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The Atreides: eight family portraits

Premiere: Teatro delle Passioni, Modena, 19/04/2016

About this event

The story of the Atreides is the story of a line cursed by the original sin of a father—Tantalus, mortal son of Zeus—who decided to feed his son to the gods. Personally condemned to eternal torture, he saw his descendants irreversibly punished as well. For four generations, and until the judgement of Orestes, took place a succession of murders, parricides, infanticides, rapes, and incestuous relationships… And every name in that violence-ridden family—Iphigenia, Helen, Agamemnon, Electra, etc.—has become, thanks to the genius of Sophocles, Aeschylus, and Euripides, a tragic, mythical, and classic hero. Antonio Latella’s incredible project was to offer eight of those stories to seven young writers so that they could revisit them for a new generation of actors to perform. Within what became Santa Estasi, an epic spectacle lasting sixteen hours and split into two parts, the Italian director admits having established two basic guidelines. An intellectual equation: to talk about family within a society that makes rules impossible; coupled with the reality he experiences with these young artists: to work on the figure of the father and on the concrete reality of tradition, heritage, and transmission. A project which, according to the new director of the Venice Biennale theatre, says “clearly that we have to free ourselves from our elders’ responsibility to find ours and exist.”

Antonio Latella was born in the region of Naples in 1967 to a family of workers exiled to Turin. He left college at 17 and trained at the Teatro Stabile before joining the Bottega Teatrale school, founded in Florence by Vittorio Gassman. At the age of 22 he started playing for the most prestigious Italian directors of the 1980s, such as Pippo Di Marca, Luca Ronconi, Massimo Castri, or Tito Piscitelli. In 1997, he directed his first show, Marguerite Duras’s Agatha. From then on he focused exclusively on his own projects, all marked by a meticulous exploration of the worlds of the authors whose work he adapted: Jean Genet, Christopher Marlowe, Samuel Beckett… In 2001, he won the Ubu Prize for Shakespeare and Beyond, a series of reinterpretations of Othello (1999), Macbeth (2000), Romeo and Juliet (2000), and Hamlet (2001). His shows are physical, almost carnal, and focus particularly on family, revisiting the great verbal tradition of Italian theatre. A key figure in the resurgence of Italian theatre, he was recently appointed director of the Venice Biennal Theatre Festival.



from 17/05/2018 to 27/05/2018

Artistic Data

direction Antonio Latella
with Alessandro Bay Rossi, Barbara Chichiarelli, Marta Cortellazzo Wiel, Ludovico Fededegni, Mariasilvia Greco, Christian La Rosa, Leonardo Lidi, Alexis Aliosha Massine, Barbara Mattavelli, Gianpaolo Pasqualino, Federica Rosellini, Andrea Sorrentino, Emanuele Turetta, Isacco Venturini, Ilaria Matilde Vigna, Giuliana Vigogna
adaptation Riccardo Baudino, Martina Folena, Matteo Luoni, Camilla Mattiuzzo, Francesca Merli, Silvia Rigon, Pablo Solari
dramaturgy Federico Bellini e Linda Dalisi

stage design and costumes Graziella Pepe
music Franco Visioli
lights Tommaso Checcucci
choreography Francesco Manetti
assistant director Brunella Giolivo
production Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione
with the support of Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena

photo Brunella Giolivo

a production of Saint-Ecstasy • Production Emilia Romagna Teatro