Lecce, the “Pathological Theater” company on stage with “Medea”

Lecce, the “Pathological Theater” company on stage with “Medea”.

After the Christmas break, the theater season resumes Municipality of Lecce in collaboration with the Pugliese Public Theater. It does so with arrival at Apollo Theater on January 12th of the Pathological Theater founded by Darius D’Ambrosi with the show “Medea”which fits well in the path and in the claim “The theater belongs to everyone, everyone at the theatre!” which sees at the center of the choices made byMunicipal administration and from Tpp the word “inclusion”, accompanied by the image of a theater that embraces citizens to become their home, a place where everyone can be free to be themselves and feel at ease, without barriers. But “Medea” is also a show with a strong social value, capable of demonstrating how theatrical language is able to overcome all differences, making itself accessible to everyone, always.

To accompany the show Pathological Theater Company there will be the reporter Rai Dominic Iannaconewhich in one of the episodes of the investigation program “Ten Commandments” conceived and conducted by him for seven years on Rai3 hosted and narrated the work of the Compagnia, demonstrating a great sensitivity for the Social Theater and continuing to work with Dario D’Ambrosi even later. Iannacone he will dialogue with Dario D’Ambrosiactor and director, founder of the Company. Among the leading avant-garde artists in ItalyD’Ambrosi was locked up when he was very young for 3 months in an asylum to understand what mental illness was. Of that experience Dario still makes it a life purpose. TO Rome from the 1992 the Pathological Theater welcomes people with mental illness who through acting find a way to communicate and get out of isolation. A unique experience of its kind that led to the creation of the first university course of “Integrated theater of emotion”intended for people with mental disorders.

The project carried out in Puglia by the Compagnia Teatro Patologico together with the Teatro Pubblico Pugliese, in fact, alongside the staging of the show “Medea”, there is also a meeting in the morning with the schools and a meeting with the audience in the theater after watching the show. The appointment at Lecce with schools is for on 12 January at 11.00 in the parish hall of the Church of San Giovanni Battista, and at 21.00 at the Apollo Theater for the show followed by the meeting with the public. And there is also a new appointment with the laboratory “I’m coming too” by the association Probiotics: a mini-review intended for children (divided into age groups 35 years And 6 – 10 years) to allow adults to enjoy the shows while the children are busy in workshops and thematic itineraries. In this appointment we will ideally travel among the marvelous interweaving of classical myths and their eternal and spectacular creatures.

The project proposed by Dario D’Ambrosi and his Teatro Pathologico, in collaboration with theUniversity of Rome “Tor Vergata”is to stage a very special version of “Medea” by Euripidesat the end of an intense and successful theatrical journey, that of the theater training school for disabled children “The Magic of Theater”. The show features kids with disabilities and professional actors, including Almerica Slave as Medea, Dario D’Ambrosi as Creon And Paul vases. The adaptation has as its central element the relationship between body and language: a body that becomes language and communication, thanks to the very important role that live music will play in Francis Saint Lucia And Francis Cruel in art Papaceccio. The choice of the text and the subsequent experimental work demonstrate that D’Ambrosi’s work with children with disabilities is not only a form of therapy, but also the fantastic possibility of artistic and emotional expression, a place of aggregation and training exciting in which to play and have fun for real, in which disabled children were able to feel and finally be protagonists.

This very special version of “Medea” in the 2017 was also presented at United Nations Of New York on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 4th). And Dario D’Ambrosi in 2018at the headquarters of theItalian Embassy in the United Nations Headquartersreceived the prestigious award DESAespecially for the establishment of the First University Course at World of “Integrated Theater of Emotion”. Actor, director and author of shows that represent the thoughts and behaviors of mentally ill people, he is from beyond forty years one of the most interesting theatrical phenomena on the national scene.


Born in 1962 to Torella del Sannio (CB extension), began his journalistic career in regional newspapers at a very young age. He was sent tip of “I’ll dance” And “Direct take” (Rai3). He conceived and conducted, for seven editionsthe investigative program “The Ten Commandments” and from 2019 is aired with “What am I doing here”, one of the most popular in-depth programs on Rai3. For five times was attributed to him Hilary Award Alps. In the 2015 won the Paolo Borsellino Award It is in the 2017 the Goffredo Parise Award. With the documentary film “Out of Sight” has received prestigious international awards, winning in order: the Civis Media Prize Of Berlinthe Real Screen Awards Of Los Angeles and the Peace Jam Jury Awards Of Montecarlo. In the 2018 with “We are all crazy”a shocking tale of madness, wins the Festival of Cinema of Spello. In the 2019 the Experimental Center of Cinema-School of Cinematography awarded him an honorary diploma in Audiovisual reporting. In the 2021 he is assigned the Kapuściński Prize and always in the same year the documentary film “The Odyssey” was awarded the XIV edition of the Prize Moige. In the 2022 is among the winners of The Premiolinoone of the oldest and most authoritative awards dedicated to journalism.

His way of narrating draws inspiration from the best Italian documentary tradition and is halfway between neorealist cinema and journalistic narration of reality.


He is one of the major Italian avant-garde artists, creator of the theatrical movement called Teatro Pathologico. Actor, director and author of shows that represent the thoughts and behaviors of mentally ill people, he has been one of the most interesting theatrical phenomena on the national scene for over forty years.

From a very young age he showed a great passion for the theater combined with an interest in the study of mental illness, so much so that he was interned for three months at the Paolo Pini psychiatric hospital Of Milan to closely observe the behavior of psychopaths. From these two passions the formula of his theater was born, defined as “pathological theater” by one of those first critics who went as far as the space of via Ramazzinito Rome, to see his first works. The shows of the Teatro Pathologico tend to investigate madness, the real one of the sick, in order to restore, as D’Ambrosi himself claims, “dignity to the fool”.

In the 2016 founds the First University Course in the World of “Integrated Theater of Emotion” in collaboration with the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” and with the Department of Psychiatry directed by Prof. Albert of Syracusea course of study entirely aimed at people with physical and mental disabilities.

For years D’Ambrosi has also worked as an actor for cinema and television and has directed some films. In the 1997 appeared in the TV movie Don Milaninext to Sergio Castellitto. IS Angelo Lupi in Father Pio Of Giulio Basicwhile in the One White Of Michele Soavi and the Commissioner Monti. He plays the role of the scourge of Christ in the famous film Passion Of Mel Gibson and plays the role of Chief Inspector Canton within fiction Criminal novel.

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Lecce, the “Pathological Theater” company on stage with “Medea”