Pinocchio Effect

Dates 01 December 2023 to 02 March 2024

A family performance for everyone between the ages of 10 to 110 full of humor and seriousness about something we all do: lie. Why do we actually lie, and about what? Pinocchio Effect is an exciting collaboration between theatre maker Cecilia Moisio, Maas theater en dans, and Scapino. Both parents and children lie to each other, but often we also lie to ourselves. Most of the times these are white lies, but sometimes deceitful ones. And while some lie without reservation, others are left feeling guilty. Even online we often pretend to be different than we are. Where does this urge to lie come from anyway?

With dance that cannot tell lies, theatre, live video and blunt performances, Pinocchio Effect is a performance that tackles serious subjects in a humorous way. The dancers all live together as one family in a house full of secret rooms. The family members try to manipulate each other or escape reality. Slowly their lies and truths come to light and reveal their true nature. Brace yourself for absolute worst show in the world!

Pinocchio effect = When we lie, the tissue in our nose swells causing it to itch. You can often catch people when they quickly touch their nose after a lie.

Cecilia Moisio about Pinocchio Effect:
“With Pinocchio Effect I want to show that even though we think we don’t lie, it’s actually human behavior that everybody shows. I want to discuss the effects of lying. For example, how lies of parents can have a big impact on the social-emotional development of children. I also want to discuss the moral question: what is a good lie and what is a bad one? Why shouldn’t we lie? Is there something like ‘lying too much’, as when your whole identity is made up? Social media influencers earn money with the perfect image; everything looks polished. But can a lie also be something positive, something beautiful?”



    01 Dec 2023 20:15Voorstelling Pinocchio Effect Theater aan de Schie SchiedamTickets
    06 Dec 2023 19:30Performance Pinocchio Effect Schouwburg Cuijk CuijkTickets
    07 Dec 2023 19:00Performance Pinocchio Effect Theater Castellum Alphen a/d RijnTickets
    15 Dec 2023 19:30Performance Pinocchio Effect Schouwburg Kunstmin DordrechtTickets
    20 Dec 2023 19:30Performance Pinocchio Effect Theater Rotterdam Rotterdam


    Concept, choreography, director: Cecilia Moisio
    Performance: Dalma Doman, Daphne van Dooren, Lennart Huysentruyt, Gwen Langenberg, Yulia Kalinchenko, Serano Pinas, Katarzyna Sitarz
    Text: Eva Maria de Wit
    Composition: Joni Vanhanen
    Costumes: Petra Finke
    Decor: Marlies Schot
    Light design: Mark Thewessen
    Repetitor: Merit Vessies


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