For Valerio Malorni, theatre means above all “creating a connection”. Looking for a relationship between people and between things. Not just on the stage – imagining, too, what happens offstage, when a character disappears. If a performance actually moves you, that's what happens: a bridge is built towards something else. Valerio fell in love with the theatre immediately, even though as a little boy he “was very much a little boy”, never thinking in the slightest about what he might one day want to be, apart from a man. He never went to the Academy, but studied with – among others – Mario Scaccia and Giorgio Barberio Corsetti. He also trained as a dancer, and this instilled in him a profound bond with his body, because, in the theatre as in life “you have to find your belly, not your head." In 2006 he staged his debut piece, Con Chi – Assolo con tendenze all'amicizia, which won the staff prize at MArteLive. But like the show's subtitle, the inclinations towards friendship – that is, relationships – led him to work with others. With Simone Amendola he wrote L'uomo nel diluvio – a fresco of the contemporary condition where the anxiety to escape and a desire to remain coexist – which was a finalist at Premio Scenario 2013 and winner of In-box 2014. He plans to continue the show, speaking about what happens behind the scenes: the tour of Italy with its impromptu meetings, and provincial realities, showing a country in all its contradictory complexity.
If a show works, “it's right that it grows, otherwise it dies”, says Valerio. He claims to be always looking for amazement, something which children certainly do not lack. He is passionately dedicated to theatre for children with the theatre company Teatro delle Apparizioni, which in 2015 won the Premio Eolo with Il tenace soldatino di piombo, as well as to theatre which tackles social issues. His strength is his relentless curiosity, because, “windows are there to let the light in, but also to look out of”.
The story has been written by Christian and Veronica Raimo