In colaboration with A Tarumba – Teatro de Marionetas, Italian director, puppeteer and playwright Marta Cuscunà brings a performance to Lisbon with mechanical crows as protagonists, manipulated by means of technologies used in animatronics who help to tell a story loosely based on an ancestral legend.
Show spoken in Italian and subtitled in Portuguese
THE SONG OF THE FALL
Freely inspired by the myth of Fanes
Sources of thought and words: Kläre French-Wieser; Carol Gilligan; Ulrike Kindle; Giuliana Musso; Heinrich von Kleist and Christa Wolf
The myth of Fanes is a popular tradition of Ladinos, a small ethnic minority who live in the central valleys of the Dolomites. It is an epic cycle that speaks of a peaceful kingdom led by female queens, destroyed by the onset of an era of domination and the sword. It is the black fall song in the horror of war.
Today we are still immersed in a system of ceaseless wars. It seems that war is an inevitable part of mankind’s destiny. The myth of Fanes, on the contrary, speaks of a golden time of peace that was lost.
Autumn music wants to bring to light the story of how we were, this desirable social alternative for the future of humanity, which is always presented as an unrealizable utopia. And instead, maybe, it already existed.
The central theme of the show is war. A war that is never seen on the scene. However, it is there, from the point of view of the only characters who always take advantage of this: the crows.
The main protagonist of the staging is, therefore, a bunch of animatronic crows, maneuvered through mechanical joysticks, designed and made by the scenographer Paola Villani.
The attempt at the basis of the scenographic project is to undermine puppet imagery, which in Italy is still closely linked to popular tradition, through the use of some animatronic technologies commonly applied to the world of special film effects and made with elements of industrial components.
It is noted the presence of strong and repeated disturbing sounds and frequent flashes of light during the show.