Invasione Notturna Frivola E Ruggente Non Ostile
Invasion in the Night Frivolous and (E) Roaring Not hOstile

Traveling play
Production: Teatro Nucleo & Basso Profilo
Length: 60 minutes
Directed by: Davide Della Chiara e Natasha Czertok
Graphic design: Manuela Santini

If interested, on the occasion of the performance, it is possible to broaden the participation to new students, after a focused training workshop of 3-7 days, led by directors Della Chiara and Czertok.
We started to create the play by choosing some texts from “Hell” by Peter Weiss, a work written by the author while he was exiled in London during World War II. In this reading, the words from the text fit to the condition of those who are driven, by necessity, to leave their homelands in search of other places where finding their fortune. It wants to represent a provocation and, as such, to offer food for thought.
The main subject of the work is the City, a space to think about in a poetic and metaphorical way. The City is understood as a system, able to satisfy the individual’s needs. The City made up of people claiming their rights. The City where, too often, virtues are forgotten and vices are promoted.


“For two nights “Inferno”, which stands for “Invasione Notturna Frivola E Ruggente – Invasion in the Night Frivolous and (E) Roaring Not hOstile”, transformed streets and gardens nearby the railway station and Via Garibaldi in an open-air theater, and curious citizens approached in a public procession while other people followed the staging from the window or balcony of their own houses. Street theater as a way to reclaim public spaces and bring them back to their original function of areas for sharing: what could be better to share than a stage play telling the story of its own neighborhood? A fresh and original look to scan the sidewalks and the tree-lined streets we walk every day, which can become a starting point to think of them differently and – why not – to imagine a different future”.

Federica Pezzoli – Ferraraitalia

We worked in a district that contains, in one single square kilometer, more than 20 different ethnic groups: the Garden District of Ferrara (Quartiere Giardino). The area is afflicted by various situations of petty crime, dealing and consumption of drugs, prostitution often consumed in the car parks among buildings themselves. The citizenship became increasingly disinterested about these phenomena and about the processes of collective life; it just wants the “cleaning” of the neighborhood. The press does not hesitate to draw attention to every small, sometimes insignificant episode, causing a serious adverse effect on the territory concerned. In the staging we listened the voices of people living in the territory and catch words and actions that would make real and believable what we were going to play in the streets. At the end of the work, we realized that it could find correspondence in other Italian cities especially in this period in which Italy is interrogating itself, and in such a radical way, about the meaning of the word “welcome”.

The play was conceived by Teatro Nucleo in collaboration with the cultural association Basso Profilo within the project Succede Qui –It Happens Here.  It consists of a dual path: a site-specific weekly theatre workshop – led by Davide Della Chiara and Natasha Czertok for two years in the Wunderkammer area in Ferrara – and a storytelling initiative involving the Primary School Poledrelli, several local associations of the territory, as the committee Zona Stadio, the social center Acquedotto and many citizens of the area.

The first edition of SUccede Qui – It Happens Here won the public contest “Giovani per il territorio – Youth for the territory”, sponsored by the Institute of Cultural Heritage of Emilia-Romagna Region in 2014 and it led to the presentation of the play in episodes “The story of a player who rediscovered her soul – “Storia di una giocatrice che ritrovò l’anima”.
The project – that took place within the research program Rigenerazione Urbana – Urban Regeneration with the contribution of Emilia Romagna Region and the sponsorship of City of Ferrara – could continue in 2015, also supported by Fondazione Teatro Comunale of Ferrara (Municipal Theatre Foundation of Ferrara).


The play was produced in a traveling form for two performances/replicas in the Garden District of Ferrara (Quartiere Giardino), according to the itinerary shown below:


The performance is developed starting from A position and it ends in the F position, the specific information for each location are:

  • A_ the concession of two parking spaces, available at the time of the show
  • From A to B_ the possibility of occupying a road, at least 3 meters wide; on the way open flames will be used for which it is necessary the permission of the police;
  • B_ the occupation of a 5 x 5 meters area and a power socket (220 V);
  • C_ the opportunity to use a balcony, balcony or window, with a near power socket (220 V) and the occupation nearby of a  3×1 meters area, on the ground floor;
  • D_ a big and strong tree on which a speaker will be placed;
  • E_ a road, free from cars and not accessible to traffic, on which open flames objects will be placed; also in this case the permission of police is required, as above;
  • From E to F_ the possibility to occupy a road, at least 3 meters wide;
  • F_ the occupation of a 5X5 meters area

It is also required the availability of three helpers for the time of the show.

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