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La commedia della vanità

(Comedy of vanity)

Premiere: Teatro Storchi, Modena, 27/11/2019

About this event

In a remote and nameless village, in a distant time (or was it very recent?), due to a supreme authorities’ unquestionable decree, enacted with the aim of purifying humanity from the cancerous disease of vanity, it was established that all the mirrors should be broken, as well as all the pictures of humankind. 
At the end of 30 days, anyone discovered possessing or using a mirror would be punished with a penalty from twelve to twenty years in prison. Anyone discovered building mirrors would be sentenced to death. From here begins the parable of different crossing destinies of a swarming humankind that day after day, in that remote and yet so close country/world, scrambles around in order to cope with power’s threats and violence, struggling to conquer freedom. A tragi comical transcription of the stubborn investigation made by Canetti about the obscure bond between the individual, the mass and the terrible patience of power. In its strange architecture La Commedia della vanità is a vivid catalogue of all the themes and obsessions that inhabit the European culture which has nearly come, in the “entredeux –guerres”, to its collapse: the bourgeois’ ego crisis, the horror of violence and power, the troubling and inescapable threat of death, the irreducible survival instinct…

Artistic Data

by Elias Canetti
directed by Claudio Longhi
with Fausto Russo Alesi, Donatella Allegro, Michele Dell’Utri, Simone Francia, Diana Manea, Eugenio Papalia, Aglaia Pappas, Franca Penone, Simone Tangolo, Jacopo Trebbi
and with Rocco Ancarola, Simone Baroni, Giorgia Iolanda Barsotti, Oreste Leone Campagner, Giulio Germano Cervi, Brigida Cesareo, Elena Natucci, Marica Nicolai, Nicoletta Nobile, Martina Tinnirello, Cristiana Tramparulo, Giulia Trivero, Massimo Vazzana
violin Renata Lackó
cimbalom Sándor Radics
set design Guia Buzzi
light design Vincenzo Bonaffini
video Riccardo Frati
costume design Gianluca Sbicca Gianluca Sbicca
produced by Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione, Teatro di Roma, Fondazione Teatro della Toscana, LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura

photo Serena Pea

a production of La commedia della vanità • Production Emilia Romagna Teatro