Since 1987 Teatro Aenigma has been carrying on, at the University of Urbino, a qualified activity of research both in the field of theatre pedagogy and in the theatre for the young. It has been developing its activity both in its own production and as regards its own organisation. Its pedagogical initiatives are directed to local school and more in general to the local area, they are organized in workshops, theatre productions for the young, refresher courses for teachers, for cultural operators and for young people. It has been developing a qualified study upon a theatre language whose aims are educational but also socio-therapeutical...
Among its most important theatre productions there are the two performances directed by Vito Minoia, "N.O.F. 4", which draws inspiration from the writings that Fernando Nannetti and "La vita e solo un'ombra... che passa sulla terra..." (freely inspired to "Gnanca na busia - neanche una bugia" which was carved by Clelia Marchi, an old Mantuan farmer, on a matrimonial sheet in an autobiographical form, after her husband's death). They both belong to a diptych upon the theme of "writing as a gesture", with strong symbolic connotation. Both spectacles took part in various initiatives in the field of theatre and cinema, either in Italy and abroad, such as: the Fringe Festival in Edimburgh, various festivals in Kraków, Poznań, Colonia.
In 1999 - 2000, Vito Minoia together with Piero Ristagno and Monica Felloni directed the experimental work in progress "Chissa se i pesci piangono" ("Who knows if fishes can cry"), a theatre work dedicated to Danilo Dolci. In the performance, produced by Teatro Aenigma together with Teatro del Sole and Ente Nazionale Sordomuti, take part 12 actors, some of which are deaf- and -dumb and some not, from both the two companies. This performance was the main event at the First International Meeting about "Theatres of Diversities" which took place in Cartoceto.
Since 1988 various projects, one of them was Theatre Pedagogy, have been organized in Urbino. It was led by Lech Raczak, director and author, former director of Malta Festival and founder of the group Teatr Ósmego Dnia, a group that became the symbol of contest in the period of military regime. The most important productions have been: "Rappresentazione della vita di San Giovanni Battista alla maniera di Giovanni Santi" ("Representation of Saint John the Baptist's life in the manner of Giovanni Santi") (1994), with actors from Edimburgh, Malta, Praga, Urbino, Palermo, Bologna, "La pietra e il dolore" ("The stone and the pain") (1996), in collaboration with Teatro della Fonte and with actors from Urbino, Malta, Poznań, "Beckett, non io?" ("Beckett, not I?") (1999), as a homage to the Irish writer, for the tenth anniversary of his death, with the pupils of the University workshop. That performance was presented at the Festivals in Biella, Trieste, Valencia, Murcia, Alicante, Cracow, Weimar.
From the same artistic collaboration in 2001 was created the performance "I Veleni di Cagliostro" ("Cagliostro's poisons"), dramaturgy and direction by Lech Raczak and Daria Anfelli.
Teatro Aenigma is an association recognized by: Libera Universita degli studi of Urbino and from the Comune of Urbino, Regione Marche, Ministero per i Beni e le Attivita Culturali/ Dipartimento dello Spettacolo (Italian Ministry for Culture). It has been organising since 1997 the project "Ombre , Tracce , Evanescenze" and the "Progetto Fuorirotta", the new theatre companies from Marche and Emilia Romagna.
In 1991 it has been created the Italian Centre of E.A.S.T. (European Association of Students of Theatre) and in 1994 -1995 was organized in Urbino the 5th general meeting of the Association. The group promoted in 1995 the creation of the Association Teatri Invisibili (Invisible Theatres) and in 1998 the creation of T.A.U. (Teatri Associati Universitari (University Associated Theatres)). In 2001 Vito Minoia was elected member of the Executive Commitee of A.I.T.U./I.U.T.A. (an international association supported by UNESCO).
<font color="#D2CFA8">"I veleni di Cagliostro" ("Cagliostro's poisons")</font>
Direction: Lech Raczak
Screenplay: Lech Raczak and Daria Anfelli
Director's assistant: Daria Afelli
Set design: Piotr Tetlak i Ewa Zakrzewska
Costumes: Piotr Tetlak i Ewa Zakrzewska
Duration: 75 min
Year of creation: 2001