At its 8th edition, Teatri Riflessi is a competition centred on short plays, with no distinction of language: drama, poetry, dance, and performance.
Since its first edition in 2009, the festival has been promoting the short play format, encouraging a discussion on dramaturgy and enhancing the immediacy of contemporary art languages. In addition, each work stimulates a reflection on the landscape (artistic, cultural, physical, and social), connecting the stage to the representation of the territory and the territory to the contemporary scene.
IterCulture, in collaboration with the Municipality of Zafferana Etnea, with the support of Di Bella Costruzioni,
and the patronage of CENDIC – National Centre of Italian Contemporary Dramaturgy and the University of Messina,
organises the 8th edition of the
international short play festival
The event takes place at the Public Park of Zafferana Etnea from the 13th to the 15th of July 2023.
Among the submitted proposals, 10 short plays, lasting around 15 minutes, are going to be selected. The selected semifinalists are performing on Thursday, the 13th, and Friday, the 14th of July.
The selected finalists are performing again on Saturday, the 15th.
The deadline for the application is on the 23rd of March 2023.
Do I have to pay to submit my proposal?
No. Only if selected, you will need to send a deposit in April that will be refunded after the festival.
When do I need to be in Zafferana?
As you will be rehearsing either on the 11th or on the 12th of July, you need to be in Zafferana from the 11th/12th to the 16th of July (the final is on the 15th).
I don’t have a video recording of the play. What can I do?
We only need the recording to assess the interpretation and have an idea of the play. An excerpt is sufficient and so is a reading.
What if I change something in the play from the materials I submitted?
No major changes are allowed. Only if previously communicated and authorised, minor changes will be tolerated.
Will there be a cachet?
Each selected short play will receive a reimbursement of a minimum of € 100 (up to € 400, depending on the funds available, the origin of the play, and the number of participants involved). The main prizes of the festival consist of a contribution (see the section Prizes, down below). All reimbursements and potential contributions will be paid after the festival if the participants have complied with all the articles and deadlines in the call.
The common thread of the festival is the concept of Otherness.
Theatre allows identification as it offers a chance to exchange perspectives and broaden the horizon. Seeing things from a different point of view, through the eyes of the other, is the only way to overcome differences without erasing them. Empathy can be the solution to achieving a sincere form of inclusion. In the end, what we all share is much more than what separates us.
Teatri Riflessi’s Network and the members of the Juries (artistic directors and programmers for theatres and festivals, theatre networks, programming organisms, and residency centres) can:
Teatri Riflessi 8 is promoted and organised by IterCulture, in collaboration with the Municipality of Zafferana Etnea, the support of Di Bella Costruzioni s.r.l., and the patronage of CENDIC – National Centre of Italian Contemporary Dramaturgy and the University of Messina.
Teatri Riflessi 8 opens ETNA in Scena 2023 – organised by the Municipality of Zafferana Etnea (CT).
Planning and Direction
Dario D’Agata and Valerio Verzin
Short Play Competition
Head: Roberta Gambino
Technical direction: Valerio Santi
Logistics: Orazio Morace
Juries and guests: Laura del Campo
Stage assistant: Claudia Regio
Laura Del Campo
Emanuela Di Grigoli e Agata Prastani
IterCulture (Dario D’Agata, Alessandra Li Greci, Orazio Morace, Valerio Verzin)