The Words and the City

The Project

a project by Teatro dell'Argine
in collaboration with San Lazzaro Municipality, Bologna Province, Cultural Districts, Emilia-Romagna Region, bè bolognaestate 2014, - Estate dei Teatri Solidali, Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e Ravenna, Legacoop Cultura, Legacoop Bologna, Manutencoop, Conad San Lazzaro, Unipol, Carisbo Banca, Consorzio della Bonifica Renana, Coop Adriatica, Coop costruzioni, Co.Ind
a 20 years long theatre
a project built along 9 months
a show performed on seven summer evenings
a conference to talk about theatre, city and new audiences
a workshop on theatre watching and telling for viewers
a video installation to find out the 500 words to re-start with
five city street performances to talk to citizens about the city
more than 100 spelling-books, as identity cards of city inhabitants
more than 1,000 postcards to choose one word worth to be saved
We are thinking of a place that is also a time.
Nice paradox.
A place containing twenty years.
And we’re also thinking of a time, a nine-months long time, to be condensed into seven nights; seven nights to contain, compressed, the twenty years that are becoming a place.
Then we are imagining actions that develop in a place, in a nine-months long time, enclosing twenty years in seven nights.
Time, place, action: we imagine theatre.
A 20-year long theatre, as wide as a city.
A theatre that began twenty years ago, in a park near ITC Teatro, where the first Teatro dell'Argine’s show was performed.
It was 1994. We were in the park because ITC Teatro had not been reopened, yet (it reopened only four years later). That first show was itinerant, the audience could move freely among small groups of young actors playing scenes from Aristophanes’s theatre: it focused on politics, man, citizenship.
Twenty years later we would go back to that park and tell those same issues, to tell what kind of theatre we tried to create in these twenty years. We didn’t know it then, we had no clear awareness, but that open space containing actors and audience at the same time would trace our path to the future. Our path towards a theatre that tried to be among people and to imagine a new form of civil coexistence, where every person could become an individual, with its uniqueness and importance, but in relationship with others, in dialogue and listening, in search of similarities while giving value to differences. A theatre where everyone, in turn, could be protagonist, not only the company actors, but also children and adults, elderly and migrants, disabled and young people in schools, fathers and mothers...
Now we would like to build, twenty years later, a theatre action that is not just a show, but a new city, a new territory where everyone (all new citizens of this new city, that is, all protagonists of this new show) can reflect on the importance of being together, on theatre as a possible ground for a different, more mature idea of coexistence. We would like this show-non-show to get nourishment from other actions along a nine-months work: meetings, workshops, interviews, reflections.
We would like to imagine our local territory turning into theatre or theatre turning into territory, a theatre where foyer is a square, corridors are bridges between cultures, rehearsal rooms are schools and dressing rooms libraries, wings are well-working hospitals and stage is a public garden where you can breathe fresh air.
We wish there were many people who have accompanied us in these twenty years: our artist friends that ITC has hosted along its seasons, theatre students and all those who are not theatre experts at all, who live in the city and make it alive thanks to their action. We would like the city band to be there, and scouts, and ladies preparing food for Arci’s canteen; we would like passersby to be there and give hugs and smiles, simple, perhaps arcane gestures as driving forces towards more welcoming, civil, human and tolerant relationships.
This is what theatre, more than any other artistic form, can do.
What we would like to do in those seven nights.
What we wish we have done in the last twenty years.
What we would like to do forever in the future, all the future that awaits us.


The Words and the City
Itinerant show with one hundred actors plus guests
from July 14th to 20th 2014
Parco della Resistenza/ITC Teatro di San Lazzaro
A conference to talk about Theatre, City and New Audiences
July 17th 2014
Arena del Sole
City Street Performances
Itinerant theatre actions in Bologna city centre
Thursday July 10th 2014 21.00 - Piazza Santo Stefano
Saturday July 12th 2014 18.30 - simultaneously in Piazza Santo Stefano, Piazza San Francesco, Via delle Moline, Piazza Ravegnana, Mercato Vecchio
Sunday July 13th 2014 18.30 - Parade from Via Indipendenza, through Piazza Maggiore and Via Rizzoli, up to Piazza Santo Stefano
Friday July 18th 2014 18.30 - simultaneously in Piazza Santo Stefano, Piazza San Francesco, Via delle Moline, Piazza Ravegnana, Mercato Vecchio
Saturday July 19th 2014 18.30 - simultaneously in Piazza Santo Stefano, Piazza San Francesco, Via delle Moline, Piazza Ravegnana, Mercato Vecchio
One Hundred Interviews for Five Words
Video installation
From July 14th to 20th 2014 from 20.00 to 23.00
ITC Teatro di San Lazzaro
The Theatre The City The Look
A workshop on theatre watching, telling and reviewing for viewers led by Massimo Marino
Monday 7th, Tuesday 8th, Thursday 10th July 2014 from 20.00 to 22.00
Sunday July 13th 2014 vision of the general rehearsal of The Words and the City show
Thursday July 17th 2014 participation in the conference TheatreCityCentre
from Monday 14th to Sunday 20th July 2014 meetings on study and vision of the show to be agreed


The Words and the City
Itinerant show with one hundred actors plus guests
Parco della Resistenza/ITC Teatro di San Lazzaro
from July 14th to 20th 2014
A theatre show, written, performed and realized with the collaboration of more than 3,000 people interviewed. A collective theatre action performed in different languages – Italian, English, Arabic – and in two special versions, for kids and for deaf people. A theatre city to be discovered by following the sound fascination of its inhabitants and of visitors coming night after night. In the performing area, a sort of city in miniature was rebuilt, represented not by houses and buildings but by small stages, each dedicated to one of the many voices collected over months. Upon arrival, each audience member is given an audioguide, similar to those used in museums, allowing him/her to move in the theatre city streets, choosing freely which one to visit, in an intimate and fascinating journey. Finally, everybody will come together again in the central square, a place for telling and recognizing each other as new citizens.
in collaboration with San Lazzaro di Savena Municipality, Bologna Province, Cultural Districts, Emilia-Romagna Region, bè bolognaestate 2014, - Estate dei Teatri Solidali, Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e Ravenna, Legacoop Cultura, Legacoop Bologna, Manutencoop, Conad San Lazzaro, Unipol, Carisbo Banca, Bonifica Renana, Coop Adriatica, Coop costruzioni, Co.ind
with Teatro dell'Argine’s actors: Lorenzo Ansaloni, Francesca Bagnara, Caterina Bartoletti, Giada Borgatti, Micaela Casalboni, Lorenzo Cimmino, Lea Cirianni, Vittoria De Carlo, Giovanni Dispenza, Deborah Fortini, Giulia Franzaresi, Paolo Fronticelli, Gigliola Fuiano, Andrea Gadda, Gloria Gulino, Francesco Izzo Vegliante, Alessandro Migliucci, Mario Perrotta, Paola Roscioli, Ida Strizzi, Giulia Ventura, Elena Zagaglia
different special guests every night: Eugenio Allegri, Babilonia Teatri, Ascanio Celestini, Laura Curino, Giuliana Musso, Oblivion, Punta Corsara, Mimmo Sorrentino, Teatro delle Albe
and with Teatro dell’Argine’s students: Annamaria Andrei, Rosy Aprile, Giacomo Armaroli, Francesca Arrivabene, Ludovica Bagnulo, Vanja Baltic, Matteo Baroni, Alessandro Bonanni, Marisa Bonetti, Lucia Bonini, Stefano Bossi, Massimo Buganè, Evelina Califano, Riccardo Calmucchi, Domenico Cardile, Leonarda Carlini, Luisa Castagnoli, Carmen Cau, Lorenzo Cavrini, Yodith D'Uva, Diego Damiani, Lorenzo De Mitri, Angela Degli Esposti, Roberta Di Turo, Leila Falà, Gabriele Feliciangeli, Elisa Fenu, Alessandro Ferrari, Elena Ferrari, Daniela Gardenghi, Giuliano Gasperini, Serenella Gatti, Ginevra Guizzardi, Silvia Ghirardi Frilli, Gianfranco Giannerini, Diego Gombi, Carlotta Gruppioni, Ginevra Guizzardi, Chiara Lambertini, Alice Landi, Lucia Leonardi, Alice Lisi, Mary Lombardo, Silvana Maiorano, Matteo Malacarne, Marco Maldotti, Valentina Maran, Luisa Maurizzi, Manuela Mengoli, Massimo Mengoli, Ilir Merlika, Clelia Mingozzi, Jacopo Moruzzi, Alberto Muscolino, Diana Naldi, Sanam Naderi, Luisa Nifosì, Nicolò Ori, Luana Paladini, Roberta Parrella, Anna Pensato, Federico Piacenti, Edoardo Pitrè, Elisa Pompilio, Valentina Romanini, Diego Rosa, Domenico Samele, Luca Schirru, Elvira Scorza, Sanaà Selfaoui, Noemi Silvestro, Gloria Taloni, Laura Todini, Nicolò Tonelli, Patrizia Tossani, Riccardo Vannelli, Antonella Villari, Barbara Vitanza
directors team: Andrea Paolucci, Vincenzo Picone, Nicola Bonazzi, Mattia De Luca, Giulia Maurigh, Riccardo Tabilio
playwrights team: Nicola Bonazzi, Lorenzo Ansaloni, Giacomo Armaroli, Caterina Bartoletti, Lucia Bonini, Giada Borgatti, Micaela Casalboni, Lea Cirianni, Azzurra D'Agostino, Vittoria De Carlo, Leila Falà, Giulia Franzaresi, Sara Maurizi, Roberta Parrella, Andrea Paolucci, Vincenzo Picone, Viviana Salvati, Ida Strizzi, Giulia Ventura, Elena Zagaglia, Annalisa Zoffoli
Arabic translations: Gassid Mohammed, Zine Labidine Jahabli, Ossama Karamane
English translations: Micaela Casalboni, Giulia Franzaresi, Ida Strizzi
recorded voices (Italian version): Lorenzo Ansaloni, Giacomo Armaroli, Vanja Baltic, Massimo Battisti, Nicola Bonazzi, Massimo Buganè, Evelina Califano, Micaela Casalboni, Lea Cirianni, Leila Falà, Paolo Fronticelli, Andrea Gadda, Lucia Gadolini, Michela Giorgi, Gli amici di Luca, Francesco Izzo Vegliante, Zine Labidine Jahabli, Chiara Lambertini, Gruppo Lavoratori La Perla, Andrea Lupo, Valentina Maran, Alessandro Migliucci, Jacopo Moruzzi, Sanam Naderi, Diana Naldi, Federico Piacenti, Simone Romanini, Domenico Samele, Elvira Scorza, Giulia Sita, Ida Strizzi, Gloria Taloni, Nezha Tammar, Nicolò Tonelli, Giulia Ventura, Margherita Zanardi, Lorenzo Zuffa
recorded voices (children version): Giacomo Armaroli, Caterina Bartoletti, Giada Borgatti, Paolo Fronticelli, Ida Strizzi, Francesco Izzo Vegliante, Elena Zagaglia
recorded voices (English version): Micaela Casalboni, Simon Barletti, Giulia Franzaresi, Alessandro Migliucci, Ida Strizzi
recorded voices (Arabic version): Younes Elbouzari, Nezha Tammar
installations, scene objects and spelling-books: Giada Borgatti, Mattia De Luca, Carmela Delle Curti, Giulia Maurigh, Giulia Franzaresi, Andrea Paolucci, Vincenzo Picone, Riccardo Tabilio
costumes: Francesca Bagnara, Caterina Bartoletti, Giada Borgatti, Giulia Franzaresi
videos: Laura Bissoli, Antonio Racioppi
photos: Luciano Paselli, Davide Saccà, Monique David, Yodith D'Uva
technical team: Carlo Corticelli, Zine Labidine Jahabli, Francesco Massari, Michela Marella
setting up: Gramigna Srl lights: Coop56
audio guides: Exhibo s.p.a
organization: Giada Borgatti, Jessica Bruni, Micaela Casalboni, Vittoria De Carlo, Giulia Franzaresi, Monica L’Erario, Fabiola Martella, Cristina Niro, Giulia Pompili, Stefano Salerno, Giulia Ventura
administration: Anna Maria Martino, Marta Scalvini, Sonia Scanu


A conference to talk about Theatre, City and New Audiences
Arena del Sole
July 17th 2014
In collaboration with Legacoop Cultura
One day of reflection, debate and exchange of experiences on how theatres can become again meeting places for everyone, even for those that are not spectators, yet. On how cultural institutions are capable of changing local areas surrounding them. On how art can be at the centre of a new way of being citizens. Protagonists of the day: artists, critics and experts, organizers and decision-makers (politicians, theatre directors, local administrators), and audience members. Starting point is a significant figure quoted by Francesco De Biase at the Buone Pratiche conference 2014: 60% of Europeans never go to theatre, a library, a museum. In Italy, the peak grows further, reaching even 80%, and this is not necessarily related to economic or social disadvantage. Culture and (even more) the arts are perceived as something elitist, old, ancillary, far from people's lives. Purpose of the day: exchanging and listening to information and data, inventing experiences and practices – as well as theories and projects – to expand cultural fruition, without lowering quality level.
Speeches and contributions
Morning session
Andrea Paolucci - Director ITC Teatro di San Lazzaro di Savena
Mark Terkessidis - journalist, author, researcher (Germany)
For Whose Sake is Art? Art as a Case for Accessibility
Duccio Bellugi-Vannuccini - Théâtre du Soleil actor (France)
Theatre as rite and welcoming: the experience of Théâtre du Soleil
Sergio Dogliani - creator and director Idea Store (UK)
New ideas for culture places: from libraries to Idea Stores, from theatres to...?
Francesco De Biase - director Contemporary Arts Department of Turin Municipality
The Art of Visiting. Turin Municipality’s project of public art
Renato Bergamin - Director Cascina Roccafranca
New ideas for culture places: Cultural Centre Cascina Roccafranca
Afternoon Session
Four working groups with members from the four involved categories: artists, critics, organizers and audience members.
Participants: Antonella Agnoli, Duccio Bellugi-Vannuccini, Sonia Bombardieri, Renato Bergamin, Mauro Boarelli, Roberto Calari, Salvatore Cardone, Tommaso Chimenti, Franco D’Ippolito, Elena Di Gioia, Francesco De Biase, Sergio Dogliani, Lorenzo Donati, Thomas Emmenegger, Gerardo Guccini, Claudio Longhi, Andrea Lupo, Fabio Mangolini, Ezio Menzione, Liù Palmieri, Maria Chiara Patuelli, Maria Dolores Pesce, Oliviero Ponte di Pino, Punta Corsara, Antonio Taormina, Mark Terkessidis, Cosimo Severo, Rosita Volani, Federica Zanetti
Wrap-ups of working groups

City street performances

Itinerant theatre actions in Bologna city centre
Thursday July 10th 2014 21.00
Piazza Santo Stefano
Saturday July 12th 2014 18.30
simultaneously in Piazza Santo Stefano, Piazza San Francesco, Via delle Moline, Piazza Ravegnana, Mercato Vecchio
Sunday July 13th 2014 18.30
Parade from Via Indipendenza, through Piazza Maggiore and Via Rizzoli, up to Piazza Santo Stefano
Friday July 18th 2014 18:30
simultaneously in Piazza Santo Stefano, Piazza San Francesco, Via delle Moline, Piazza Ravegnana, Mercato Vecchio
Saturday July 19th 2014 18.30
simultaneously in Piazza Santo Stefano, Piazza San Francesco, Via delle Moline, Piazza Ravegnana, Mercato Vecchio
with Annamaria Andrei, Rosy Aprile, Giacomo Armaroli, Vanja Baltic, Matteo Baroni, Lucia Bonini, Stefano Bossi, Jessica Bruni, Evelina Califano, Riccardo Calmucchi, Luisa Castagnoli , Lorenzo Cavrini, Yodith D'Uva, Lorenzo De Mitri, Angela Degli Esposti, Carmela Delle Curti, Gabriele Feliciangeli, Elisa Fenu, Daniela Gardenghi, Serenella Gatti, Gianfranco Giannerini, Chiara Lambertini, Lucia Leonardi, Alice Lisi, Silvana Maiorano, Marco Maldotti, Valentina Maran, Luisa Maurizzi, Manuela Mengoli, Jacopo Moruzzi, Alberto Muscolino, Diana Naldi, Giada Oliva, Roberta Parrella, Edoardo Pitrè, Elisa Pompilio, Luca Schirru, Domenico Samele, Elvira Scorza, Laura Todini, Antonella Villari, Barbara Vitanza, Elena Zagaglia
directors team: Vincenzo Picone, Mattia De Luca, Giulia Maurigh, Riccardo Tabilio
Theatre invasions in the city centre. Dozens of people fill up Bologna squares, streets and alleys with performances, readings and parades. The whole city fills up with words by poets, travellers, philosophers, town planners, words dreaming about a possible city and describing the existing one.

Video Installation

One Hundred Interviews for Five Words
ITC Teatro di San Lazzaro
From July 14th to 20th 2014 20.00 to 23.00
by Teatro dell’Argine and Simon Barletti 
We interviewed: Antonella Agnoli, Alessandro Alberani, Fausto Amelii, i volontari di Amnesty International, Gian Mario Anselmi, Stefano Antonini, Alessandro Arcidiacono, Guido Armellini, Marco Baliani, Massimo Battisti, Alessandro Bellassai, Maria Rosa Benelli, Alessandro Bergonzoni, Gian Cesare Bertone, Alberto Bertoni, Stefano Brugnara, Ferdinando Bruni, Roberto Calari, Natalia Cangi, Caludia Cannella, Stefano Casi, Alessandro Castellari, Alberto Castiglione, Ermanno Cavazzoni, Ascanio Celestini, Giovanna Cenacchi, Veronica Ceruti, Annalaura Ciampi, Claudio Cipelletti, Meike Clarelli, Federica Colucci, Isabella Conti, Andrea Cortesi, Antonio Danieli, Marco De Marinis, Fulvio De Nigris, Tanino De Rosa, Stefania De Salvador, Gabriele Del Grande, Elena Di Gioia, Thomas Emmenegger, Yuan Fan, Patrick Fogli, Marco Foresta, Vittorio Franceschi, Giancarlo Funaioli, Alessandra Furlani, Carlo Galli, Giuliana Gemelli, Gev - Guardie Ecologiche Volontarie, Gerardo Guccini, Abdellatif Kamal, Giulio Kerschbaumer, Stefano Levi Della Torre, Silvana Loiero, Claudio Longhi, Andrea Lupo, Milena Magnani, Angela Malfitano, Fabio Mangolini, Marinella Manicardi, Matilde Maresca, Massimo Marino, Stefano Massari, Francesca Mazza, Mario Mazzoleni, Massimo Mezzetti, Gassid Mohammed, Marco Montanari, John Mpaliza, Antonio Mumolo, Milena Naldi, Jan Nawasi, Gabriele Nenzioni, Moni Ovadia, Maria Grazia Panigada, Luciano Paselli, Riccardo Paterlini, Oliviero Ponte di Pino, Maura Pozzati, Nicoletta Puglioli, Alessia Purrone, Giampiero Rigosi, Valeria Roberti, Riccardo Rodolfi, Alberto Ronchi, Marianella Sclavi, Guido Sodo, Mimmo Sorrentino, Laura Simone, Luca Stanzani, Pierluigi Stefanini, Annamaria Tagliavini, Riccardo Tesi, Fabio Trincardi, Gianluca Tugnoli, Pietro Valenti, Cristina Valenti, Cristina Ventrucci, Grazia Verasani, Annalisa Zandonella, Federica Zanetti
Video editing: Laura Bissoli
One hundred interviews: exponents of art, culture, journalism. Representatives of local institutions and associations. And also those who are currently defined common citizens but who are never “common”. Five words each, to be chosen with care to start with a new journey. We can listen to Marco Baliani and Annamaria Tagliavini of the Library of Women, Ascanio Celestini and Mario Mazzoleni, director of the rehabilitation centre for minors Fortaleza, Gabriele Del Grande and Antonella Agnoli, Moni Ovadia and Marianella Sclavi. And plenty of others. Five words each to break away from the current state of crisis. Five words to re-start with, if we really could re-build a City.
Interviews on Youtube (in Italian): One Hundred Interviews for Five Words


The Theatre The City The Look
A workshop on theatre watching, telling and reviewing for viewers led by Massimo Marino
Monday 7th, Tuesday 8th, Thursday 10th July 2014 from 20.00 to 22.00
Sunday July 13th 2014 vision of the general rehearsal of The Words and the City show
Thursday July 17th 2014 participation in the conference TheatreCityCentre
from Monday 14th to Sunday 20th July 2014 meetings on study and vision of the show to be agreed
information and registration: 051 6271604 -
Watching theatre. Discussing it. Analyzing it. Telling it.
Getting carried away by the play’s emotion.
Then: stopping and rebuilding it, analyzing it, finding lines of strength and weaknesses, asking it questions.
Asking questions to artists.
Recreating in words, images, sounds, all emotions and ideas that the show brought about.
These are actions made by theatre criticism, which is not a court delivering unappealable rulings, but goes through listening, questioning, desiring to look deeper into the real through the arts.
The workshop, led by journalist and theatre critic Massimo Marino, aimed at training a more aware spectator: vision of a show is something complex and at the same time a funny exciting game. The objective was playing with words and images to recreate, in other ways, the magic of theatre. Because a show is not finished when the curtain closes.
The Blog (in Italian)
The Newspaper (in Italian)
The Interviews (in Italian)


The City Spelling-Book
Teatro dell'Argine asked the over 100 organizations (locals and not) involved in the project, to organize two-hours meetings, in order to know from them, through interviews and stories, who they are and what they do. Starting from collected materials, an alphabet of the organization is written, a sort of identity card in 21 words, one for each letter of the Italian alphabet. Alphabets are used to inspire texts for the July show, and are later included in a book, our City Spelling-Book, a sort of emotional map of this large and varied community that, for once, gathered and reflected upon itself thanks to theatre.
The book (in Italian) is available online.


One postcard to travel towards the New City
«We are travelling. Against our wishes. We’re displaced people looking for a place to go. We can take with us just one word; one word for our ideal City. My word is...»
Postcards were proposed as a creative exercise in schools, associations, organizations, and to citizens of all ages and cultures. Postcard were a game to find words that represent desires: how would we like the New City to be? What should absolutely be there? Or who? The requested effort was minimal: writing one word. The contribution was great: more than 1,000 postcards were collected during the project period, bearing all words to be saved, all keywords to contribute to the script of the show, i.e. the ideal map of our New City.

Writing Contest

Dedicated to Children and Teens
In the occasion of the Festival of Schools in May 2014, Teatro dell'Argine and Conad San Lazzaro announced a writing contest open to children and teens of the Primary, Secondary and High Schools on the following theme: The Words and the City. All works are participated in the contest, and also inspired the composition of July show.
Contest winners awarded on May 25th 2014
Primary Schools
1st prize
Mona Ammar
Scuola Fornace di San Lazzaro di Savena classe V B, with the work Come vorrei la mia città
2nd prize
Michael Tesei
Scuola Marconi di Castenaso classe IV B, with the work Strambilandia
3rd prize
Eleonora Lubisco
Scuola Fornace di San Lazzaro di Savena classe V A, with the work Città dimenticata da tutti ma non da me (La città vissuta da me)
Secondary Schools
1st prize
Rodolfo G.L Rigosi
Scuola Donini – Pelagalli di Castel Maggiore classe II E, with the work Billo nella città delle Paure
2nd prize
Giada Sarto
Scuola Pier Fornara di Novara, with the work La città senza suono
3rd prize
Valentina Catone
Scuola Pepoli di Bologna, with the work Componimento di Valentina
High Schools
1st prize
Flora Saki Giordani
Liceo Scientifico L. Bassi Veratti di Bologna classe IV I, with the work Episodi di vita quotidiana sull’autobus - Episodio 1
2nd prize ex aequo
Collettivo neofuturista di scrittura creativa
Liceo Classico V. Alfieri di Bologna, with the work Le parole sulla città
2nd prize ex aequo
Barbara Antonucci
Liceo Artistico Arcangeli classe V CM, with the work Un insolito punto di vista



AGEOP Associazione Genitori Oncoematologia Pediatrica
AGFA FIADDA Associazione Genitori con Figli Audiolesi
Alfabeti Colorati
Amnesty International
ANNASSIM Donne native e migranti delle due sponde del Mediterraneo
ANPI Associazione Nazionale dei partigiani d’Italia e ANPI donne
ARCI San Lazzaro: circolo ARCI Bellaria
ARCI Bologna
ASSCUBO Associazione Studenti Cinesi Università di Bologna
Amici di Piazza Grande
Architetti di strada
Archivio Diaristico Nazionale di Pieve Santo Stefano
Avvocato di strada onlus
Banda Cittadina di San Lazzaro di Savena
Biblioteca e Centro di Documentazione delle Donne
Biblioteca Salaborsa
Bimbo Tu
Bologna Cricket Club ASD
Bottega Finzioni
Cantieri Meticci
Carisbo San Lazzaro
Cassero LGBT Center
Centro 21
Centro Beltrame
Centro di rieducazione per minori Fortaleza, Bolivia
Centro disabili adulti GEA
Centro Interculturale Zonarelli
CIAO Centro informazione accoglienza orientamento per non vedenti di Bologna
Compagnia della Quarta
Compagnia La Schiusa
Comune di Bologna
Comune di San Lazzaro di Savena
CONAD San Lazzaro
Consiglio Comunale dei Ragazzi di San Lazzaro di Savena
Consorzio della Bonifica Renana
Coop Adriatica – Ausilio per la spesa
Coop Costruzioni
Cooperativa Accaparlante del CDH – Centro di Documentazione sull’Handicap di Bologna
COSPE Cooperazione per lo Sviluppo dei Paesi Emergenti
Dentro che Fuori Piove
Flash Giovani – Il portale per i giovani a Bologna
Fondazione Istituto Gramsci
GEV Guardie Ecologiche Volontarie
Gli amici di Luca
Gruppo lavoratori La Perla
Il Girovago – Casa ed. Nuova S1
Iraniani a Bologna
ISCOS Emilia-Romagna
Istituto Ramazzini – Sezione di San Lazzaro di Savena
ITC Studio – allievi dei corsi per bambini e per adulti
Legacoop Bologna
Legacoop Cultura
Regione Emilia-Romagna
Libreria delle Moline
Libreria Ulisse
Mediateca San Lazzaro
Museo Civico Archeologico di Bologna
Museo Donini di San Lazzaro di Savena
Occupiamoci! Laboratorio TdA / ARCI Bologna
Opera Padre Marella, San Lazzaro di Savena
Platform for Intercultural Europe
Polizia Municipale San Lazzaro
Insegnanti e personale ATA Istituto Mattei, Scuola Primaria Ciari, Scuola Primaria Fantini, Scuola Primaria Fornace, Scuola dell’Infanzia Murata-Il Giardino, Scuola dell’Infanzia San Marino-La Margherita
Rete Cultura Libera Tutti
Scuola Popolare di Musica Ivan Illich
Scuole primarie e secondarie di 1° e di 2° grado del territorio
Scout gruppo AGESCI Mirandola 1
S.I.M. Scuola d’Italiano con Migranti
Sopra i Ponti
Stella Nostra - Associazione multiculturale di volontariato sociale
Teatro Arena del Sole
Teatro del Pratello
Teatro delle Albe
Teatro delle Temperie
Teatro Due Mondi
Teatro Sociale di Gualtieri
Unipol Università di Bologna
Università Primo Levi
VOLABO Centro Servizi per il Volontariato della Provincia di Bologna
YODA Youth for the Development Alchemy

Maria Dolores Pesce

Thirty stages scattered around the clearing, each one with its history, each one with its own intimate play, translated in an always unexpected and fascinating though simple narration. And we are free to build our unique adventure intercepting something here and there, from time to time, and rebuilding meaning and purpose, and not for us only.
A city that is no longer just a place to live but is transformed into a place to share – imagining – and to tell, recovering words while the dramaturgy grows like work in progress.
At the end of our peculiar individual adventure, we all come together to the central space, a more traditional one, to finally confirm words narrated, communicate and perhaps share them. An intriguing event, dramaturgically exemplary, in which Teatro dell'Argine’s actors were able to dilute their acting ability in the occasional contributions of their students, by teaching, of course, but perhaps also by learning a lot. One way to investigate not only the malaise surrounding contemporary theatre, but also try and read it, and this way, maybe, improve it.

Tommaso Chimenti

In this great journey, tasting of path, of life, of walk, of real and metaphorical pilgrimage, tasting of adventure and Odyssey, of people who came from afar, or of a thousand steps taken within us, to dig out, scratch superstructures, to dust all a priori beliefs, we’re like many Dantes, muffled thanks to  earphones that, with sounds but above all with ancient words, lead us, after an alley-gut, into the grand opening of life where you can find any face, you can try any experience. There, before the infinite, you’re alone and – how wonderful, how terrible! – you can choose.
Thirty-six small stages, half a meter tall, 4 x 4 meters wide, give (in this large green, tasting of small playing field and of oratory where the famous past football legends Mazzola and Rivera grew) the sense of society living and working around there, living and participating, living and fighting, living and laughing, living and getting tired, living and learning the Emilia-Romagna language and eating tortellini with sauce, no matter which God you pray. The audience wanders from one vision to another, and the device we are supplied with connects us each time to the selected stage and different words start in different situations, in a fast connection between eyes and ears, while we stop observing these – over a hundred – non-actors supported by twenty (as the years of Teatro dell'Argine’s anniversary; nothing’s random here) professional actors, including historical ones, Micaela Casalboni, Ida Strizzi and Lorenzo Ansaloni, to name but a few, or the many good young actors trained in their workshops over the years. A huge popular party, full of emotion, feeling, palpitation.

Il Teatro la Città lo Sguardo
Oliviero Ponte di Pino

The heart of The Words and the City seems to be the proof that the famous Margaret Thatcher’s sentence «Real society does not exist: there are men and women, and families» is incorrect. In the “sociological theatre” by Andrea Paolucci, on the contrary, there’s only society.
A composite fresco, a “map of society” excluding individuals and families (and in some ways even their “being normal”), to prioritize areas of difficulty, conflict, dialectic and exchange.

Claudia Cannella

Taking part in what for me was the most beautiful and exciting theatrical surprise of the Summer, The Words and the City, the show that Teatro dell’Argine in San Lazzaro (BO) decided to create as a present to celebrate its first twenty years of activity, I was reminded of the wonderful project by Balduzzi and Laffi Foresta Bianca. It took nine months to give birth to it (and about 60,000 euro), but is the result of a much longer history with the territory, with local associations, with political refugees and migrants, with young people and schools, and more in general with inhabitants. The idea was to tell the city, the real one and the ideal one. They asked about 120 associations to do it, following the letters of the alphabet, one thought per each letter. They selected 36 associations, built for each one a short play, staged by the associations’ members themselves, narrated by the voices of TdA’s actors and heard through headphones by the audience supplied with an audioguide (in Italian, English, Arabic and two special versions for children and the hearing impaired). The scene was the football field near ITC Teatro, where 36 wooden platforms were set up, small stages to represent a sort of city in miniature, where the audience could wander freely, and at the end reunite in the center of the field, a sort of agorà, where TdA’s actors summed up this journey made of many faces and many stories. Stories of partisans, migrants, workers, volunteers, unemployed, police, immigrants, architects, secular and religious welcoming centres, detainees, scouts, disabled, musicians, homosexuals, museums, temps, ecological guards, youth, athletes, etc. Upstream, approximately 3,000 interviews; a project realized involving about 150 people including actors, playwrights, directors, translators, set designers, costume designers, video makers, photographers, technicians, organizers and special guests, different every night. An immense amount of work, and a very emotional one, because, as in the case of Foresta Bianca, it was really shared. A format that would be great to experience in other Italian cities.

La quinta parete
Lucia Cominoli

Utopia is not always a non-place, sometimes it lives next to us, in our homes, in our workplaces, among our friendships and our more or less direct acquaintances. If you thought for a moment that you have carte blanche, that you have the opportunity to start from scratch and build together a different world in one week time, a world just as we want it, with new laws, voices, people... Where could we start from?
Maybe we don’t need to go too far, we just need to focus again on what already exists but is unknown, maybe we just need to be citizens of our cities in such a deep way that we can rethink all their vocabulary. Teatro dell’Argine actually did this last summer with a 1 year-long project, The Words and the City. An itinerant show for one hundred actors and special guests different every night, created to celebrate twenty years of activities of the Company through the presence and voices of all organizations that helped not only the theatre to grow up, but the whole social and cultural history of Emilia-Romagna capital, thanks to their activities, relationships and exchanges of knowledge.


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