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|if the wizard is a wizard you will see...|
production Fanny & Alexander
with Marco Cavalcoli
dramaturgy Chiara Lagani
promotion Valentina Ciampi and Marco Molduzzi
with thanks to Teatrino Clandestino
"But how about the voice?" she inquired.
In spite of the hardness and ruthlessness I thought I saw
Maybe what fascinates me of images is the very possibility
In the end of her famous story Dorothy comes to Oz and, when her wish is about to be granted, she discovers that her wizard is a fake wizard and a real artist: a ventriloquist, skilled at air and hot-air balloons, illusions and other inexistent things. The alternate appearances of the wizard – the big head, the beautiful lady, the fierce beast – show themselves to be fictitious and mendacious. But were they really a fraud?
The Wizard, the story’s undiscussed protagonist, author of the work’s deceit and reality, maybe is its first and only client: a slight little figure drawn from some Baroque altar pieces, on his knees, cruel and pious, a three-dimensional ghost stolen from history or history of art, an ambiguous little statue removed from a more majestic, but yet invisible, civic monument.
A movie on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is projected on a big screen placed on the stage.
He properly fits different modalities to his voice for each and every character and event in the movie, in an exhilarating performative mixture on one hand exalting the movie’s events, coup-de-scènes and words, on the other hand offering the vitality of theatre’s modalities and rhythms.
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