Senza niente
Tetralogia

“Senza Niente” is a project made of four serial monologues with which Teatro Magro declares the inconsistency of Italian culture, ignored by many and left in the most deafening void. Teatro Magro faces the topic of the crisis of theatre, and of culture in general, from the point of view of the professional roles that work in/with theatre:

THE ACTOR, THE PRESIDENT, THE ADMINISTRATOR, THE DIRECTOR.

An intense tetralogy, willing not to offer solutions or pre-packaged recipes, but simply to take distances and contemplate the disarming current landscape with a critical look, telling stories and telling ourselves, leaving a bittersweet smile, a laconic irony that wants to be an elegant and never gross report, in order to make the audience reflect, each with their own conscience.

duration of each monologue | 45/50 min.
technical needs | none

SENZA NIENTE – The actor
direction | Flavio Cortellazzi
with | Alessandro Pezzali

A monologue in which the limit between actor and character gets fragile, as it is the limit between fiction and reality. An honest theatrical pièce, for it truly mirrors the society we live in, because the actor was “truly left with nothing”.

An actor well conscious of his role, but frustrated by the system that doesn’t give value to theatre, deprecating it for the schizophrenia of genres and questionable quality levels, reports a political class totally inattentive towards culture. A culture that, on the contrary, must come back to being respectful participation, becoming lighthouse of thinking, the best interpreter of the civilisation of a land. A culture that must shake off the fragile amateur dimension, leaving behind impactful exhibitions.

Being an actor is not a passion, it is a profession.

SENZA NIENTE 2 – The President
direction| Flavio Cortellazzi
with | Marina Visentini

There are representative figures in the cultural field that are always split, balancing between art and economy. Figures that need to make room among the twists and turns of institutions and public administrations. The struggles and neurosis of a President, private, and therefore exhausted/deprived.

Leading a cultural enterprise in search for emancipation, while entering in a hostile environment in which it is essential to get commissions, have public relationships, prove to be an expert entrepreneur and manager. An actress telling what it’s like to be a president, or a president talking about herself as an actress? An expert person, whose abilities aren’t measured with gender identity, but only with the parameter of value. Despite the current condition, it is possible to live of art and beauty.

SENZA NIENTE 3 – The Administrator
direction| Flavio Cortellazzi
with | José Andrés Tarifa Pardo

Apparently, he is an outsider from the art world. However, he is able to translate the artwork in economic terms. Terms that are often incomprehensible and obscure. Accountability. Interests. Operational budget. Strategic plan. An inevitable obstacle course for the survival of a cultural enterprise.
If the figures don’t add up, the kitty is short. And so is the administrator.
The artist must live of something, not only of gratification. If the artist considers himself a professional, he must assert his rights as a worker and demand not always quantifiable payments. Just as an athlete performing a race: straining every muscle, every synapse, addressing every effort to a not always predictable result.

Unfortunately, numbers don’t lie. Maths isn’t an opinion. And then some certainty to grasp appears. Teatro Magro is a full-fledged enterprise and in order to survive, or rather, live we must do the maths. A bookkeeper is needed.

SENZA NIENTE 4 – The Director
direction | Teatro Magro
with | Flavio Cortellazzi

With the contribution of NEXT – “laboratorio delle idee per la produzione e la distribuzione dello spettacolo dal vivo”

The director dreams by day. He produces and selects the ideas.
The director is on stage at night. Is the audience looking at the director on stage, or is the director looking at the audience on stage? The director bears in mind everything, he pays attention to everybody.
When creativity comes last, then it means that we are really left with nothing.

The director conveys ideas, messages, cultural and aesthetical values, he is the one who directs the actor or actors, emphasizing their talents and peculiarities. Now more than ever the director has duties. In perpetual crisis, in search for a balance between idea and socio-cultural context, the director fights against time, because time is money, because you can’t give an idea a proper ageing time, nor an expiry date.


Credits

SENZA NIENTE – The Actor
direction | Flavio Cortellazzi
with | Alessandro Pezzali

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SENZA NIENTE 2 – The President
direction | Flavio Cortellazzi
with | Marina Visentini

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SENZA NIENTE 3 – The Administrator
direction | Flavio Cortellazzi
with| José Andrés Tarifa Pardo

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SENZA NIENTE 4 – The Director
direction | Teatro Magro
with | Flavio Cortellazzi

 

 

 

 


Senza niente
Tetralogia

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