A simple technique
Everything is based on three elements: light, a body silhouette and a cloth. A simple game. Just like adults used to do, and still do, to entertain children. The simpler the technique, the more astonishing is the exhibition. In fact, despite the prevailing role of today digital instruments, this thousand-year art is still attractive.
A non-violent theatre
My friend and activist Etta Ragusa introduced me for the first time the Shadow Theatre as a kind of “non-violent” theatre, because the actor plays behind the cloth-screen avoiding the sometimes “violent” impact with the audience. At the same time, the audience, protected from the “violence” of well-defined and predetermined images, unconsciously completes the scene with its own fantasy.
Poetic, ironic and dreamlike images
The imaginative property of the shadow, the ability to accentuate the features of the characters by exalting their features or making them grotesque, the use of music and colors that facilitate emotional flow, give the shadow theater a great charge of poetry and irony: while you see, you imagine.
A theatre for everyone
We all have a shadow and we can talk through it, without distinction of sex, age, geographical origin, physical or psychic conditions. Actually, differences are welcome. Welcome to those who speak different languages, to those who are shy and cannot talk in public, to those who can’t move easily, to those who have never done theatre, to those who want to “make peace” with his/her own shadow.