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Performances to test the mingling between art and play

TPO

Performances to test the mingling between art and play

TPO is based in Prato at the Fabbrichino Theatre (via Targetti 10/8) and operates as the company in residence of Teatro Metastasio Stabile della Toscana. The group is directed by Davide Venturini (artistic director) and Francesco Gandi (legal representative) and includes a team of Italian and international artists.
It is visual, emotional, immersive theatre: in TPO performances the protagonist is the stage, with its images, sounds and colours. By using interactive technology, every performance is transformed into a "sensitive" environment in which to experience the closeness between art and play. Dancers, performers and the audience itself interact together, exploring new forms of expression beyond the barriers of language and culture.
The shows TPO produces feature large-scale projections, the creation of immersive theatrical environments, and the use of interactive technology, some of which specifically developed by the company for its own performances.

The stage space is conceived as a dynamic and reactive environment that can engage the audience in individual or group action: it is equipped with sensors (touch pads, video cameras and microphones) that let both performers and audience modulate sounds and interact with images through movement and voice. This technology produces "sensitive" theatrical environments where children can explore the space and discover that it responds to their actions "in a certain way"; this generates an active relationship between them and the stage, a kind of dialogue with space, shapes and sounds that becomes an artistic experience.
In TPO shows the role of the performer takes on a special significance: through interactive effects the dancers "paint" and "play music" on the stage using their bodies and movement and invite children to explore the space with a theatrical approach that favours the use of body and eyes.

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