C'era una volta

[... They had ready red-hot iron shoes,
in which she had to dance until she fell down dead ]
Grimms' Brothers, "Snow White"

“C’era una volta”, the new work by Ondadurto Teatro, is much more than a show about princesses and heroes. Stories and legends coming from the tradition of great authors, from Grimms' Brothers to Lewis Carroll, from Johann Karl August Musäus to Hans Christian Andersen, are reinterpreted in noir atmosphere and "sweet-and-sour" taste. The fairy imagination, so sweet and lovely in our memories, will be transformed, and lines between Good and Evil will become deeply evanescent. Is it possible that Little Red Riding Hood has a dark side? And what about a light, sweet, melancholic side of Witches and Stepmothers?

“C’era una volta” is a colourful and enchanting Revue, a multidisciplinary Work where fascinating moving objects, water effects and technological contaminations create an expanded experience for the audience.
It's a contemporary Work that shuffles the ancient tradition by throwing away the "good and sweet" aroma.

Cast and Crew: 12/13 people on tour
Running time: 60 min
Venue: show suitable for huge open spaces and historical locations
Language: NO TEXT – non verbal show
Audience: best ca 1.300 people. It can host up to 2.000 audience
Target: any age bracket. Suitable to an international audience
Miscellaneous: Use of small fireworks and water effects
Avant Première: June 2013 >> Mirabilia International Circus and Performing Arts - ITALY
Première: September 2013 >> FiraTàrrega - SPAIN
On tour: 2014 - 2018

Co-production: Mirabilia Festival (M.I.C.P.A.F) – ITALY / FiraTàrrega – SPAIN
Artistic Residence: FiraTàrrega – Tàrrega – SPAIN
Main Sponsor: Massimo Carsetti – ITALY
Patronage: Fondazione Vodafone Italia – ITALY
Supported by: inEURoff Festival – ITALY / Istituto Italiano di Cultura // Barcellona – SPAIN
Artistic concept: Marco Paciotti, Cristian Paraskevas and Lorenzo Pasquali
Directed by: Marco Paciotti
Assistant director: Roberto Andolfi
Machineries and Objects: Lorenzo Pasquali and Massimo Carsetti
Costume Design: Claudia Tortora
Light Design: Costel Iulian Prodran
International Consultance: Ute Classen Kulturmanagement – GERMANY

Clock is ticking, time is flowing... Suddenly, 12 bell tolls, it’s midnight and it all begins!

Dancing an Old Style Overture, actors prepare each other and draw out a large structure made of stairs and different levels...It all seems a Great Variety Show!
The wicked Stepmother appears and they all become Puppets in her service, manipulated throughout the space, according to her whim.
"Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who in this land is the fairest of all?" "Thou art fairer than all who are here, Lady Queen. But more beautiful still is another Girl, as I ween".
And then the Girl appears: a Girl, with red hat and coat… Could she be…? Who knows…! A timeless character, who, like a common thread, will take viewers inside our story.
An unreal world, where an improbable Mad Hatter and his Carousel of Time will bring our heroine into a surreal and fantastic journey: She will pass through stories and legends as in a breathless tour made by enchanting and colourful settings.
A Glowing Fairy with her absurd beauty salon comes up on the scene, playing in a gangster-movie style moment, where the audience will see a smoky Chicago, shaping with projection, sounds effects and comic-style acting. In this atmosphere a Charming Wolf and its bungling minions will live their adventures, among shootings, pursuits, beautiful dolls… and beating up the poor Grandma! But each bid is going to fail…She will finally subdue the Wolf to make him her faithful puppy.
Suddenly Two Half-Sisters pop up with their crowd of servants, busy to eat and try endlessly every kind of shoe. A grotesque scene with a marked atmosphere that will culminate in a continue gush of water, desperate tears of two refused women : the discarded ones, for whom there isn’t any right shoe! And just like in the original story, our Heroine will find her Shoe and then will be saved by her Charming Prince, who will come to her tower by a flying Vespa.
But the perfidious Stepmother will not like this happy ending: she only believes in her own beauty, and she is the only one who can be happy in this story! Here is her Enchanted Mirror coming closer to dance with her a sad tango, a melancholic Milonga. The Mirror will turn into Light, the Stepmother into Shadow, and the Shadow into a story of love, an eternal, impossible love… Jealous for both Happiness and Love of our Heroine, the Stepmother will use her magic for the last time, changing our Heroine in a White Swan.
At last the Mad Hatter and his Carousel of Time will come back to try to restore order, to guide our heroine and to help her ... but what will happen? How will end the story?

Hidden and dark sides, melancholies, disillusions… Ondadurto Teatro will give a life to these fantastic worlds using poetry and a grotesque style. The whole, and more over is “C'era una volta”.

Work on machineries and objects follows and improves the research conducted by the company in all its shows. The set design concept turns around Stairs, that create various levels of the scene: a series of different shaping stairs, placed as if they were examined from different points of view. Each part, taken separately, is perfectly realistic and consistent, but the entire is impossible and even made with contradictions. The stair is the symbol of connections between the various States of Being.
Linked to the idea of up and down, of movement and hierarchy between the different levels, the space becomes a construction with articulated plans, steps, empty and full. An expressive space, moved and transformed by the live action on stage of the performers, which will be actors and manipulators at the same time, portrays constantly the Show.
And then, moving screens, a Tower Structure, an Iron Dress, a flying Vespa, a big Mechanical Clock, a Unicycle with a sitting room, a Fontain with water.

The choice of using video and projections is due to the research of balance between different media. Tightly related to the dramaturgical structure, video is an essential part of the show, just like music, actors and machineries / objects. Projection will invade different spaces. Thus, there will be different surfaces for images, full or empty, that will be disassembled and recomposed, transformed, multiplied.
Words, letters, video effects will become virtual background always changing: not fixed images on static screens, but dynamic projections in movement.

Taking a cue from the vast repertoire of the '40s most famous Italian "songs" and from Ennio Morricone masterpieces, mixed with contemporary music and electronic sounds, the Music completes the relationship between different media, just as the machineries / objects and projections. The vintage flavour of the soundtrack will be offset by songs composed for the show: a composition that becomes a real dramatic element.

Best Size: 22 m x 15 m just as show-area
Height above the stage: 10/12 meters must be free for scenic structures as well as enabling the use of pyrotechnics effects.

380 Volt plug 5 pole (for light + sound + video)
32 Ampere / 36 KW CEE
We use "a bit" of water during the show, so we need safety electric cables.

* 10 FRESNEL 2000 watt (with flags and color)
* 14 PC 1000 watt – (with flags and color) – theatrical spot
>> no PAR, no PC 500 watt, no LED light,
>> according with the group it is possible to use FRESNEL

* 6 PROFILE 2000 watt >> 32° angle
>> according with the group it is possible to use n°10 - PROFILE ETC 750 watt >> 36° angle

* 1 PROFILE ETC 750 watt >> 36° angle
* 1 follow spot 2000 watt with color gels – put it on an high point. >> We need the light passing up to the head of the audience >> FOLLOW SPOT SEPARATED WITH DIMMER AT THE DESK and COLOR CHANGE AVAILABLE

* 1 mixer 24 way
* 5 lift - wincher system
* 1 intercom
* cables
* 5 DIMMER X 29 CH X 2,5 kw >> WE WORK WITH THE SPOTS COMBINED SIMMETRICALLY LEFT/RIGHT ON 1 CHANNAL (where is possible to combine the 1 kw spot)

* 1 audio mixer 6 way
* 4 PA speakers with amplification + 2 SUB – 2.500 watt
* 02 monitors wedge

* We need "SCREEN SIZE" of 10 mt in wide by 5 in hight: the position of the beamer depend from the MODEL and the LENS
* We use/need VGA or HDMI input
* We need to know in advance wich beamer we go to use: MODEL and MARK
* We require a small schaffolding system where is possible to hang/put the beamer from the back of the audience >> minimum hight is around 6 mt

In 2014, the company sometime brings its own beamer. In this case we don’t need nothing from your side.

>> For further details about tech. rider please contact us

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