With 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.
© portrait Masiar Pasquali