La Tempesta / The Tempest
Opening performance of the festival
Teatro Stabile di Torino – Teatro Nazionale (IT)
Original title The Tempest
Première 15. marec 2022, Fonderie Limone Moncalieri, Torino
Running time 1 hour 45 minutes. No intermission.
Translator and text adaptation Alessandro Serra
Director and Set, costume, lighting and sound designer Alessandro Serra
Assistant lighting designer Stefano Bardelli
Assistant sound designer Alessandro Saviozzi
Assistant costume designer Francesca Novati
Mask designer Tiziano Fario
Language consultant Donata Feroldi
Teatro di Roma – Teatro Nazionale (IT), Emilia Romagna Teatro ERT – Teatro Nazionale (IT), Sardegna Teatro (IT), Festival d’Avignon (FR), MA scène nationale – Pays de Montbéliard (FR)
In collaboration with
Fondazione I Teatri di Reggio Emilia (IT), Compagnia TeatroPersona (IT)
Vincenzo Del Prete
Maria Irene Minelli
Alessandro Serra’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s last play The Tempest is a hymn to theatre delivered by the theatre. Its magical powers lie precisely in this unique and one-time opportunity to experience metaphysical dimensions thanks to a company of boorish comedians treading wooden boards, making do with just a few props and a handful of patched together costumes. Therein lies its age-old fascination: everything happens before our eyes, everything is real and yet so clearly simulated, but, above all, this superhuman power only occurs if an audience is willing to listen and see, imagine, and share the silence to create the ritual. People will always have a longing for the theatre because it remains the only place where human beings can exercise their right to an act of magic.
Alessandro Serra is a director, playwrighter, set designer, light designer. In 1999 he founded the Compagnia Teatropersona, with which he staged his works presented in many European countries, as well as in Asia, South America, Russia and the United Kingdom. He has received numerous prizes and acknowledgements, including the UBU Award for Best Play and the Le Maschere del Teatro Italiano Award for Best Stage Designer and Best Show for MACBETTU. The Hystrio Prize for Director and the Grand Prix "Golden Laurel Wreath Award" as Best Director (MESS Festival - Sarajevo).
The Teatro Stabile di Torino – Teatro Nazionale is one of the main Italian and European production institutions for the stage. Founded in 1955, since 2009 it has been organising the international festival Torinodanza; in 2015 it became National Theatre and joined the European theatres network Mitos21 and the European Theatre Convention. It is managed by Filippo Fonsatti, with the artistic direction of Valerio Binasco.