April 8, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.

Romanzo d’infanzia

Ages 6 to 12 (presented in French but palatable to all audiences)

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Children are part of the great unheard. We believe that being different is a right that should be reinforced in every age and in every country. It’s never too late to stand up for the losing side, the weaker side. Letizia Quintavalla, Antonella Bertoni, Michele Abbondanza, Bruno Stori


Hooray, the Italians are coming! At long last we get to see this little gem of a dance theatre piece that has been presented everywhere (else) on the planet!

Two dazzling performers move easily between the roles of parents and children as they relate Nina and Tommaso’s wild adventure. The inseparable siblings share a bond that’s stronger than anything: stronger than beatings, stronger than fire, stronger even than distance. Childhood is a treasure, and our zany heroes have created a bubble, a crazy imaginary world. They invite us in, and for the next hour or so, we’re all 10 years old!


Dancing on the Thread of Time

Interview with Michele Abbondanza and Antonella Bertoni

Romanzo d’infanzia was first presented more than 20 years ago. Have the script, the directing or the design changed in that time?

The elements of the show—the script, directing, choreography and design—haven’t changed in 20 years. However, theatre is a living art form, and Romanzo d’infanzia is constantly being transformed by the gaze of all the young people attending the show.

Read more on PDF below

Press clipping excerpts

Available only in French

Please see French section of website

Performance is approximately 55 minutes with no intermission.

video: Romanzo d'infanzia
Romanzo d'infanzia
© Julie Charland


  • Written by Bruno Stori
  • Dramaturgs and directors Bruno Stori and Letizia Quintavalla
  • Choreographed and performed by Michele Abbondanza and Antonella Bertoni
  • Lighting Lucio Diana
  • Lighting design assistants Andrea Gentili and Alberta Finocchiaro
  • Music Alessandro Nidi
  • Sound Mauro Casappa
  • Costumes Evelina Barilli
  • Produced by Quintavalla - Stori - Compagnia Abbondanza/Bertoni
  • Coproduced by Teatro Testoni Ragazzi