Don Chisciotte



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21b - Piazza Montefeltro

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Teatro dei Venti is a theater company based in Modena, Italy, active since 2005 in the creation of performances and the realization of projects that juxtapose creativity and community as a function of effective social cohesion. Teatro dei Venti's artistic research has developed in theater for urban spaces, through the use of high-impact mobile sets, in extra-theatrical venues and with the involvement of citizens. With their shows they have toured in Italy and abroad, in France, Poland, Serbia, Croatia, Spain, Romania, Lithuania, Germany, Denmark, Montenegro, Argentina, Taiwan, India.

Implements permanent projects at the Castelfranco Emilia Prison and the Modena Prison, in collaboration with Coordinamento Teatro Carcere Emilia Romagna, aimed at artistic creation and professionalization. Also in the social field, he promotes International Cooperation projects (Mozambique, Serbia, Senegal) and in the field of Mental Health in collaboration with DSM-DP of the Modena ASL.

Since 2012 it curates the organization of Trasparenze Festival and Residencies, with the aim of giving voice to contemporary creativity, the languages of the independent theater scene and the enhancement of new spaces. Its main partners include the Ministry of Culture, the Emilia-Romagna Region, ERT/National Theater, ATER Foundation, the City of Modena, the Modena Foundation, and Arci.

In 2019 it debuted the show Moby Dick, Critical Network Prize 2019 for planning/organization, Ubu Prize 2019 for stage design (prize awarded to director Stefano Tè and set designers Dino Serra and Massimo Zanelli). Since 2020, it has managed the Podesteria Hostel in Gombola, in the Modena Apennines, with a project of
tourist-cultural receptivity and artistic residency.

Since the same year, with the project “Abitare Utopie” supported by the Foundation of Modena, it has been implementing a prototype of artistic creation with the community, involving Prisons, the neighborhood of Via San Giovanni Bosco in Modena, the village of Gombola and the area of Theater in relation to Mental Health.

In 2022, she participated in the creation of events for the Inaugural Ceremony of Procida Italian Capital of Culture 2022, within which she presented the show Moby Dick and curated workshops with citizens for the creation of a large Parade in the heart of the island.

It is active in several projects of the Creative Europe program, the last one launched in 2023, AHOS All Hands On Stage - Theatre as a tool for professionalisation of inmates, of which Teatro dei Venti is leader, will involve for 30 months organizations and Prison Institutions from five countries, four from the European Union (Italy, Germany, Poland and Romania) and one from the Western Balkans (Serbia). AHOS connects the worlds of theater and detention, establishing a deep collaborative contact to contribute to the creation of best practices at the European level. The company has embarked on artistic research aimed at producing a new work for urban spaces, “The Human Measure” (working title) with several stages of creation and debut planned for 2026.

In anticipation of this major project, it is working on the production of a new play in parade form on “Don Quixote” that will debut in May 2024.

Don Chisciotte (Don Quixote)

Re-reading Don Quixote today, through the poetics of the Teatro dei Venti, highlights the possibility of continuing to act in the world in a choral way. Awakening the power of each person, so that it can continue to fight injustice, open itself to wonder, take charge of the human condition. 
Along with the wonder created by the typical tools of street theater - stilts, live music live, theatrical machines - the company brings to tradition the innovation of an atypical choice: the word poetics. 
What we face together in the streets and squares is thus a dreamlike journey that spurs us to return to the roots of our desires. What Don Quixote fights for, and what reverberates also in Sancho, is the possibility of not resigning ourselves, of not getting used to evil, with our eyes turned to the future, which needs all our present awareness.

Concept, direction and dramaturgy Stefano Tè.
With Alessandro Berardi Oxana Casolari, Francesca Figini, Davide Filippi, Esther Grigoli, Alice Mascolo, Antonio Santangelo, Christian Sidoti, Cesare Trebeschi, Francesco Valli.
Music Igino L. Caselgrandi, Pietro Colliva, Diego Lancellotti, Nicola Raccanelli.
Texts Azzurra D'Agostino. 
Theatrical Machines Dino Serra, in collaboration with Paolo Romanini, Emanuela Savi, Chiara Pettenati.
Costumes and set design Maria Scarano - Atelier Polvere di Stelle. 
Artistic consulting Mario Barzaghi. Assistant director Francesco Cervellino.
Audio design Luigi Pascale, Tonino La Distruzione, Nicola Raccanelli.
Sketches costumes and theatrical machines by F.M., an inmate of the Castelfranco Emilia Prison, as part of the European project AHOS All Hands on Stage.
A Teatro dei Venti production
In co-production with Solares Fondazione delle Arti Teatro delle Briciole.
With the support of Ministry of Culture, Emilia-Romagna Region and Caracò.

Photo by Chiara Ferrin


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