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After ‘I Promessi Sposi- The Betrothed’  was staged worldwide in 2011-12 with success and critical praise, Massimiliano Finazzer Flory introduces the new production Pinocchio. The True Story, especially created for 2013-Year of the Italian Culture in the United States.
Pinocchio. Storia di un burattino’ is a performance that combines literature, theatre, dance and music, and aims to represent and enhance the value of the Made in Italy brand, starting from the most celebrated Italian ‘piece of wood’; through the story of the timeless work of a wood carver that teaches beauty and truth.

Already part of the official schedule of Ministero per gli Affari Esteri  for “ 2013- Year of the Italian Culture in the United States”, this new theatrical production, after the Italian preview on september 14th  at the Festival Filosofia di Modena, will have its first official representation in Montecarlo’s Princesse Grace Theatre on october 18th  2012, under the High Patronage of SAS Le Prince Albert III.
Both the original project for the show and the tour were conceived with the aegis of Fondazione Nazionale Carlo Collodi and with the support of the Italian Insitutions. After the successful experience of the Columbus Day Parade last October 8th in New York, ‘Pinocchio. The true story’  will start its American tour in Los Angeles on January 18th 2013. Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Hartford, Washington, Houston, Charleston, Miami, Pittsburgh, Providence and New York to follow. The tour will later continue worldwide in Australia, China, South America and several European capitals.
One of the most renowned Italian books, ‘Le avventure di Pinocchio’, which is often considered as a tale for children, is actually more than this, it is a narration about the memory of a nation fighting for independence, written by a patriot, Carlo Lorenzini, who believes in Italy as a united Country and, doing this, shifts the attention from a classical children’s story to a proper essay, with the aim to provide food for thought. 
The object of this show is to return to Collodi’s work, its ‘tragical’ nature, through a journey among most emblematic chapters (I, II, III, IV, XI, XVI, XVII, XXXV,XXXVI).
Our ‘Pinocchio. Storia di un burattino’ is made of the words spoken by philosopher Benedetto Croce: “a tale for adults, centred on the tragic Geppetto key figure, a story where the whole humanity is inscribed in a piece of wood, that of the relationship between freedom and obedience, between father and son”. A narration made of humor, with philosophical taste, deeply emotional.

The choreographic work from Michela Lucenti is as important as the interpretation of Massimiliano Finazzer Flory, giving voice to Mister Geppetto, Jiminy Cricket, the Fairy with tourquoise hair, Mangiafuoco, The Fox and the Cat.
Vicariously, through the music composed by Nino Rota, the show is also an homage to the dreamy  world of Federico Fellini, while the music score from Lorenzo Carpi is a tribute to Comencini’s work  forty years after the movie .
The scene, by Bartolucci, allows, with simple elements, the experience of the carpenter work, its relation with the matter.

Pinocchio. Storia di un burattino will be staged on Thursday, March 21 at 7 pm in the Jones Hall of the University of St. Thomas on 3910 Yoakum. The performance will be in Italian with English subtitles. Admission is free

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