12th edition of Il Maggiolino Festival

Il Maggiolino is back: from 2nd May until 7th May the festival of theater, dance, art and music for children proposes theatrical performances and. We meet Cinzia Morandi, artistic director of Teatro Pan and organiser of Il Maggiolino.
20 April 2023
by Silvia Onorato
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The theme of the 12th edition is “EmozionArti”. How was it chosen?
Art creates emotions. Starting from this concept, we combined the two words to create a new one that evokes the complementarity of the terms. The emotions aroused by art represent the engine of our lives, the sense of belonging to a community, the amplified feeling of emotions. Theatre creates a direct connection between emotions and art with sounds, colours, and dance, placing the young audience and their parents at the centre of the process, and creating a precious shared space.

What theatre performances are on the programme this year?
In keeping with tradition, the 12th edition offers shows dedicated to early childhood, covering ages from 0 to 5 years old. The theatre productions for young children are very poetic and actually also embrace the audience of parents and adults in general.
This year, ten shows will be performed, two of which will have double performances. We start with the shows for schools from 3 years old: on Tuesday with “Il Cubo Magico” (02.05, 9:30, Teatro Foce), and on Wednesday with “Giro Giro Vagando” (03.05, 9:30, Teatro Foce). Also on Wednesday, the first show for the audience of 1 year old: “Cosa c’è (delle Ali)” (03.05, 16:30, Teatro Foce). On Thursday, we propose an out-of-program show for adults from 12 years old “L’arte della memoria” (04.05, 20:30, Teatro Foce); at Spazio Pan, a show for schools will be performed “Le Camaleontesse” (04.05, 9:30 and 14:00), and on Friday “Giardino” (05.05, 9:30 and 14:30). On Saturday, a new show by Teatro Pan debuts, originated from a workshop by Antonio Catalano, a long-time collaborator of Pan; the show is titled “Lavandaie di Nuvole”, clouds as constantly changing forms that deny the force of gravity and remain hanging up there in the sky only to find themselves back where they came from, the sea. The show is without words and is created by poetic images. The show is suitable for an audience from 3 years old (06.05, 10:00, Teatro Foce); on the same day, “I Bestiolini” by Gek Tessaro, with a theatre that uses drawing on a lightbox suitable for children from 3 years old (06.05, 16:30, Teatro Foce). The last show is on Sunday, with “Rose nell’insalata”, starting from 2 years old (07.05, 16:30, Teatro Foce).

What are the workshops available this year?
On Tuesday morning, there is a free workshop dedicated to parents, entitled “La forza della famiglia è in te” (The strength of the family is in you) and conducted by Eveline Moggi: two hours during which parents can take advantage of the nursery school schedule to deepen different ways of relating in the family (May 2nd, 9:00 – 11:00, Spazio Pan).
Don’t miss the Saturday morning workshop (Spazio Pan) on music, conducted by musician Ilaria Pastore: through the Gordon method, getting babies used to musicality from their early months. The workshop has three schedules for three different age groups (0 to 1 and a half years, 1 and a half to 3 years, 3 to 5 years), life (May 6th, 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, Spazio Pan).
On Sunday morning, Bruna Ferrazzini with the little bird Biriki will lead a workshop on composition and decomposition, using cutouts to create original characters (May 7th, 9:30 and 11:00, Foyer Foce).

We live in an increasingly digital world. How do the arts configure themselves as a form of learning and experience?
In a world characterized by uncertainty and frenzy, education in the arts can be a foundational experience to develop self-confidence, dispel fears, propose slower processing times, stimulate the development of one’s potential by encouraging creativity and imagination, and promote the development of sensitivity and expressive capacity. The arts, and specifically in our case, theatre, represents a fundamental meeting place for the community, to not forget that being together and sharing moments like these is enriching for everyone’s soul.

Il Maggiolino Festival takes place from 2nd May to 7th May at Teatro and Foyer Foce, and at Spazio Pan.
More information: teatro-pan.ch

Translation performed

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