Chenditrì – Candy Tree
Produced by Obsoleta Teatro/Reciclare.Arte.Fe Project supported by Teatro Nucleo/Teatro J. Cortàzar Directed by: Obsoleta Teatro Playwriting: Greta Marzano On the stage: Natasha Czertok, Greta Marzano, Martina Pagliucoli Live music and sound score by: Enrico Scavo Light design: Lorenzo Magnani Special thanks to: Davide Della Chiara, Giulia Generali THE PLAY The play has been conceived and created for an audience of children aged from 7 to 13 years. Chenditrì (Candy Tree) is a one-act play lasting 50 minutes, inspired by the drama “The exception and the rule” by Bertolt Brecht and the video-documentary Land Rush (2012) by Hugo Berkeley and Osvalde Lewat. The show starts from the desire to tell a young audience about one of the most hidden faces of today’s global exploitation: that of agricultural resources. Using the old colonialism rules, still nowadays endless portions of arable land in Africa, Latin America and Southern East Asia are subtracted to local population to be exploited by the multinationals of food and energy industry. A total anthropological disaster, since the massive production of soya, palm oil, coffee, corn, sugar cane, etc. reduces the biodiversity of the countries subject to this exploitation and also represents a factor of disintegration for the communities that inhabit them. Entire cultures, along with the agricultural traditions that characterized them for millennia, disappear under the weight of the energy demands in the industrialized world. It happens today in Mali for example, where the local government grants large plots of land to European, American, Chinese, Indian, Japanese industries and where – instead of the ancient cereal crops and the traditional and valuable shea trees – they imposed the sugar cane, jatropha plantations and other plants. But it also happens in our territory, in Italy. Indeed, in Pianura Padana (a huge plain in north-east of Italy) a farmland that is equal to seven times Piazza Duomo in Milan is lost everyday. This destruction is not only caused by the cementification but also by the production of bio-fuels, the latest speculation in the energy and transportation market. In order to speak to the young audience about such a complex issue, in 2014 – the International Family Farming Year – Obsoleta Teatro chose to speak about the aspect that more closely concerns the daily life of young consumers today: the junk-food. There is no doubt, in fact, that all of today’s advertising campaigns of the macro-food industry identify very young people as one of their main business objectives. In the story, Chenditrì begins with one of the most popular ingredients, loved by children and by a larger public: the sugar that, in the fiction of the story, becomes the magical and fascinating little candy. The tone and the style that support the story are those of a fairy tale. The darkness, the shadows, the graphic animation, the sound of the double-bass and those of a played-live nature, the parody of the advertising language, the comedy are the imaginative means to communicate and make viewers reflect on the big and small deceptions of their own time. The dramaturgical mechanism of a “double end” stimulates the young audience to think over and to participate actively. With Chenditrì, Obsoleta Teatro continues an itinerary that began with In the bottle !, a play about recycling and the waste cycle. Some of the set designs of the play were indeed made by using waste materials. Trailer of the play THE PLOT We are in Balalla, at the border of the desert. Langmann, a candy merchant, is traveling to test his latest invention: the small candy, a seed that quickly gives birth to gigantic caramel plants. Led by Ashram, the handyman of Balalla, Langmann reaches the old plantations to take possession of them and he plants his prodigious seeds. There, he meets Idrissa, the last farmer who stayed to take care of the land. For a long time, in fact, Balalla is in the grip of drought that pushed farmers to leave the country to seek their fortune elsewhere. But Idrissa is not completely alone: her friend, the scarecrow, enlivens the garden plucking the strings of a double-bass. When Langmann meets Idrissa, he is carrying the self-explanatory papers: “The government of Balalla authorizes me to cut all your trees and all your dry seedlings for my Candy Trees”. What will happen at this point? What will become of the old plantations of Balalla? Will Langmann be able to turn the whole country into a candy factory?
In the Bottle!
Directed by: Natasha Czertok Playwriting: Natasha Czertok e Greta Marzano On the stage: Greta Marzano (Ginestra – Scotch Broom), Martina Pagliucoli (Sofronia – Sophronia) Off Voice: Natasha Czertok On the stage of In the Bottle! two characters collide: the first is Ginestra Verdura (Scotch Broom Vegetables), an eccentric scientist, expert in separate collection, coming with her arsenal of colorful bags to explain to the children how to separate household waste materials. Her work is interrupted by the arrival of a second character who, without any regard, begins to spread garbage and objects of all kinds everywhere. The bizarre lady, equipped with a broom and black bags, is none other than Sofronia Buttatutto (Sophronia Throweverything), official street sweeper of Leonia City. The conflict between them – the hyper-consumerism sweeper and the pedantic/know-it-all ecologist, both emblems of more than ever urgent and current contradictions – soon becomes inevitable and, to be solved, the help of the children, the lucky discovery of a mysterious message and the garbage itself (that nobody wants to deal with) will become necessary. The play In the Bottle! is part of the project “Obsoleta – Theatre for the Environment” Obsoleta is a project of pedagogy and theatre production for children, focusing on the idea that the environment cannot be considered an unlimited space and that the planet’s resources are not infinite. The intense and not always predictable acceleration of political, ideological, economic, cultural and environmental changes of our age, the limits of development are the reference framework within which the environmental education moves. Therefore, the investment of energy is one of the possible ways to be taken to understand the complexity of reality and to become aware of the need to change the relationship between man and nature, moving from a worldview that recognizes the man as dominator/ruler of the nature, to a different vision that figures up the future of mankind as inseparable part of the future of the nature. These reflections outline new training aims, which favor the perception, the analysis and the understanding of the changes, in order to become conscious citizens and responsible for themselves, for the environment and for the community that does not have to be considered simply as a company they belong, but also as a planet. “We have to inscribe inside us an ecological conscience. Knowing the consubstantial bond that links everybody with the biosphere leads us to abandon the promethean dream to rule the universe. On the contrary, the ambition for conviviality on Earth has to be nourished. ” From 2012, within the project Obsoleta, some plays were brought on stage: In the bottle !, which deals with the recycling of waste, inspired by Leonia, one of the “Città Invisibili – Invisible Cities” by Italo Calvino and “Chenditrì – Candy Tree” inspired by the drama “The exception and the rule” by Bertolt Brecht and the video documentary “Land Rush” by H. Berkeley and O. Lewat, in which the language of the fable is used, shadows and sceneries were entirely made from recycled materials, one of the most hidden faces of today’s global exploitation: that of agricultural resources. Both plays were produced in collaboration with the project Ricicl’Arte Ferrara. Contacts www.teatronucleo.org firstname.lastname@example.org 327/3379372