Age: 3 – 8 years
Co-production a Teatrimperfetti/Maria Ellero – Communal Theatre De Micheli.
By and featuring Maria Ellero.
Script by Maria Ellero and Gianni Franceschini.
Image processing Massimiliano Masserelli and Andrea Nalin.
Scenographic project Marco Gardesani.
Scenographic staging Enrico Guerra and Luciano Rizzati.
Lights Massimiliano Masserelli.
Original music Sergio Altamura.
Sound Marco Canali.
Costumes Graziella Pelati.
Little girls dressed in red Agnese Brondi, Cecilia Cavalcoli and Anna Gennari.
Photography Silvia Meo.
“I’m not afraid of the dark, but don’t switch off the light!”
Everything begins when it is time to go to bed
A long exact measured way, not a step more, not a step less, from one room to the next, from one switch to next, that repeats itself…ever the same.
And then the dark, the wood, the wolf.
The encounter between the dark and the little girl.
The encounter between a body seeking light and a red dress.
A body moving in the light – to be born, to be reborn, to grow, to play, to love and to be loved.
A body moving in the dark – to be afraid, to freeze, to die a bit and to discover to be alone.
Action for a single body in need of a red dress.
It will wear the dress to defy the dark wood, the wolf, as another little girl has already done before.
Maybe she will discover she isn’t afraid of the dark anymore…but that she doesn’t want anybody to switch off the light either.
The play refers to the Little Red Riding Hood as a robust archetype and goes along its main features: the wood as a place where to get lost or to run the risk, the wolf and the dark, the red colour, colour of life and of growing up.
As the child asks to hear the tale of the Little Red Riding Hood over and over again, the actress, seeking a way to cross the darkness of her internal and daily space, the house, will dress herself up as the Little Red Riding Hood, a safe reference character in defying the fear of the dark.
The fear of darkness is the fear of not being loved, of growing up, of being left alone, of not being apt to, of not being able to, of feeling little compared to adults and of feeling little against all their requests…as the one of “don’t to be afraid of the dark”.
Therefore the main character will try to cross the darkness alone as Little Red Riding Hood has already done before; she will succeed and feel a bit more grown up and stronger, but she will claim not to be alone in this endeavour and that an adult be with her hand in hand and, possibly, with the light switched on.
The play conveys the request of love of a child to an adult, the need not to be left alone to face the unknown and the capacity to cope with it anyway…” Little Red Riding Hood is always there to help me if needed”.
The children will watch a body that dancing, moving, using words, some images, music and lights, will enjoy going to bed in spite of the fear of the dark.
Theatre and dance interacting with images, original and projected: on the stage a body moving, dancing and reacting to the movement of the projected images.
Images that complete the movement of the body and that meet the body in a way necessary for the dramaturgy
“Switch on the night” Ray Bradbury
“Cappuccetto Rosso” J. e W. Grimm
“L’uomo dei boschi” Hermann Hesse
The considerations of children: from the kinder garden and primary school