Teatro delle Albe
Theater and Music from Mediterranean Italy
The Teatro delle Albe was founded in 1983 by Marco Martinelli and Ermanna Montanari. In interweaving new forms of expression and principles from traditional theatre, the company has invented an original language that has expressed itself both in re-writings of classic plays from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream to Molière’s The Miser and in developing new plays, including site-specific plays designed in such diverse locations such as Rio de Janeiro and Chicago. A number of their productions address issues of migration, borders, foreign-ness, race and ethnicity (Stranieri, Rumore di acque, Salmagundi) and/or have been developed in collaboration with African artists, including with productions in Africa or with African students in the U.S. (Ruh. Romagna più Africa uguale, I ventidue infortuni di Mor Arlecchino, Ubu buur, Mighty Mighty Ubu).
The Teatro delle Albe has gained both national and international recognition for these works while also being involved in innovative educational projects with children and teenagers through their so-called non-school (image above). Awards and acknowledgements in Italy and abroad include fourteen Ubu Prizes (the "Italian Academy Awards" for theatre), the Lo Straniero Prize dedicated to the memory of Carmelo Bene, and several other prizes at international festivals held in Sarajevo, Tunis, and Teheran. In 1991, the Albe created Ravenna Teatro-Teatro Stabile d'Innovazione, one of the more lively theatrical centers in Italy.
This three-day program organized by the Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies at Montclair State University is part of a broader project supported by La MaMa Theatre, La Scuola d'Italia Guglielmo Marconi, NYU (Casa Italiana and Center for European and Mediterranean Studies), the Italian Cultural Institutes of New York and Chicago, and Northwestern University, IL. For more information see Albe link.