Federica Pochini was born in Rome in 1998, and soon moved out of the city, to a small village not far from the sea.
After an uncertain but highly fortifying course of classical studies, she decided to take the artistic route, in love with the magic of Greek theatre.
She graduated with top marks in Scenography and Costume Design at the RUFA-Rome University of Fine Arts, three years of her life full of commitment and satisfaction, which not only gave her the opportunity to train as a scenographer but also made the need to expand her professional profile by extending it to Art Director grow within her. For this reason, she decided to continue her studies, leave the small village near the sea and move to Milan.
It was thanks to her thesis that she managed to win a scholarship at a well-known fashion and design university and is currently attending a master’s course in Digital Design focusing on immersive experiences.
During his academic years, he collaborated on several theatre productions, including ‘Rumors’ staged at the Ambra Jovinelli. He carried out a curricular internship, which later turned into his first work experience, as assistant Location Manager for the series “Un Professore”, a Banijay Italia production. Once her university course was over, she worked as assistant set designer for Francesco Filosa, on the TV game show “Wild Things: il bosco dei più pazzi”, a Banijay Italia production broadcast on Boing.
H – Cirque du Soleil: when dreams build reality
“H – Cirque du Soleil: when the show aims to raise awareness” is the name of my thesis project and was one of my greatest efforts, as it was the result of a whole year of work. “H” is a show inspired by some writings about the relationship between disability and photography. It is a work for which I took care of the direction, set design and costumes, trying to propose my own artistic vision capable of awakening the spectator’s perception of the “different”.
The show has been divided into four basic scenes, based on the four visual rhetorics of Dr. Rosemarie Garland Thomson, a scholar who throughout her career has investigated the different ways in which able-bodied people behave when confronted with pictures of disabled people.
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Thus four scenes (or pictures) were born: The Wonderful, The Exotic, The Sentimental, The Realistic, different situations in which the spectator can observe Cirque du Soleil artists and disabled athletes working together, in a moment of total inclusion.
From the very beginning of the project, several problems were faced, mainly related to the structural imposingness of the proposed ideas, which however found a solution in an intense research on technique and mechanics.
The show was realised inside The Han Show Theatre, a building specially constructed for circus arts located in Wuhan, China, capable not only of accommodating great works of engineering, but also of enhancing the provocative tone of this elaborate work.
A different and innovative project, weaving a delicate concept with complex scenic demands.