Ada, a family chronicle
      Villa Venus (The garden of delights)
      boudoir for video and ondes Martenot
      Villa Venus (Il giardino delle delizie)

by Fanny & Alexander and Zapruder Filmmakersgroup
direction: Luigi de Angelis
dramaturgy: Chiara Lagani
with: Chiara Lagani (in the role of Ada and the prostitutes Adora, Ardesia, Ardelia, Adada, Adiana), Luigi de Angelis (in the role of Van)
voices: Marco Cavalcoli (Van), Chiara Lagani (Ada)
ondes Martenot: Bruno Perrault
music: Jaques Charpentier, "Suite karnatique"
photography: Monaldo Moretti, David Zamagni
shootings and editing: David Zamagni, Nadia Ranocchi
visual effects: P-Bart
scenery and technical realization: Marco and Marcello Molduzzi
with the cooperation of TTV Festival
With thanks to Venerina Panzavolta and Adelmo Masotti for their kind availability


Ada. Van. Ada. Vaniada. Nobody. The hero and the heroine should be so near before horror begins, so organically near to overlap, to intersect, to tear themselves apart, and even if Vaniada’s end is described in the epilogue, we, spectators, should not be able to make out (short-sighted, short-sighted) who really survives, if Dava or Vada, Anda or Vanda.

It is an installation for video and ondes Martenot, characterized by the use of a plasma screen and a live musical execution, the evocative and deeply allusive sound of the ondes Martenot.

The theme of jealousy and betrayal, as an obsessive and impossible recomposition of the beloved image, is developed from a privileged position where limits are extreme: the old age, the blissful decrepitude of the two protagonists. The decrepit image’s research, carried out by digital technologies, assumes a look of hoaxing in its iconic (and at the same time hyperrealistic) rendering of the lovers’ faces.

The emblematical old age is both the presupposition and the counterpart of the whorehouse’s images, tricky themselves too. Starting from the mimetic use of some pornographic videos dating back to the ‘70s, the audience can set out to make its detective inquiry, where traces are just appearance, and the finale will just lead to the beginning of the story again.


10, 11, 12 June 2003
Contemporanea 03 Festival - Alveare
Palazzo Vaj

22, 23 January 2004
Netmage, Viva Bologna, Comune di Bologna, Xing

27 July 2004
Dro (Trento)
Drodesera, Il Gaviale
Centrale Idroelettrica di Fies, galleria trasformatori

5 February 2005
NOBODADDY, Teatro delle Albe - Ravenna Teatro
Galleria Ninapì

12 April 2005
OrebreviriverberO, Eutopie
Teatro Libero

14, 15 June 2005
Festival delle Colline Torinesi
Teatro Gobetti

22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 July 2005
Cardiff (United Kingdom)
Passion Cardiff City of Drama, Chapter Arts Centre
Chapter, The House
with the support of Istituto Italiano di Cultura in London

22, 24 June 2006
Festival delle Colline Torinesi
Teatro Gobetti

13 - 29 May 2011
Faenza (Ravenna)
"Corpo e committenza", by Ernesto Pezzi for miagalleria
ex-ceramiche Gemi-Dat


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The other episodes

Ardis I | Ardis II | Rebus per Ada | Adescamenti | Aqua Marina | Vaniada | Lucinda Museum | Promenada


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