When Jo excitedly told me that she was going to take the kids to see La Verità (The Truth) I questioned how many people would sign up. Wouldn’t the performance be a bit too long for a kid? As a kid when I went to a show I expected it to blow my mind away in a few seconds and be over. I always wanted the actors to show the most brilliant tricks yet or come up with the funniest jokes. Inevitably, I was disappointed when the show did not match my imagination.
Later as a young adult, I slowly realized that we do not go see shows just to be blown away. In the same way that we go to classes every day not expecting a single class to transform us into a knowledgeable person but depend on the whole course of the study to do so, we cultivate our appreciation for the arts over a long period of time. Although there might be shows that appear to be too long or even boring to our senses, they nevertheless offer us a chance to understand the nature of our sensory process. We also train ourselves to notice the brilliance in the seemingly ordinary and repetitive. Eventually we will be able to notice the beauty of quietude without the beats of the newest pop music.
La Verità is brought to us by Compagnia Finzi Pasca (Company Finzi Pasca). One of the co-founders, Daniele Finzi Pasca is a director, author, choreographer, and clown. Finzi Pasca was born in Lugano, Switzerland in 1964 in a family of photographers. He was introduced to the circus world through gymnastics, and together with his brother Marco and Maria Bonzanigo he founded the Teatro Sunil, combining acting, buffonade, and dance in its productions. The founders call this theater technique “Theatre of the Caress” -- a technique based on the invisible gesture and the state of lightness.
Finzi Pasca has created and directed twenty shows for the Teatro Sunil that have been performed in twenty different countries. His productions are known to depict a profound sense of humanity and playfulness. In 2009 he co-founded the Inlevitas production company with Julie Hamelin. The company creates and develops artistic projects including opera, acrobatic theater and cinema.
In 2011, along with Maria Bonzanigo, Hugo Gargiulo, Julie Hamelin, and Antonio Vergamini, Daniele Finzi Pasca founded the Compagnia Finzi Pasca where the stories of the Teatro Sunil and Inlevitas came together. La Verità is the company’s new work that came out of this adventure.