The HOST

Fools in Progress Inc. (LINK) will be the Company hosting the DB Festival in 2014.
Fools in Progress is a non-for-profit, incorporated association created in 2009. One of its main objectives is to transfer the Italian/Australian theatre and culture in all its form to the Italian/Australian community and to the wider community.
We believe that fostering Double Belonging Italian Australian Cultural Festival indeed represents the ultimate and utmost crucial aim for the Fools.

The ORGANIZERS

Bianca Bonino - Fools in Progress Inc.

Bianca Bonino is an actress, stage director, Commedia dell’Arte trainer and event producer. In 2006 she discovered her interest on Commedia dell'Arte, when she supervised and directed all the productions of her theatre group, first under the name of I Carbonari Della Commedia (ICDC), now Fools in Progress Inc (FIPS). She trained in Commedia dell’Arte with Maestro Antonio Fava. In early 2012 Bonino attended workshops with the French based Commedia dell’Arte expert Carlo Boso in Bologna (Italy) and in NSW with Ira Seidenstein on 2013. She is one of the most versatile Commedia dell’Arte performers on the current Australian stage. She collaborates regularly with various Sydney based cultural associations including producing poetic readings in Italian and other cultural events. She is the Artistic Director and Capocomico of Fools in Progress Inc.

Mauro Colombis - Composer

Mauro Colombis is a versatile Italian musician. He was born in Padua and started playing piano at the age of six. His qualifications include two masters in piano performance (from the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatorium and Venice Conservatorium) and a Bachelor of Arts, Music and Spectacle from the University of Bologna. He has given solo, piano duet and chamber music concerts in a number of different countries including Italy, Australia, Russia, Switzerland, Croatia and Germany. In 2009 in Udine (Italy) he jammed together with the Aboriginal didjeridoo master Djalu Gurruwiwi in a special concert where both Western classical music and Aboriginal music were played and
eventually met in an improvised session In the last ten years he specialised in live improvised piano music to accompany silent films and has been invited to play for major film festival in Italy and Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane). He has also collaborated with the National Film and Sound Australia and composed the piano music for “The Story of the Kelly Gang” (Charles Tait, 1906), which is considered the first feature film ever made and has been released in DVD in 2007.

Concetta Cirigliano Perna - National Italian Australian Women Association (NIAWA)

Concetta Cirigliano Perna has an honour's degree in Political Science with a specialization in International Law. In Italy she taught law and economics. In Sydney she teaches Italian language and literature at Macquarie University. Concetta is author and editor of text books aimed at teaching Italian language and culture. She has also published for a New York based publisher (www.edizionifarinelli.com.) a book on Italian emigration in the world (Non Soltanto un Baule. Not only a trunk, NY 2004). Concetta is the president of NIAWA (National Italian-Australian Women Association, www.niawa.org), vice-president of Dante Alighieri Society of Sydney and vice-president of Lucania Association. She writes articles for Italian magazines and newspapers.

Claudio Marcello - Federazione Italiana Lavoratori Emigrati & Famiglie (FILEF)

Claudio Marcello migrated to Australia in 1967. Claudio has worked as a journalist for the Italian language newspaper “La Fiamma” and for the Italian program at SBS Radio. He
is the Correspondent for Australia and New Zealand, of ANSA, Italian Associated Press and sends daily news reports about the area. He is also a NAATI accredited Italian interpreter and translator, working for courts, lawyers, doctors and various institutions.
Claudio is the president of FILEF, the Federation of Italian Migrant Workers and Families, is a non-profit, progressive community organization based in Leichhardt and established in Australia in 1972. Its key objective is to promote a multicultural Australia which values the heritage and culture of all Australians. To achieve its aims FILEF organizes a variety of activities for all those who are interested in the Italian language and culture, and in social issues, whether they are of Italian background or not.

Roberto Tramarin – Gli Emigrattori

Roberto emigrated to Australia in1999. His first experience as an actor happened during his honeymoon in the far .... never mind the dates! Roberto was chosen by the Village Chief to perform on a Caribbean' s musical production that lasted the whole two weeks of holiday. The experience was so engaging that left in him the desire of trying again. Time went on but events did not give him another chance to pursue his dream of becoming an actor until in 2008 he was asked by his friend Maremonti to join the Compagnia Teatrale Italiana (CTI) in Sydney. After so many years he was finally back on a theater stage in the role of a "Bravo" of Don Rodrigo in the comic version of The Betrothed. The year after Roberto had a role in the play Caviar and Lentils (2009) obtaining good reviews for both plays. In 2010 with few friends they founded the new theater group Gli Emigrattori

Santo Crisafulli – Bottega d’Arte Teatrale

Santo Crisafulli is a retired Italian Teacher. He has won several national and international literary competitions for his literary works. He published the book ‘Versi e colori: With a Pinch of Pepper’ (Ligare Book Printers, 2010) and wrote several plays such us: ‘C’era una volta un maestro’.
Upon arriving in Australia, he graduated in Arts at The Catholic University of Sydney and has since taught Italian in Australian schools and at CoAsIt. Santo enjoys being involved with theatrical activities in order to keep alive the Italian traditions and the rich cultural heritage of his country. In 2012 Santo founded the Association: BOTTEGADARTETEATRALE. In April 2012 he staged two short plays: The Charlatan Giufa’ written by him and an adaptation of The Licence a classic comedy by Luigi Pirandello. In 2013 he adapted, directed and produced La Giara a one act play by Luigi Pirandello. Santo’s adaptation included a large musical component based on traditional Sicilian songs.

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