Vitale Barberis Canonico is taking part in the Giornata FAI di Primavera (National Trust for Italy’s Spring Days 24th and 25th March 2018) by opening the doors of its archives, and visits can be booked in advance via the FAI website. But there is a twist: the actors of Ars Teatrando, a Biellese theatre company, will take the public behind the curtains to discover how the creativity of the designer brings a fabric to life. Entitled “London 1866, or Tailor Smith’s Samples”, the show transports the public into the atmosphere of 19th-century England and reveals the activities of a tailor and textile designer.
Originating from a collaboration with Ars Teatrando and Danilo Craveia ─ the archivist who was responsible for the scientific coordination of the Vitale Barberis Canonico archives and the editing of the theatre texts – the show is divided into three acts: the first two form part of a narrative with the leitmotiv being the history of the Biellese region, while the third part brings us back to 2018 and is more interactive, calling upon the audience to create their own archive volume.
Always aware of environmental questions, VBC immediately supported the idea of the Fondo Ambiente Italiano to tell the story of the wool mill’s archives as an integral part of the cultural heritage of the Biellese region.