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ALFA (2016-2017)

notes on the manliness issue

next dates:
28-29/11/2017 TEATRO della TOSSE, Genova (IT)
 

project by ROBERTO CASTELLO

in collaboration with ALESSANDRA MORETTI, MARIANO NIEDDU, ILENIA ROMANO, FRANCESCA ZACCARIA
and in thoughtful collaboration with ANDREA COSENTINO, CARLOTTA COSSUTTA, GIACOMO VERDE, STEFANO QUESTORIO

current repertory

performers ROBERTO CASTELLO, ALESSANDRA MORETTI, MARIANO NIEDDU, ILENIA ROMANO, FRANCESCA ZACCARIA

texts, choreography and music ROBERTO CASTELLO

set designer DANIELE SPISA

music consultancy MARCO ZANOTTI

set realisation PAOLO MORELLI

costumes made by CSILLA EVINGER

sound engineer MICHELE GIUNTA

technical DIEGO CINELLI

production ALDES, with the support of Associazione Culturale Dello Scompiglio

with the support of MIBACT - MINISTERO per i Beni e le Attività Culturali e del turismo / Direz. Generale per lo spettacolo dal vivo, REGIONE TOSCANA / Sistema Regionale dello Spettacolo

tanks to DANILA BLASI

ALFA – notes on the manliness issue is a piece of work in which, inside a traditional scenic set, words, dance and live music combine with each other into a simple theatrical form, which yet departs from conventional categories.
ALFA is a reflection on male identity and its construction, and therefore a reflection on the power and the mechanisms of its intergenerational transmission, in which the female role is not at all marginal.

“When one looks around, one naturally tends to think that being a European white heterosexual Christian male over fifty years who is reasonably healthy, practices sports, is well-educated, with healthy adult offspring, is professionally rather successful and has no serious economic problems is not exactly an unfavourable condition, especially if one considers how much pain in the arse, discrimination, harassment and violence all those who lack even just one of the above-mentioned requirements are exposed and often subjected to by my social category.
However, belonging to an exclusive standard still means belonging to a standard – which, by definition, is an unnatural condition. In short, at least as far as I myself am concerned, having managed to be a European white heterosexual Christian male who is reasonably healthy, practices sports, is well-educated, with healthy adult offspring, is professionally rather successful and has no serious economic problems is the result of a process as spontaneous and natural as that of feet binding in Chinese concubines in the 19th century. Which means that I have the suspicion that I have learned, in time and with patient self-learning, to appear something different form myself in such convincing manner that, practically, I don’t even notice it myself anymore.”

 

PRESS REVIEW  (ita)  >>>

Cheteatrochefa.Blogautore.Repubblica - Simone Carella - 19/7/2017

PAC - magazine di arte & culture - Ilenia Ambrosio - 15/7/2017

Lo sguardo di Arlecchino - Igor Vazzaz - 20/12/2016

KLP - Simona Cappellini - 11/12/2016

Rumor(s)cena.com - Renzia D'Incà - 10/12/2016

Recensito.net – Tommaso Chimenti – 6/12/2016

Persinsala.it (teatro) – Luciano Uggè – 6/12/2016

artalks.net - Simona Frigerio – 5/12/2016

MeglioMeno.it - Luigi Scardigli - 4/12/2016

 

EXCERP >>>

KLP – Simona Cappellini – December 12, 2016

“... Castello’s performances exude an intrinsic decay of human nature that is almost ancestral, but that concurrently represents its charismatic side. ... As always, the strength of Castello’s performances lies in the uniqueness of their aesthetic. ... Yet again, aesthetics are surely the central axis the entire performance rotates around. Filled with paradoxical inspirations and surreal references ... thanks as well to a good dose of irony and excellent interpretation – the characters’ charm makes spectators empathise with them ... Once again, Roberto Castello x-rays a society that seems to be free-falling without a safety net towards its own self-decay, highlighting the sense of the ridiculous that ferociously invades our lives..."

PERSINSALA - LUCIANO UGGE' – December 6, 2016

“... a scenario as trashy as it is ironically realistic …”

ARTALKS - SIMONA FRIGERIO – December 5, 2016

“... Castello and his group of actors, dancers, foleys, singers and mimes, [...] An excellent cast..., they cross all limits of genre by integrating a strong and sometimes unsettling stylistic choice … Form and substance conjoin perfectly, justifying each other even in moments of dissonance.”

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