Teatro del Drago
Teatro del Drago is the theatrical company of the Monticelli family, one of the oldest performing art families active in the puppet and marionette sector since the first half of the nineteenth century.
Mauro and Andrea, the Monticelli brothers, represent the fifth generation of this uninterrupted tradition and currently the artistic directors.
The company’s activity is twofold
Tradition is on one hand, with theatrical performances of traditional finger puppets and the conservation of the materials of the Monticelli Collection;
On the other hand, theatrical research, through contemporary puppetry shows, in which a personal and original artistic line emerges, both in the use of materials and in animation techniques.
Our research design is sustained by the puppetry and marionette tradition, to conserve and transmit, acknowledging the importance of historical roots
The company is recognized and subsidized by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and by the Emilia-Romagna Region for the production and promotion of the Figure Theater.
The Company on the Territory
The company is recognized and subsidized by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and by the Emilia-Romagna Region for the production and promotion of Puppetry. Since 2015 he has been in charge of the artistic and organizational direction of a historic Puppet Theater Festival, the International Festival of Puppets and Figures Arrivano Dal Mare! It also organizes in Ravenna, with the support of the Municipality of Ravenna, the theater season for children and families “Le Arti della Marionetta” , in summer in Casola Valsenio “Casola è una Favola” a cultural festival that arises from research on traditional fairy tales and their relations with the territory. Since 2015, managed the artistic and organizational direction of the Gambettola Municipal Theater.
Teatro del Drago also do the winter programming of the Teatro Scuola of the Municipality of Riolo Terme and Gambettola. On the national territory, in collaboration with the Municipal Library of Lignano Sabbiadoro (Udine), it organizes “Pupi & Pini. Review of puppet and street theater” since 1983 while more than 30 shows have been produced since 1979, including some important and prestigious co-productions. All the shows have been represented abroad in the most important festivals in the sector. In addition to Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Romania, Greece, Poland, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Malta, England, Japan, Libya, Israel, Taiwan, Tunisia, China and the United States.