Vision, history and mission

CSS Teatro stabile di innovazione del Friuli Venezia Giulia

CSS, Udine was founded in 1978 and in 1984 it was awarded recognition by the Ministero per i Beni e Attività Culturali / Ministry of Culture and Heritage. In January 2000 it became the Teatro stabile di innovazione del Friuli Venezia Giulia, a cultural and occupational cooperative of significant importance.  It has a total of 20 working members and employees.  An additional team of over 200 people comprising actors, directors, stage designers, costume designers, contracted artists and technicians joins the company at every season.  CSS's work is funded by the Italian Ministry of Culture and Heritage,  the Regional Council of Friuli Venezia Giulia, the Provincial Council of Udine (until 17/12/2014), Udine City Council and Fondazione Friuli.  Its activities take place at a regional, national and for some projects, at an international level through a variety of house productions, venue programming, theatre training and through hosting visiting productions.

TEATRO CONTATTO - SEASON OF WORK

At the core of CSS's activities is Teatro Contatto's season of work, now in its thirtieth edition.  Since its 1982-83 season it has been hosting Italian and international productions of contemporary theatre, often including emerging artists and theatre companies, who have later achieved success on the international theatre scene:  Carmelo Bene, Dario Fo, Anne Therese de Keersmaker, Maguy Marin, Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio, Stomp, Candoco, Jan Fabre, Tadashi Suzuki, Luca Ronconi, Robert Lepage, Samuel Beckett, David Warrilow, Eimuntas Nekrosius, Carlo Cecchi, Mechtild Grossmann, Jan Lauwers, Constanza Macras, Fabrice Murgia, Tiago Rodrigues, Angelica Liddell, Emma Dante, Antonio Latella, Rimini Protokoll, Virgilio Sieni, ricci/forte.

Teatro Contatto doesn't simply hosts visiting companies and artists but it also sets up and realises themed projects, the most recent one being Harold Pinter's Living Things. In 2009, a year after his death, the company paid tribute to the great English writer and dramatist, Nobel prize for literature, with productions, performances and relevant in-depth events.  Other projects include Pier Paolo Pasolini's Un viaggio lungo un anno / A year-long journey in 1995 and  in the 80s the themed season “Contatto Beckett”, and in 2015 Viva Pasolini! Project.

TIG - THEATRE FOR THE NEW GENERATIONS

Another activity CSS has been running by since 1997 is TIG season of work for the new generations.  It consists of matinées specifically targeted at nurseries, primary, middle and secondary schools and involves nine municipalities, located in the southern part of the region and  the province of Udine. It is realised in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, University and Research through the Regional Educational Authority of Friuli Venezia Giulia.  Every year thousands of students and their teachers experience theatre in various venues in Udine and at the Teatro Pasolini in Cervignano and they are also offered performances and theatre readings in their classrooms.  Since 2004 the project Didattica della visione has become an important activity of TIG Theatre season. It consists of a series of preparatory and in-depth meetings aimed at those teachers who wish to bring theatre into their classrooms.

THEATRE SEASON AT TEATRO PASOLINI - CERVIGNANO DEL FRIULI

As well as managing the TIG's season of work, CSS takes part in the running of the  theatre Teatro Pasolini in Cervignano, which re-opened 1997.  In 2003 the cultural association Associazione Culturale Teatro Pasolini was set up as a partnership between CSS Teatro stabile di innovazione del FVG for the artistic and organisational side (responsible for the theatre and dance season and TIG Teatro's workshops for the new generations),  the Associazione Euritmica (responsible for the music season) and the Cooperativa Bonawentura (as curators of the film programme).  The Chair of the Associazione Culturale Teatro Pasolini is the Municipality of Cervignano del Friuli together with the Department of Culture. The whole project is financially supported by the Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, the Municipality of Cervignano and Fondazione Friuli.

TEATRO NUOVO GIOVANNI DA UDINE

Since the opening of the theatre Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine in 1997, CSS has actively contributed to the setting up of a cultural project for the venue and continued to do so until the 1999/2000 season. In the first three year-period CSS was responsible for the artistic directorship of, and for programming, the theatre and dance seasons.  In the following years and up to now, the synergy between the Teatro Nuovo and CSS has continued through a number of co-productions and supports: Copenhagen by Michael Frayn with Umberto Orsini, Massimo Popolizio e Giuliana Lojodice in 1999, Polygraphe by Robert Lepage with Giorgio Pasotti, Stefania Rocca in 2000, Bigatis - storie di donne friulane in filanda / Spinners–Stories of Friulian Women in the Spinning Mill in 2000 and the most recent productions of Il vecchio il cielo / The Old Man and the Sky in 2010 and Il principe di Homburg / The Prince of Homburg in 2011, both directed by Cesare Lievi, as well as new projects like Udine a theatre-city for children and Farie Teatrâl Furlane.

PRODUCTIONS

As a repertory theatre, CSS has been focusing mainly on theatrical productions since 1979 and from the mid 80s these productions were aimed at the artistic realities of the region on the one hand and at national and international artists on the other.  In the 1990's this approach developed decidedly towards producing with many Italian and international artists and companies, namely: 
with Rita Maffei (Tracce di un sacrificio / Traces of a Sacrifice, which toured throughout Italy from 1996 for seven years, Katzelmacher by Fassbinder in 2001, the project Actes-Revoltes / Actions-Revolts with the Centre dramatique National de Normandie in 2002, Western Woman in 2005 which came out of the project Borderlines Premio UNESCO Aschberg 2003, Paradise Lost with the Co-op HC - Capitale Umano, Canto per Falluja  by Francesco Niccolini which received the Enriquez 2009 award, The Basement from Living Things Harold Pinter in 2009, The Syringa Tree  in 2010 - Enriquez 2010 award and a special mention at the International Award Teresa Pomodoro, in 2012 Lady Europe, debut at Mittelfest, in 2016 The train by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Since 2016 she has been curating participatory theater projects with citizens and target groups: she directs N46°-E13, with 50 citizens of Udine; with the same collective she participated in the show EU Europa Utopia, co-produced by Mittelfest 17 , she is on stage in 2018 with Lost memories office, curates Human Link workshop for refugees and asylum seekers in Basilicata with the City of Peace Foundation,  L'Assemblea with 80 women of all ages, in 2019 she debuts at Mittelfest with Sissignora! on female leadership and in Matera with Stories of people on a journey. She is currently on stage with the project Vanja in città, from Chekhov's Uncle Vanya and Vanya on 42nd Street by Louis Malle/David Mamet,
with Fabrizio Arcuri, in the co-production of Io Cinna (2013) for the project Io Shakespeare and in 2015/16 Materials for a German Tragedy by Antonio Tarantino theatrical sequel in 6 episodes, in 2017 for the two contemporary rewrites of Cinderella and Pinocchio, by Joël Pommerat, in 2019 with An intervention by Mike Bartlett,
with Alessandro Marinuzzi (with Giuliano Scabia from 1992 per Fantastica visione / Amazing Vision, Commedia del poeta d'oro con bestie / Comedy of a Golden Poet with Beasts, Gloria del teatro immaginario / Glory of Imaginary Theatre , the latter having been commissioned for CSS' theatre company,  L’aumento / The Pay Rise at Asti Festival 1989 and in 2006 with L'arte e la maniera di abbordare il proprio capoufficio per chiedergli un aumento / The Art of How to Approach your Boss for a Pay Rise, which premiered at Montalcino Festival and which is still touring,
with Giuseppe Bevilacqua  (Horcynus Orca in 1996 and 2000, La rosa dei teatri / The Rose of Theatres and Corsia degli incurabili / The Incurables' Ward, Victoria Station  for Living Things Harold Pinter 2009), with Banda Osiris, until 1992, with Andrea Taddei (for Le tentazioni di Toni /Toni's Temptations in 1993 and in 1994 for Pigmalion),
with Cesare Lievi (Barbablù / Bluebeard premiered at Mittelfest 1993, Tra gli infiniti punti di un segmento / Among the Infinite Points of a Segment, which was awarded the Biglietto d’oro 1995, Il giorno delle parole degli altri /  Other People's Words' Day 1999, Ceneri alle ceneri / Ashes to Ashes for Living Things Harold Pinter 2009,  Il vecchio e il cielo / The Old  Man and the Sky 2010, The Prince of Homburg,
with Luigi Lo Cascio (Labirinto di Orfeo / Orpheus's Labyrinth in 1996, a one-to-one performance and Verso Tebe /Towards Thebes, in 2008 with La caccia / The Hunt, winner of Biglietto d’oro per il teatro AGIS 2008), in 2015 with The sun and the glance,
with Antonio Syxty (in 1997 with La famiglia Schroffenstein / Schroffenstein Family, La voce umana / The Human Voice and La guerra delle due rose / The War of the two Roses),
with Mauro Avogadro (who directed Copenhagen, with Umberto Orsini, Massimo Popolizio and Giuliana Lojodice, which premiered in Udine in 1999 and was presented at Teatro di Roma and at Piccolo di Milano and throughout Italy with great success),
with Robert Lepage (in 2000 Polygraphe with Stefania Rocca),
with Gigi Dall’Aglio (Bigatis / Spinners, premiered at Mittelfest 2000, Cecità / Blindness in 2004 in Italy and at the International Theatre Festival of Teheran, Iran. La lungje cene di Nadâl / The long Christmas Dinner in 2007, Il Calapranzi / The Dumb Waiter as part of the Living Things Harold Pinter 2009, Pieri da Brazzaville 2010), Siums,
with Teatro Incerto in friulano, the regional language, with Claudio Moretti, Fabiano Fantini and Elvio Scruzzi (from 1997 the trilogy Four, Laris e Dentri / Four, Burglars and Inside, Maratona di New York / Marathon of New York, Isoke, Garage 77, Muradôrs / Builders, Bessôl-Un arbitro tal bunker / Alone-A Referee in the Bunker, Forest / Stranger, Don Chisciotte / Don Quixote),
with Teatrino del Rifo with Cannibali brava gente, 2016, a show about ludopathies and Odyssey according to Tonino Guerra;
with Eimuntas Nekrosius (who directed two editions of the École des Maîtres, which led to his new project on Anton Cechov's The Seagull. This was presented at the Biennale Teatro di Venezia in 2001 and later toured throughout Italy and Europe),
with Paolo Mazzarelli (Pasolini, Pasolini! Special prize Scenario 2001, Giulio Cesare / Julius Caesar in 2004, Morte per acqua / Death by Water at Mittelfest 2005, Fuoco! / Fire!),
with Aleksandar Popovski (La morte di Danton / Danton's Death in 2003),
with Michela Lucenti and Alessandro Berti of the group Impasto (Cantiere West/ The West: Work in Progress Mittelfest 2004),
with Giancarlo Cobelli ( Woyzeck in 2005, a performance created with the students of the École des Maîtres),
with the Balletto Civile di Michela Lucenti (I topi / Mice nel 2005 e I sette a Tebe / Seven in Thebes premiered at the Festival of Siracuse in 2006, Battesimi - dell’acqua e del coraggio / Baptisms - of Water and Courage in 2007, with Maurizio Camilli, (‘Ccelera! / Speed up!, which won the Premio Tuttoteatro.com arti sceniche Dante Cappelletti 2005 and Col sole in fronte / With the Sun in the Eyes in 2008),
with Antonio Latella Pericles, born out of the project Thierry Salmon, the new École des Maîtres 2006, which premiered at Biennale Teatro di Venezia,
with Annalisa Bianco e Virginio Liberti, Le Troiane /Trojan Women (Napoli Teatro Festival Italia 2008), Il bicchiere della staffa / One for the Road for Living Things Harold Pinter 2009,
with Virgilio Sieni, for his participatory choreographic works with citizens: in 2013 Angelo che se ne va, in 2016 Fuga Pasolini_ The Dance of 1922 e and in 2020/21 Mondo Novo,
with ricci/forte Pinter’s Anatomy  for Living Things Harold Pinter 2009, La ramificazione del pidocchio (2015) and PPP Last inventory before liquidation (2015), 
with Armin Linke, Renato Rinaldi and Giuseppe Ielasi for the audio-visual performance  Transient, premiered at Innovaction 2008,
with Alessandro Berti for L’Abbandono alla divina Provvidenza / Surrender to Divine Providence 2009,
with Teatrino Giullare, La Stanza / The Room  for Living Things Harold Pinter 2009,
with Benedetto Sicca for Les Adieux 2010, a production which used 3D technology on stage,
with Cosmesi, a three-year resident company from 2009: the first work was Periodonero, co-produced between CSS and Centrale Fies; Neroep, co-produced with Rotorvator 2010.
CSS's productions are presented in most European countries, beside Egypt, Iran and India,
with Constanza Macras The Ghosts (2015) in co-production with Constanza Macras / DorkyPark Berlin / Goethe Institut China and Tanz im August, Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz - Guangdong Dance Festival,
with Alfonso Santagata There is no fresher water (2015) with Giuseppe Battiston, dramaturgy by Renata Molinari on the Friulian poems of Pier Paolo Pasolini,
with Ksenija Martinovic in 2015 Diary of a Serbian Housewife dramaturgy by Mirjana Bobic Mojsilovic, directed by Fiona Sansone and Mileva, with Mattia Cason, dramaturgy by Federico Bellini, 
with Agrupaciòn Señor Serrano in 2018 with Kingdom and in 2020 with The Mountain international co-productions with GREC 2018 Festival de Barcelona, Teatros del Canal, Teatre Lliure, Manchester Home Theatre, Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, Groningen Grand Theatre, FOG Triennale Milano Performing Arts, CSS Teatro stabile di innovazione del FVG, Teatro Stabile del Veneto - Teatro Nazionale, Romaeuropa Festival,
with Matthew Lenton, in the 2018 co-production with Fondazione Emilia Romagna Teatro Nazionale 1984 by George Orwell,
with Giuliano Scarpinato, in 2018 As long as you don't soil my floor,
with Francesco Collavino, with his choreography Catastrophe in 2018 and Bassilla in 2019,
with Davide Carnevali, in 2019 in co-production with Fondazione Emilia Romagna Teatro Nazionale Lorca sogna Shakespeare in una note di mezza estate;
with Aida Talliente in 2019 with The Gospel of the Beatitudes,
with Giulia Bean in 2019 for her debut opera Cabe, a VHS Elegy,
with Virtew, for the projects in Virtual Reality Il labirinto di Orfeo 2.0 (2019) and I misteri della luce 1.0 (2020),
with Marta Cuscunà, in 2018 with Il canto della caduta and in 2021 Earthbound, in co production with Fondazione Emilia Romagna Teatro Nazionale,
with Mario Martone, for Nella solitudine dei campi di cotone with the voices of Carlo Cecchi and Claudio Amendola and music by Teho Teardo,
with Gobbledegook Theatre, for the Italian version of Cloudscapes by Lorna Rees (2020),
with Lotte Van Den Berg, Daria Deflorian and Antonio Tagliarini in Cinéma imaginaire (2020),
with Jérôme Bel, Dances for Laura Pante (2020).

THEATER PRODUCTIONS FOR CHILDHOOD AND YOUTH

Since 1997 the CSS Teatro Stabile di Innovazione del FVG promotes and organizes the Season TIG Theatre for the new generations, an activity dedicated to students of kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, teachers and families. 
Over the years CSS has intensified its productive commitment to the new generations with productions dedicated to schools with a wide offer for different ages:
with Francesco Accomando (Domani 1987, Come mai non siamo in otto? 1990, Nel segno del drago 1991, Il giorno della pace 1992, Il sogno del clown 2000, Supermarket City 2001, Inferno 2002, Progetto Infiniti ∞ - Bianca*neve e le 7 nanotecnologie 2007, I Mille 2011);
with Bruno Stori, in 2008 Le macchine di Leonardo - Progetto Infiniti ∞, with Francesco Accomando and Giuseppe Nicodemo,
with Renzo Boldrini, with SCART Il lato bello e utile del rifiuto - Progetto Infiniti ∞ (2009) with Francesco Accomando and Eleonora Ribis,
with Vania Pucci, Cuore di carta (2012) with Eleonora Ribis,
with Chiara Carminati in L'acqua e il mistero di Maripura 2012 and Fuori fuoco 2018,
with Eleonora Ribis, La scatola dei giochi 2013,
with TPO Il giardino d'Oriente in 2006,
with Manuel Buttus, Giorgio Monte and Roberta Colacino Topochef in 2013,
with Desy Gialuz, Felicino directed by Roberto Piaggio, Il soffio di Sofia in 2017,
with Giuliano Scarpinato, in 2014 Fa'fafine (Premio Scenario Infanzia 2014, Premio Eolo Awards 2016 and Premio Infogiovani 2015- FIT Festival Lugano) co-prod Teatro Biondo Stabile di Palermo and in 2017 Alan e il mare, A+A. The story of a first time (2020),
with Fabrizio Pallara, in 2016 La mia grande avventura with Teatro delle Apparizioni, in 2018 Auschwitz, una storia di vento, in 2019 Kafka and the travelling doll with Teatro delle Apparizioni and in 2020 La bella addormentata nel bosco,
with Roberto Anglisani, in 2020, Il Minotauro by Gaetano Colella directed by Maria Maglietta.

THEATRE BASED ON FRIULIAN CULTURE AND LANGUAGE (of the Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia)

From its outset, CSS has paid special attention to the production, support and artistic development of theatre companies in the region of Friuli (for instance, Teatro Incerto) which have produced work strongly linked to Friulian history and culture. 
In 2011 CSS contributed to the setting up of Farie Teatrâl Furlane, a project aimed at promoting the regeneration and stability of the Friulian language and culture, through supporting the writing of new plays and the production of work with the involvement of professional artists from the Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia.
During the period 2011-2013 a large number of groups, within the Region's theatrical and cultural scene, will take part in Farie. They are: Accademia d’Arte Drammatica Nico Pepe, CSS, ERT Ente Regionale Teatrale, Fondazione Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine, Associazione Mittelfest, Teatro Club Udine and the University of Udine, Società Filologica Friulana e ATF Associazione Teatrale Friulana. Each partner will contribute with their own skills and vocations. The project has the financial support of the Provincial Council of Udine, ARLeF, Fondazione CRUP and Udine City Council.

SPECIAL PROJECTS

ECOLE DES MAÎTRES
EUROPEAN HIGH-LEVEL THEATRE TRAINING
ECOLE DES MAÎTRES EUROPEAN HIGH-LEVEL THEATRE TRAINING:
CSS is also involved in organising training activities, most importantly Ecole des Maîtres, an itinerant international theatre training school which has its Italian headquarters at Teatro S. Giorgio in Udine. In the past it was realised in collaboration with ETI Ente Teatrale Italiano (Italian Theatre Council) but it is now organised with the participation of MIBAC - Direzione Generale Spettacolo dal vivo (Directorate-General for Live Performance) and the Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia in Italy, and in Europe with the French, Belgian and Portuguese Ministries of Culture and the Théâtre de la Place of Liegi.
From 2004 to 2006 under the name of Project Thierry Salmon, in memory of the Belgian director Thierry Salmon, and with the support of European Culture 2000, the theatre training school run two parallel courses, with two sets of participants and two teachers for every edition. Ecole des Maîtres won the Leone d’Oro 2007 at the 39th edition of the International Theatre Festival - Biennale of Venice. Created by Franco Quadri (also a theatre critic of the newspaper La Repubblica), the project has had as its leaders some of the most famous international directors: Luca Ronconi, Jerzy Grotowski, Anatolij Vasil'ev, Jacques Lassalle, Lev Dodin, Peter Stein, Alfredo Arias, Dario Fo, Matthias Langhoff, Eimuntas Nekrosius, Giancarlo Cobelli, Denis Marleau, Jan Fabre, Carlo Cecchi, Rodrigo García, Pippo Delbono, Antonio Latella, Enrique Diaz, Arthur Nauzyciel, Matthew Lenton, Rafael Spregelburd, Constanza Macras, ricci/forte, Ivica Buljan, Christiane Jatahy, Transquinquennal, Tiago Rodrigues, Angélica Liddell, Davide Carnevali.
Following the death of its creator and Artistic Director, Franco Quadri, the European partners, who promote the more advanced training course, namely CSS Teatro stabile di innovazione del FVG (Italy), the Centre de Recherche et d’Expérimentation en Pédagogie Artistique (Belgium), La Comédie de Reims, Centre Dramatique National (France), TAGV - Teatro Académico de Gil Vicente (Portugal) have re-launched the project with touring public conferences dedicated to European theatre training. The drama school will re-open again in summer with its usual courses.

EXTRACANDONI - NEW THEATRE WRITING

CSS continues to pay particular attention to the development of new theatre writing.  For the past ten years it has been running the Premio Candoni Arta Terme  and commissioning plays by new and established playwrights: Alessandro Bergonzoni (Chi ha ucciso il maiale / Who Killed the Pig), Massimo Bavastro (La caduta / The Fall), Antonio Syxty (Popol Vuh / The Vuh People), Spiro Scimone (La festa / The Party), Ruggero Cappuccio (Il sorriso di San Giovanni / St.John's Smile) Sonia Antinori (Nel tempo insolito / In an unusual time), Enrico Luttmann (5 x una / 5 by One), Giordano Raggi (Anatema!), Edoardo Erba (Dejavu), Mauro Maggioni e Claudio Tomati (Il conquistatore di Siviglia / The Conqueror of Seville), Fausto Paravidino (La malattia della famiglia M / The Malady of Family M), Antonio Tarantino (Stranieri / Foreigners), Giuliano Scabia (L’insurrezione dei semi / The Seeds' Revolt), Nino Romeo (Amici / Friends), Michele Celeste (Nozze bianche / White Wedding), Roberto Cavosi (Anima errante / Erring Soul), Renato Gabrielli (Salviamo i bambini / Save the Children), Massimo Salvianti (Lina).
In 2005 CSS set up Extracandoni, a network of six theatres with the aim of promoting, producing and divulging new play writing (CSS Teatro stabile di innovazione del FVG, Teatro Kismet OperA Teatro stabile di innovazione di Bari, Nuovo Teatro Nuovo - Teatro stabile di innovazione di Napoli, Teatro Litta Teatro stabile di innovazione di Milano,  Teatro Eliseo di Roma e Arca Azzurra Teatro di S. Casciano, Firenze).

CASE CIRCONDARIALI / DETENTION CENTRES - AN OUTREACH PROJECT TO TACKLE SOCIAL EXCLUSION, DEVIANCE AND CRIME

CSS's work has expanded throughout its territory also in areas concerning youth deviance and crime by promoting a pilot project with a social and cultural programme and developed within the detention centres of the Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. The pilot project was first run in Udine for 6 years. Since 1995 it has been carried out at a regional level gradually involving other regional centres: Trieste in 1992, Tolmezzo in 1993, Gorizia in 1994 and finally Pordenone.
CSS currently runs a number of social-cultural initiatives and outreach projects within all the above detention centres. During its twenty years of activity, CSS has been able to guarantee a constant presence of artists, experts and practitioners within the three prisons, who carry out workshops around several creative genres. At the same time, it continues to offer to prisoners theatre performances, concerts and lessons-concerts. From 2012, the Project will expand to include activities aimed at tackling social issues effecting minors, working closely with the Social Services office for Minors of Triest.

THEATRE WORKSHOPS -  LA MEGLIO GIOVENTÙ / THE BEST OF YOUTH

For fifteen years CSS has been organising and running La meglio gioventù, a youth group and theatre workshop offering basic theatrical training and jointly run with several parish councils in the southern districts of the Region. The workshops are targeted at young people aged between 11 and 15, and aged between 16 to 29 led by Manuel Buttus and Nicoletta Oscuro, professional actors and directors of the theatre company Teatrino del Rifo.  The workshops offer a unique opportunity to learn about theatre and its basic language, share experiences, exchange opinions, interests, thoughts and ideas with other young people of the same age.

THE ADRIATIC PROJECT

The geographical proximity of Italy to the Balkans has always given rise to a particular attention being paid towards the cultural and social realities of that territory. This has gradually led to setting up a project named Adriatic Project, with the aim of developing a mutual knowledge between those countries on the Adriatic sea and to start and develop international artistic collaborations.
The outcomes of this project have been shown within Teatro Contatto's season of work and within other partner's theatres and festivals.  It has also been documented in the publication Adriatico. Manuale per un viaggio teatrale nei Balcani / Adriatico - a manual on a theatre journey through the Balkans by Andrea Porcheddu, 2000

COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF THEATRE, ART, SOCIETY, FOLLY

The Community Theatre School was set up with the support of CSS and in collaboration with the Department and Mental Health of Udine, as a result of a theatre residency with Alessandro Berti and Michela Lucenti of the group L'Impasto, that took place in Udine in 2004.  The School is housed at the Teatrino di Sant’Osvaldo, within one of the buildings that used to be Udine’s psychiatric hospital. It offers a radically alternative training in theatre, music and movement and is taught by artists who, both in their thinking and practice use technical rigour and inspiration, poetic qualities and social commitment.

AWARDS

1995
Tra gli infiniti punti di un segmento / Between the infinite points of a segment, written and directed by Cesare Lievi - Biglietto d'oro AGIS - Minerva per la ricerca teatrale XI Edizione
2005
Ccelera! / Speed Up! with Maurizio Camilli -  Premio Tuttoteatro.com alle arti sceniche Dante Cappelletti
2007
Ecole des Maîtres - Leone d’Oro per il futuro at the 39ª Edition of the International Theatre Festival - Biennale di Venezia
2008
La caccia / The Hunt with Luigi Lo Cascio - Biglietto d’oro per il teatro AGIS
2008
CSS, for the best Cooperatives' website - Premio Coopnet
2009
Falluja written by Francesco Niccolini, adapted and directed by Rita Maffei - Premio Franco Enriquez
2010
L'arte e la maniera di abbordare il proprio capoufficio per chiedergli un aumento / The Art of how to Approach your Boss for a Pay Rise, directed by Alessandro Marinuzzi, with Rita Maffei - Premio Caprienigma to Alessandro Marinuzzi
2010
The Syringa Tree with Rita Maffei - Premio Franco Enriquez
2011
The Syringa Tree
with Rita Maffei – Special Mention at the Premio Internazionale Teresa Pomodoro per il Teatro dell’Inclusione

EDITORIAL AND VIDEOS

CSS has set up the collanina x il teatro / a theatre collection aiming at publishing plays by new playwrights  (GLORIA DEL TEATRO IMMAGINARIO /GLORY OF IMAGINARY THEATRE by Giuliano Scabia, A MESTRE SI CAMBIA / CHANGE AT MESTRE by Paolo Patui, PER IL BENE DI TUTTI / FOR THE GOOD OF ALL by Francesco Randazzo, CHI HA UCCISO IL MAIALE / WHO KILLED THE PIG by Alessandro Bergonzoni, LA CADUTA / THE FALL by Massimo Bavastro, POPOL VUH / THE VUH PEOPLE by Antonio Syxty, LA FESTA / THE PARTY by Spiro Scimone, IL SORRISO DI SAN GIOVANNI / ST. JOHN'S SMILE by Ruggero Cappuccio, LE BESTIE / BEASTS by Paolo Scheriani, LA PORTA /THE DOOR by Serafino Filoni, TRACCE DI UN SACRIFICIO/ TRACES OF A SACRIFICE by Fabiano Fantini and Rita Maffei, DENTRO IL TEATRO, IL TEATRO DENTRO / INSIDE THE THEATRE, THE THEATRE INSIDE plays written by prisoners of the detention centres of Trieste and Gorizia inspired by a text by Luca Sofri, FOUR / OUT by Elvio Scruzzi, Fabiano Fantini and Claudio Moretti, ANATEMA! / ANATHEM! by Giordano Raggi, NEL TEMPO INSOLITO / IN AN UNUSUAL TIME by Sonia Antinori, 5 X UNA / 5 BY ONE by Enrico Luttmann, DEJAVÙ by Edoardo Erba, IL CONQUISTATORE DI SIVIGLIA / THE CONQUEROR OF SEVILLE by Mauro Maggioni and Claudio Tomati, LA FAVOLA DI PIOMBO E PERVINCA / THE FABLE OF LEAD AND PERIWINCKLE by Paolo Scheriani, LARIS / BURGLARS by Fabiano Fantini, Claudio Moretti and Elvio Scruzzi, BIGATIS - storie di donne friulane in filanda / SPINNERS - Stories of Friulian Women in the Spinning Mill by Elio Bartolini and Paolo Patui, LACHRYMAE (semper dolens!) by Fabiano Fantini and Rita Maffei, LA MALATTIA DELLA FAMIGLIA M / THE MALADY OF FAMILY M by Fausto Paravidino, STRANIERI /FOREIGNERS by Antonio Tarantino, RESUREQUIE by Carlo Tolazzi, DENTRI / INSIDE by Fabiano Fantini, Claudio Moretti and Elvio Scruzzi, BETTY by Remo Binosi, LA MORTE È UNA GRAN BELLA RAGAZZA / DEATH IS A BEAUTIFUL GIRL INDEED by Elio Bartolini).

Videos of all CSS productions have been made by directors and professional videomakers.
In 2009 dvd version of La lungje cene di Nadâl / The long Christmas Dinner was made available with the newspaper Il Messaggero Veneto
Videos are produced by CSS Teatro stabile di innovazione del FVG and RAI of Friuli Venezia Giulia, with the support of the Provincial Council of Udine and ArLef Agjenzie Regjonâl pe lenghe furlane (a local agency for the Friulian language) in collaboration with Messaggero Veneto.
In 2012 a dvd version of Bigatis / Spinners was made available with the newspaper Il Messaggero Veneto

CSS TO CO-ORDINATE THE CENTRES FOR NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH OF FRIULI VENEZIA GIULIA

During InnovAction 2008, CSS was the first theatre to be officially admitted by the Committee of the Coordination of the Centres for national and international research of Friuli Venezia Giulia to be part of their network.
Established in 2004, the Coordinamento comprises national and international research Bodies which have their headquarters or operational facilities in the AREA Science Park in Friuli Venezia Giulia.  Their task is to coordinate the work of around 40 centres of research which are members of the Network. The Coordinamento promotes science and technology and encourages international collaborations, in particular supporting emerging countries.  The main objective of the Network is to set up an “International House” for the reception of, training and cultural exchange between, established  scientists and young researchers in order to expand the international mobility within the scientific sector, to capitalize on human resources, support new research projects, promote technical-scientific dissemination and strengthen the link between the social-economic, scientific and industrial realities existing in the territory.