A Sky for the Bears

From Teatro Gioco Vita
Piacenza, Italy

When you're a happy, handsome, well-rested bear, what more could you want? Why, to be a daddy bear of course! With all the courage he can muster, a bear sets out on a quest to find a family of his own to love. In a different forest, a little bear sets off to find the quickest way to the clouds in hopes of reuniting with his dear, departed grandfather. Two sweet stories told through charming shadow puppetry and lyrical movement, A SKY FOR THE BEARS shows us that sometimes when we look to the sky for our hearts' deepest desires, the best answers are found right here on earth.

"Imaginative and astute"Time Out Paris "This little tale poses the great questions of life. ... Kids will be carried away by the beautiful images."JDS France "We leave the show with larger eyes and a head full of images and ideas." Artichaut Magazine


Jim Henson Foundation  
A Sky for the Bears is supported, in part, by a Presenter's Grant from The Jim Henson Foundation.


Performance Facts

Performance Facts

45 minutes with no intermission

Note: The New Victory is undergoing its biggest renovation in 21 years and construction will be in progress during A Sky for the Bears. Please plan your pre-show arrival with awareness that there will be temporary space limitations in the lobby. Thank you for your patience and excitement.

Tickets start at $25.
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Heads Up: Parental Considerations

Heads Up:
Parental Considerations

Narrative shadow puppetry set to original music, adapted from two German-language picture books. Contemplative pacing may be challenging for kids under the recommended age. Created for family audiences.

Read the play's synopsis.


Play Before the Play!

And after! Experience the art forms onstage in A Sky for the Bears for yourself through New Victory Family Engagement programs, including online options. Connect on social media to digitally discover other cool artist info.

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Getting to Know Teatro Gioco Vita

Founded in Piacenza, Italy, in 1971, Teatro Gioco Vita is one of the first Italian companies to work with shadow puppetry and to explore "animazione teatrale" (theatrical animation). Theatrical animation uses theater games and techniques to help audiences connect with the sense of play that is often lost while growing up. They've performed all over the world in countries including Brazil, Mexico, Canada, Japan, China, Israel, Taiwan and Turkey. This multi-generational team of artists has a rich history of telling stories with illustration, light and puppetry.

Did You Know?

  • This is Teatro Gioco Vita's second time at The New Victory after their 1998 show Firebird.
  • The director of A Sky for the Bears, Fabrizio Montecchi, has been with the company since they started touring in 1978—when he was only 18 years old! He started as a performer right out of high school.
  • The two stories from A Sky for the Bears (Il Cielo degli Orsi) are inspired by German stories Ein Himmel für den kleinen Bären and Das Bärenwunder from celebrated kids' lit authors Dolf Verroen and Wolf Erlbruch.
  • The Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities and the Region of Emilia Romagna recognize the company as a Teatro Stabile D'Innovation (Theater Company of Innovation), a title for an organization that creatively invests in the future of Italian kids.


All The Way From...

Piacenza, Italy
...Piacenza, Italy


Piacenza, Italy, is the transportation hub between Milan and Bologna. It's a major manufacturing center noted for handcrafted furniture, wheat growing, viticulture (the study of growing grapes) and, of course... shadow puppetry!

Attending the Performance

All New Victory venues are located on the north side of 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues, and are wheelchair accessible.


The majority of this season's performances are presented at The New Victory, a 499-seat, historic, jewel box theater. Make yourselves at home in our lobbies (redesigned Fall 2017!) and stow your stuff in free storage lockers.
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Located just west of The New Victory, the New 42nd Street Studios building is a state-of-the-art, 10-story rehearsal studio/office/theater complex. Productions that require a more intimate space play at The Duke on 42nd Street theater and in the Studios.
Seating varies in these flexible spaces.



All New Victory venues feature snacks and souvenirs for sale, and stroller parking and changing tables are available whenever age-appropriate. Lobby monitors at The New Victory show a live stream of the stage so that you won't miss out if you need to leave your seat.
Read more about all three venues here, including accessibility information.
Please do not bring backpacks or large bags to the theater. All bags are subject to inspection.

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Where To Go

 The Duke on 42nd Street and New 42nd Street Studios
229 West 42nd Street New York, NY, 10036

 The New Victory Theater
209 West 42nd Street New York, NY, 10036


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