Since they were children, the brothers David and Danny Ronaldo have been playing the comedy of human weakness, ‘the clown’. Foolish human power games are also the main theme of La Cucina dell’Arte.
The hierarchy behind the pots and pans and the relationship between the chef and the assistant provide perfect situations for these clowns.
They also took inspiration from Fellini, the restaurant jugglers of the old vaudeville theatre, Goldoni, and the fact that everyone occasionally feels the urge to pull the tablecloth from under the special dinner service.
Danny Ronaldo apprenticed himself to the Sicilian master pizzaiolo, Paolino Bucca, and a 19th-century cartwheeled kitchen barrow was filled to the brim with porcelain crockery and the necessary edible and jugglable foodstuff.
Once the rickety little kitchen cupboards open, an accordion starts to lead a life of its own, the spoons play a tarantella on the wine bottles and the ‘fragile’ show can begin.
“Hilarious chaos in a sublime spectacle. An absolute must!” (Het belang van Limburg)
“When a circus show succeeds in giving its audience not only plenty of good numbers, but also a good story, the result is a perfect show, worthy of an A+. This is the mark that Ronaldo deserves, an A+ for La Cucina dell’Arte.” (El Pais)
“Everything is fascinating in this play, the stage, the feeling of the audience seated shoulder to shoulder in the stands, the music and the tremendous rhythm of a show with a perfect beginning and a perfect ending, as well as moments of great virtuosity.” (El Périodico)