Chiara Bersani / Piacenza, Italy

Il Canto delle Balene

July 0722.30, Sferisterio
July 0820.00, Lavatoio
July 0920.00, Teatrino della Collegiata
July 1121.00, Lavatoio
July 1220.30, Lavatoio

We want the moon

“If I had to tell how I feel now, as I try to organise my thoughts into a short speech, what comes to mind is astronauts approaching the moon, or at least how I imagine them in that moment: confused, euphoric and a bit lonely.
They know that few other men have come before them to that satellite. They know they are an exception because the norm states that bodies like theirs should remain on the earth, and on the earth to walk and live.
Astronauts walking on the moon is only possible because of the people who imagined them there, and those who worked collectively to bring the imaginary into reality.
When the astronauts landed on the moon they raised a flag: to mark the conquest of the furthest point in the universe reached by man. I would also like to place a flag here, but not to fix a point of arrival or to make a territorial claim.
Instead, I propose a reinterpretation of this gesture as an acceptance of responsibility on behalf of the Italian theatre: a responsibility towards those bodies which, in terms of form, identity, belonging, origin and gender, struggle to find a space in which their voices resonate.”

Chiara Bersani, taken from the acceptance speech at Ubu Awards as best Italian actress under 35.

Chiara, performer and author bearing a poetic thought on the political body, will be in residency in Santarcangelo during the Festival and, thanks to the spectators to some of the events, she will rehearse her new creation, Il Canto delle Balene

Matteo Ramponi is an Italian performer known for his ability to become invisible: placed within a chorus, he becomes a skeleton, a structure. He disappears between the other bodies while still dictating the movement. I have seen him perform this magic in many settings and I decided that in this work his being a skilful centre of gravity amongst the crowds should be proclaimed. On stage, Matteo will have 30 minutes alone to perform magic: to transform the audience from conglomerate to group, from group to chorus. From audience to performer. His ability to vanish will be the centre of the entire creation and its goal will be to bring every participant in the work to choose to be there and become part of a collective rite, aware that it is a call; a declaration of presence; a funeral lament; a bridal ballad; a song of recall; a choice of welcome; the whale song.

  • Sferisterio
    via Faini

  • Teatrino della Collegiata
    piazza Balacchi, 7

  • Teatro Il Lavatoio
    via Ruggeri, 16

duration 30'
free entrance with tickets for the following performances
July 07 - ULTRAS sleeping dances by Cristina Kristal Rizzo
July 08 - Graces by Silvia Gribaudi
July 09 - Lighter Than Woman by Kristina Norman
July 11 - First Love by Marco D'Agostin
July 12 - First Love by Marco D'Agostin

ideazione/creazione Chiara Bersani
azione Matteo Ramponi
suono Fra De Isabella
luce Valeria Foti
consulenza drammaturgica Marco D’Agostin
mentoring Alessandro Sciarroni
diffusione e cura Giulia Traversi
produzione e organizzazione Eleonora Cavallo
amministrazione Chiara Fava
produzione Associazione Culturale Corpoceleste_C.C.00#
in collaborazione con Teatro Gioco Vita, Kunstencentrum Vooruit
con il supporto di Santarcangelo Festival, Armunia / Festival Inequilibrio