The summer programme for the Piccolo Teatro di Milano - which is comprised of a wide range of possibilities including narrative theatre and choreography, the exploration of ideas and new dramaturgy - will take place over the coming months, from 21 June to 29 September, offering events at the Chiostro Nina Vinchi as well as others distributed among the various Municipalities of Milan, reflecting the concept of a theatre that aims both to encapsulate the city and at the same time “open up” to the same, sharing its visions.
The summer at the Piccolo offers two programmes - Ogni volta unica la fine del mondo (from 21 June to 29 September) and Incursioni/Escursioni (from 15 June to 26 September) - as well as a number of events from the Strehler100 project on 14 August and 1 October.
Claudio Longhi has entrusted the first programme, Ogni volta unica la fine del mondo, to a trio of artists: Marta Cuscunà, author and visual theatre performer, the performer and choreographer Marco D’Agostin and the theatrical ensemble lacasadargilla. Their ideas have created an extensive and profound reflection on sustainability in all its various forms; environmental, economic, human, social and artistic. The Chiostro Nina Vinchi will serve as the main setting for the events, with others taking place in the auditoriums, particularly in September.
Every evening at the Chiostro Nina Vinchi, the Libreria Popolare di Via Tadino will be present with a selection of titles chosen to reflect the events in the programme, offering further reading and more detailed information on the theme of sustainability.
Marta Cuscunà is a writer and visual theatre performer, and her work brings together activism and playwriting for puppets. In 2009 she won the Scenario per Ustica award with E’ bello vivere liberi!, the first chapter of Resitenze femminili, a trilogy that also includes La semplicità ingannata and Sorry boys. In Il canto della caduta she blends the ancient legend of Fanes with the principles of animatronics for manoeuvring puppets. Earthbound is a science-fiction monologue for actors and mechanical creatures, based on the latest eco-feminist essay by Donna Haraway. Between 2009 and 2019 she worked with Fies Factory, a project organised by Centrale Fies.
Marco D’Agostin is an artist in the field of dance and performance. His work concentrates on the themes of memory and entertainment. He has been travelling throughout Europe since 2010 and has received a number of awards and forms of recognition both in Italy (The UBU award, the Gd’A Veneto award, the Prospettiva Danza award) and abroad (BEFestival, (Re)connaisance, MasDanza).
His latest production, SAGA, was created with the support of the Hermes Foundation - New Settings and was presented for the first time ever at the Nouveau Théâtre di Montreuil in Paris in June 2021.
lacasadargilla: Lisa Ferlazzo Natoli – writer and director –, Alessandro Ferroni – director and sound designer –, Alice Palazzi – actor and coordinator – and Maddalena Parise – researcher and visual artist -, together with an ensemble of actors, musicians, playwrights and visual artists work on writings performances, installations, reviews and training. When the Rain Stops Falling won three UBU awards - including best director, and the National Theatrical Critics’ award. L’Amore del cuore - the company’s latest work - debuted in May 2021 and was enthusiastically received by both critics and audiences.
For the duration of Ogni volta unica la fine del mondo, the Chiostro Nina Vinchi will be playing host to a vegetable installation created by Cascina Zappello. A number of dedicated spaces will play host to a range of vegetables and herbs that will complete their life-cycle over the course of the summer. Furthermore, audiences will be symbolically donated seeds from two "special" plants: the roveja (a species protected by Slow Food since 2006) and the cecio nero, two legumes typical of the Mediterranean area that have almost completely disappeared from our diets and tables due to their absence from the shelves of large-scale retail distribution.
The Piccolo Teatro di Milano, with its summer scheduling, is now a Partner of the creative and multi-disciplinary initiative New European Bauhaus
21 June 2021 - Chiostro Nina Vinchi, 9.30 p.m.
La poesia degli alberi |Reading|
with Massimo Popolizio
commented by Laura Pugno and Mino Petazzini
28 June 2021 - Chiostro Nina Vinchi, 9.30 p.m.
La sostenibilità delle città dopo la pandemia |Thoughs|
with Alessandro Balducci, Stefano Boeri, Maria Chiara Pastore, Cino Zucchi
readings Federica Fracassi
30 June 2021 – Chiostro Nina Vinchi, 9.30 p.m.
Escaped alone |Reading|
by Caryl Churchill
with Milena Vukotic and with Marta Cuscunà, Marco D’Agostin, Lisa Ferlazzo Natoli
6 July 2021 - Chiostro Nina Vinchi, 9.30 p.m.
Alphabeast - Vivere in tempi insostenibili |Thoughts|
with Felice Cimatti and Laura Boella
moderated by Maddalena Parise
8-9 July 2021 - Chiostro Nina Vinchi, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Amo i miei capelli! |Workshop for children aged 6-11|
readings and puppets for rebel children
by Razzismo Brutta Storia
9 July 2021 - Chiostro Nina Vinchi, 9 p.m.
1° Mondeggiamento: punto corallo |Dialogues and practices|
a lesson in crocheting and marine biology
with Martina Motta and Giovanni Chimienti, moderated by Marta Cuscunà
12 July 2021 - Chiostro Nina Vinchi, 9.30 p.m.
2° Mondeggiamento: innestare il postumano |Dialogues practices|
a lesson in botanical grafting and philosophical thought
with Rosi Braidotti and Isabella Dalla Ragione, moderated by Marta Cuscunà
13 July - Chiostro Nina Vinchi, 9.30 p.m.
Talk show - Sotterraneo incontra Telmo Pievani |Talk-performance|
conceived and directed by Sotterraneo
featuring Sara Bonaventura, Claudio Cirri, Daniele Villa + Telmo Pievani
14 July 2021 - Chiostro Nina Vinchi, 9.30 p.m.
Future |Dialogues and readings|
with Igiaba Scego e Adama Sanneh
moderated by Marta Cuscunà, readings Rosanna Sparapano
15 July 2021 - Chiostro Nina Vinchi, 9.30 p.m.
Non me nero accorta |Dialogues and readings|
with Djarah Kan and Espérance Hakuzwimana
readings Rosanna Sparapano
16 July 2021 - Chiostro Nina Vinchi, 9.30 p.m.
IT.ALIENE |Performance|afrothings, istallazione 2G e un futuro fantastico
with Wii, Ndack Mbaye and Addes Tesfamariam
and with the musicians Filippo Orefice and Tommaso Giordano aka TOI
20 July 2021 - Chiostro Nina Vinchi, 9.30 p.m.
3° Mondeggiamento: paesaggi inattesi |Dialogues and practices|
lessons in ethnobotanics
by and with Leone Contini
21 July 2021 - Chiostro Nina Vinchi, 9.30 p.m.
Il pianeta delle piante |Thoughts and readings|
with Stefano Mancuso
introduced by Maddalena Parise
21-23 July - Teatro Strehler, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
conceived and directed by Kate McIntosh
Technical directors Clare Noonan, Anda Skrejane, production Sarah Parolin, a S P I N (Bruxelles) production
24 July, Chiostro Nina Vinchi, 9.30 p.m.
Lo sguardo delle piante |Thoughts and readings|
with Emanuele Coccia
readings by Arianna Scommegna
26 July - Chiostro Nina Vinchi, 7 p.m.
concept Sotterraneo in scena Fabio Mascagni
text “Europeana. A Brief History of the 20th Century” Copyright © 2001 Patrik Ouředník
27 July - Chiostro Nina Vinchi, 9.30 p.m.
Talk show - sotterraneo incontra Maura Gancitano |Talk-performance|
concieved and directed by Sotterraneo
featuring Sara Bonaventura, Claudio Cirri, Daniele Villa + Maura Gancitano
29-30 July 2021 - Teatro Grassi, 9.30 p.m.
Dove sogna la mosca giravite |Performance|
a sci-fi melologue, concept lacasadargilla, curated by Lisa Ferlazzo Natoli and Alessandro Ferroni
stories by Alice Bradley Sheldon, Yasutaka Tsuitsui, Aliette de Bodard
1 September 2021 - Chiostro Nina Vinchi, 9.30 p.m.
F for Fake - La realtà quando smetti di crederci non svanisce |Thoughts and readings|
with Massimo Sandal and with Lisa Ferlazzo Natoli, Maddalena Parise
3-5 September 2021 - Teatro Grassi, Friday and Saturday 7.30 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m.
Distant Lights from Dark Places |Reading|
a radio drama by Andrew Bovell
concept lacasadargilla, created by Lisa Ferlazzo Natoli and Alessandro Ferroni
6 September- Teatro Studio Melato, 7.30 p.m. and 9.30 p.m.
by and with Jonathan Burrows
7-8 September - Teatro Grassi, ore 7.30 p.m.
Ad vitam |Performance| by and with Carlotta Sagna
Al termine della performance di Ad vitam del 7 settembre
La normalità impossibile |Thoughts| with Chiara Saraceno
7-8-9 September - Chiostro Nina Vinchi, 10am-1pm / 2pm-5pm
Child of Tree/Branches |Workshop for children aged 6-11|Performance|
a sound-botany workshop set in an imaginary landscape
by John Cage, curated by Gianluca Ruggeri, coordinated by Alice Palazzi
25 September 2021 - Teatro Grassi, 7.30 p.m.
Appunti da un’apocalisse |Thoughts and readings|
with Mark O‘Connell, moderated by Lisa Ferlazzo Natoli and Margherita Mauro
Readings Francesco Villano
27 September - Teatro Grassi, 7.30 p.m.
Lo sguardo selvaggio |Thoughts and readings|
with Laura Pugno
and Chiara Bersani
29 September - Teatro Grassi, 7.30 p.m.
Talk show - sotterraneo incontra Wu Ming 1 |Talk-performance|
conceived and directed by Sotterraneo
with Sara Bonaventura, Claudio Cirri, Daniele Villa + Wu Ming 1
17 September 2021 - Chiostro Nina Vinchi, 7.30 p.m.
Una festa | The walk - Amal: una bambina alla fine del mondo |Performance|
concept Marta Cuscunà based on a project by Andrea Morbio and Riccardo Giacconi
with Marta Cuscunà and Alice Palazzi