APECAR THEATRE STAGE is a theatre project of Váli Theatre Lab/Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium-Odin Teatret, which wants to bring theatre to the streets, with the aim of reaching audiences in places where there is usually no artistic intervention.
Now more than ever, we need theatre to get back out on the streets. Just as in the Middle Ages, when it was normal to perform outdoors, the restrictions imposed by the pandemic have forced us to leave the theatre buildings and find open-air theatre.
The forced closure of theatrical spaces and the rules of physical distance imposed by Covid-19 have led Váli Theatre Lab to think of a theatre that reaches spectators in squares and courtyards, a theatre that resumes its nomadic and itinerant vocation. At a historical moment when theatres no longer seem necessary, it is the artist’s task to make them indispensable and useful to society.
By coming back to public places, theatres can and must regain its community, unifying capacity and its value in society, which it has embodied since antiquity.
In the Middle Ages, for example, there were “Pageant Wagons”, travelling wooden wagons pulled by oxen, which were used to perform religious shows. When these carts came to town, the streets and squares were transformed into open-air theatres. The floats, after their parade through the city, with the audience joining in, stopped somewhere and the actors started the show.
Taking inspiration from the scenic concept behind these structures, Váli Theatre Lab had the idea to make Ape Car as a modern “Pageant Wagons”.
This small three-wheeled motor vehicle with Italian roots, invented in 1948 to fill the need for transport means after the war. Thanks to its trailer, it is perfectly suited to be used as a travelling and mobile stage.
An image of rebirth for a country after a hard time like a war, it is a perfect symbol to show that art is still alive even in this historically hard time.
Known for its Italian design worldwide, it carries the cosiness and joy of its homeland.