Teatro Strappato is and intense journey, made while finding exceptional people, places that are constantly different, and fascinating stories.
Teatro Strappato is an idea, a necessity that Cecilia Scrittore (Italy) and Vene Vieitez (Venezuela) have had in common since 2011, having been working in Italy in one of the most prestigious companies of Commedia dell’Arte worldwide.
That same year the first production of Teatro Strappato was born, one that would define a completely new direction of investigation, “Souls of Brass” (text and direction by Vene Vieitez, original music by Juan Miguel Murani). The company travelled to Spain to create together with the renowned composer Juan Miguel Murani and the horn player Jesús Martínez a show with four musicians and two actors on stage. The interesting artistic challenge was to give life to characters with masked bodies and souls of music.
In the year 2012 they collaborate with the formation Harmonie XXI, taking on the task of the direction and production of a concert staged around the important work of F.J. Haydn “The Creation”.
In 2013, Strappato’s research on the new expressive possibilities of leather masks resulted in one of the company’s most important shows, “An Insignificant Story” (text and direction by Vene Vieitez), which premiered in the famous Romea Theatre in Murcia (Spain).
In 2014 the company begins the year presenting “Step by Step”, a show born from a new investigation of Teatro Strappato: the Italian influence in the Spanish Renaissance as far as literature and theatrical languages are concerned. The show braids, in a fun dramatised conference, to the brief theatre of Lope de Rueda with explanations that are essential to fully understand a genre as important as it is unknown.
In the same year the company was commissioned by several localities of the Province of Venice to create the show on the Commedia dell’Arte “Cabaret 1500”. It is a selection of scenes of great popular comedy, a theatrical journey from Plauto to our current days.
In the autumn of 2014 the project “The sandcastle ” is born, a collaboration with the Bilingual Centre’s for children’s education in Berlin. With “The Sand Castle” Teatro Strappato investigates a theatrical and musical language that brings children closer, enhancing the imagination, to the world of theatre. After the success in Berlin of this project the company has also proposed to carry it out in Italy and Spain, where it has been received with great enthusiasm.
The year 2015 begins for Teatro Strappato with an important collaboration with the most prestigious ensemble of Renaissance music in Spain, the ensemble “La Danserye”. Both groups join forces and knowledge on music and theatre of the Cinquecento to create “Mendrugo”, a theatrical concert about a16th century fool. This show is an authentic display of masks of the Commedia dell ‘Arte and early music instruments.
During the winter of 2015, a mask workshop took place, and in the rehearsal room of Teatro Strappato, they worked on a new show that proposes an interpretation technique with masks, and an innovative way of elaborating them. “Scarlet Dream” opens a new chapter for Teatro Strappato in which the story is told with images and live pictures that are transformed before the audience’s eyes. A practically mute show that says a lot. “Composable masks” is the name that Teatro Strappato has given to these new masks that are transformed before the audience. Towards the end of 2015 the company designed “The Jesters’ Trunk”, an anthology of show-conferences on the history of the theatre, its great themes and characters. This show premiered with it’s Italian version in December 2015 in Italy and in January 2016 with it’s Spanish version in the city of La Paz (Bolivia).
The year 2016 begins, in fact, with a research trip that the company makes in Bolivia, addressing the issue of street children and the social circumstances that make Latin America one of the main centres of abandoned infants worldwide. For one month, the company members travelled around the country conducting interviews, gathering information and carrying out a theatre workshop with children who have lived on the street. This material arrives in the rehearsal room of Teatro Strappato and becomes, in the months following the trip, BETÚN “4 dreams and 5 realities of a street life”, a silent show that opens in July 2016 at the festival Of Avignon Le Off (France).
Continuing with a spirit of research that leads Teatro Strappato to constantly look at both the present and the past, the company is working on the creation of “Lazarillo”, a show that analyses and presents the picaresque genre and Carlos V’s Spain in a comical manner. This production premieres in January 2017 and during its first two months is seen by more than 5,000 students.
In March 2017 Teatro Strappato co-produce with Cantoría, early music vocal ensemble, a theatrical concert titled “Orpheus: music, love and death” in which they interpret texts and music by Monteverdi, Quevedo, Rilke and other authors who passionately faced this great myth.
After having presented “BETÚN” in France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Chile and Bolivia, the production returns, one year since it’s premiere, to the Off Festival of Avignon 2017 (France) and the Molina del Segura International Theater Festival (Spain) where it is awarded as best stage show.
Currently Teatro Strappato continues to investigate, travel and create stories.
Last updated: December 2017