Little symphony for bodies and voices
TRILOGY OF RESEARCH ON MAN – second part
Directed and written for the stage by Gaddo Bagnoli
performed byClaudia Franceschetti, Andrea Magnelli e Marco Olivieri
Original music by Sebastiano Bon e Francesco Canavese
Event management Scimmie Nude
Produced by Federica Maria Bianchi
The premiere was in January 7th 2010 at Teatro della Contraddizione in Milan, Stagione Sperimentale Europea 2009/2010
Three changing characters built up through the observation and study of humanity surrounding us (now defining the way human beings are and can be in the world) experience a set of endlessly repeating, never-changing situations; mechanisms of the heart and mind which give life to love, hate, passion, death and all that we, human animals, are forced to live, like it or not.
The way we feel our own life is just a mosaic of pictures shaped by our senses, though the true meaning of it all escapes us, is unclear, and we feel there’s something “wrong” about it. That’s why the actors on stage follow a pattern of fixed actions and physical/verbal sequences that try to direct our actions and our life. With no solution at all.
Since our bodies react to every urge of the world outside through physical, instinctual, biochemical and automatic reactivity, they perform actions that make up what we call behavior through addition and repetition.
That’s why human beings are like machines.
Emotion and thought occur later, when, in order to live, we pretend our mechanical actions have a different nature, so that we can differentiate them from other people’s. The performers, mixed up within the human multitude, create a carefully woven fabric of reactions that help the audience understand poetry regardless of automatic responses, such prisons of life.
Within a single show, actors become the link between the works of the “I”, the thought of the “You” and the thrill of the “We”.
A lawn, a sloping ground and three white characters, with no pre-arranged definition, show us the contradictions and contrasts building up within the short circuit of our everyday life. The show develops on different levels, from scenes enhancing Scimmie Nude’s physical theatre-performance accompanied by Francesco Canavese and Sebastiano Bon’s original music, to intimate snapshots, where the text multiplies into cruel forms. Irreverent irony produces moments of panic, in the endless succession of genres. Poetry mixes up with the grotesque, tragedy mingles with cruelty and the habits of a life torn between instants of pure joy and moments of deep misery: we’re at the mercy of events, unable to mentally react and forced by our own nature to actions we do not acknowledge.
Down to the end, when we discover that there’s hope because, after all, our body lives in the worldly hell but our soul is in the sun.
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Stagione Sperimentale Europea 2010, Teatro della Contraddizione, Milan
Teatro Verdi, 2012/2013 season, Dicember 14-15-16 2012, Milan
Teatro Out Off, 2013, Milan