Compagnia Dello Scompiglio
Riflessi in Bianco e Nero
(Reflections in Black and White)
An itinerant performance in 4 steps:
On the Collina dell’Uccellieria (Aviary Hill): “L’Attesa” (The Wait);
at the ash tree: “La Perdita” (The Loss)
in the abandoned vineyard: “Il Cimitero della Memoria” (The Graveyard of Memory) (collective exhibition)
at the pond: “Il Funerale del Tempo” (The Funeral of Time)
Idea, direction and scenery design: Cecilia Bertoni
Music and sound: Carl Beukman
Performers: Maria Lucia Carones, Serena Gatti, Marco di Campli San Vito, Piero Leccese, Luigi Petrolini and Alessio, Deniel, Derox, Federico, Francesco and Paolo
Collective exhibition by: Enrico Vezzi, Clara Conci, Gian Maria Tosatti, Chiara Scarfò, Pablo Rubio, Davide Orlandi Dormino, Claudia Zicari, and Silvia Giambrone - curated by Angel Moya Garcia with Cecilia Bertoni
direction assistant: Luigi Petrolini
Exhibition construction: Cipriano Menchini
Scenery construction: Vincenzo Suriano
Tree climber: Paolo Carrara
Technical direction: Associazione Imagine
PREMIERE AND REPEATS
12-13 September 2009
Preview of the third stage "Il Funerale del Tempo" (The Funeral of Time) presented at the Settembre Dello Scompiglio programme at the Tenuta Dello Scompiglio estate in Vorno (Lucca).
29-30 May 2010
The trilogy was premièred at the Maggio Dello Scompiglio programme at the Tenuta in Vorno.
9-12 and 23-26 September 2010
Repeats at the Settembre Dello Scompiglio programme, at the Tenuta in Vorno.
Together with "Tesorino perchè hai perso?" (Sweetheart, Why did you Lose?) and "Kind of Blue", "Riflessi in bianco e nero" (Reflections in black and white) forms part of the Trilogy of Absence, which confronts and becomes entangled in the themes of victory and defeat, and their relationship with time in all its different dynamics, in and out of reality.
The stage "Riflessi in bianco e nero" - partly installation, partly action - concentrates on losing, loss, the losers, time and memories. The itinerary takes place in 4 steps, following a descending path, each in a very different location.
The first stage, "L'Attesa" (The Wait), in the shade of the holm oaks in the collina dell'uccelliera (aviary hill), orchestrates in an image the themes of the performance.
The second stage, "La perdita" (The Loss), takes place on a pyramid of terraces next to an enormous ash tree. 3 present but distant men and 3 absent men. At the foot of the terraces 2 holes, 2 women confide their secrets to the bowels of the earth. We can only lose that which we have: our own life, breath, time, memory, matter, people, feelings...
The third stage, "Il cimitero della memoria" (The graveyard of memory), develops in the area of an old vineyard, amongst the remains of concrete pillars. 8 artists have been invited to reflect and develop a subjective interpretation of memory using their own ephemeral memories, illusions, trampled empty spaces, libraries of forgotten fragments, private spaces, untended images, half-closed passageways, sounds which dissipate in time, or mental places that hover between the past and the present.
The forth stage, "Il funerale del tempo" (The funeral of time) is performed at the pond and focuses on the dynamics of time. The concrete time binds us to a precisely defined linear journey from birth to death. The internal time, among memories that recall the past and desires which project us into the future, confuses us in the present. Like breathing, time is always there, anyway and always present.
The entire route is marked by music and sounds in the form of sound installations.