From a monologue for a single spectator to an Olympic ceremony
The distinctive poetics of the Compagnia Finzi Pasca took shape from the concepts of the Theatre of the Caress and the Invisible Gesture.
Developed over the course of 37 years, these concepts have consolidated a unique aesthetic and a very personal style of creativity and production, together with a philosophy of training for the actor, acrobat, musician, dancer and technician – a way of inhabiting the space.
Theatre, dance, acrobatics, circus, opera and documentary: all come together in the work of the Compagnia Finzi Pasca.
The company was founded by Antonio Vergamini, Daniele Finzi Pasca, Hugo Gargiulo, Julie Hamelin Finzi (†) and Maria Bonzanigo in 2011, continuing the work of the Teatro Sunil and of Inlevitas.
Based in Lugano (Switzerland), the Compagnia Finzi Pasca is among the major independent artistic companies in the world. Throughout its history it has created and produced more than 35 shows. Its creators staged 3 Olympic Ceremonies (Turin 2006 and Sochi 2014, both Olympic and Paralympic Games), 2 shows for the Cirque du Soleil: Luzia in 2016 and Corteo in 2005 (for the latter, 8.4 million spectators in a 10-year world tour), 6 operas, of which Aida and Verdi’s Requiem are officially part of the Mariinsky Theatre (Saint Petersburg) yearly programme; Carmen and Pagliacci at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, L’Amour de loin(Love from Afar) for the English National Opera (London) and Einstein on the Beach that opened the 2019/2020 season at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva.
Among the big world events, in 2017 it produced Montréal Avudo, a multimedia show that combined video mapping, lights and water fountains for the city of Montreal (249,000 spectators in 4 months) and in 2019 Abrazos for the fair Feria de León in Mexico, a special event aimed at families (200,000 spectators). Moreover, its creative team was part of the Fête des Vignerons 2019 (Winegrowers Festival), an event that takes place four times in a century in Vevey (Switzerland), seen by 375,000 spectators. In 2020 the Compagnia Finzi Pasca staged the artistic part of the inauguration of the largest concert organ in Russia, at the Zaryadye Concert Hall in Moscow: an immersive installation where 24 of the best organists in the world took it in turns to play for 24 hours non-stop (approximately 10,000 visitors).
Five of the company’s shows are currently on tour: Per te. (2016), Bianco su Bianco (2014), La Verità(2013), Donka – A Letter to Chekhov (2010, restaged in 2018) and Icaro (1991). A new touring show is going to premiere on September 2020 at the LAC (Lugano Arte Cultura) in Lugano (Switzerland). Other international projects are in the making.