The show

The group “Le Arti per Via” has transformed the re-enactment into an entertaining show that can last half a day. This could be made after a deep research on the history of the characters and the ancient tools. The show represents a typical working day of the characters and is divided in three parts:


At the beginning of the 20th century artisans and vendors started their day early on the streets, knocking on the doors and calling out people from to the balconies to show their wares. This usually took place along the streets of the historical centre or the outskirts of the town. The parade is composed of a group of a mimimum of 50 to a maximum of 70 people with the tools of their trade, baggage, carts, etc. During the parade each character presents his own typical calls and wares of his trade, creating an atmosphere of an old age. During the parade the group stops to sing, dance and play with children along the way, this increases the involving effect of the performance. This first step of the show takes place along the streets that lead to the square or the place where the other parts of the show will take place and call the interest of people, that will follow the parade till the designed “market square.


At the end of the parade (whose length and way is decided by local organizers), the group enters in the square or designated area that represents the market place. The performance needs an free space measuring at least 25 meters x 25 meters. The characters go into the market place one by one (the art director makes a brief presentation of the character and gives some historical notes), and mimicking some movements of his trade each character gradually assumes a prearranged position that slowly the shows turns into a beautiful “living fresco” of one hundred years ago, so that people can really feel as if they were in the middle of an old market square. The second part ends with the entry of musicians, singers and dancers that actively involve the spectators to take part to the show.


After the presentation of the characters, people, that have been merely spectators, are now called to come closer to the characters that are spread out in a larger space occupying porticoes, fountains and any other available places. In this part of the performance the artisans assume a fixed position and go on doing their work, while the vendors move among the spectators trying to “sell” their wares. In this phase the spectators become part of the show, and are involved by the characters of the group. At this point the public can go up to the artisans, watch how they work, ask questions, learn about each craft, which is rigorously recreated as it were a hundred years ago. The show lasts minimum 2 ½ hours, but it can be easily adapted to a 4 hours show as it is based on very flexible program. It must be said that during this phase of the show, the characters can simulate a “break” in their workday and joining the group of singers and musicians, while children alternate their performance helping the adults in their work or playing games of the beginning of the last century.