COMPAGNIA TPO FAREFALLE is an interactive production that traces the of butterfly from the egg stage. Courtesy photo


Explore the butterfly at Three Stages

What: Italy’s Compagnia TPO Farefalle

Who: ArKtype in Association

Where: Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway

When: Friday, March 8 at 4 and 7 p.m..; Saturday, March 9 at 11 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m. and Sunday, March 10 at 11 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m.

Tickets: $27

Information: Call 916-608-6888 or visit

FOLSOM — From egg to caterpillar to butterfly, an interactive adventure for children of all ages, Italy’s Compagnia TPO Farefalle, which is butterflies in Italian, visits Three Stages, 10 College Parkway at Folsom Lake College in Folsom.

Italy’s Compagnia TPO Farefalle is a production that traces the biological emergence of butterflies.

Imagine the life of a butterfly; imagine yourself in a virtual world, touching a butterfly’s wings. These thrilling “paintings in movement” mix theater, sensory boundaries, dance, visual magic, interactive technologies and music.

It is a sensorial journey inside the life of the butterfly, from its birth as an egg to its progression as a caterpillar to a butterfly.

“This performance will enthrall children, of course,” said Executive Director Dave Pier. “But the parents will be amazed. This is a delightfully engaging performance.”

The audience size is kept small — they join the performers on stage — as each member of the audience participates in a variety of ways; from composing songs and lullabies with their feet, to chasing caterpillars scooting on all fours, to using parts of their bodies and to using all five senses. They may be invited into the cocoon, to create a virtual painting with their arms, or to sit for a rest on an oversized flower.

Compagnia TPO was founded in Prato, Italy in 1981 as a children’s theater company devoted to creating works that are highly visual and multidisciplinary in the use of music, dance, art, sculpture, digital media, computer technology, lighting and sound.

TPO is an award-winning, internationally recognized company who believes in creating dance/theater works for children that are visual and conceptualize moving paintings which use artistic objects, mechanical and digital devices and the interplay of lighting, all geared to a child’s eye.

Farefalle is especially suitable for audiences between the ages of 4 and 8 but is also rich with suggestions for adults.

In 1999, Davide Venturini and Francesco Gandi became the artistic directors of TPO. With the emerging technology that has evolved, TPO has grown more and more on the use of digital technology, graphics, video and how to combine these elements with the more traditional art forms of dance, theater and music.

Farefelle is presented by ArKtype in association with Crying Out Loud UK in co-production with Teatro Metastasio Stabile della Toscana.

TPO has created new methods of interaction between performers, the audience and stage spaces by applying computer sensors and triggers to images and sound. They have also found new ways to collaborate with a variety of artists: dancers, actors, directors, musicians, engineers, designers, writers and illustrators to create new works.

These concepts have created fame and a reputation for TPO throughout Europe, Australia, the United States, South America and Canada.

One of the performers in the show, Martina Gregori, started her professional training as a contemporary dancer in Florence at Opus Ballet where she worked for the young dance company from 2006-08.

In 2011, she graduated in foreign languages and literature at the University of Florence and in the same year, alongside her work as a dancer, she started collaborating with the Centre for Contemporary Italian Studies in Florence as an Italian teacher to foreigners.

Another performer, Angelica Portioli graduated from Music, Art and Show) Academy in Milan in 1999. From 2000-01, she worked as a singer and dancer in Germany in the musical Dance of the World, directed by Jeanette Damant. Between 2002-04 she was with the company directed by choreographer/performer Fabbio Ciccalé. She has been studying contemporary dance and singing in various cities including Rome, Salerno, Paris, Hamburg, Amsterdam and Brussels.

For audiences of all ages, there’s nothing quite like these “paintings in movement” to unleash the beauty and expressive possibilities of live performance.

Compagnia TPO Farefalle will perform two shows at Three Stages on Friday, March 8 at 4 and 7 p.m. On Saturday, March 9, three shows will take place at 11 a.m. 2 and 4 p.m. Three more showings take place on Sunday, March 10 at 11 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m.

Tickets are $27, and can be purchased online at or from Three Stages ticket office at 916-608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and two hours before show time.

Harris Center for the Arts

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