18 Jul 2016

Dialogues of the Gods

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Museo Novecento

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Monday 18 July – Wednesday 20 July 8.00 pm


Dialogues of the gods

By Luciano di Samosata. Show by Massimiliano Civica and I Sacchi di Sabbia.

With Gabriele Carli, Giulia Gallo, Giovanni Guerrieri, Enzo Illiano, Giulia Solano. Production: Compagnia Lombardi-Tiezzi Lombardi-Tiezzi/I Sacchi di Sabbia, with the support of Armunia Festival Inequilibrio – Castiglioncello.

The fortune of Luciano – Greek writer and rhetorician, of Syrian origin, born in Samosata in 125 A.D. – is linked above all to the series of so-called Dialogues of the Gods: an exquisitely literary divertissement, in which the author, drawing from the heritage of myth, offers an original, ironic, surprisingly everyday representation of classical cosmogony. The “familiar” clashes between Zeus and Hera, the constant complaints about Eros’ wrongdoings, the gossip between Dionysus, Hermes and Apollo resist the challenge of time, continuing to make us smile, indeed rising to topos of many mechanisms that will animate then the modern comedy.

It is surprising how, after centuries, these Dialogues continue to “entertain” the listener: these delightful miniatures, chiseled in an agile and witty phrasing, continue to be “speeches to pass the time”. Together for the first time I Sacchi di Sabbia and Massimiliano Civica, with the support of the Lombardi-Tiezzi Company, wonder precisely about the deep meaning of the word “entertainment”, to the amused search for obsolete forms to “pass the time”.

Reunited under the name “Il Carrozzone”, Federico Tiezzi and Sandro Lombardi made their debut in Florence in 1972, establishing themselves as one of the flagship experiences of the then-emerging “theatre-image”which claimed the rights of vision over those of textuality as the sole referent of the theatre. Established at European level in the late seventies with the two works Breakpoint and Nervous Collapse, in 1982 the group takes the acronym of “Criminal Warehouses”. With the new name of “Compagnia Lombardi – Tiezzi”, since the eighties the two founders have dedicated themselves to the production of works in which the tendency to the connection between the various arts (music, visual arts, dance) It is intertwined with an increasingly tighter dramaturgical approach from the textual point of view.

The company has been present, from 1978 to today, in the main international festivals: Brussels, Liège, Amsterdam, Cologne, Hamburg, Munich, Vienna, London, Paris, Barcelona, Lisbon, Belgrade, Epidaurus, Berlin, New York, Moscow, Tokyo. He also won numerous awards, including the Mondello Prize (1982) and several Ubu Awards. Over the years he collaborates, among others, with Alighiero Boetti, Mario Schifano, Alessandro Mendini, Gae Aulenti, Edoardo Sanguineti, Mario Luzi, Giovanni Giudici Giancarlo Cardini, Azio Corghi, Giacomo Manzoni, Riccardo Muti, Amancio Prada, Luca Ronconi, Salvatore Sciarrino, Virgilio Sieni, Ed Spanjard, Peter Stein, Jeffrey Tate.

The Sandbags, born in Pisa in 1995, are distinguished by the ability to bring together popular tradition and cultural research, going from time to time in the creative exploration of different lands, from literature to cinema, from comics to opera. In constant oscillation between comic and tragic, their work is concretized in a language in balance between the arts (visual arts, dance, music), in the search for unusual performative places, and always with a look alive and attentive to the territory in which the spectacular event is placed. Over the years, the Company has distinguished itself on the national level, receiving important awards for the particularity of a research marked by the reinvention of a contemporary popular scene.

Massimiliano Civica

After graduating from La Sapienza University in Rome with a degree in Methodology of Performance Criticism, he studied at the Odin Teatret of Eugenio Barba and then joined the direction course at the National Academy of Dramatic Art Silvio D’Amico. He then worked at the Teatro della Tosse in Genoa, collaborating with Emanuele Luzzati and Tonino Conte. In 2007 he won the Premio Lo Straniero and the Premio Hystrio for his theatrical activity. In the same year he became artistic director of the Teatro della Tosse, giving life to the three-year project Facciamo insieme teatro, which won the ETI Prize. In 2008 with his Il mercante di Venezia he won the Ubu Prize for Best Director, the following year he won the Vittorio Mezzogiorno Prize. In 2010 he directed Un sogno nella notte dell’estate, based on Shakespeare’s opera and produced by the Teatro Stabile dell’Umbria. In 2012 he directed Soprattutto l’anguria, a show about the relationship between two brothers. He has taught at the University of La Sapienza’s Methodology of Performing Criticism and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Genoa. In October 2014 he proposed in the semi-octagon of the former prison of the Murate of Florence a reinterpretation of the Alcesti by Euripide, with which he won for the second time the Ubu Prize for Best Director.

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