November 1-3, 2019
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NEW YORK, July 26 -- "Tutti Non Ci Sono" is written, directed and performed by Dario D’Ambrosi. First presented at La MaMa in 1980, this seminal play about a psychiatric inmate victimized by neglect in the outside world was written as a reaction to the Italian Mental Health Act of 1978, which was the first law to reform the psychiatric system. It is a call for help and understanding instead of indifference and fear.

"Tutti Non Ci Sono" (We Are Not Alone, 1980, 1989) was D'Ambrosi's American debut piece when first presented by La MaMa in 1980. It is a solo performance in which an inmate from a psychiatric ward is victimized by neglect in the outside world. The play was written in reaction to an Italian law, passed in 1978, which changed the Italian approach to mental institutions. At that time, inmates released from psychiatric wards had nowhere to turn and became helpless, homeless people living in the streets. D'Ambrosi, survivor of a rough, difficult boyhood in working-class Naples, began working with young (and less young) mental patients, seeking to find out what the violence of some of his buddies -- the paranoia and schizophrenia of the streets -- was all about. To this end, the rugged 20-year-old soccer player (he had played four years for the Milan team) set himself to some months of watching and learning into Rome's Santa Maria de la Pieta psychiatric clinic. From that experience was born what Jerry Tallmer, writing in The New York Theatre Wire, called " the marriage of theater with pathology" -- a concept for theater that is highly metaphoric, ironic and comic as well as tragic.

Basaglia Law or Law 180 (Legge Basaglia, Legge 180) is the Italian Mental Health Act of 1978 which signified a large reform of the psychiatric system in Italy, contained directives for the closing down of all psychiatric hospitals and led to their gradual replacement with a whole range of community-based services, including settings for acute in-patient care, which can appropriately be called “alternative” to the psychiatric hospitals. Named after the name of its main proponent, Franco Basaglia, an Italian psychiatrist, neurologist, professor, pioneer of the modern concept of mental health, the Law has had worldwide impact as other counties took up widely the Italian model.


Dario D’Ambrosi, founder of the Pathological Theater of Rome is one of the major Italian avanguard artists. Author, director and actor, he has been working for over thirty years on his personal research on madness, developing some among the most interesting theater shows on the Italian and International scene.

The shows of the Pathological Theater investigate the statuses of mental illness by grasping its vital, artistic and creative aspects with the intention of restoring the “dignity of the fool”.
After moving very young to New York City, he meets during the Seventies Ellen Stewart, founder of the La MaMa Café (http://lamama.org/). Here he debuts with his first show, the monologue Tutti Non Ci Sono, which ran for long in the theater season. In those years he meets internationally recognized artists such as Robert De Niro, Andy Warhol, Lou Reed, Pina Baush. Tutti Non Ci Sono, La Trota, The Days of Antonio, Flies Buzzing, Allucinazioni Da Psicofarmaci, Cose Da Pazzi, The Prince of Madness, Il Nulla, Frusta-azioni, Un Regno Per Il Mio Cavallo (based on Richard III) are some of the titles of the most significant shows by Dario D’Ambrosi, which have been performed in all the major Italian cities, in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, L.A., Detroit in North America and in Barcelona, Amsterdam, London, Bruxelles and Munich in Europe.

As an actor D’Ambrosi works for cinema and television. He acted near other artists such as Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange, Ben Gazzara, Sergio Castellitto and Dario Fo. He acted under the direction of Mel Gibson. Dario D’Ambrosi also directed several movies and shorts.

Dario D’Ambrosi, in collaboration with Tor Vergata University in Rome, is the foundator of The first Integrated Theatre of Emotion University Course. It’s a research, study and training community, in which teachers, researchers, technical and administrative staff, managers and students, participate fully within the context of their respective expertise, functions and responsibilities. As components of the course and the host university, they contribute to the achievement of institutional goals. Its fundamental and primary purpose is the pursuit of an educational, scientific and social research project, organizing different forms of training in a branched structure. These include orientation, cultural and professional development and the use of instrumental and/or complementary activities for the development of knowledge and critical skills that are expressive and open to dialogue and interaction with those of different abilities in the social world.


The course of Integrated Theatre of Emotion (presented also at the United Nation in New York and at The European Parlamente in Bruxelles) is organised in the form of a public institution, and is given educational, scientific and organisational autonomy, realising its own research objectives in accordance with constitutional principles.

The Integrated Theatre of Emotion course supports and encourages an international dimension in terms of studies and teaching. It promotes higher education in relation to research and exchange between universities with the aim of building new channels of sociality and occupational integration, as well as developing a network of exchange and mobility among teachers and students, in addition to the admission and training of foreign students. It is committed to finally ensuring the right to education, in accordance with the principles of the Constitution, to any person with a disability, to whom this course refers and reserves itself in a project of education and emancipation.

Thanks to its resources and expertise, the course contributes to guaranteeing the complete fulfilment of a student's right to obtain cultural and professional training objectives, while respecting the individual’s natural abilities and possibilities for physical and emotional expression. It will furthermore contribute to the provision of programmes of excellence in conjunction with innovative teaching methods, including the use of technology, organised directly and/or in collaboration with specific participating institutions. The methodologies will be consistent with the primary interests of the institution to allow students to have access to the integrated and complete use of the training offered and promoted by the university, inseparable from necessary assistance.

The Integrated Theatre of Emotion course guarantees professors, associate professors, and training, research and assistant staff, the autonomy to research and freedom in teaching. Furthermore, within limits, the course provides the tools, facilities and coordination necessary for research projects that are evaluated according to the criteria of the Teatro Patologico method of innovation and discovery, in conjunction with the parameters of the international scientific community.

The objectives are pursued with full respect for human dignity and equal opportunities, in the scientific and pluralism of thought and in the transparency of procedures and information. As a university course aimed entirely at people with disabilities, it is determined to protect the right to the recognition of the social and artistic humanity of its students, in every educational, training and professional environment that it is a promoter of, creating equal opportunities in education and work.

Fundamental to its identity, the university course, Integrated Theatre of Emotion promotes a Code of Ethics that conforms with the training programme of the Associazione Teatro Patologico Onlus, from which it derives. Through training courses and University Faculties, this code embodies the inspiration to define a path of growth and intellectual, artistic and scientific development on an international scale, leading towards the integration of people with disabilities and their right to social affirmation.

The course promotes the organization and implementation of training, arts and cultural programmes and services; it reserves itself for the promotion of training and refresher courses, including those in professional environments that are connected with its objectives. It lends itself to the promotion of its own association and the construction of other association types, with a view to planning and executing research to support the creation and development of figures and professional bodies from the artistic world, in the field of disability. It facilitates the development of applied research in artistic, technical and scientific fields.

The Integrated Theatre of Emotion university course facilitates mentoring, training and care programmes to suit to the needs of students, conforming with high quality education, offered directly or in conjunction with other institutions. It also affirms the use of alternative means of communication and / or telecommunication, all intended for full-time students, workers, or members of particular categories of user.

The Integrated Theatre of Emotion course works in accordance with the idea of cooperation and development of the co-operating Faculty and University, promoting all forms of participation, consultation and submission of proposals and demands. Its innovative qualities, the excellence of the internationally recognized project, the applause and the attention received from major Italian and foreign institutions all make this course a flagship for research and Italian education.

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