Teatrobus

The Project

a project by Teatro dell’Argine
realized with contribution from Emilia-Romagna Region, with support from Carisbo and Conad San Lazzaro and in collaboration with Effettica, Vodafone and Ropa Center
 
Let’s take a bus. One of those beautiful yellow buses you see on the streets. One of those called with a nice round number: #20! Or #30! Let’s remove seats and put some beautiful colored benches on sides, so that around forty people, maybe more, can sit comfortably. Imagine that windows can be covered, space darkens and music starts...
 
A mobile theatre, to bring to every local square and school magic and poetry of a real show, designed for an intimate space and offered to a small audience of viewers of all ages.
A fully-equipped space, able to contain sound, lighting and scenery. With all the technology and functionality of a true theatre at your fingertips and “transportable”.
A multipurpose venue, which can become a cinema, a classroom, a library, an exhibition room and a playroom. In any city street.
 
This is TEATROBUS! The old and glorious Thespis wagon in a revised urban version!
 
Because street theatre is beautiful but theater in all streets is better.
Because, if a theatre can host any event, TEATROBUS can do it anywhere.
Because it’s nice to think that a place open to people with intelligence and creativity can be just around the corner, and for everyone.
 
Teatrobus can easily turn into:
  • theatre venue for shows with frontal or central plan for adults and children;
  • exhibition hall for photos, paintings or small sculptures exhibitions;
  • concert hall;
  • playroom with toys and activities for children;
  • outdoor cinema, endowed with screen 355x205cm;
  • library;
  • literary salon for readings, meetings, books presentations;
  • classroom for theatre and music workshops.
 
Standard setting includes about 30 seats, sound and low-consumption lights system, heating and air conditioning, 50-inch plasma TV and free wi-fi.
 
TEATROBUS is a project by Teatro dell’Argine combining, as is the tradition of the company, artistic, social, educational and cultural goals. Artistic value of shows, quality of the vision, penetration in areas not easily touched by theatrical or cultural initiatives, easy access to spectacular events even for non-playgoers: these are some of the project main aims. We purchased a city bus Menarini 201 LU model in excellent conditions from ATC Bologna. We removed seats and replaced them with comfortable benches that can accommodate up to about 30 viewers. We have re-registered it at the DVLA as special vehicle to be used for traveling shows. We involved San Lazzaro Municipality, Bologna Province and Emilia-Romagna Region that helped us promote the initiative. We asked Enrico Medici and his EFFETTICA to work with us on creative processes and help us make the most fantastic ideas come true. We forced Piero Brighetti of MEDIAMORPHOSIS to stand up at night to design the exterior decoration and Mauro Golinelli of GRAFIC EVOLUTION to spend days to apply 90 square meters of adhesive film. We involved CARISBO and CONAD San Lazzaro, who decided to take part to the project, with their usual great generosity, by covering 50% of the costs. We asked VODAFONE to give us a free wi-fi hotspot and ROPA CENTER to help us make the bus a liveable space. We alerted suppliers, employees and technicians. We probed availability of school principals and teachers, families and their children, local institutions and citizens, and all said they were excited to enter a real, colorful, fully-equipped TEATROBUS!

Shows

Teatrobus was designed to host theatre shows on central plan or, with a few adjustments, on frontal plan. Of course it's an unusual space, with very special charm and potential. Viewers literally share the stage with actors and the intimate space increases and amplifies feelings of both. It can become totally dark, so it’s possible to have performances running even in daylight. A standard set of theatrical lighting (low-consumption LED technology), a 12 channels dimmer and a dedicated light mixer, in addition to an adequate sound system, allow to recreate all the charm and magic of a real theatre. It can accommodate, with actors standing (!), up to 50 people.
 
Since its debut in March 2011, Teatrobus already hosted and toured around the city with the following shows:
 
I Pachidermi - Directed by Andrea Paolucci - Prod. Teatro dell'Argine
Onda Luna - Directed by Vittoria De Carlo - Prod. Teatro dell'Argine
Little Girl Lost - Directed by Steve Lambert - Prod. Badac Theatre
Le valigie delle storie – Directed by Andrea Paolucci - Prod. Teatro dell'Argine
Verso l’infinito e oltre: il viaggio interstellare di un autobus - Directed by Giovanni Dispenza - Prod. Teatro dell'Argine
Nel profondo degli abissi - Directed by Giovanni Dispenza - Prod. Teatro dell'Argine
I doni per Babbo Natale - Directed by Giovanni Dispenza - Prod. Teatro dell'Argine
Minuscoli - Directed by Giovanni Dispenza - Prod. Teatro dell'Argine
X e Y: un universo di famiglie - Directed by Giovanni Dispenza - Prod. Teatro dell'Argine
AAA Babbo Natale cercasi - Directed by Paolo Fronticelli - Prod. Teatro dell'Argine
Befana in onda - Directed by Paolo Fronticelli - Prod. Teatro dell'Argine
Scherzi da marionette - Directed by Paolo Fronticelli - Prod. Teatro dell'Argine

Settings

One of Teatrobus’s strong points is its capacity to transform into many different venues, just as a real theatre does. Thanks to an integrated work of artistic conception and stagecraft design, Teatrobus has multiple possible setting-ups that make it easily convertible to:
  • theatre venue for shows with frontal or central plan for adults and children;
  • exhibition hall for photos, paintings or small sculptures exhibitions;
  • concert hall; • playroom with toys and activities for children;
  • outdoor cinema, endowed with screen 355x205cm;
  • library;
  • literary salon for readings, meetings, books presentations;
  • classroom for theatre and music workshops.
Standard setting includes 40/50 seats, sound and low-consumption lights system, heating and air conditioning, 50-inch plasma TV and free wi-fi.

Bibliobus

Teatro dell'Argine’s Teatrobus on the streets of the world in the guise of a traveling library! An unusual and exciting use of this chameleonic vehicle!

Bibliobus can host up to 500 volumes on three large bookshelves hand-made to fit this special space. Besides, twenty seats, two study areas with a small table and free wi-fi.

Favolabus

Teatrobus can easily turn into a comfortable space for kids. With suitcases, trunks and large boxes full of colours, objects and sounds, TdA’s actors and actresses welcome children and families, curious and passers-by with beautiful exotic tales from the 5 continents.
 
Favolabus’s trunk currently contains tales and stories from Ghana, Congo, South Africa, Morocco, Senegal, Mauritania, Ethiopia, Iran, Syria, Palestine, Korea, Japan, New Guinea, Chile, Mexico and Honduras.
 
Favolabus can easily be used in public events and parties as well as in more traditional theatrical contexts.
Each animation lasts from a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 8 hours.

Cinebus

Cinebus is the summer favourite setting up of Teatrobus! A wide screen 355 x 205 cm is placed on the bus’s right side, in front of the central doors. A Hitachi projector 4000 ANSI lumens, a Pioneer DVD player and Teatrobus 300 W sound system complete the standard setting. You have only to bring your own chair!

Ludobus

Teatrobus can turn into a traveling playroom thanks to a rich supply of dedicated equipment and the long experience of theatre artists and educators.
Games and activities for children are of course designed to stimulate creativity and imagination through the use of theatre, music and circus practices and exercises.
 
Should you in any occasion (and of course in any place) need a small space to entertain children with intelligence and lightness, Ludobus will arrive!

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