Dance performance „Evening Shadow“ Compagnia Teatropersona (IT)
Direction, set, lights: Alessandro Serra
Performed by: Chiara Michelini
Production: Compagnia Teatropersona
Co-production: Sardegna Teatro, Foundation Centro Giacometti – Stampa (Šveicarija / CH)
With the support of : Regione Toscana Sistema regionale dello spettacolo dal vivo
Duration: 60 min.
Location: Small Hall of Klaipeda Drama Theater (Teatro str. 2)
“Giacometti's art seems to me to want to discover that secret wound of every being, and even of every object, so that it can illumine them.”
Evening Shadow takes inspiration from the life and work of Alberto Giacometti, whose universe is evoked in a silent and essential tale composed of images and movement. A movement that never corresponds to mere displacement, but rather to a more profound, intimate quality. The dramaturgy's structure draws its inspiration from the work of Giacometti: precise forms from which some potential quality of movement can be drawn, combined with fragments of humanity to be evoked. To discover and to reveal that the substance of which these slender figures are made is not tormented flesh nor meatless bones, but rather a special, invisible membrane that bursts into flame on contact with a gaze that is pure and able to penetrate the most recondite wound and unveil its solitary and afflicted beauty.
The story is told by a female point of view inspired by the three women in Giacometti's life: his mother Annetta, his wife Annette and the prostitute Caroline. The space could be a small hotel room, the cave of his childhood or the tiny atelier on the ground floor. A modest, half-empty room, a simple light bulb, day and night. One in his studio and one on the nightstand in his bedroom. A gaunt and remote space, intimate and foreign. A space in which time is suspended, at the point of transition between night and dawn, in the moment of the supreme uncertainty everything is continuously transformed into a vertical slowness.
For Giacometti, the great adventure consisted perhaps in seeing something unknown blossom in the same face every day. Nothing more real was ever carved by an artist: Giacometti's works are born of the obsession of depicting exactly what he saw, and as he saw it. It is about real-life portraiture that we are talking about and not abstract art. It will be a real-life portrait.
Compagnia Teatropersona is established in 1999 by Alessandro Serra as a theatrical research and creation group. Starting from the study of physical actions and vibratory chants in the path of Grotowski’s tradition, it later on draws close to the objective laws of scenic movement as transcribed by Mejercho’ld and Decroux. A fundamental component of the formative years is the encounter with Yves Lebreton and his Corporeal Theatre. The works of Teatropersona are born by means of a research of the actor’s centrality, the composition of the image and a dramaturgic use of lights, objects and sounds. The creations have been brought to prestigious festivals in many European countries, as well as Asia, South America, Russia and the United Kingdom.
2013 The Great Journey, Premio del Pubblico at the FIT Festival of Lugano
2015 H+G, Eolo Awards 2016 Prize for best new performance for younger audiences
2017 MACBETTU, ANCT 2017 Prize of the Associazione Nazionale Critici di Teatro; PREMIO UBU
2017 for best performance of the year. Golden Mask -Oslobodenje Prize and “Luka Pavlović” theater critics”(MESS Festival – Sarajevo) Prize;
2019 Le Maschere del Teatro italiano Prize for best performance for MACBETTU
Photo: Alessandro Serra