes:
Cora De Maria
scenografic imaginary:
Jenaro Meléndrez Chas
Rosa Mogliasso
Mattia Monti
musical and stage direction:
Alberto Jona

on stage
Nicola Morucci, Fulvio Maiorani, Irene Paloma Jona, Cora De Maria, Jenaro Meléndrez Chas

When we were young we were fascinated by Karl Valentin's lanky figure, his humour, lyrics and films. Today, driven also by disturbing signals in the present we are living, we want to remember that surreal clown who told about the madness of a world on the verge of the abyss in last century's 30s in Germany. The idea is to try to recreate the atmosphere of the German cabaret of those years through a “work in progress”, a “study” for a show that walks between past and present in a funambolic way and that, through the physical presence of the actors, the magic of the shadow and live music, wanders among the spirits of the time.

Premiere in Turin on 7th cttober 2022, inside the program of INCANTI festival




The Castel of Bluebeard

Project and original silhouettes
Cora De Maria
Bela Bartok
Alberto Jona
Irene Paloma Jona e Nicola Morucci
Audio direction
Nicola Morucci


A first episode of the project Shadows at the Opera created for Novara's Teatro Coccia Foundation, The Castel of Bluebeard is a journey into both the fairy tale by Perrault and the the composition by Bartok.

It is a micro show 15 minutes long including shadows, music and voices that introduces even the youngest audience to the world of melodrama within the frame of a nineteenth-century theater with a bergmanian flavor, in which the dark and mysterious fairy tale of Prince Bluebeard emerges.



Studio per Le venti giornate di Torino Controluce Teatro dOmbreTHE TWENTY DAYS OF TURIN

dedicated to Guido Ceronetti

concept, direction and original silhouettes
Cora De Maria
scenographic elements
Alice Delorenzi
original mumusic
Umberto Fantini
CONTROLUCE Teatro d'Ombre

duration around 50'

with Cora De Maria

The show is inspired by the work of Giorgio De Maria. A dystopian and prophetic tale, full of ideas still current and deeply disturbing, which finds in the shadows a perfect visual accompaniment. A small stage box and a single operator who tells the story while accompanying the unfolding of the plot with shadow theater images and some music.




The songs of the tree
on music by Maurice Ravel

concept, staging and direction
Cora De Maria, Alberto Jona,
Jenaro Meléndrez Chas

dramaturgy and text Guia Risari
music supervision Caterina Vivarelli
elements of scenography Alice Delorenzi
light design Sara Brigatti

on stage
Alice De Bacco, Pierre Jacquemin (acting)
Cora de Maria / Jenaro Meléndrez Chas (shadows)

piano (in live music version)
Sergio Scibilia, Ylenia D’Introno e Valeria Vitelli

in collaboration with:
Conservatorio G.Verdi di Torino

Fondazione Teatro Ragazzi e Giovani onlus


Production  MITO SettembreMusica 2019


Presentation    Technical sheet    Didactic sheet    Photos    Video    Reportage    Press cuts

The performance takes cue from Miroirs and Ma mère l'oye, a small piano jewel by Maurice Ravel that is inspired by the book of children's fairy-tales Contes de ma mère l'oye, which was accompanied in its various editions by magnificent illustrations. Illustrations have a long history as a vehicle to make the world known; before photography, they represented the only chance to picture the wonders seen by travellers and explorers, and sometimes only imagined by storytellers, creating unattainable worlds of fairy tale's same substance.
Taking inspiration from the suggestions born by Miroirs and Ma mère l'oye, I CANTI Dell'ALBERO is a performance made of shadows and music which leads, like an illustrated book, into a world where everything is possible. It is the story of two friends who return in the forest of their childhood and find it much changed, especially the great tree -guardian of forest's balances- that seems to be gravely ill. Thus begins for them an adventure leading to rediscover the pleasure of imagination and, through the music they
are conveyed into fairy-tale worlds, managing to revive the forest. A musical, symbolic and narrative journeythat, on the one hand brings back to the pleasure of reading and listening music, and on the other opens to important important suggestions such as respect for natural environments.

The show debuted for MITO Settembre Musica in Turin (Casa del Teatro), and in Milan (Teatro Munari) in September 2019.

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