Antonio Tagliarini Sovrimpressioni
In a piece characterised by its intimate staging and atmosphere, the Italian duo of which the Festival d’Automne is so fond, is back with its original couple. Drawing their inspiration from Federico Fellini’s Ginger and Fred, the two artists bring us a work of great delicacy, alternating between intimacy and kaleidoscopic fiction.
In the film by Federico Fellini, Pippo and Amelia, played by Giulietta Masina and Marcello Mastroianni, put in a fresh appearance on a TV show after a prolonged absence, with an imitation of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, which has never earned them any success. These reunions have something of the last-ditch attempt about them… Between the duo dreamt up by the sacred monster of cinema and that of Daria and Antonio, a number unexpected affinities are revealed. In close proximity to the audience, and with a stage set consisting solely of a central piece of furniture that resembles a table-tennis table as much as it does two actors’ dressing room tables facing each other, the conversation between the two artists brings the spotlight on different ways of growing old. Also drawing upon the poetry of Andrea Zanzotto, they explore our reliance on the natural and artificial alike, and how they are intermingled. Uncompromising in terms of the factors that blur the frontiers in human relationships, Sovrimpressioni (Surimpressions) is a demanding, yet delicate ode to the couple, be it platonic or amorous, and to the fruitfulness of dialogue.