artistic direction: Davide Venturini and Francesco Gandi
visual design: Elsa Mersi
choreography: Paola Lattanzi
dancers: Carolina Amoretti, Sara Campinoti
computer engineering: Rossano Monti, Martin Von Gunten
original music: Spartaco Cortesi
singer: Naomi Berril
voices off stage: Caterina Poggesi
costumes: Fiamma Ciotti Farulli
props: Livia Cortesi, Massimiliano Fierli
console: Saulo D’Isita, Massimiliano Fierli
collaboration on the concept: Stefania Zampiga
organization: Valentina Martini, Francesca Nunziati, Chiara Saponari
a co-production with Teatro Metastasio Stabile della Toscana

In the original fairytale of “Babayaga”, a little girl is forced to leave her family
home for the house of the terrible ogress, but on her hard journey she meets
several animals who help her brave the dangers. Her intuition, courage and
ability to make good friends are the qualities she needs to face a challenge
that cannot be won on her own. The Italian company TPO has staged this
well-known Russian tale in a contemporary way, using dance, original music
compositions and especially Rébecca Dautremer’s lavish illustrations
projected in large format across the whole stage. This imaginary journey
immerses the audience in Dautremer’s painting highlighting her use of
dominant red hues expressed through sophisticated and seductive line.
The show takes the form of an astonishing choreography in which Babayaga
stands out as an archetype of disturbing and menacing evil but – and this is
the moral that the show seeks to communicate – she can be defeated if the
children all take action together. As light as butterflies, two dancers guide
the audience through a story without words experienced through sounds,
images and emotions. Thanks to the use of invisible sensors and interactive
technology, a wealth of stage effects enliven the show’s sound landscapes
and full-scale projections.

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