Let’s build small scenic machines

11 Sep 2017
09:30 AND 15:30
Stazione Leopolda

Let’s build small scenic machines

Handling labs for children and teens – Paid admission, reservation needed (book here)

The visit to the exhibition Artes Mechanicae (set up at the Lanfranchi Palace and accessible from 9th September) of children and teens leaves them, certainly in a strong emotion, to see the simple gears that with the force man-impressed open skies from which descending and ascending angels, they are crossed by wagons surmounted by ancient divinities, by hippos who continue to gallop suspended from their wings. They seem to be in a fantastic play, a creative play that stimulates the desire to get in, to be part of the story that those machines are telling. Time seems to be suspended between the past of the great Renaissance architects and our present. What’s best for these young visitors, known about the little secrets that animate those models of stage machines, become themselves playmakers and think of a story and give it a body that, moving into space, that story begins to narrate.

This is how the idea of ​​a laboratory for the design and construction of small stage machines for primary school children and young teens from the secondary school is born.

The play requires sharing, theatrical narrative is entrusted to roles to more people, as opposed to today’s reality based on individual role and pleasure. Laboratory participants will be helped to divide into groups and each group share the idea, sketch the project and realize the scenic handwork.


Two workshops are proposed, one for boys and girls of primary school and one for secondary school students.

The number of participants in each laboratory should not be less than 10 or more than 20 and will be divided into groups of 4 or 5 units.

The workshops will be conducted by two operators of the “Mirabilis Teatro societas”.

Primary School children’s Laboratory – from 9.30 am to 12.00 with a break of 15/30 minutes.

Inside a wooden box (70x40x40) processing with paper, wood, ropes, elements in our sky, such as clouds, planets, sun, moon, etc., in movement.

Early elements of Renaissance scenic tale.

Secondary School Laboratory – from 15.30 to 19.00 with a 30 minute break.

In containers (80x60x60), mythological figures such as Apollo and his chariot, Jupiter and Europe, moving in the sky filled with clouds, planets, sun, moon, etc.

A reinterpretation of the “intermezzo”, short brackets of spectacular performance with moving stage machines, between acts of classical works, such as Mandragola, proposed in the courts of the Signori of Florence in the ‘400s and’ 500s.