Les Villes invisibles (Invisible cities)
From "Le Città invisibili" by Italo Calvino
Music by Britten, Modugno/Pasolini, Reich, Oswald von Wolkenstein and other.
Concept Controluce Teatro d’Ombre, Francesco Biamonte, Antonio Albanese
Staging and direction
Controluce Teatro d'Ombre
Cora Demaria, Alberto Jona, Jenaro Meléndrez Chas
Original silhouettes Cora Demaria
Light design Simona Gallo
scenographic design Antonio Martire
Costumes Sita Sing
Marco Polo Francesco Biamonte (acting and singing); Musician Antonio Albanese (guitar);
Narrator Lisa Tatin (acting); Alberto Jona/Jenaro Meléndrez Chas: shadows
Production Papageno.Corp, L’Echandole Yverdon, L’Oriental Vevey, Casino Théâtre de Rolle
In the light of a candle, Marco Polo tells the Tartar Emperor the wonderful cities he has seen. They are impossible towns, metaphysical constructions. The stories become philosophical and enigmatic images. Each town is surprising for its beauty and it asks us what we are. An immaterial theater arises from mobile screens and shadows that illustrate the cities. It is the privilege of shadows to make cities "visible" for a moment without revealing them. The Court Musician dress with music the stories narrated by Marco, who sings songs from yesterday and today, in many languages. It is a journey through space and time, in the universality of singing accompanied by guitar. The Emperor does not appear. He is the one to whom the story is dedicated. He could be among the audience. He could be the public...
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