Master of the avant-garde theater, Robert Wilson was called to Spoleto by Giorgio Ferrara, starting from his first year as artistic director, to begin a successful collaboration that has lasted for six years, and thanks to which the great director’s works were staged for the first time in Italy with the Berliner Ensemble (Threepenny Opera, Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Lulu) and new productions for the Festival like Happy Days with Adriana Asti and Krapp’s Last Tape where he himself acted, original incursions into the world of Samuel Beckett, as well as the The Old Woman by Daniil Kharms, interpreted in the last edition by the legendary Mikhail Baryshnikov and American actor Willem Dafoe. This year, Wilson returns to Spoleto with his new show Peter Pan.
THE DANCE OF DEATH
“Danza macabra by Strindberg is a renowned text, always interpreted by critics as an exemplum of married life which is a domestic hell, where there is confrontation and clash, between the satanic nature of the wife, Alice, and the vampy personality of the husband, the Captain, who tries to suck the life out of the second man, Kurt, who is psychologically fragile and submissive.” (Roberto Alonge)
With the staging of Strindberg’s Danza macabra, Luca Ronconi returns to the Festival of Two Worlds for the sixth time, an intense and invaluable collaboration desired by the artistic director Giorgio Ferrara as a sign of the extraordinary creative force which distinguishes the work of the great artist.
by JAMES JOYCE
15: THE DEAD – Part 1
director Giancarlo Sepe
“The project of THE 4 DUBLINERS (Wilde, Beckett, Joyce, Yeats) began in 2012 with the resumption of TALES OF OSCAR WILDE and had a second encounter with BECKETT’S BEDROOM, two great successes; now we have this very particular experiment on space with THE DUBLINERS/by JAMES JOYCE/ 15: THE DEAD/ Part 1. In my opinion, the soul of research, is actually linked to the scenic space which affects the rhythms and visions, and certainly the marvellous church of St. Saviour will play its part in this set up.” (Giancarlo Sepe)
THE PRESENCE OF ABSENCE
directing and dramaturgy Dijana Milošević
Listening to the accounts of women from Bosnia, Serbia or Kosovo who have lost their loved ones, we realized that their lives are inhabited with a constant presence. The presence of absence; the presence of the absent ones.
Dah theatre is an independent group from Belgrade, among the most internationally recognized, with over 22 years of activity. Their work tackles relevant political and social issues, maintaining and extremely poetic stile and an engaging performing quality, which fuses theatre, music and dance.
In the contemporary world, destruction and violence can only be opposed by the creation of sense.
motto of DAH Theatre
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
by William Shakespeare
A surreal world composed of fairies and spells, enchanted lovers, the Queen Fairy who flirts with a donkey; an up-side down world that turns right-side up thanks to the blunders of the night. The actors of the company who work with director Tim Robbins and artistic co-director of the company, Cynthia Ettinger, revive the forest of Shakespeare, accompanied by original music, with a physicality and very energetic approach to the magic language of Shakespeare.
“Among Shakespeare’s texts, this is one of my favorites: there are so many layers of truth, falsehood, dream, reality, magic and deceit. A marital dispute turns the entire reality upside down, and the chaos generated results in outrageous and wildly entertaining behavior”. (Tim Robbins)