Socialism by Waltz Step

Theatre and Music Performance

text and dramaturgy Giuseppe Di Leva.
directed by Giorgio Zorcù

with Sara Donzelli, Alessandro Ferrara, Annamaria Ajmone, Marco Bellocchio, Erio Reverberi violin, Nicola Bonacini bass
Music Amedeo and Arnaldo Bagnoli
Dance teacher Massimo Zacchi
Lights Marcello d’Agostino
Scenes Giannico Bittini, Lorenzo Pazzagli
Director assistant Sara Donzelli
Production Accademia Mutamenti, Regione Toscana.
With the support of Teatro Stabile di Torino, La Corte Ospitale of Rubiera

Show included in the review "Making Italians" of the Teatro Stabile of Turin

The story, when it is really the one that must be,
consists of a reworking of films.

Ortega y Gasset

That is a choice and assembly of crystallized facts, discontinuous images,
scattered ideas reconstituting themselves in unity and movement.

Comment by Leonardo Sciascia

The show is a story in the form of a fairy tales, a song of love for the origins of "new religion of the poor", the socialism. The scenes follow one another in different times and spaces, as frames marked by the dark, surreal as memory or dream can be. The center of the action is the Osteria della Vittoria, where people discuss, play and dance very often. Just in the taverns of the lower Po valley were born together the smooth dance and the first socialist cooperatives; that music becomes the soundtrack, as a Northern blues, and that transgressive dance, where for the first time the couple dance laced, an expression of the collective desire to count, to live and to be free.
Vittoria, the owner, is a prototype of the new woman, free and lonely; her lover Radames is the young aide taken by the progress that everything changes; Giovanni, a nostalgic dancer and a revolutionary who left disappointed for Europe twenty years before, now back and inflames her heart; violinist Nicomedes and bassist Astorre play waltzes and polkas on which all dance.
Above and around hovers the Angel of Socialism, that accompanies with irony this symbolic struggling people, works and dance, animated by an idea of freedom and equality that travels, like a gust of wind, towards unpredictable outcomes.

“Osteria della Vittoria.
The story on stage conveys emotion.”
(Il Tirreno, 19 April 2012)

Stage space

Ideal stage: width m. 10, depth m. 9.
Larger spaces are perfect; for smaller spaces should be evaluated time to time the possibility of mounting a reduced scenography.

Trellis. Minimum height from stage to trellis: m. 5
The need for black quadrature will be evaluated according to the stage spaces.

For summer outdoor replicas: the show can be done both on stage and on the ground, with the public on steps. In this case the floor (wooden platform, cement or asphalt) must be smooth.
The space must be darkened.


Dimmer 24 channels from 2 Kw
Unit 24 Double channels scene and memories
16 pc 1.000 w with flags and filter frames
3 PAR 1.000 w CP 60 (with port jelly)
2 PAR 1.000 w CP 62 (with port jelly)
1 ETC beam shaper 750 w 26° optical
2 ETC beam shapers 750 w 36° optical
2 ETC beam shapers 750 w 50° optical
Neon lights.
Mounting and cabling accessories (cables, splits, hooks etc.)

For summer outdoor replicas:
– 5 wind-up floor lamps 4 m. with T bars for lights
– 2 genie floor lamps 6 m. with americana 9 meters per accommodation backdrop scenery


Cd player
2 speakers
Aux line for phonograph speaker

In case of outdoor performance or large theater with difficult acoustics are needed:
– wireless microphones for 4 actors and 2 musicians
– Violin and bass amplification
– 1 technical engineer


Video Projector (company equipment)


On the square: 1 Machinist, 1 lighting technician, 1 technical assistant, porters.
In case of voices and instruments amplification need: 1 sound engineer.

Mounting and dismounting

Need of pre-assembly the day before the show.
About 8 unloading and assembly hours; about 2.30 dismantling and loading hours.

Locandina "Socialismo a passo di valzer"