Suggested ages:
Ages 1 to 4 years
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company: La Baracca - Testoni Ragazzi
directed by: Valeria Frabetti
by: Andrea Buzzetti, Carlotta Zini and Valeria Frabetti
with: Andrea Buzzetti

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“When I was a baby, a little baby, I never wanted to go to sleep with the light on… I closed my eyes and waited for the lights of my dreams to switch on”.

The show developed from an “experiment” carried out in the crèches, where we could observe the children’s relationship with light and darkness.

On stage there is an actor but the real protagonist is the light.
Music and movements create a dance by following the rhythms of the switches.
The light can be everything. Lamps, bulbs and cables become a flower, a spoon, a dancer, a candle, a carrousel… They become a mother, a father or a child.

“On-off” is a tribute to the children’s amazement at the behavior of light and to their interest towards controlling it and its intensity through the use of switches.
It is a game and a way to help them not be afraid of the darkness.
Simple words come along with the actors’ action, looking for a unity of image made of lights sounds and movements.


The show can be performed in schools, but darkness is needed, as well as a free area of at least 6x6 metres.

> On the occasion of its participation to Tiba Festival 2013 in Belgrade, the show On-off received the ASSITEJ Serbia AWARD FOR THE BEST ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT.

Performance already shown in:

Teatrium na Serpuhovke, Mosca - Russia - 2011
Newry - Irlanda del Nord - 2011
Baborò Festival, Galway - Irland - 2011
Glòr Studio, Ennis - Irlanda - 2011
International puppets Theatres Festival Meetings, Torun - Polonia - 2011
Teatro Testoni Ragazzi, Sala B, - 2011
Tempio Valdese - 2012
Hall in Tirol - Austria - 2012
TIBA Festival Belgrado - Serbia - 2012
Taipei Children's Arts Festival - Taipei, Taiwan - 2012
Kaohsiung, Taiwan - 2012
Divadelní pouť bez bariér, Ostrava - Repubblica Ceca - 2012
Teatro Testoni Ragazzi, Sala B, - 2012
Sala Escena Miriñaque (Festival Baby Planet), Santander-Spagna - 2013
Teatro Asioli, Correggio (RE) - Italy - 2013
Naj, Naj, Naj Festival, ZeKaeM Theatre, Zagreb - Croatia - 2013
Teatro Testoni Ragazzi, Sala B, - 2013
Creche of the Municipality, Bologna - Italy - 2014
Spazio Teatro 89, Milan - Italy - 2014
Centro Culturale Santa Chiara, Trento - Italy - 2014
Biblioteca Civica Ragazzi, Cuneo - Italy - 2014
Teatro Testoni Ragazzi, Sala B, - 2015
BIM BAM - Internationale Theater wochen fuer Klein- und Kleinstkinder - Austria - 2015
Internationales Weiser Figuren Theater Festival - Wels (Austria) - 2015
Aula didattica Marcello Mirko Sighinolfi, Nonantola - Italy - 2015
Take Part in Art Festival, Warsaw, Poland - 2015
Teatro Testoni Ragazzi, Sala B, - 2016
Festival Pépites, l'Art et les tout-petits - EDEN | Centre Culturel Régional de Charleroi, Charleroi - Belgium - 2016
Festival International l'Art et les tout-petits, Théâtre La montagne magique, Bruxelles - Belgium - 2016
Spazio Teatro 89, Milan - Italy - 2017
Auditorium Biblioteca Civica, Vimercate (MB) - Italy - 2017
Teatro Russolo, Portogruaro - Italy - 2017
ANFÄNGE(R) Festival, Münchner Stadtmuseum, MMunich - Germany - 2017
Nido d'infanzia, Massa - Italy - 2017
KinderKinder Internationales Musik und Theater-Festival, Kampnagel P1, Hamburg - Germany - 2017
Internationale Puppentheatertage Mistelbach festival, Mistelbach - Austria - 2017
Festival Starke Stucke, Theaterhaus, Frankfurt am Main - Germany - 2018
Evangelische Paul-Gerhardt Gemeinde, Frankfurt am Main - Germany - 2018
Teatro Testoni Ragazzi, Sala B, - 2018
Rotondes, Louxemburg - Louxemburg - 2018
Teatro al Parco, Parma - Italy - 2018
Teatro Testoni Ragazzi, Sala B, - 2019
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