French theatre presents : Romanzo d'infanzia (For ages 6 to 12)

Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27 at 3 p.m. in the NAC Azrieli Studio
Presented in French, with a focus on dance and palatable to all audiences

“Michele Abbondanza and Antonella Bertoni have just delivered a masterful one-hour performance where theatre and dance merge into a stunning explosion of energy, re‑enacting the flamboyant drama of childhood.”
ADEN – Le Monde

OTTAWA, Wednesday, May 9, 2018 – 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!

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

Running time: Approximately 55 minutes with no intermission.



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 the full interview on the show’s webpage



A creative dance workshop for children will be offered in the Azrieli Studio Foyer 45 minutes before each performance. The workshops will be led by the effervescent and talented Siôned Watkins, who was a professional dancer for more than 20 years before joining the National Arts Centre as a Dance Education Associate and Teaching Artist.

Where: Azrieli Studio Foyer
When: 45 minutes before each performance

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