Motus / Italy

Tutto Brucia

July 1320.00
July 1419.30 and 23.00

I mourn for the sons who died at war
For the women enslaved
For the lost freedom
Oh beloved creatures, come back, come, come and take us away!

Silvia/Hecuba whispers these words interwoven with the music and lyrics by R.Y.F. (Francesca Morello), Stefania rips the air with a heavy knife and a peasant sickle, as in the vanished mourning rituals of Southern Europe. Perhaps this image is enough to enter Tutto Brucia, a rewriting of Euripides’ The Trojan Women – through the words of J.-P. Sartre, Judith Butler, Ernesto de Martino, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, NoViolet Bulawayo, Donna Haraway. The lament spreads across the black Mediterranean sea, which – then as now – is the scene of conquests of colonial Europe, of migrations and diasporas. Among the ruins of an empty and distorted space, covered by ashes and corpses of sea monsters, the question of radical vulnerability emerges. The broken body of Hecuba, the prophetic word of Cassandra, the spectral cry of Polyxena, the invocation to the dead of Andromache, the violence suffered by Helen and the most fragile and helpless body, that of the child, Astianatte – give voice to the most exposed and vulnerable subjects. And the spectres besieging them and us. Now more than ever, mourning appears to us as a political issue. Which lives matter? What makes a life worthy of being grieved? The protagonists are materially transformed through pain, becoming something other than themselves: bitches, stones, running water, processing the violence they suffered. Their metamorphosis opens up to other possible forms. And writes the world to come. For the end of the world is but the end of a world.

Motus was founded in Rimini in 1991 by Enrico Casagrande and Daniela Nicolò. Since then, it has produced shows that manage to portray the fiercest contradictions of the present. The company’s work, consisting of theatre, performances, installations and seminars, has been presented internationally. In 2020, the company curated the Artistic Direction of the 50th edition of Santarcangelo Festival, titled Futuro Fantastico and divided into three acts: the first in the summer of 2020, the second – a digital one – in the autumn/winter of 2020, and the third in the summer of 2021. In 2021, Motus won the prestigious Critics’ Award of the Associazione Nazionale dei Critici di Teatro.

  • Teatro Il Lavatoio
    via Ruggeri, 16

Duration: 70 minutes.
Language: Italian and English.

Ideazione e regia Daniela Nicolò e Enrico Casagrande / con Silvia Calderoni, Stefania Tansini e R.Y.F. (Francesca Morello) alle canzoni e musiche live / testi delle lyrics Ilenia Caleo e R.Y.F. (Francesca Morello) / ricerca drammaturgica Ilenia Caleo / cura dei testi e sottotitoli Daniela Nicolò / traduzioni Marta Lovato / disegno luci Simona Gallo / direzione tecnica e luci Simona Gallo e Theo Longuemare / ambienti sonori Demetrio Cecchitelli / design del suono live Enrico Casagrande / fonica Martina Ciavatta / assistenza tecnica Francesco Zanuccoli / props e sculture sceniche _vvxxii / video e grafica Vladimir Bertozzi / produzione Elisa Bartolucci con Francesca Raimondi / organizzazione e logistica Shaila Chenet / promozione e comunicazione Marta Lovato con Francesca Lombardi / ufficio stampa / distribuzione internazionale Lisa Gilardino / una produzione Motus e Teatro di Roma – Teatro Nazionale con Kunstencentrum VIERNULVIER (BE) / progetto di residenza condiviso da L’arboreto – Teatro Dimora | La Corte Ospitale ::: Centro di Residenza Emilia-Romagna e Santarcangelo dei Teatri / in collaborazione con AMAT e Comune di Fabriano nell’ambito di “MarcheinVita. Lo spettacolo dal vivo per la rinascita dal sisma” / con il sostegno di MiC, Regione Emilia-Romagna / si ringraziano HĒI black fashion, Gruppo IVAS.

© Claudia Borgia