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Bestie di scena © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Bestie di scena © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Bestie di scena © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Bestie di scena © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Bestie di scena © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Bestie di scena © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Bestie di scena © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Bestie di scena © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Bestie di scena © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Bestie di scena © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Bestie di scena © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Bestie di scena © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Bestie di scena © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

 

Presentation

  • For a long time now Emma Dante's language has been made up of dialects, gestures, and accents. It is a southern language, trivial and popular, which the Sicilian director ennobled with metaphors and pushed to its limits within surrealist situations. Words, bodies, and rhythms which highlight, not without imagination, the brutality of the human comedy and which stand up to remind us of the social and political engagement of a community, whether a family or the community of the theatre. With Bestie di scena, Emma Dante continues her quest for honesty. No text, no set, no costumes, no music. But actors. Actors left to their own devices, actors up to the challenge. From backstage, objects, clothes, words come flying at them in unexpected ways. Forced to survive just as the group falls apart, they start transforming over and over again: into animals, children, idiots... For Emma Dante, who creates here a true poetic art in her quest for “the juice of drunkenness and torment,” actors are on the frontline of this attempt to break down the conventions of theatre. We are all those “imbeciles, without structure and without mask, facing the tragedies of the modern world.”

     

    Emma Dante
    Emma Dante grew up in Catania before returning to Palermo, her home town, at the end of college. For one year she attended the class taught by Michele Perriera, a theorist of the literary movement Gruppo 63, considered a neo-avant-gardist. In 1987, she enrolled into the National Academy of Dramatic Art in Rome, before joining the company Gruppo della Rocca in Turin five years later. Having travelled north through Italy, she returned to Sicily at the end of the 1990s to found her current company, Sud Costa Occidentale, which has had for headquarters for the past fifteen years a cellar rechristened La Vicaria, after an old prison where women accused of witchcraft were judged. This is where she writes the texts her faithful actors will perform throughout Europe. A comedian, dramatist, director for the theatre and the opera, author, and film director, Emma Dante sees theatre as a means to “uncover the unease and the problems people tend to suppress.” The body plays a central part in her aesthetics, which revolves around transformation and is strongly influenced by the insularity of her home island. In 2014, she directed Le Sorelle Macaluso at the Festival d'Avignon, a play currently still touring Europe.

  • Distribution

    Direction, design, stage design Emma Dante
    Lights Cristian Zucaro

    With Elena Borgogni, Sandro Maria Campagna, Viola Carinci, Italia Carroccio, Davide Celona, Sabino Civilleri, Alessandra Fazzino, Roberto Galbo, Carmine Maringola, Ivano Picciallo, Leonarda Saffi, Daniele Savarino, Stéphanie Taillandier, Emilia Verginelli
    And Gabriele Gugliara, Daniela Macaluso

    Production

    Production Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d'Europa, Atto Unico Compagnie Sud Costa Occidentale
    Co-production Theatre Biondo de Palerme, Festival d'Avignon
    With the support of Institut culturel italien de Marseille for the 71st edition of the Festival d'Avignon

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