Pippo Delbono’s Theatre video streaming
Pippo Delbono is one of the most popular contemporary Italian author, theatre director, film director and actor all over the world. His works were part of the #laculturanonsiferma–action, presented by Emilia-Romagna Region in collaboration with ERT, offering a course in Delbono’s oeuvre by streaming four of his shows for free for six months on ERT-Vimeo with a flattering response in terms of views. The streaming project developed in a new, quite extraordinary and definitely ambitious shape: each theatre production was available with a multi-language subtitle options (CC): Italian, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, German, Slovenian, Romanian, Dutch, Greek, Turkish and Armenian.
These works represent Delbono’s latest ten years creative period. His art is made of original texts, music, songs and dance performed by Delbono himself together with his company: a stable group of performers coming from both different artistic experiences and from socially marginalized environments who has been working with Delbono for over two decades presenting, among others, these four works on stage all over the world at relevant international festivals and theatres.
The multi-language free streaming project was realised thanks to the kind and attentive support of many Istituti Italiani di Cultura (Italian Cultural Institutes) all over world as well as several international theatres and festivals:
Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Buenos Aires – Argentina, Teatro Coliseo di Buenos Aires, ITALIAXXI, Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Santiago – Chile, Teatro a Mil Foundation, Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Lisbona – Portugal, Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Rio de Janeiro – Brazil, Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Parigi – France, Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Varsavia – Poland, Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Cracovia – Poland, Baltic House Theatre-Festival San Pietroburgo- Russia, Festivalul Internațional de Teatru de la Sibiu- Romania, Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Amsterdam – The Netherlands, Internationaal Theater Amsterdam – The Netherlands, Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Zurigo – Switzerland, Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Amburgo – Germany, Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Lubiana – Slovenia, Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Atene – Greece, Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Melbourne – Australia, Istituto italiano di Cultura di Lima – Perù.
In collaboration with: Malta Festival – Poznan – Poland, Festival Internacional de Almada, Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg KVS – Belgium, National Sloveninan Thearte in Maribor – Slovenia, Theaterfestival Boulevard ’s-Hertogenbosch – The Netherlands.
Special thanks to: Zürcher Theater Spektakel – Switzerland, Neue Stücke aus Europa, Wiesbaden – Germany, Istituto di Jerzy Grotowski a Breslavia, Theatre Olympics – The World as a Place of Truth, Wroclaw 2016, Euro-scene Leipzig –Germany.
The Pippo Delbono’s Company’s video productions will be part of several international festivals in their digital editions:
- 16th – 18th October 2020: Baltic House International Theatre Festival (Russia)
- 9th October – 30th November 2020: Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Atene (Greece)
- 11th December 2020: High Fest Yerevan (Armenia)
- 14th November -14th December 2020: Istanbul Theater Festival IKSV (Turkey)
- 4th – 13th March 2021: FAE LIMA (Perù)
- 1st – 31 March 2021: National Theatre Radu Stanca SIBIU (Romania)
Dopo la battaglia
An expanding theatrical language, traced by bodies and texts, by different forms of saying and representing, by pitches and tones turned into action, by the music and dance, by actors who turn words into flesh, in a theatre that becomes flesh of its own time, and of the times we live in.
Questo buio feroce
“Millions of people are dying just to make you feel free and happy… Isolated in your apartments provide with an air conditioner, you are free and happy”, states an amplified and distorted voice. Delbono and his colourful company, in which the faces tell us about life and the bodies are skeleton-like or full of energy, are able to speak directly to the heart and to the blood of the people, not just to their brains, telling us about life with no need of words.
Orchids was born of many voids, though, many abandonments. The cultural void we experience, our being lost as artists. Theatre, that for the most part feels like a dusty, false, dead place to me. The accepted lie of theatrical representation. But Orchids also deals with the vital urge to fill that void.
…Then I found myself looking at a crucifix hanging on a white wall for ten days; I was stuck in a hospital bed due to an eye problem. I was seeing double and I strained to focus on that image in front of me. I wandered along the hospital corridors trying to speak out – once again with my camera – about my terrible and crippling double vision….
Starting from the tragic episode of the fire at Thyssen Krupp Industries in Turin, which killed seven workers, this production reveals in Delbono’s visionary and poetic art “the lie” as a widespread evil which is difficult or impossible to escape. And, once again, the main key of this play is the awareness of sorrow.