Theatre

Theatre archive from 2005 to 2015.
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‘Mona Lisa in Delirium Totus’
Full title:
‘Mona Lisa in Delirium Totus’. – “The creation, life, death and triumphal return of a cultural monster.”

Freely inspired by the myth of Orpheus and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
You can subject an “icon” to intellectual over drive and low brow excesses,
but if the original is worthy of the label ‘icon’, you leave it strengthened and unharmed.

This show is ironic physical theatre discourse on the lack of, and the search for, an identity in the space made by an excess of the same.

The piece traces (more ore less)  the story of high and popular art.


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‘The Little Withinsight House’
Original Title: Tectus ad Spectum.
Contemporary theatre.
A four-sided structure.
An installation.
A little house or hut containing a live performance which plays out in interaction with a hand-made film.

Miniatures are projected as human size.
There are flames, puppets, drawings, tears (rips), etc
and the actor himself appears filmed in miniature or in gigantic proportions in interaction with his live self.

The audience views the performance through holes in the walls of the structure.
Each viewing hole is themed as an autobiographical or historical element (a photograph, a letter, an object or a toy) specific to the performer.
The film and its accompanying live interaction also trace autobiographical themes.

 

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‘Sweet Distortion’ … the improbable man.
Original Title: ‘Dolce Stoltezza’
This show is a movement piece, all done one spot, that builds from
a disjointed walk through minimal, bony, eccentric and angular “Rubber-Man” movement
into a free-flowing serpent-like dance.

(2020:  in redevelopment as a cabaret act)

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‘Italy for Beginners’.  c 2005

explaining Italy, its history and its connections with the New World.
A parlour-theatre show made and performed with Francesco Bifano (of ‘Slava’s Snow Show’).
Commissioned by a group of eccentric  and well-heeled Americans holidaying by Lake Garda … and performed to them in the Salone of their villa.

A clown situation.
A duo: one presumptuous intellectual and one naive.
An historian and his assistant.

The show uses puppets, quick change, masks, music, and interrupted exposition.
Episodes include:
Christopher Columbus and the Queen of Spain / Atlantic voyage / The ‘Discovery’ of America.
Ellis Island and immigration / The gifting of Statue of Liberty.
The Mona Lisa and Michelangelo’s David and David Hockney / Country music and the Tarantella / Vegas and the ‘Italian’ Rat Pack.
Julius Caesar / The Medici and several popes and the Borgias.

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‘Something like a Life’ c 2000
Theatre show.
A life, danced in 15 minutes.

The performer is carried on stage in a cotton bag by a body builder in a doctor’s white coat and suspended from a hook over the stage.
He cuts his way out and emerges wearing a business suit.
The jacket, shirt, tie and trouser waist are all completely cutaway in a clean line around the body between the ribs and hips revealing a pink surgical corset.

Music:
Swan Lake ‘theme’ played on glass harmonica (Birth)
The Beatles – Number 9 (Life)
Henry Purcell – Dido’s Lament (Death)