Pursuing a continuous search for opportunities to offer to their residents, San Patrignano has within the Community numerous projects in various areas of activity.
Many initiatives are aimed at psychophysical rebalancing of its residents, through recreational activities such as sports or theater. Other initiatives should seek instead to their professional growth.
There are also several projects that aim to modernize the structures of the Community, so as to be able to welcome the residents in areas well equipped and pleasant to begin a journey of personal rebirth.
SAN PATRIGNANO ARTISTIC ENSEMBLE
Theater group: the Artistic Composition was born in 2015 in San Patrignano with the aim of creating unique coordination of theater workshops; dance; music and singing; Dedicated to the residents of the community. The desire to create an area dedicated to the different forms of art born from the achieved awareness in recent years. It’s an example of how art and culture can become further instruments of growth. This positive experience has allowed the theater group to become, in 2012, the Society of San Patrignano, present in the same year in some billboards of the major Italian theaters. Right now, four laboratories are active in Sanpa involving a total of 120 residents. However, this activity of great cultural and educational value has significant costs for a free company like ours. It was possible to create the Artistic Composition, that has officially started its activity in 2015, thanks to the contribution of the people who believed in this project and also supported financially by offering their support to artistic / cultural events of the Society of San Patrignano . The gains, albeit modest, have made it possible to turn even the dance class and music and to lift the economic burden of the community “Choir workshop”. For this reason, it is for us is extremely important to support these projects, which guarantee the young guests of the community to grow up and develop, believing in themselves and in their future. The theater workshop was born in the Community of San Patrignano as an integral activity of the therapeutic process with the aim of creating depth and leisure time, creating further opportunities for growth. The theater is a particularly in-depth tool on itself and in the relation to others; It allows residents to start a new and creative ways of dialogue and encounter with the real world and the problems that characterize it, becoming simultaneously a means of expression for those who live the discomfort. The experience of being part of a theater project, through the language of acting, is an opportunity for many residents in the therapeutic program to experience a deeper relationship with themselves and with others, and to develop and / or deepen a passion. Active since 2010 under the guidance of the former director Pietro Conversano, this internal laboratory, thanks to the long-term constant work, in October 2013 it has seen the birth of the Fellowship of San Patrignano, enrolled at the FITA (Federazione Italiana Teatro Amatoriale). The Company already has in its artistic curriculum, important debuts on some of the most famous stages in Italy as Il Piccolo in Milan and the Teatro Parenti, the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Theatre Biondo in Palermo, as well as being present in the billboards of the theaters in the near territory (Theater del Mare of Riccione, in Coriano Corte Theatre, Theatre Astra in Bellaria / Igea Marina, Solomeo, Perugia Theatre Cuccinelli). In the repertoire, to date, there are Cosi é se vi pare by Luigi Pirandello and “Amleto è passato da qui” taken from Hamlet by William Shakespeare, both revisited for chorus adaptation by director Pietro Conversano, who has recently launched Dante’s Inferno 2.0 drama representation, carried on by another collaborator called Pascal La Delfa that has already been involved in Sanpa’s theatrical scenes of Wefree. The next Dante’s Inferno 2.0 play, on tour to Cuccinelli’s theatre and Milan’s renowned Il Piccolo theatre.
“What is happening to the residents of SanPatrignano, of which some are involved in the theatrical activity during their communitarian program, is related to the universal themes that the great poet Dante has already tackled in his works,” says Pascal La Delfa, Director working for SanPatrignano since the midst of the last decade; he is now directing the Theatrical ensemble, as well as the social theater for people with discomforts and the drug prevention program, where theatrical shows are held in schools all across Italy. He also is the founder of the National School for “Theater Operators of special needs people”, being now its 10th year of activity. The residents of the Artistic Pole of San Patrignano with the original music by Maestro Nicola Rosti performed live by the SanPaGroup band, under the directions of Pascal La Delfa that has also been composing its dramatic re-adaptation, all of this expresses: Love and hate, sorrow and joy, condemnation and Salvation, forgiveness and hope; This is the matter faced during the journey, with body and soul.
This direct tribute to Dante’s imagination leads to the crossing of dimensions, as from sleeping to dreaming, on a path to the ‘true ways’ abandoned in the dark forest. At the same time, the narrative goes from a blurry dream to the concrete sign, where the latter is the polyvalent sign of visions, with its intuition, or the ecstatic illumination.
Hell celebrates the human walk, with the measure and the pace given to one’s own steps, the foot and its shape. On the way, on our way, the steps are counted, rising if we fall, going on walking in order to continue to stand up, going towards ourselves to become self-conscious again, being able to face the risk of not overcoming the test.
Dante’s Inferno 2.0 is a virtual metaphor for placing this production in the current scene, contemporary with the life of the soul.
THE SANPA SINGERS: Although the choir has always been within the Community, the Sanpa Singers officially were born on March 6, 2003, when the San Patrignano Community decided to develop this activity to the fullest, characterizing it as a gospel choir. Under the direction of Maestro Marco Galli, the choir guide, who immediately began a painstaking work on vocals of each choir member, through the transposition in music within the founding principles of the recovery path at San Patrignano: the choir as head in sociality, as the singing mode always interacting with other individuals, in which everyone must do well for themselves and for others.
THE SINGING: The approach to the song becomes gradually less instinctive and more reasoned, to have control of one’s own voice resource, to be able to channel in a positive and constructive way one’s musical potential: adjusting the volume of one’s own voice in relation to others, the painstaking study of this done at the constant trials helps to build a strong cohesive workforce. The song becomes for some a way of expression that helps restore a contact with others, to improve coming out of one’s shell. In addition, the need to regulate one’s own voice and one’s performance, works at one’s ability to make group, recovering a more balanced relationship between oneself and other people. After the first institutional commitments, related to commemorative / memorial events within the Community. The Choir performed in 2005 taking its first step towards a concert activity, with outstanding performances: in July 2006 it had participated to the Porretta Soul Festival and subsequently at the presence of the prestigious musical show in Milan MITO. Also in Milan, the choir performed in an applauded concert in Milan’s Duomo. Subsequently, there have been several exhibitions in the Romagna area. For the importance of continuing the activity, on October 2015 the choir has performed at the Piccolo theatre of Milan together with the Theatre Company of San Patrignano. Among the peculiarities of the Sanpa Singers group, there’s the continuous replacement of voices around a small core of settled singers, due to the succession of residents who end their recovery program that also passes through their choral experience.
THE SANPAGROUP: As always in San Patrignano, many residents that have come ever since the beginning have behind a musical experience, passion and sometimes have set aside studies because of their choices made and their lifestyle that has followed the use of drugs. Hence, there’s a laboratory with a qualified teacher, also coordinated by professionals and community’s volunteers and music fans, it was a choice dictated by the conviction that we can offer residents an opportunity to reconnect with their talents in a sober way, enabling a further growth in their program for their future. The current music course has a weekly total of 4 hours and involves about a dozen residents of the community.
DANCE WORKSHOP: Active in a stable manner since 2014, the dance workshop currently involves over 60 girls of the Community, including mothers program and minors. The act of dancing is seen as one of the vehicles to get reacquainted with your body, love and respect, as well as an opportunity to engage in physical activity. The approach with modern dance as a means of entertainment and introspectiveness is proving crucial because it accompanies the pupils – and the human being in general – to look through the instruments and then recognize what this practice gives. Inadequacies, uneasy feelings, complexes and insecurities come to the surface, as each time one is exposing oneself to get naked, but in this case the homogeneity of the group becomes a fundamental support for each of the girls and a tool to learn how to face and overcome the difficulties seen by reaching the conquests. The formation of the guests is entrusted to the school dance of Aulos, Rimini and the lessons are held twice a week by Maestro Marco and by the principal of the school, Marilena.
The Project “WeFree” stems from our everyday experience with young people and middle school students.
We meet them in theaters all over Italy, we talk to them directly in the schools, we welcome them on a visit to the community.
Informing children about the risks related to the use of drugs is useful, even essential, but often not enough.
We must create emotions, engage, provoke a reaction in them. Because prevention means educating: talk with reason but using the heart.