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Kafka and the travelling doll

direction Fabrizio Pallara
a play for adults and children over 7 years old

based on the novel “Kafka y la muñeca viajera” by Jordi Sierra i Fabra
adaptation and dramaturgy Valerio Malorni and Fabrizio Pallara
directed by
Fabrizio Pallara
Desy Gialuz and Valerio Malorni
set & lighting design
scenery and costumes Fabrizio Pallara and Luigina Tusini
additional details
video images Massimo Racozzi
design and construction of the doll Ilaria Comisso
CSS Teatro stabile di innovazione del FVG with teatrodelleapparizioni

An afternoon, a park, Berlin. 1923. Franz Kafka, a shy writer who has not yet been touched by fame, meets a girl who is distraught because she has lost her doll.
This unexpected encounter became the starting point for the great writer's last work, an inspiration.
Twenty-one days and many letters to imagine another truth: the doll had not been lost, it had set off on a long journey around the world. This is how Kafka invented "the doll postman".

There is no trace of the girl, nor the letters, but with his novel "Kafka y la muñeca viajera" the Catalan author Jordi Sierra i Fabra has tried to reconstruct what might have happened, filling in the holes of that strange and mysterious affair, and treating readers to a tiny, precious and intense book. It is a story for adults that speaks of nostalgia, anxieties, and life running away. But it is also a story for children that talks of amazement, of eyes open to the world, and rich and tumultuous life flooding in. It is a story of separations and abandonment, of how we learn to live within change, and how much we can receive from encounters, even the most unexpected ones.

With a minimalist set and the use of video projections to animate and describe the places, the fantasies and the extraordinary journey of the doll, a deep dialogue develops between the two protagonists, bringing meaning and order to reality, and turning the drama of loss into an opportunity for growth.
A meeting of humanity, of different conditions, and of times of life, but all part of an experience that belongs to everyone: growing, changing and letting go.

Running time: 60 minutes



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