LATELLA’S ADULT VERSION OF PINOCCHIO

SHOWING AT PICCOLO TEATRO STREHLER,IN MILANO

2017-11-17

Usually when we think about Pinocchio’s story, we consider it as a way to teach our children to 'behave well', like good boys and girls, they should obey their parents and listen to 'talking crickets'. Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio is seen by all of us as an example of pedagogy, but if we think about it, we can understand that Collodi's purpose might have been a little different.

Geppetto, for instance, before being a loving father, when he decides to carve a block of wood into his 'son', he does it because he wants to build a puppet that can dance and sing, that he could travel the the world with and become rich. Parents are sometimes unaware to be a little selfish wanting their kids to be young talents, well behaved, diligent boys and girls to show off!

Sometimes we would like our kids to be like 'marionettes' in order to control them, on the other side we would like them to be independent and being able to handle every kind of situation. Pinocchio, in the traditional story, never listens to the 'talking cricket', everything he does learn, he learns it by making mistakes. The message is actually to go on and try different things in your life, even if you do wrong, just try and see how it goes, you might learn something good out of it.

Antonio Latella, an internationally well known theatre director born in Campania, reinterprets the great classical masterpieces, even at this time, he reinvents the traditional fairy tale that we all know, making it so conceptual and powerful, sometimes even exceeding a little. The way he writes the story is full on of words, at times it becomes disorienting and creates a bit of anxiety.

This idea of conceptualism is reflected also in the scenography, which it becomes essential even in the costumes of the characters which are very simple: they use small accessories to change over from one to an other.

Latella tells Pinocchio in a different way, it is more concrete and it reflects the reality. Geppetto, who represents the traditional father, is not always as thoughtful and sweet like a dad should be, but he is a man who has some precise expectations and he reflects his dreams on his son, and he suffers from lack of gratitude.

At the end of Latella’s story, we understand that his will was to express his thought, which is that unfortunatly there is no happy ending in the relationships between fathers and their own childrens.

 

(Marta & Veronica)

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