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(The Lie)

About this event

When we went to the factory for inspection. More than by the burnt area, I was struck by all the rest – the desolation, the sadness, the death the factory emanated. My journey inside the factory started from this. I needed to start from that pain trying to enter its depth, avoiding the pietism arising just by hypocrisy. (Pippo Delbono)


“The Lie” starts from the tragic episode of the fire at Thyssen Krupp Industries in Turin which killed seven workers. But it does not deal just with that factory and the sorrow linked to it or the endless series of the so-called “white deaths”. As the title states, 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.

“The Lie” opens in full silence. Silence and memory are his starting point. Later on Delbono evokes other memories, further burnt, trapped and neglected bodies. So the author wishes to get to the bottom and go beyond political and theatrical lies.

“The Lie” arises from the need of truth, removing the lies which mark everyone’s life out, unmasking the false play of representation, becoming a political play through the poetry and the warning against racism, creeping fascism, violence and ignorance.

Because I can’t take it anymore, I can’t control myself anymore, fuck all these people, with their own little story, in their little corner, their little seat, all these faces, fuck everything. I feel like beating. I want to beat the lady gazing from her window, the Arab guy singing to himself, the one playing his music at the end of the aisle, the crazy old lady. I’ve had enough of all their faces, of all this mess and I need to beat. I want to beat old ladies, Arabs, tramps, gypsies, fags, wall tiles, train coaches, ticket inspectors, cops. I need to beat vending machines, billboards, street lights, this disgusting scent, this disgusting smell, this disgusting noise, prostitutes, perverts, cemeteries…

This extract by Koltès and other literary materials gradually form the author’s discourse about the subject, with surreal and dreamlike images. Extracts from Shakespeare which aren’t performed but which arise like screams of the soul. An emotional tissue of sounds which range from opera to tango, from Stravinsky, to Wagner, to Juliette Greco’s voice.

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2010 /2011
Teatro Centre For Practise As Research In Theatre Tampere (Finlandia)
from 23/02/2011 to 24/02/2011
from 16/02/2011 to 20/02/2011
Teatro Moderno Grosseto (Gr)
from 09/02/2011 to 12/02/2011
Teatro Della Corte Genova (Ge)
from 05/11/2010 to 06/11/2010
Theater Peterskirche Lipsia (Germania)
from 09/02/2011 to 12/02/2011
Teatro Della Corte Genova (Ge)
from 05/11/2010 to 06/11/2010
Theater Peterskirche Lipsia (Germania)
from 20/10/2010 to 21/10/2010
Maison De La Culture Amiens (Francia)
from 15/10/2010 to 17/10/2010
Le Maillon Théâtre De Strasbourg, Strasbourg (Francia)
2009 / 2010
from 26/05/2010 to 29/05/2010
Theatre National De Bretagne Rennes (Francia)
from 14/05/2010 to 15/05/2010
Centro Cultural De Belem Lisbona (Spagna)
from 04/05/2010 to 07/05/2010
Theatre National Toulouse (Francia)
from 20/04/2010 to 21/04/2010
Teatro Arena Del Sole Bologna (Italia)
from 07/04/2010 to 08/04/2010
Theatre Herouville Caen (Francia)
from 31/03/2010 to 02/04/2010
Theatre De La Place Liege (Belgio)
from 02/03/2010 to 14/03/2010
Teatro Ambasciatori Catania (Ct)
Theatre La Cigaliere Serignan (Francia)
from 09/02/2010 to 10/02/2010
Theatre De Bayonne Bayonne (Francia)
from 20/01/2010 to 06/02/2010
from 14/01/2010 to 16/01/2010
Theatre Du Gymnase Marseille (Francia)
from 18/10/2009 to 22/10/2009
Teatro Studio Milano (Ml)
from 14/10/2009 to 16/10/2009
Teatro Storchi Modena (Mo)
2008 / 2009
2° Hall Poznan International Fair Poznan (Polonia)
Teatro Sala Grande Cascina (Pl)
from 15/04/2009 to 19/04/2009
from 26/03/2009 to 27/03/2009
from 10/03/2009 to 22/03/2009
from 04/03/2009 to 05/03/2009
Teatro Bonci Cesena (Fc)
from 05/12/2008 to 07/12/2008
Teatro Asioli, Correggio (Re)
from 16/11/2008 to 18/11/2008
Teatrul Bulandra Bucarest (Romania)
from 16/10/2008 to 02/11/2008

La menzogna

conceived and directed by Pippo Delbono
with Dolly Albertin, Gianluca Ballarè, Raffaella Banchelli, Bobò, Antonella De Sarno, Pippo Delbono, Lucia Della Ferrera, Ilaria Distante, Claudio Gasparotto, Gustavo Giacosa, Simone Goggiano, Mario Intruglio, Nelson Lariccia, Julia Morawietz, Gianni Parenti, Mr. Puma, Pepe Robledo, Grazia Spinella
scene design Claude Santerre
light design Robert John Resteghini
costume design Antonella Cannarozzi
sound Angelo Colonna

head stage hand Alfredo Ghezzo
stage hand Gianluca Bolla, Mattia Manna
head electrician Orlando Bolognesi
wardrobe Elena Giampaoli
tour manager Simone De Felice
organisation Alessandra Vinanti, Silvia Cassanelli
production Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione, Programma Cultura dell’Unione Europea nell’ambito del Progetto Prospero (Culture Programme of the European Union within Prospero Project), Fondazione del Teatro Stabile di Torino, Teatro di Roma, Théâtre du Rond Point- Parigi, Maison de la Culture d’Amiens, MALTA Festival Poznan

a production of LA MENZOGNA • Production Emilia Romagna Teatro