Il Mostro Turchino

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A new production by Carlo Colla & Figli, Il Mostro Turchino stages the “tragicomic tale” by Carlo Gozzi: once again the company’s marionettes take on a range of unconventional authors and varying theatrical themes, expanding and highlighting the huge evocative potential of the versatility of the languages that make up Figure Theatre.   
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In a distant time, three forms of punishment were directed at the ancient city of Nanjing; a blue monster that destroyed fields and devoured arms, a many-headed hydra that threatened to destroy the entire city unless it was given a young woman as a sacrifice, and a spell-bound knight that guarded a bridge and killed anyone that tried to cross it to leave the city walls... Il Mostro Turchino, a “tragicomic tale” written in 1764 by Carlo Gozzi – Goldoni’s historical rival – comes to the stage in puppet form. It is the oldest script belonging to the historical archives of the Carlo Colla & Figli Company, the work of the puppeteer Giuseppe Fiando from 1815 and probably never before performed by the company. 
The play, which has been totally rewritten in a more contemporary form that the original, maintains Gozzi’s typical structure, with a plot that brings together fable, satire and social protest, all set in parallel to the grotesque nature of the work, which is highlighted by the presence of the masks of the Commedia dell’Arte, with the figure of Truffaldino substituted, as Strehler did, by the bettern-known Harlequin. 
Love, passion and loyalty are the feelings tested by spells and magic that looms over the characters of a society rendered fearful and afflicted by the presence of wizards, monsters and bewitched knights.
As well as the new stageplay, the staging also saw the composing of stage music focused on a neo-classical form of post-modernism, the creation of new characters with new sculptures and new costumes, the creation of new sets and the invention of technical tricks that will further enhance the little puppeteer company Carlo Colla & Figli. 

Duration: The play is currently in production

The Playbill

Il Mostro Turchino
based on the tragicomic tale by Carlo Gozzi
abridged and adapted for puppets from notes by Eugenio Monti Colla
music by Danilo Lorenzini
new sculptures, sets and lighting by Franco Citterio 
costumes by Maria Grazia Citterio and Cecilia Di Marco
puppeteers Franco Citterio, Maria Grazia Citterio, Piero Corbella, Camillo Cosulich, Debora Coviello, Carlo Decio, Cecilia Di Marco, Veronica Lattuada, Michela Mantegazza,  Tiziano Marcolegio, Pietro Monti, Giovanni Schiavolin, Paolo Sette
narrators Loredana Alfieri, Marco Balbi, Carlo Decio, Lorella De Luca, Lisa Mazzotti, Riccardo Peroni, Gianni Quillico, Franco Sangermano
technical director Tiziano Marcolegio
directed by Franco Citterio and Giovanni Schiavolin
a new production for 2023
Associazione Grupporiani, Municipality of Milan – Teatro Convenzionato

Category of performance Hosted Shows
Stalls full price € 25 | Discounted (under 26 and over 65) € 19 | Kids (under 12) € 10
Balcony full price € 22 | Discounted (Under 26 and over 65) € 17 | Kids (under 12) € 10

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