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Le Ore Piccole is a young theatre company made up with former students of the National Academy of Dramatic Arts Silvio d’Amico founded in 2016 in order to put on stage Chiara Arrigoni’s first play, “Audizione” (“The Casting”). This is the start of a strong artistic partnership and friendship that leads to a great synergy of the expertise of every member of the group, joining their competences in acting, dramaturgy and directing for their common desire of following a professional artistic career together. With this project they won several prizes and got the attention of many festivals and theatres in Italy and abroad, and it reflects the group’s fascination for a new playwriting deeply rooted in the most urgent and controversial contemporary issues. First of all they won "Giovani Realtà del teatro" National Prize (Artistic Jury Award), one of the most important awards for young emerging talents in the Italian theatre; and then the National Arts Award 2017 (Best Dramaturgy), promoted by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism. The piéce, developed in its final version in the next months, is selected in other important festivals, including Dominio Pubblico (Teatro India in Rome), Milano Off Festival (where it has been selected to take part to Avignon Le Off 2018), and then, in 2018, Palco OFF of Catania (Sicily), Trentatram festival in Naples and Swindon Fringe Festival (UK), where, translated and performed in English, the show won the Best Drama Performance award. In 2019 they start a new collaboration in France with Université du Rennes 2 to bring again Audizione in France into its cultural program which hosts for the first time a new playwriting from abroad. In the same time, the group gets other rewards for a new play by Chiara Arrigoni, Due addetti alle pulizie (Two cleaners), a kind of Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter spin-off, which wins Premio Scena&Poesia 2018 and "Giovani Realtà del teatro 2018" National Prize. In 2019 new artists join the group (Ottavia Orticello, Giulia Quercioli, Eri Çakalli, Paolo Zunino) to work on Annunciazione (Annunciation) by Chiara Arrigoni. This project is selected for Testinscena 2019 Award in Lugano (Switzerland) and received a Special Mention. In the meantime, the play was among the finalists of the Hystrio Scritture di Scena Award 2019, one of the most important playwriting prizes in Italy and, in September 2019, it won Scena&Poesia National Prize 2019 and is in the final selection of Scintille 2020 Prize. In 2021 Chiara Arrigoni starts writing Vietato tuffarsi with Vito Marco Sisto, in order to create a cross-disciplinary work which explores different techniques, disciplines, styles and genres: this project is selected to take part to 2021 Città Laboratorio Prize.

The adventure is going on with an expanding group of young artists eager to share the same path: telling stories through new plays. They can be either set into a dystopian world or into a timeless one, but anyway they look familiar to the public because the centre is the human being. 

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