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Cora De Maria

SANY0047      Born into a famous family of painters in Turin, including Domenico Buratti, her grandfather, she has studied music at the "Giuseppe Verdi" Conservatoire in Turin and has worked with the Teatro Regio in Turin for many years. In parallel, she is active as an illustrator for children's books published by Gallucci and Salani. In love with the theatre of the East, she has studied shadow theatre "Wayang kulit" in Ubud (Bali, Indonesia) and is a founder of CONTROLUCE Teatro d'Ombre with Alberto Jona and Jenaro Meléndrez Chas. She has been from the beginning the designer and creator of the original silhouettes used in the company's shows.

Jenaro Meléndrez Chas

jenaro1       Born in La Coruña (Spain), he studied biology in Spain and Japan and lived for some years in Tokyo during the end of the eighties before settling in Turin. From abstract painting he has luffed towards a kind of "instant light painting" inside the performances of CONTROLUCE, of which he is a founder with Cora Demaria and Alberto Jona. The group has specialized in translating into images classical music, mainly opera and contemporary. Participating in the staging of operas like La Straniera and Il Pirata (Bellini) for the Landestheater Niederbayern in Passau, Dido and Aeneas (Purcell) for the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Agrippina (Haendel) for the Festival Via Stellae of Santiago di Compostela, La liberazione di Ruggero dall'isola di Alcina (Francesca Caccini) for the Victoria Hall of Geneva and the Concerto for bassoon and low strings (Sofia Gubaidulina) for the Teatro Olimpico of Vicenza, are among Jenaro's favourite memories. He collaborates in the artistic direction of Incanti the International Puppet Theatre Festival of Turin from 1994. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alberto Jona

alberto2         Musician and musicologist, he graduated from the University of Literature and Philosophy of Turin in Musical Aesthetics and has published studies about the eighteenth-century theater and the drama of Mozart.
He has founded with Cora Demaria and Jenaro Meléndrez Chas the company Controluce Shadow Theatre in 1994 and organizes and directs Incanti International Figure Theatre Festival. He teaches History of Musical Theatre at the Conservatory Giorgio Ghedini of Cuneo.

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