Scimmie Nude (Naked Apes) theatre company was founded in 2003 out of an idea of Gaddo Bagnoli and has the objective of experiencing new theatre methodologies, from traditional biomechanics to the most advanced methods of the acting research: segmentation and abstraction of gestures and speech, work on the voice through the latest research codes, as well as new creative methods in the relationship between actor and director, with the aim of developing alternative theatre language.
Scimmie Nude, a company with international vocation, operates in Milan and surrounding areas through Spazio Scimmie Nude, a continuously updating acting laboratory which fosters new generations of theatre artists.
The artistic research commits the company (for a theatre far from the commercial routes) in shows, artistic and poetic readings and various performances.
The theatre courses of Scimmie Nude School, the organization of national and international seminars and the study of communication as a way to spread new cultural possibilities, allow the company to establish itself on the territory, as an important reality of the Milanese culture in Italy and abroad.
Spazio Scimmie Nude offers theatre acting labs for four different study levels and a research centre (Atélier Scimmie Nude), where the company actors work together with other selected professional actors on topics and suggestions coming from new productions and the company’s own research topics.
Each summer, Scimmie Nude organizes residence artistic seminars set in charming and evocative environments, directed by Gaddo Bagnoli where all young artists can study, improve and expand theatre research topics and the method offered by Gaddo Bagnoli, artistic and didactic director of the company.
Events such as “Ubriacati di Cultura” (“Get Drunk with culture”: evening readings, complete with wine and food tasting) and The Apes’ Factory (evening performances led by Scimmie Nude acting school’ pupils) make Spazio Scimmie Nude a lively and human environment, allowing actors, artists and the show business operators to share their experience.
Since 2008, the company’s artistic research has become more focused and dedicated to the company’s goals. That moment coincided with the beginning of the production of a drama trilogy produced by Federica Maria Bianchi:
“Pauraedesiderio”, “Macchine. Sinfonietta per corpi e voci”, “Perversioni”, and “I Cenci” by Antonin Artaud ( a co – production between Atelier Scimmie Nude and Federica Maria Bianchi).
After years of cultural experience in Milan and in the surrounding areas, Scimmie Nude company was thus granted the Patronage of the city of Milan, in recognition of the company’s activities and cultural events which are evidence of Scimmie Nude’s artistic growth and quality.
In April 2013 Scimmie Nude won their first international prize: at Fêtes Internationales du Theatre (Canada) -17th edition-, Fearanddesire was declared the best show of the Festival and won the Audience Prize .
The troupe was awarded for “the originality, the sensitivity, and the wonderful acting of the group. Their performances – both voice and acting – are a major contribution to the success of the festival”.