Alexia Sarantopoulou / Italy / Greece


July 822.30
July 921.30

Emilio transforms and is transformed. He experiments, alters, constructs, inhabits, mutates. He creates a multitude of fluid spaces, hybrid spaces, impure landscapes transcending limits, living one inside the other. Superimpositions. Change always includes a trace of what was before.

Emilio is inspired by Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s treatise of the same name – Emile, or On Education – a study on humanity written in 1762. The philosopher describes the state of nature as a happy, utopian presocial. But how can we educate a child in a corrupt and corrupting society? Without books nor regulations: nothing must be taught to Emilio, who has to learn everything himself and in contact with nature. The performance comes to life through the creation and destruction of tableaux vivants, playing with the distinction between organic and inorganic, dead and alive, organism and machine, body and object. The stage is a picture in constant mutation. Images create and crumble: a still life becomes a laboratory for experimentation, an atelier, a clinic, a landscape. Seemingly distant elements meet, perhaps incoherently, giving rise to new possible meanings and aesthetics.

Alexia Sarantopoulou was born in Athens. In 2007, she co-founded the artistic collective Errands with other architects and visual artists. In 2010, she started working as an actress with Motus. She has been part of the Greek theatre collective Nova Melancholia since 2014.

Ondina Quadri was born in Fiesole. In 2015, she debuted in cinema with the film Arianna, winning the Globo d’oro award for Best Actress. She played the leading role in the films Il Nido and Piccolo Corpo. She also worked with several theatre companies such as Motus, Teatro Valdoca, Nova Melancholia, Kokoschka Revival.

  • Scuola Elementare Pascucci
    piazza Ganganelli, 25 - access from Via Mazzini

Duration: 65 minutes.

Language: Italian with English subtitles.

The performance includes nude scenes.

regia Alexia Sarantopoulou / con Ondina Quadri / musiche originali Yorgia Karidi / disegno luci Marie-Sol Kim, Alexia Sarantopoulou / aiuto regia Elena Bastogi / prodotto da Motus / in coproduzione con Santarcangelo Festival / con il sostegno di L’arboreto – Teatro Dimora | La Corte Ospitale Centro di Residenza Emilia Romagna, MiC, Regione Emilia-Romagna / con il supporto di CSS Teatro stabile di innovazione del Friuli Venezia Giulia, Ravenna Teatro Teatro Rasi, Azienda Speciale Palaexpo – Mattatoio | Progetto PrendersiCura, Fivizzano27. Lo spettacolo è frutto della collaborazione tra tutte le artiste che hanno preso parte alla creazione / © Sofia Borges.