Fabrizio Monteverde
La boule de neige 1985 – 2013


Taken from Jean Cocteau’s literary text Les enfants terribles (1929), thoroughly disconcerting in its fearful modernity and its dealings with the age of adolescence, so atrociously happy and tortuous, with such tragic severity and impalpable elegance, La boule de neige by Fabrizio Monteverde, already back in 1985 unravelled a current of Italian contemporary dance devoted to relations with literature.
At that time the mirror reflection among Cocteau’s four cursed protagonists and the interpreters was almost total.

Today the choreographer places in the hands of the youngsters of the Balletto di Toscana Junior a choreography similar to a concert for four voices: all that remains of the colourless chambre where the tragic event is played out are the lights. An identical search for direct emotions that strike the spectator’s heart, like the boule, the real and metaphorical snowball that is at once hurled.
Marinella Guatterini

freely adapted from Les Enfants terribles by Jean Cocteau
direction and choreography: Fabrizio Monteverde
music written and conducted by Pierluigi Castellano,
texts by Francesco Antinucci and extracts from the opera L’Orfeo (1672) by Antonio Sartorio
costumes by Gianni Serra
light creation: Carlo Cerri in collaboration with Andrea Narese
characters and interpreters:
Paul: Mirko De Campi / Nicola Simonetti
Elisabeth: Claudia Manto / Debora Di Biagi
Gérard: Luca Cesa / Valerio Di Giovanni
Agathe: Alessandra Berti / Marta Papaccio
1985 production: Spaziozero/Compagnia Baltica
2013 production: Balletto di Toscana Junior
Reconstruction within the project RIC.CI Reconstruction Italian Contemporary Choreography Anni ’80-’90
creation and artistic direction: Marinella Guatterini
in collaboration with: AMAT Associazione Marchigiana Attività Teatrali, ARTEVEN Circuito Teatrale Regionale Veneto, TPP Teatro Pubblico Pugliese
in co-production with Fondazione Teatro Grande di Brescia, Fondazione Fabbrica Europa, Fondazione Milano Civica Scuola di Teatro Paolo Grassi, Fondazione Ravenna Manifestazioni, Fondazione Teatro Comunale di Ferrara “Claudio Abbado”, Torinodanza Fondazione del Teatro Stabile di Torino



March 13, 2013 | Teatro Sanzio, Urbino
April 7, 2013 | Rassegna Grande al cubo – Centro Lucia Botticino, Botticino (BS)
April 30 and May 2, 2013 | Festival Fabbrica Europa – Teatro Cantiere Florida, Florence
June 7, 2013 | Ravenna Festival – Teatro Rasi, Ravenna
October 13, 2013 | Torinodanza – Fonderie Limone, Moncalieri
December 10, 2013 | Teatro Comunale, Ferrara
January 18, 2014 | Teatro Toniolo, Mestre
January 24, 2014 | Teatro Comunale, Teramo
February 9, 2014 | Teatro Comunale Rossini, Gioia del Colle
March 5, 2014 | Teatro di Rifredi, Florence
March 14, 2014 | Fonderia Aterballetto, Reggio Emilia








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