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Giuseppe Chierichetti

VALSE

Open-air performance, free of charge in the front of the „Ship”

VALSE

Teatro Tascabile di Bergamo, Bergamo, Italy

Director: Renzo Vescovi

30 minutes.

A street performance on stilts, or perhaps something more? An open-air waltz production, the main character of which is dance and the origins of which lie in European culture.

The waltz as a myth – the myth of finding one another, of dancing forever in endless circles, one movement after the other, tracing perfect circles to the music of the spheres. Since the beginning of time, humankind has revolved around the axis of the universe, which is like a backbone, linking the horizontal to the vertical.  One might think of the dance of the whirling dervishes, when the Sufi mystically becomes one with the axis of the universe. At the same time, the waltz as a cultural reflection is a symbol of a form of social contact in our recent past, the traditions of which may have already have been muddied or even washed away by the waters of forgetfulness.

The musical spirit of Austria, which has had an influence on the musical cultures of all of Europe, was captured most succinctly by Maurice Ravel in his composition La Valse: the zenith of anticipation, which we are experiencing right now, is the waltz itself. And what comes next? Only the dancers, in their long tuxedos and splendid tulle dresses, flitting on their stilts in a world that is becoming increasingly desolate, can answer this question.

Cast:

Tiziana Barbiero, Mauro Danesi
Francesco Carrà, Giuseppe Chierichetti
Rosa Da Lima Iannone, Antonietta Fusco
Antonietta Fusco, Ruben Manenti
Caterina Scotti, Alessandro Rigoletti
Geza Pinter, Stefania Locatelli

Scene and cosume: TTB Teatro tascabile di Bergamo

Director

Renzo Vescovi

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Theater's garden
Renzo Vescovi

Renzo Vescovi

The Teatro Tascabile di Bergamo – Accademia delle Forme Sceniche was founded in 1973 in Bergamo Alta by Renzo Vescovi, who was drawing on the Teatr Laboratorium of Jerzy Grotowsky and Eugenio Barba’s Odin Teatret as his models. The primary “research” areas of the theatre laboratory, which is housed in an old Carmelite monastery, include the dramaturgy of the actor, street theatre, and the dance theatre of the East. One of the distinct aspects of the laboratory is that the participants work as a “group theatre.” Artists belonging to different nationalities and different generations, and also representing different branches of the arts, work together to create the individual projects. Over the course of the past forty some years, the Teatro Tascabile di Bergamo has brought more than 150 performances to the stage. They also devote considerable time and energies to organizing conferences, workshops, and community events.

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