Bianco su Bianco is a delicate and intense show that arose from the desire of the main creators of two Olympic ceremonies to return to an artistically intimate and small-scale dimension. It tells the story of Ruggero and Elena, of the young man’s difficult childhood, of the power of friendship that enables him to weather the storm and of the bond, as magical as it is mysterious, that is love, which will sustain them both as they scale one of the highest of mountains.

It is a show where the two performers-actors-acrobats-clowns dialogue with a sophisticated and atmospheric universe made up of lights and sounds: a technology developed for the great forest of light that surmounted the Olympic stadium in Sochi and which, downsized for use in a theatre, becomes a further and impalpable performer in the show. Delicate, crystalline music accompanies the story of life and hope of this entertaining, fantastic and rather surreal couple.

“The great merit of Bianco su Bianco on stage is that of opening the inner eye to a light (...).”- 05.04.2017 -
“On stage, life and love recounted with graceful intensity by two eclectic and admirable young artists.”- 06.04.2017 - Verve Magazine
“Adults, like children, need light-heartedness. This is an excellent opportunity. Bianco su Bianco offers smiles without age limits.”- 26.01.2017 -

“Helena and Goos move around the stage with lightness and great agility. They elegantly bring forth small details to build tragicomic situations. With their help, we are creating a new show that plays –in keeping with our very own approach to storytelling– on the balance between a sweet and nostalgic form of absurd. Regardless of the simplicity and bareness of the theatrical apparatus, ours is a surreal universe, somehow fiercely serene, a self-reflecting form of theatre, where actors use the proscenium to engage in a dialogue with the audience, where illusion and tricks are always disclosed at the end, where we laugh and are moved, where the clowns do not play the fools, but rather embody the frailness of losing heroes.

Our clowning is white as bread flour is, white as the embers of burnt out coal, white as a scratch on the knee after falling off a bicycle. Our clowning is white on white like the angels in Corteo, like the ice chandelier smashed to pieces in Donka, like the closet from which Icaro escapes, like the ball everyone chases under the rain shower in Rain, like the backlit atmosphere in Nebbia, like the peppermints in La Verità.”

Daniele Finzi Pasca, Extract of the word of the Director, 2014


Main festivals over the last year:

Vladivostok (Russia) Primorsky Stage (Mariinsky) – Chekhov International Theatre Festival

Roma – Teatro Vittoria – Romaeuropa Festival ed. 2021- 2022

Tunisi – Théâtre de l’Opéra – Festival International des Journées Théâtrales de Carthage

Islas Canarias – Centro Insular de deportes de Gran Canaria & Teatro Guimera – Mapas Festival

Alicante – Plaza de Toros – Festival Fresca


Daniele Finzi Pasca 
Author, Director, Co-creator of lighting, choreographies and Firefly Forest

Julie Hamelin Finzi 
Creative director and Producer

Maria Bonzanigo 
Composer, Sound designer and Choreographies co-creator

Hugo Gargiulo 
Scenographer, Props master and Firefly Forest co-creator

Antonio Vergamini 
Executive producer and Creative team member

Giovanna Buzzi 
Costume designer

Alexis Bowles 
Lighting co-designer and Firefly Forest co-creator

Roberto Vitalini – 
Firefly Forest co-creator

Geneviève Dupéré 
Assistant Director

Chiqui Barbé 
Make-up designer and Project manager

Helena Bittencourt and Goos Meeuwsen

Marzio Picchetti Tour Technical director

Pietro Maspero Technician

Jacopo Baggio Technician

Chiqui Barbé Project manager
Alexis Bowles Technical director
Geneviève Dupéré General stage manager
Amal Meroni Production accountant
Marzio Picchetti Technical co-director, Assistant lighting designer and Firefly Forest co-creator
Nicolò Baggio Lighting technician
Marco Finzi Pasca Lighting technician
Tanja Milosevic Assistant Executive producer
Anna Casari Administrative assistant
Viviana Cangialosi Photographer and Graphic designer
Lorenzo Ortelli Administrative and Accounting consultant

Interns:Lisa Foletti (Set design and technical department) Luana Biadici (Sound and technical department) Camilla Papiri (Communications), Elisa Valenti and Nadia Giacomini (Costumes).

International Development:
Julie Hamelin Finzi International Development
Sarai Gomez Assistant International Development
Laurent Rozencwajg Assistant International Development

Scenography and Props:
Jorge Añon Masks design and making
Matteo Verlicchi Technical designer
Lisa Foletti Assistant

Sound Consultants :
Fabio Lecce and Maxime Lambert

Sartoria Slowcostume Costume making
Ambra Schumacher Assistant costume designer
Elisa Stramaccioni Costume electric system creation

Alida Andreoli, Morena Antonini, Isa Altin, Antonella Bonzanigo, Lia Bonzanigo, Rocco Bonzanigo, Rodolfo Canal (Selecta), Gianfranco Helbling, Canton of Ticino, Claudio Chiapparino & Dicastero Eventi City of Lugano, Palestra Excalibur, Stefano Fabio, Juana Gargiulo, Famiglia Garzoni & Gran Hotel Villa Castagnola, Lisa and Mario at Giovani Viaggi, Paul Glass, Roberto Grassi, Mauro Guggia, Ristorante La Veranda, LuganoinScena, Vittorio Maspoli, Elisa Mosle, Lorenzo Ortelli, Fausto Ortelli, Giovanni Pedrazzini, Massimo Pedrazzini, Marcello Peduzzi, Olivier Peyronnaud & Maison de la Culture de Nevers et de la Nièvre, Piazzale Milano, Rolando Picchetti, Fabrizio Pongelli, Pro Helvetia, Guido Santini, Beatriz Sayad, Alessandro Seralvo & Cornercard, Elena Stoll, Rafael Stoll, Saverio Stoll, Lorenzo Stoll, Rocco Talleri, Anita and Walther Sievi, Teatro Sociale Bellinzona – Bellinzona teatro, Cristiana Vanini, Claudio Vitalini, Vanessa Zicari, our families and friends.

International Booking

Duration: 90 min. without intermission
Set up: 12 hours
Persons on tour: 4 max.
Genre: theatre and comedy
Public: broad public (starting from 8 years of age)

Creation partners:

Caffè Chicco d’Oro


Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola


In co-production with:

Teatro Sociale Bellinzona – Bellinzona Teatro

Maison de la culture de Nevers et de la Nièvre

L’Odyssée – Scène conventionnée de Périgueux


With the support of: 

City of Lugano

Cantone Ticino

Pro Helvetia

Ernst Göhner Stiftung

Sintetica – Research Partner