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OUR MISSION STATEMENT

To nourish our “child-like” sense of wonder.

To investigate the relationship between fantasy and reality…dreams and tangible world.

To explore the exciting and magical realm where the imaginary meets the mundane.

To share our vision of a fairer, kinder and more loving world.

To create visceral, outlandish and visually striking site-specific immersive performances.

To inspire, challenge and empower our audiences.

MEET THE TEAM

Panta Rei Theatre is run by Chiara D’Anna, Juancho Gonzalez and Almudena Segura.
For each project we collaborate with a wide range of artists both in the UK and abroad.
Chiara D’Anna

Chiara D’Anna

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & PERFORMER

Chiara is a physical theatre practitioner and Commedia dell’Arte specialist with international experience as an actor, a director and a tutor. Chiara has many stage credits to her name with both Panta Rei Theatre Collective and Elastic Theatre. As screen actress Chiara has appeared in the award-winning Berberian Sound Studio (Illuminations Film / Warp X, 2012) and The Duke of Burgundy (Rook Films, 2014) both directed by Peter Strickland.

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Chiara has taught at some of the UK’s top educational institutions including: Goldsmiths University, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, E15 Acting School, National Centre of Circus Arts, Laban Centre, Young Vic Theatre, Kingston University, London Metropolitan University, Royal Holloway University, Central School of Ballet, Exeter University and Rose Bruford College where she held the position of Lecturer in European Theatre Arts for four years (2008-2012).

She is associate artist of the Quick and the Dead, an international group of actresses engaged since 2005 in a practice-based research project on New Methodologies of Actor Training led by Alison Hodge. Known as the ‘Core Training’ the outcome of this research was published by Routledge in a DVD-pamphlet: ‘Core Training For the Relational Actor’ (2013) and documented by Peter Hulton as part of the Exeter Arts Archives.

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Juancho Gonzalez

Juancho Gonzalez

PERFORMER & VIDEO MAKER

Venezuelan by birth, Spanish by adoption and Londoner by chance, Juancho Gonzalez is a performer undergoing a constant metamorphosis, always looking for new ways to express himself through his artistic views.

Almudena Segura

Almudena Segura

PERFORMER & ADMINISTRATOR

Almu graduated in 2009 in European Theatre Arts at Rose Bruford College. Her practice is based on the exploration of human nature, particularly in its instinctive behaviour and the notion of play as means to interact more freely with other people. She has worked as a facilitator in Community projects like What on Earth is clay? with Phakama or Happiness begins with Fiasco Division. As a performer she has worked on The Book of Blood by Leibniz Performance Collective at the Chelsea Theatre, Depford Stories by John Turner at The Albany by John Turner, and Cotronica by CeSDAS, performed at The Shunt.

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OUR CRITICAL FRIENDS

(alias OUR BOARD of TRUSTEES)

Soon we will have  all the names…an exciting team of creative, inspiring and talented people!!!

WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT US

I really enjoyed the performance and the interactive element gave it a unique dimension unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. Brilliant acting, amazing production design and exceptional lighting. Brilliant!

Audience Response on Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ

It represents everything theatre should be. It was moving…really moving

Audience Response on Don Quixote! Don Quixote!EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL

A stunning piece of theatre. At the end of the show I was left in silent contemplation: now I understand the world I create. Thank you Panta Rei Theatre!

Audience Response on Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ

Thanks for reminding us what theatre is! Your performance was simply amazing. Top level actors and a mastering direction. Music, lights and – above all – actors: everything concurring to an awesome and moving result. The final scene left me breathless.

Audience Response on Don Quixote! Don Quixote!EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL

I guess tonight I understood Don Quixote. He was my hero and then he was only a madman. Frail and alone. Bereft of his imaginary world…as are we all whenever we give up our dreams and hopes.

Audience Response on Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ

A beautiful visceral thing.

Audience Response on The CaveBATTERSEA ARTS CENTRE

A wonderful space of dreams and fantasies. A performance that opens our imagination and invites us into the world inhabited by the characters and their journeys.

Audience Response on Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ

Rocinante! Rocinante! Is filled with joy: the joy of play, the joy of spectacle, the joy of the absurd. This company is blessed with a group of actors who relish the irreverent and command the stage with a delightful manic energy. From riotous melee to haunting stillness the piece drags the audience on a rough, earthy, mesmerizing journey that trills and provokes. Joyful, joyful, joyful!

Christopher Holt – Senior Lecturer at London Metropolitan UniversityHOLLOWAY ARTS FESTIVAL

You created a wonderful atmosphere for Halloween – warm, dark, sad but with some very moving moments.

Audience Feedback on Samhain Night & Halloween PartyOFF THE GRID

“Imagination can be very powerful”…indeed! Beautiful and intriguing use of the space, a great ensemble work and a fantastic involvement of the audience. We were taken “into a surreal journey” with you. Thank you!

Audience Response on Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ

Excellent. The cast were superb and the performance space was brilliant. Totally inspiring!

Audience Response on Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ

Absolutely brilliant! Fantastic! I’ve never been mesmerised like that for a long time.

Audience Response on Don Quixote! Don Quixote!EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL

Visually stunning. The umbrella scene was amazing. The use of the space was excellent and the music/soundscape was outstanding.

Audience Response on Rocinante! Rocinante! CLF ART CAFÉ

A very intriguing piece: I loved the physical and the comical, balanced with the poignancy of fear.

Audience Response on The CaveBATTERSEA ARTS CENTRE

Absolutely an amazing experience! Would love to see the play again…so many surprises.

Audience Response on Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ

I was transported to another realm and returned to an elemental time where action speaks louder than words and light is truth.

Audience Response on The CaveBATTERSEA ARTS CENTRE

Amazing performance. Incredible atmospheres. So many unexpected moments and beautiful ones! Wonderful imagery.

Audience Response on Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ

A wonderful Mephistopheles, just the right amount of mischief, knowingness and sadness.

Audience Feedback on Samhain Night & Halloween PartyOFF THE GRID

I loved it. I thought it was stunning! A sensitive topic talked with such sensitivity and flare.

Audience Response on Don Quixote! Don Quixote! EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL

The show was brilliant! Love the use of space and how the actors made it interactive, interesting and gripping.

Audience Response on Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ

The cast of seven take us on a journey, performed entirely mise-en-scene that is always thought provoking and at times quite unsettling.

Jonathan GrantTHE PUBLIC REVIEWS

Slowly, inevitably, a vision of Hell takes hold of our senses – eyes and ears assaulted and the chill biting… the overall impression is one of being inside a painting by Hieronymus Bosch.

Filled with vivid flights of fancy, Rocinante! Rocinante! is an intriguing piece. Sweeping parasol oceans and miniature tin-pan solar systems make this a sophisticated visual work …We are manipulated with ease by an intuitive company whose physical work is superb.

Honour BayesTIME OUT

Don Quixote! Don Quixote! is imaginative and engaging, with a compelling and twisting narrative that will make an audience both laugh and cry

The pilgrimage through the light and dark crevices of the mind are beautifully evoked in Panta Rei Theatre Collective’s Rocinante! Rocinante! Taking its subject matter from the originality of Cervantes’ Don Quixote, the setting for the production masterfully constructs madness as a kind of ecstatic and passionate state. The technical accomplishments of director Chiara D’Anna’s creative team is vividly apparent.

Josephine De RossiTHE FRINGE REVIEW

Amazing production! So refreshing to see something creative, physical and unique. Great physicality from all performers. You totally created a captivating world and engaged me throughout.

Audience Response on Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ

Beautiful and mesmerizing…loved the costumes, effects and symbolism. Fantastic performances from the whole cast.

Audience Response on Rocinante! Rocinante! CLF ART CAFÉ

Absolutely brilliant. I hope to hear from you soon as I can’t wait to see your next big production. Very ingenious and the performers were outstanding. Congratulations!

Audience Response on Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ

I really enjoyed the show. It took me to so many places! Excellent physical work: well done to all the cast!

Audience Response on Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ

Thank you for performing such a thought-provoking and unique play!

Audience Response on Rocinante! Rocinante! CLF ART CAFÉ

Great actors, visually stunning and a beautiful interaction with the audience.

Audience Response on Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ

Excellent use of space and lighting; excellent performances from all the cast; very atmospheric music and soundscape: the piece was moving and thoughtful.

Audience Response on Rocinante! Rocinante! CLF ART CAFÉ

Really original! A really good work with an amazing mise-en-scene and strong atmospheres. I loved the audience interaction and the transformation of the space scene after scene.

Audience Response on Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ

I liked the use of space, the lighting and sound and even the smell- that cold air smell! All the moving around was a little disorientating but it worked within the play and put the audience within Don Quixote’s state of mind.

Audience Response on Rocinante! Rocinante! CLF ART CAFÉ

Fantastic location and set design. Loved the use of light and movement. Really interesting the theme (madness) and the ‘marriage’ of Don Quixote and Hamlet.

Audience Response on Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ

Very interesting the promenade nature of the piece and the constant transformation of the spaces.

Audience Response on Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ