Institut für Theaterwissenschaft


M.A. Lea Ticozzi


Universität Bern
Institut für Theaterwissenschaft
Mittelstrasse 43
3012 Bern

Lea Ticozzi is an Italian language and literature teacher at liceo di Lugano 1, a public high school in Lugano, Ticino. She also leads the theater group at the same high school, coaching and directing young non-professional actors and actresses. She graduated in Modern and contemporary Italian literature at the University of Pavia, Italy, in July 2003, and obtained an MA in Music and Performing Arts Profession, field of Educational Theater at NYU Steinhardt, School of Culture, Education and Human Development, in New York, USA, in January 2016.

Ticozzi, Lea. «Auto-Ethnography: Creating an Original Performance With High School English Language Learner». In Teaching Artist Journal 2016: Volume 14 - Issue 2. London, England: Taylor & Francis Group.

Ticozzi, Lea. «Possibili storie di pezzi di carta. Umanità», in Verifiche. Cultura, educazione, società 2010:  n. 6, 16-19.

Ticozzi, Lea. «Possibili storie di pezzi di carta. Società». In Verifiche. Cultura, educazione, società 2007: n. 1, 6-7.

Ticozzi, Lea. «Possibili storie di pezzi di carta. Letteratura». In Verifiche. Cultura, educazione, società 2006: n. 6, 10-11.

Human fragility and catharsis in Compagnia Finzi Pasca's dramaturgy

Leitung: Prof. Dr. Beate Hochholdinger-Reiterer

Doktorandin: M.A. Lea Ticozzi

The dissertation project explores the artistic work of Compagnia Finzi Pasca, an internationally renowned Swiss theater company.

The research project at the Institute for Theater Studies at Bern University aim to analyze the dramaturgy of Compagnia Finzi Pasca’s productions, devising imaginary worlds on stage. Relevant topics, such as illness, death, the struggle for life and human fragility are elaborated through an aesthetic and philosophical approach named “Teatro della carezza”, a theater theory created by Compagnia Finzi Pasca’s main founders: Daniele Finzi Pasca, director, author and clown, and Maria Bonzanigo, composer and choreographer; and embraced by co-founders: Antonio Vergamini, author and producer, and Hugo Gargiulo, production designer and writer. These productions aim to foster a catharsis in the audience, outlined by the above mentioned theater theory.

The main objectives of this doctoral thesis are: the analysis of the dramaturgy of different shows, identifying a possible historical evolution; and the investigation on how the artistic and philosophical vision named “Teatro della carezza” finds its realization, by defining how different layers, such as the narrative, clown, acrobatics, the lighting, the stage design, music and video illustrate the theater process.