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Mission Statement

To encourage self-discovery and open avenues of communication between diverse populations, through the creation of new theatrical works and the revitalization of old, especially operas.


In the past 8 years we have created 8 world premiere Italian operas bringing artists together from more than 35 different cultures to create new works of art. We do this in less than one month in our theater in Citta' della Pieve, Italy, or our theater in Philadelphia. (MOst other opera companies take years to create new works). We are able to make new operas this quickly because we use a process which our artistic director has been developing over the past 40+ years which utilizes what Sir Chrles MacKerras called austrahlung, emanations. All of our artists are engaged in swarm theory, learning to self organize on stage in the same way that birds, termites and bees collaborate. Our works are interdisciplinary, combining fiber art sets and costumes with movement based opera and deep emotional expression. Sustainability is another of our themes.
We also have a yearly operatic project which honors the children of The Holocaust during the week of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, engaging more than 40 children (ages 6-18) from the Greater Phialdelphia area, Maryland, Delaware and New York

Our next project focuses on The Buffalo Soldiers, African American infantrymen of the 92nd division, during WWII who, together with Italian Partisans liberated Northern Italy. The Buffalo Soldiers waited 52 years to receive their first Congressional Medals of Honor. Our opera tells the untold story of these heroic men.



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by John W. (August 18, 2014)
This company is a scam. They arrange to have as many interns and volunteers as possible to charge them for housing and pocket the money. The company is just Karen Saillant and her very creepy son, Christian. They keep the "company" going by scamming volunteers and by not paying musicians and performers. I have witnesses her abusive behavior towards volunteers, once she gets them invested financially and staying with her friends in Italy. She is a horrible person. Do not try to work for this company.