CHICAGO – Italian director Karim Galici and Puerto Rican director Veronica Rodriguez present in the world premiere their new creation. An immersive sensory theater production with a very intimate setting only for four audience members at a time inspired by the book The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. After many successful performances in different parts of Europe starting from 2013 they are for the first time in the United States with their sensory theater production.
The project has developed in an intensive workshop on sensory theater with actors, student and collaborators for two weeks at North Park University. The show “The Little Big Princess” is the final part of participants’ training.
It is the story of a pilot who crashes into the Sahara Desert and there he meets an interesting little boy. The little prince traveled from an asteroid, left his rose behind to discover the world. Before landing on Earth he visited many planets and their inhabitants where all grown-ups who incarnate humankind’s most common vice. While on Earth a fox tells him that the eyes are blind, and we are responsible forever for what you tame…
As Veronica Rodriguez declares “the little prince represents the open-mindedness of children. He is a wanderer who restlessly asks questions and is willing to engage the invisible, secret mysteries of the universe. The novel suggests that such inquisitiveness is the key to understanding and to happiness. However, The Little Prince shows that age is not the main factor separating grown-ups from children. The main factor is that adults have changed the way of viewing the world and they have lost sight of the most valuable things in life which money or prestige can’t buy.”
The show follows the concepts of the book but with this new adaptation rediscovers also the female part of the story by inserting some female characters (while previously they were all male), starting with the protagonist and thanks to the sensory parts will speak in depth to the audience and connect people to each other.
A story and a show that the two directors have chosen to bring to the United States for the wealth of content that can develop. “The little prince is an infinite story”, declares Karim Galici, “a book so rich that it can be read more times in life. A story that can be very useful to children as well as adults. This is one of the reasons why we chose to inspire us to the work of Saint De Exupery. I am happy that the first show that I realize in the United States is addressed to all without any distinction starting from age. We bring deep concepts, but in a playful way. In the show, everyone can awaken their “little big princess” to laugh, “fly”, play and discover new things. It seems to me a beautiful metaphor of life ”
The Little Big Princess is an immersive and sensory show co-created and directed by Karim Galici and Veronica Rodriguez, stars Jennifer Blaesing, Karim Galici, Kelsey Gilbert, Katy Grabarsky, Lorna Kikpatrick, Veronica Rodriguez, Aga Sarrafian, Scott Wagner. Scenography David Alvarez. Light Scott Wagner with the collaboration of Lucia Rodriguez. Puppet confection Veronica Rodriguez. Puppet costume and Little Princess costume Cristina Carreras.
In addition to the North Park University of Chicago, the Italian Institute of Culture, Links Hall and Impatto Teatro (Italy) collaborated to the success of the project.
Special thanks to our donors: Joe Carew, Dina Papadakis, Gergana Gonzalez Pulido, Bari Guiborn, Colleen Incandella, Kelly Gross, Marie woods, Keila Pizarro, Nuno Gonzalez, Magalis Rodriguez, Rbeca Rodriguez Kalapp, Myrel Logsdon, Lucia Rodriguez, Camille Martinez, Marcos Martinez, Ydalmi Noriega, Onur Ozkaya, Sangueetha Somayajula, Tulay Orhon, Jeannie Suh, Robin Brown, Yanari Martinez.
Dates: May 3, 4, 5, and 6 at the North Park University Auditorium
Thursday May 3, from 7 pm to 9.30 pm
Friday May 4, from 7 pm to 9.30 pm
Saturday May, from 10 am to 8.30 pm
Sunday May, from 10 am to 6.30 pm
Every half hour!
25 dollars (15 dollars for EF students and 5 dollars for students of North Park University).
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Sensory theater is a contemporary type of theater performance that has been developed in the last twenty years in Europe. It uses the senses and scenery as an important element of storytelling in a production making it one of the most innovative styles of theater. Stories are told using smells, installations, darkness, taste, sounds, interactions with touch, and intimate settings. Everything is put together to make the audience feel fully present in the production, inviting them to be an active participant of the narrative in the story.
Biographies of the directors
Karim Galici is an Italian theatre director, actor and cultural manager. He has a Bachelors in Disciplines of Arts, Music and Performing Arts (DAMS) – with highest honours, at the University of Rome and Masters in Management for the Performing Arts at University Bocconi of Milan in collaboration with Accademia Teatro alla Scala and the Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d’Europa .
He began his training as an actor in Sardinia, participating in the workshop of the Algerian actrees and director Fadela Assous at the Festival Cantiere Teatrale of Montevecchio, then continued with the School Teatro dell’Arco of Cagliari conducted by Mario Faticoni. Later he moved to Rome, where he graduated from the Academy International Actor’s Studio ” Permis De Conduire ” (among teachers Max Balazs, Cesar Corrales, Wladimiro Lembo, Ferruccio Marotti and N. Gennadi Bogdanov) and began his career (1999) making his debut in the role of Hamlet at the Agora Theatre in Rome. In the same year he participated in the founding of the Teatro Delle Apparizioni which will remain until 2001. With the company of Fabrizio Pallara, he began his experiments around the sensory theater and later became one of the leading experts at national level.
From 2002 he started a strong collaboration with The Living Theatre, which led him to make with the company of Judith Malina 4 shows as an actor and assistant director. In 2002, he founded, at the University of Rome, the company Impatto Teatro, which continues with the investigation of the sensory theater. With his young team he created 10 shows including the performance – concert Origine, produced in collaboration with the FestArte Festival and opening event of Fotografia – International Festival of Rome (2005) and Invisible Space, produced in collaboration with ASMED – Balletto di Sardegna and opening event of FIND 34 – Festival Internazionale Nuova Danza (International Festival of New Dance).
In 2006/2007 he won the scholarship “Master and Back ” with which he moved to Milan, where he studied at the Bocconi School of Management, at the Teatro alla Scala Academy and produced a field project at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan. In the same year he began his career as a cultural manager collaborating in the organization of the major cultural events of the city of Rome (including The White Night) for the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of Rome.
In 2008 he returned to Cagliari, where he worked for the Teatro Stabile della Sardegna until 2013, first as Head of production and then as Head of the organization of the Teatro Massimo (the most important theatre of Sardinia).
In 2011, he returned to directing with the show La Città della Memoria (production TiConZero), at the conclusion of a workshop made in Sadali (Barbagia) with the local population. He created such a strong relationship with the inhabitants of the “town of water”, which is soon commissioned a new laboratory that will give life to the show Viaggio nelle Citta Invisibili (2012) taken from the masterpiece of Italo Calvino. The show, which is implemented between the forest and the caves Is Janas, is the opening event of the Signal Cantieri Festival. In 2012 he participated as an artist in several exhibitions of contemporary art (including Funivie Veloci and Ombrello T Riscopro together with Chiara Balasini) standing out with installations that always involve the visitor in an experiential way.
In the constant research on languages and sensory dramas in 2013, ended the cycle of workshops at the Teatro de los Sentidos on the Poetics of Space. Upon completion of training with the company of Enrique Vargas, the sensory show Espacio y Oscuridad is made in Polvorí of Barcelona. In this context, the collaboration with the actress and director of Puerto Rico Veronica Rodriguez, was born with whom he made the show in Madrid Desde mis Entranas in the dual role of actor and co-director. Subsequently, with Veronica Rodriguez he worked in a residency in the Invisible Cities Multi Media Festival (Gorizia, Italy, 2015) for the play Città Invisibili (the adaptation of Karim Galici of the book Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino) and Invisible Space (Caglari, Italy, 2016).
Between 2013 and 2017 He worked as a cultural manager and director for some of the most important companies in Italy and Europe. In 2015, thanks to the collaboration with Mario Perrotta’s PerMar in “Bassa continua – Toni sul Po” (Ligabue Project), he won the PREMIO UBU -prize for the best organizational and artistic project (the most important award in Italy for the theater).
His latest show “Vita nella città – Cagliari aperta al mondo” won the MigrArti call of the Italian Ministry for Cultural Assets and Activities and Tourism (MIBACT). The project has seen the collaboration of 300 migrants and 30 professional artists coming from 4 continents, through 16 multidisciplinary workshops and a final event that took place for 5 days in the 4 historic districts of the city.
He is currently one of the leaders of the organization Biennale MArteLive, first Italian multidisciplinary festival; advisor for Abaco Teatro and director for 2 big projects with migrants in Sardinia (In a Mosaic World and Io, Tu) and with Veronica Rodriguez he is working in Chicago (USA) on an adaptation of the book The Little Prince: The Little Big Princess.
Veronica Rodriguez is a director, performer graduated in 2005 from the University of Puerto Rico. Soon after she moved to Madrid and she founded alongside six other actors the improv theater company Quilosa. It performed in local Madrid theater venues and La Mancha from 2007 – 2011. She started doing improv with the National Improvisation League of Puerto Rico and they toured around Madrid and eight other cities in Italy in 2006. During the trip, she had a supporting role in the independent movie called Il viaggio, which won an award for best Experimental Film at the XV Festival Icaro/Guatemala 2012.
Training with the company Teatro de los Sentidos in their workshop “Poetry of the Space” was the missing link that helped her write, direct, and produce her play “Desde mis Entranas” (“Guts”). It was there where she started working with Italian director Karim Galici. In April 2013, she trained and directed 8 women in the city of Madrid and her first adult sensory theater show was quite a success. Recently she collaborated with swiss artist duo stofer&stofer in a remake of the opening piece of this show, they called the piece “Guts Reloaded”. The performance was presented as part of ITINERANT 2017 Performance Art Festival in New York and later independently at Light Box Theater, Detroit, and Hairpin Art Center, Chicago. Karim Galici was the director assistant for “Guts” in 2013, and in June 2015 he asked her to join him as resident artists at the In/Visible Cities Urban Multimedia Festival in Gorizia, Italy. Veronica acted as assistant director by providing a sensory theater workshop as well as co-directing the play “Viaggio nella Citta Invisibile”; Karim Galici’s free adaptation of the book Invisible Cities of Italo Calvino. In August 2016, they were asked to present their project as the opening for the Find Festival in Cagliari/Italy. The show was adapted and renamed “Invisible Space”. This time the project was much bigger leading them to direct twenty-five professional and amateur actors, in a beautiful setting The Botanical Gardens of Cagliari.
After living in Europe for over 10 years she moved to Chicago in July 2013. Veronica has a passion for Children’s theater and she works as a Theater and Spanish teacher at Gems World Academy, creating at least two shows a year with her students.She also produces her own children’s shows and she has presented her original bilingual play for children ages 3-10, Skeleton’s Wacky Adventure with a Wacky Witchy Bruja three times in 2014/2015/2016. The play originated with the group Erase una vez, A Story. A group directed by her which presented original plays in English and Spanish in Madrid from 2010-2012. Veronica also often does pop up puppet shows and performance art pieces in different venues around the city of Chicago.