In a theatrical context, the use of metaphor and symbolism through parallel stories is more effective and produces more positive results.
As the target of the project are pre-teens, the importance of the fairy tale for the creation of the plot was immediately recognized. Especially the importance of heroic figures, i. e. Hercules and the heroic labors. During the workshop, the students realized the value of staging a re-interpretation of archetypes, patterns of behavior derived from myth while maintaining the purpose of the project: stimulation of physical activity in otherwise inactive children. For this purpose, the Open Scenario mixed stories and characters from different fairy tales, such as Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio… All these characters, as in children’s fantasy, are transformed from respect to their original fairytale identity.
Each short story which composes the ‘canovaccio’ is intended as an episode where a group of children face different challenges and every challenge includes a physical activity, an exercise – or several exercises – of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and High-Intensity Intermittent Exercise (HIIE), to produce physical short shocks. These exercises are drawn from various sports: rugby, tennis, athletics, football and so on…
The Open Scenario realized at the University of Milan is the fundamental instrument of the new ‘Oblomov methodology’, which uses the theatre to decode the message of sport sciences and transfer them to inactive preteens. Indeed, between January and May 2018, the ‘canovaccio’ will be reworked and ‘staged’ by students from schools of each partner country: Italy, Belgium, Finland, Greece and Slovenia (at least 200 students for each country for a total of at least 1000 students).