ESI AND THE ITALIAN THEATER
Taking up the invitation of many families of students to organize events related to Italian culture, l’ESI tries to carry out every year tours of Italian theater companies in Holland and to favor theatrical performances organized by the students themselves. The aim is to give Italian-Dutch students (but of essentially Dutch culture) a direct testimony of the culture of origin, or of paternal origin, and show them that learning Italian has a value that goes beyond the simple learning of a foreign language.
2019 – Following the great success already achieved in 2007, Laura Kibel returned to the Netherlands for ESI with her “Theater of the Feet” . Since 8 up to 10 November at Eindhoven, Amsterdam and Den Haag the enthusiasm of the public of adults and children for the extraordinary skill of the artist and the appreciation for these cultural initiatives by ESI were unanimous.
2018 – After a few years' break, the 16, 17 and 18 November 2018, respectively in Maastricht, Amsterdam e The Hague, ESI presented the show Without Ears of the Company of “Riccardo and Margherita”, inspired by a tale by Luigi Capuana.
Going back to the past:
The 9 and 10 October 2010, at the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam and the Zeehelderteather Theater in Den Haag, the company “Theater Game Life” of Piacenza presented the show Frog, from the work of Den Haag writer Max Velthuijs.
The 21 and 22 November 2009, at the Italian Cultural Institute in Amsterdam and the Museon in Den Haag, the Teatro delle Guarattelle by Brunello Leone presented the show Stories of Pulcinella.
In the days 29 and 30 November 2008, respectively at the Italian Cultural Institute in Amsterdam and the Museon in Den Haag, the Puppet Theater Company Burambò presented the show “…Otherwise the black man arrives!“. This show continued a tradition that began many years ago.
Going back to the origins, in 1999, l’ESI organized a tour in the Netherlands of “Teatro delle Briciole” of Parma, for the representation of the show “Peter and the Wolf”. The performances took place in the cities of Maastricht, The Hague and Amsterdam, recording everywhere the “sold out”.
In the wake of the success of the previous year, always in collaboration with the IIC of Amsterdam, l’ESI he organized in 2000 a tour of “Puppet Theater of the Accettella” From Rome, for the representation of the original fable “The Thousand and One Puppets“. The performances took place in the same locations, enjoying similar success.
The validity of these initiatives has been confirmed, l’ESI and l’IIC they also organized in 2001 a tour of the company of Sicilian puppeteers “Sons of Art Cuticchio” by Mimmo Cuticchio, later nominated by UNESCO “World Heritage Site“, for the presentation of the show “The Grand Duel of Orlando and Rinaldo for the love of the beautiful Angelica“, on this occasion, expanding the number of Dutch locations that hosted the tour.
The 2002 saw the completion of the work Taxed Air, staged by the students of the Oegstgeest courses. After a preview in June at the Rijnlands Lyceum theater in Oegstgeest, the work was presented in Den Haag in September at the De Poort Theater.
At the same time l’ESI has activated a collaboration with the Department of Education of the city of Den Haag and other theatrical associations, for the staging of works made by their students. In this context, the 20 June 2004 the group “Let's pretend that…”, composed of the students of the Lisse and Oegstgeest courses, he staged the opera in Den Haag The Two Castles, based on a short story by Anna Maria Breccia and produced in collaboration with the theater group The onsetO.
During the last week of May 2004, the Sansfaçon Company of Taranto has made a tour in the cities of Maastricht, The hague, Nijmegen and Amsterdam, for the staging of the opera Odysseus versus Polyphemus, freely taken from Book IX of the Odyssey.