Titus Andronicus, Williams Shakepseare's bloodiest and most violent work, features a fantastical narration: the crude events and vicissitudes of the Shakespearean tragedy set during the latter days of the Roman Empire. Performed by the Teatro Patologico ensemble, the fictional story of Titus, a general in the Roman army, who is engaged in a cycle of revenge with Tamora, Queen of the Goths is told through the voices of the patients of a psychiatric hospital. Through a careful exploration of the pathological and psychotic behavior of the protagonists of the play, the original text was reduced to its essential elements, in order to give space to the creativity of the actors with disabilities of the Teatro Patologico Company.
This performance marks the culmination of the “Integrated Theater of the Emotion," the world’s first university curriculum exclusively oriented towards the professional and academic formation of individuals with physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities in the fields of performing arts. The course was developed for the first time in Italy by the Teatro Patologico association in collaboration with the University of Studies “Tor Vergata” of Rome.
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About the Artists
Teatro Patologico was founded by Dario D'Ambrosi, one of Italy's most distinguished theater artists, who has made a career of productions about people with psychiatric disabilities, devising productions that portray their unique perspective on life. The main intent in “La magia del teatro” (The Magic of Theatre), the Drama Academy for disabled children directed by Dario D’ambrosi, which counts more than 60 students each year, is to stimulate the students’ creative freedom by giving them the theoretical and practical means to help them express themselves on the stage. The school (and the final project at the end of the academic year) isn’t so much a form of therapy as it is an amazing chance for them to express both artistically and emotionally, a place where they get to socialize and form important life skills, a serious vehicle of fun and a way to make the students feel and be the main actors.