July 30, 2021

Central stage

Free admission with reservation. The reservation is valid up to 10 minutes before the start of the show, afterwards it will be possible to access while seats last.

is inspired by a treatise by Jean-Jacques Rousseau – Emile ou De l'éducation – a study of man penned in 1762. The philosopher describes man's natural state as a happy and utopian pre-society. But how should one educate a child in a corrupt and corrupting society? The answer: without books or precepts. Emile must be taught nothing, he must learn everything on his own in contact with nature. The performance comes to life through the creation and destruction of tableaux vivants, playing on the distinction between organic and inorganic, dead and alive, organism and machine, body and object. The stage is a constantly changing picture. Images form and dissolve: a still-life becomes a workshop for experimentation, an artist's studio, a clinic, a landscape. Seemingly distant elements meet in a manner that may well be inconsistent, creating new aesthetic opportunities and potential meanings.

Alexia Sarantopoulou, a Greek artist who embarked on her acting career with Motus, is a member of the Nova Melancholia theatrical collective. She founded the ERRANDS collective with architects and visual artists. Emilio is her first work as a director. On stage we have Ondina Quadri, whose cinema career began with the film Arianna for which she won the Golden Globe award for best actress. In the theatre she has worked with Motus, Teatro Valdoca, Nova Melancholia, Kokoschka Revival and Minni & Rizos.

After the research and production residencies with the Prender-si cura project, Emilio returns to the space of the Mattatoio, a story of training and a reflection on nature that conjures up and revisits the painter's imagination.

Direction: Alexia Sarantopoulou 

With: Ondina Quadri

Original Music: Yorgia Karidi  

Light Design: Marie-Sol Kim e Alexia Sarantopoulou 

Assistant director: Elena Bastogi 

Production: Motus in coproduction with Santarcangelo Festival, supported by L’arboreto – Teatro Dimora | La Corte Ospitale Centro di Residenza Emilia Romagna, MiC, Regione Emilia-Romagna, supported by di CSS Teatro stabile di innovazione del Friuli Venezia Giulia, Ravenna Teatro – Teatro Rasi, Azienda Speciale Palaexpo – Mattatoio | Progetto PrendersiCura, Fivizzano27.

The show is the result of the collaboration between all the artists who took part in the creation.




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