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BellaLuna is a Vancouver-based theatre company that creates physical, comic, socially poignant theatre. Drawing inspiration from current and historical events and with a performance style informed by the traditional masked Italian theatre of Commedia Dell' Arte, our mandate is to produce entertaining work that transcends language barriers and challenges the audience to engage in the performance.



Commedia Workshop Level 2 with BellaLuna’s – Susan Bertoia Workshop details: Date: July 14 and 15, 2014 (Performance Date + Time TBC) Time: 10:00 to 2:00pm Where: Italian Cultural Centre - 3075 Slocan Street (at Grandview Highway) Workshop Location: Trattoria Cost: $150 (CAEA members 20% discount) Italian Centre Phone: 604-430-3337 Registration: Susan Bertoia Info: Susan 778-855-4118 Commedia intensive led by BellaLuna’s Susan Bertoia. This workshop will focus on commedia characters, physical comic lazzi and commedia performance. Commedia experience is helpful but not essential. The ability to play and improve is an asset. There will be a public performance at the end of session.



Coming up!
Befana's Star: a traditional Italian Christmas story

Written by Susan Bertoia

A BellaLuna co-production with the Italian Cultural Centre and Presented by the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts Legend has it that around the 6th of January, also known as Epiphany, a bright star appeared in the eastern skies. While on their way to Bethlehem to visit the child king, the three Magi stop for a rest in southern Italy at the house of an old woman: Befana. Inspired by the wise men's quest, she decides to follow the star on her own and bring some of her yummy treats as gifts to the child. In the Italian tradition, it is said that the old Befana still flies on her broom on the eve of the Epiphany delivering gifts to all children around the world. Join BellaLuna in a colourful retelling of this story with live music, puppets and usual BellaLuna mayhem! A show for the whole family to enjoy!

Starring: BellaLuna Ensemble - Susan Bertoia, Stefano Giulianetti and Marco Soriano with Sabine Freschi and many many more exciting people!!

More info coming but here are the details thus far... Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts (Burnaby)- Studio Theatre When: December 13 and 14 at 4pm and 7pm Info: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.




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