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Franco Quadri, A hopeless love hampered by the word

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      Franco Quadri, la Repubblica, 2007 July 9th

Since its first childish stories, Fanny & Alexander's was traveling with a portion of unconscious through the mysteries of existence, mysteries that, after having reached the top with Nabokov’s Ada, have touched the problems of a language that tries to express its contents through physical corpses in the sublime and brilliant performance of Heliogabalus.

Now the issue about impossible communication blows up in AMORE (2 atti), a work edited by Chiara Lagani and Luigi de Angelis for the Ravenna Festival and inspired by a series of brief texts written by Tommaso Landolfi. This work is uncontaminated, it does not try to show some situations, it just simply tries to arouse feelings and moods. What strikes the most is the possibility of an emotional reading that goes beyond the possible intellectualism that one could find in the fact of passing from Marco Cavalcoli’s dialogues with a lamb to the celestial monologues of Chiara’s Blonde Lady; all this is set in a very large stage, symbol of an unsuccessful contact, an empty space stretches above the audience that is placed sideways in the hall. The word is the victim of language pretence that can not give the possibility to communicate, as a consequence the word gratifies itself by becoming sound, by playing and comparing itself with noises, but also with darkness, with the overwhelming lights and with the iridescent dancing colors. On the other hand the spectator can live this visual seesaw like an amusement made of revelations or blocks that touch his connections between the constantly changing surroundings and the audience itself.

(translation by Deborah Babini)


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