FOLSOM — Farfalle (“butterflies” in Italian) is a production that traces the biological emergence of butterflies. Imagine the life of a butterfly; imagine yourself in a virtual world, touching a butterfly’s wings. These thrilling “paintings in movement” mix theatre, sensory boundaries, dance, visual magic, interactive technologies and music. It is a sensorial journey inside the life of the butterfly, from its birth as an egg to its progression as a caterpillar to a butterfly.
“This performance will enthrall children, of course,” noted Three Stages Executive Director Dave Pier. “But the parents will be amazed. This is a delightfully engaging performance.”
Compagnia T.P.O Farfalle comes to Folsom’s Three Stages March 8-10.
The audience size is kept small and they join the performers on stage. Each member of the audience participates in a variety of ways, from composing songs and lullabies with their feet, to chasing caterpillars scooting on all fours, to using parts of their bodies and to using all five senses. They may be invited into the cocoon, to create a virtual painting with their arms, or to sit for a rest on an oversized flower.
For audiences of all ages, there’s nothing quite like these “paintings in movement” to unleash the beauty and expressive possibilities of live performance.
Compagnia T.P.O. was founded in Prato, Italy, in 1981 as a children’s theater company devoted to creating works that are highly visual and multidisciplinary in the use of music, dance, art, sculpture, digital media, computer technology, lighting and sound. T.P.O. is an award-winning, internationally recognized company who believes in creating dance/theater works for children that are visual and conceptualized moving paintings which use movement, artistic objects, mechanical and digital devices and the interplay of lighting, all geared to a child’s eye. Farfalle is especially suitable for audiences between the ages of 4 and 8 but is also rich with suggestions for adults.
A short video clip of the performance may be viewed at http://bit.ly/155YttP.
In 1999 Davide Venturini and Francesco Gandi became the Artistic Directors of T.P.O. With the emerging technology that has evolved, T.P.O. has grown more and more on the use of digital technology, graphics, video and how to combine these elements with the more traditional art forms of dance, theater and music. Farfalle is presented by ArKtype in Association with Crying Out Loud UK in co-production with Teatro Metastasio Stabile della Toscana.
T.P.O. has created new methods of interaction between performers, the audience, and stage spaces by applying computer sensors and triggers to images and sound. They have also found new ways to collaborate with a variety of artists: dancers, actors, directors, musicians, engineers, designers, writers and illustrators to create new works. These concepts have created fame and a reputation for T.P.O. throughout Europe, Australia, the United States, South America and Canada.
Martina Gregori (performer) started her professional training as a contemporary dancer in Florence at Opus Ballet where she worked for the young dance company from 2006-2008. In 2011, she graduated in Foreign Languages and Literature at the University of Florence and in the same year, alongside her work as a dancer, she started collaborating with the Centre for Contemporary Italian Studies in Florence as an Italian teacher to foreigners. Martina joined T.P.O. in 2012.
Angelica Portioli (performer) graduated from the Music, Art, and Show Academy in Milan in 1999. From 2000-01, she worked as a singer and dancer in Germany in the musical Dance of the World, directed by Jeanette Damant. Between 2002 and 2004 she was with the company directed by choreographer/performer Fabbio Ciccalé. She has been studying contemporary dance and singing in various cities including Rome, Salerno, Paris, Hamburg, Amsterdam and Brussels.
Compagnia T.P.O Farfalle will perform in Three Stages at 4 and 7 p.m. on Friday, March 8; 11 a.m. and 2 and 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 9; and 11 a.m. and 2 and 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 10. Tickets are $27. Purchase them online at threestages.net or from Three Stages ticket office at (916) 608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Three Stages is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, facing East Bidwell Street.