Co-production: Museo Nazionale del Cinema
Direction: Cora De Maria, Alberto Jona
Jenaro Meléndrez Chas
Original silhouettes and reconstruction of silhouettes from the Museo Nazionale del Cinema: Cora De Maria
Original music and sound effects: 
Domenico De Maria
Backgrounds and paintings: 
Jenaro Meléndrez Chas
Text: Dario Voltolini
Voice: Riccardo Lombardo
With: Cora De Maria, Alberto Jona
Jenaro Meléndrez Chas


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Concept and staging:
CONTROLUCE Teatro d'Ombre
Music: Francis Poulenc
Text: Jean de Brounhoff (prologue and epilogue
by Rosa Mogliasso)
Original silhouettes Cora De Maria
Narrator Paola Roman
Piano Luca Brancaleon
Production Piccolo Regio Puccini

with: Paola Roman (voice), Luca Brancaleon (piano)
Cora De Maria, Rosa Mogliasso,
Alberto Jona and Jenaro Meléndrez Chas (shadows)


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Music Camille Saint-Saëns

Project, staging and direction Controluce Teatro d'Ombre

Text Jacopo Masini

Original silhouettes Cora De Maria

With Cora De Maria, Alberto Jona, Jenaro Meléndrez Chas, Claudio Dughera

Production Unione Musicale di Torino onlus, inside the project Atelier Giovani

Collaboration Fondazione Teatro Ragazzi e Giovani onlus

live music performance

Debut, february 2011, Teatro Vittoria of Turin with Trio Debussy and the Ensemble Atelier Giovani of Turin

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agrip7"Ho un non so che nel cor (che invece di dolor gioia mi chiede)"

Divertissement around Agrippina by Haendel

Cora De Maria, Alberto Jona, Jenaro Meléndrez Chas and Massimo Albarello

Original silhouettes Cora De Maria
Text Rosa Mogliasso

Cora De Maria, Massimo Arbarello
Alberto Jona, Jenaro Meléndrez Chas

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aida3Music Giuseppe Verdi

Staging CONTROLUCE Teatro d'Ombre (new version adapted by Alberto Jona and Jenaro Meléndrez Chas)

Paola Bianchi and Raphael Bianco with the collaboration of Enrica Brizzi

Original silhouettes Cora De Maria

With Paola Bianchi, Raphael Bianco (dance),
Alberto Jona, Jenaro Meléndrez Chas (shadows)
Bruno Pochettino (light design)

performance with recorded music

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A tribute to Cocteau, on surreal's shade

struzbue2Inspired by Jean Cocteau's Le Boeuf sur le Toit and Les mariées de la Tour Eiffel

Staging and direction
CONTROLUCE Teatro d'Ombre

original silhouettes Cora De Maria

Unione Musicale di Torino Onlus / INCANTI, 2012

Piccola Accademia del Teatro Ragazzi e dell'Animazione – Fondazione TRG Onlus

Primo Liceo Artistico di Torino

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erotic divertissement for shadows

chat noir 22011

Ceremony masters
Cora De Maria
Rosa Mogliasso
Massimo Arbarello

Original silhouettes
Cora De Maria

Teatro d'Ombre

performance with recorded music 
for adult public only

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Shadows and Lights for Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring"

ripercussio1Project, staging and direction:
CONTROLUCE Teatro d'Ombre

Stage design:
Renato Ostorero, Agostino Porchietto

With: Massimo Arbarello, Paola Bianchi,
Corallina De Maria, Sebastiano Di Bella,
Alberto Jona, Jenaro Meléndrez Chas, Guilermo Pivari

CONTROLUCE Teatro d'Ombre, MasJuvarra,
Comune di Grugliasco,
Istituto per i Beni Marionettistici e il Teatro Popolare

Controluce key research is the relationship between music and shadows, under this aspect Stravinsky's score represents a point of arrival and a renewal in Controluce's career. The themes of cyclical nature of life, seguence of life and death; "sacrifice", understood in a secular way as a condition for growth and overcoming divisions, find in this work a theater solution which at the same time is a set of Stravinsky's music, nearly a visual score, and a test of new spatial perspective and interaction between shadow, light, silhouettes, bodies of dancers and shadow-makers ("ombristi") themselves on the stage.
In an abstract and mythical space, dominated by a kind of atavistic altar, the way the shadows is built: from primordial chaos and irrational to the appearance of man, almost a prisoner of his own shadow in its duality and laceration. He finds, overcoming immobility and stasis, in the unique gesture of "sacrifice", the painful way for getting free and starting a new world, which is different but also mirror reflection of the past one, where the color of sacrifice appears as a sign of possibility and future.

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By Giuseppe Verdi, musical project by Controluce Teatro d'Ombre

aida2Project, concept
dramaturgy and staging
Cora De Maria, Alberto Jona
Jenaro Meléndrez Chas

Collaboration to staging
Rosa Mogliasso

Coreography Paola Bianchi
Raphael Bianco, Enrica Brizzi

Original silhouettes: Cora de Maria
Collaboration to scenography: Elisabetta Ajani
Lighting: Bruno Pochettino

aidaWith: Paola Bianchi, Raphael Bianco, Enrica Brizzi, Cora de Maria, Alberto Jona, Jenaro Meléndrez Chas, Rosa Mogliasso, Bruno Pochettino
Production: INCANTI / Controluce Teatro d'Ombre in co-production with
Fondazione Egri per la Danza, Compagnia EgriBianco Danza
In collaboration with Fondazione Teatro Regio Torino
Fondazione Teatro Ragazzi e Giovani onlus

The performance is presented in two versions:

  • Live music version
    Free reduction and transcription by Alberto Colla, Ed. Universal Music Publishing, Ricordi srl, Milano
  • Recorded music version
    arrangement by Controluce Teatro d'Ombre

With Verdi's Aida CONTROLUCE Teatro d'Ombre continues its research on shadow theatre as an innovatory approach to the staging of opera theatre in a way that is rich in possibilities.

Aida is the Verdi opera that best brings together the triumph of theatrical gesture and psychological introspection. Verdi's most spectacular opera has made it possible for Controluce on the one hand to deal with the exotic imagination, suspended between mannerism and reality, of the Egyptian world as perceived by the second half of the nineteenth century; and on the other hand the completely psychological and timeless drama of the protagonists, divided and lacerated between affection and duty, love and country, real existence and imagined one.

The production is built on a concept of alternating cut-out silhouettes and shadows of the human body interacting inside dynamic scenes made of screens/clothes, which suggest landscapes, horizons and architectures of the Egyptian world. Shadows, dance and dance-theatre all co-exist within these scenes. Paola Bianchi, Raphael Bianco and Enrica Brizzi, in front of or behind the screens, follow the wanderings of the souls of Verdi's characters as they pursue their tragic destiny.

For the version with live music Controluce has chosen as collaborators the Trio Debussy and the composer Alberto Colla, who working on Controluce's adaptation of the dramatic content has reduced and transcribed Verdi's score into a "shadowy" chamber reading of the opera: a trio with a trumpet added and four singers to evoke the Nile, the pyramids and above all the inner drama of the protagonists.

Shadow is the means used to create the double, to summon up desire, memory, the imaginary and to express the psychological conflict that finds resuloution at the end with the suffering of Amneris and a harrowing cry for peace.

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Based on the music by Cristoph Willibald Gluck and the poems by Rainer Maria Rilke

orfeoProject and staging
Massimo Arbarello, Corallina De Maria,
Alberto Jona, Jenaro Meléndrez Chas
Massimo Arbarello, Paola Bianchi
Original music Domenico De Maria
Light staging Sergio Bernasani
Original silhouettes Corallina De Maria
Scenic intervention Elisabetta Ajani e Milo Morachioli
Text adaption Emilio Jona
Light technician Federica Balosso
Production Incanti Rassegna Internazionale di Teatro di Figura

Massimo Arbarello, Paola Bianchi,
Corallina De Maria, Alberto Jona,
Jenaro Meléndrez Chas

The myth of Orpheus through the poems by Rilke, the music by Gluck and other contaminations.
The death of Eurydice and the anxiety that drive Orpheus in the kingdom of deads are the way towards the unconscious, the journey of the man towards the ineffable and the unknowable, the curiosity of the man to look at the death in the eyes.

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uomosoloMusical editionOrchestra d'Archi Italiana
(Sergio Azzolini - basoon, Mario Brunello - conductor)

Staging Contoluce Teatro d'Ombre
Corallina De Maria, Alberto Jona, Jenaro Meléndrez Chas,
Paola Bianchi, Massimo Arbarello

Original silhouettes: Corallina De Maria
Stage design: Elisabetta Ajani e Milo Morachioli

With: Massimo Arbarello, Corallina De Maria,
Alberto Jona, Jenaro Meléndrez Chas

Juvarra Multiteatro

The performance is based on the Unione Musicale di Torino's idea of bringing to the stage the concert for bass strings and basoon by Sofia Gubajdulina, conceived by herself as a kind of theatrical music. "Partitura per uomo solo" (Music score for a man alone) is structured as a visual sequence that closely follows the composers dramatic intentions: a sort of unbalance fight between the individual and society which attacks and crushes him in a slow, relentless way ending in annihilation.

This performance is an example of Controluce's research on the interaction between music and shadows, and means an important step forward in the group's artistic course. For the iconography Controluce has been using material from the period when the music score was produced. Posters, photographs and paintings from the 60s and 70s in the USSR plus some American artistic expressions of the same period.

The performance première took place at the Teatro Eden of Treviso the 12th May 2001. It has also been played at the Società del Quartetto di Vicenza (Teatro Olimpico) and Unione Musical di Torino (Conservatory chamber) backed by the Orchestra d'Archi Italiana conducted by Mario Brunello and the bassoonist Sergio Azzolini. For the Unione musicale di Torino Controluce has also brought to the stage Erik Satie's short opera "Généviève de Brabant" with Paolo Poli and "Lohengrin" by Salvatore Sciarrino (Piccolo Regio, Turin, 2000)

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