Teatro due mondi
We were born in 1979 as a “group theater” and since then we are engaged in a continuous artistic research aimed at the construction of a “cultured” and “popular” theater (both for indoor and outdoor spaces), rooted in the traditions, but capable of speaking a universal language, accessible to everyone, albeit with different possible readings, attentive to grasping the urgencies of contemporary society. One of the objectives is the creation of a new audience through shows capable of creating a dialogue with the public with fewer opportunities (foreign residents, public far from cultural places and socially weak, young people). In these years we have our shows and projects all over the world, from Northern Europe to South America, from Asia to Eastern Europe (more than 4,000 performances in theaters and squares in 36 countries on 4 continents).
The need to build a human society founded on respect for the other accompanies us. Our work is made of different paths: production of shows, laboratories for actors and non-actors, organization of multidisciplinary projects. Our productions can be subdivided into three main groups: street and street performances, theater for the young generations and shows for adults. The theater is a place of artistic research, and on this basis we base our investigation on the techniques of performing arts, on the universal principles that underlie the art of the actor, on the languages that create communication. But theater is also, and today it must reinforce its specificity, the privileged place where art becomes the relationship between man and man. This continuous going in and out of the theater, this movement towards real life and the world in which we live is an identity that belongs to us strongly and which we continually seek, starting from the masters of the past, in order to define and strengthen it in the present.
What do we do
- production of shows in theaters and on the street, for adults and children
- workshops and project for actors and no-actors
- participated and community theater projects
- organization of reviews theater, dance and music
TEATRO DUE MONDI is an independent theatre group from Faenza in Italy, subsidized by the Region Emilia Romagna.
The group has been doing theatre research and theatre pedagogy for over 40 years and is composed by 6 permanent members and about 12 volunteers. The artistic research of the actors/teachers is based on auto-pedagogical processes that generate shows and that stimulate diversified educational activities.
The group’s work is composed by: theatre teaching and theatre production (including street theatre, social committed theatre, and theatre for children), organization of events (theatre, music and dance), information and net-working (conferences and meetings about artistic and social issues). Due to a strong social motivation, the group aims at bringing theatre where it is especially needed: suburbs, orphanages, socially disadvantaged areas, streets and squares.
That’s why STREET THEATRE has become one important aspect of its work: it contains a lot of cultural and social implications and can empower a continuous encounter with heterogeneous audiences and spectators coming from different cultural, social, demographic and racial backgrounds.
Another important aspect is THEATER PEDAGOGY seen as a moment of exchange and dialogue with the community.
From the beginning on Teatro Due Mondi has organized a lot of pedagogical projects in Italy and abroad. The many years’ experience contain workshops for YOUNG generations, for ADULTS and for disadvantaged people who live in difficult circumstances.
Since 2012 Teatro Due Mondi has been promoting several cultural and educational Projects funded by the European Commission, in collaboration with international partners coming from all over Europe, South-America and Palestina.
Teatro Due Mondi has developed many specific pedagogical skills:
- mediation between different cultures
- empowering the dialogue between cultures and generations
- putting the participants into relationship with each other and empowering the process of integration
- recreating solidarity inside the community
- causing participation and responsibility of the participants by empowering their gifts
- stimulating the creative capacities of the participants
- helping communication between individuals
- facilitating communication between social groups and the community that welcome them
- facilitating learning of a foreign language through theatre
The teaching actors of Teatro Due Mondi use a non-formal pedagogic approach based on a collective group culture and on participation and sharing. The competence of the group members is above all artistic and based on open-air theatre skills that help to handle relationships between different cultures and heterogeneous audiences. They possess particular knowledge of complementary theatre elements like rhythm and voice, language and dramaturgy, scenery, choreography, co-ordination of gestures.
All of them know very well proxemics and body language which support their capacity to lead heterogeneous groups with participants coming from different origins, cultures, ages, interests, languages and schooling.