The eyes of a child in the face of a man, Alessandro Gigli, creator and artistic director of Mercantia – International Festival of Street Theatre, at its 30th edition this year, that will take place from July 12 through the 16 in Certaldo (FI) – he speaks of this as one of the most successful events nationally.
Indeed, the first edition was in 1988 and we can say that Mercantia was born from a “marvellous idea” of this theatre elf who is also a director, actor, puppeteer, fairy tale writer for young people and cultural entertainer. Of course, many things have changed since the beginning, but the goal is always the same: “We want that people who participate in Mercantia, be invaded by the positive energy that this event releases. For us success is seeing that people in Certaldo Alto smile, let themselves go in crazy dances in the middle of the street with street bands, and that they remain enchanted watching a show, or remain fascinated by the games with fire. In other words: that they remain children deep within.”
A part from the “Giardini segreti” (The Secret Gardens), offering exclusive performances, there will be performances in every little corner: on the right, on the left, under and over…You just have to choose, there will be something for each taste on a short distance one from another in streets, side walks, archways and courtyards almost like in a labyrinth or in a magic box where the party never ends. You will see of every kind of theatre; street bands, circus performances, puppeteers, ballad singers, waders, fire eaters, mime artists, jugglers, belly dancers, installations of all kinds and also glimpse of angels and devils. Party and entertainment everywhere and for everyone.
The street artists have brought their cultural baggage into the field of prose, circus, music and puppet theatre, creating true shows that are however different from street and traditional theatre. This diversity, this something extra is the truly vital relationship with the real spectator, empathy with the public present, and the creation of the situation that are renewed every evening according to the audience.
But Mercantia is not only performances; visitors can also enjoy handmade arts and crafts, museums and a lot of history. The Mercantia offers a lot of magic filling up the streets and the corners of Certaldo during five extraordinary days in July…
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