Ondadurto Theatre from Rome, Dec. 13-16 at LaMaMa

Nov 29, 2018 296

BY: Audrey Ross

December 13-16, 2018 (Thursday at 9 PM; Friday & Saturday at 7 PM; Sunday at 3 PM). Ellen Stewart Theatre at La MaMa E.T.C., 66 East 4th Street, NYC. Tickets: $25; $20 for students/seniors. Reservations: 212.352.3101 or www.lamama.org/terra_mia. Director: Marco Paciotti. Machinery: Lorenzo Pasquali and Massimo Carsetti. Construction of scenery: Dario Vandelli. Costume Design: K.B. Project. Light Design: Roberto Mazzaro

The Rome-based ONDADURTO TEATRO will make its U.S. debut with its newest work TERRAMIA, a multi-media performance art spectacle that takes an irreverent look at humanity through the eyes of an android. This original work, accessible to a mixed international audience, uses text, movement, video, music and innovative scenography designed by creators Marco Paciotti and Lorenzo Pasquali, inspired by Physical Theatre, the Nouveau Cirque and Gesture Theatre.

Rome's Il Messagero described TERRAMIA as "...an investigation about identity, or rather about its absence, in a crescendo of video-projections and notes, interspersed with an original soundrack and well known pieces of music, in order to drag the audience into a timeless noir." A common feature of each of Paciotti and Pasquali's characters is the solemn march and progression, in a series of tableaux, towards a loss of the individual, an identity that becomes increasingly liquid and changeable. The company's signature techniques include physical theatre, dance, machinery and large moving objects.

ONDADURTO TEATRO was founded in 2005 by Marco Paciotti and Lorenzo Pasquali. From its inception, the research and the works of the Rome-based ONDADURTO TEATRO has been focused on Physical Theatre, the Nouveau Cirque and Gesture Theatre. The various techniques and modes of expression create a high-impact visual language, one that is capable of creating a dialogue with people of all ages, ethnicities and cultures. Ondadurto's works are equally successful at home and internationally. The Company has performed in France, Spain, Denmark, Hungary, Chile, South Korea, Russia, and more. They have also initiated cooperation and excharge projects in Thailand, India and Cuba.

ONDADURTO TEATRO is supported by MiBAC - Italian Ministry of Culture - Foreign Section. Produced in collaboration with Teatro Vascello - Repertory Theatre of Innovation, Rome, Italy, and Valeria Orani - Umanism NY (USA).

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"La potenza dello spettacolo e innegabile, arricchita da momenti di delicatezza che portano al pubblico un'armonia amara" ("The power of the show is undeniable, enriched by moments of delicacy that bring to the public a bitter harmony")

"...approcci forti e delle volte crudi con attori di spessore, professionali e talentuosi...un'opera poliedrica che tocca intimamente l'animo umano." ("...strong and sometimes raw approaches performed by talented actors...a multi-faceted work that intimately touches the human soul")

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