Cora De Maria
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
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.