LOVE AND THE BODY
directed by: Pippo Delbono
running time 75 min
Pippo Delbono has taken the title of his show from Rimbaud's verses and makes them resonate with the writings of his masters, the fervent poets of the 20th century, among them Pasolini, Artaud, Eliot and Whitman. He has thereby composed an incantatory narrative put to music by Alexander Balanescu. Like “cries of the soul”, the violin's notes join the heartrending words uttered on the stage. Between the experience of death and the desire to live, they compose a four-handed concert for all men and women. For the living, but also for the absent, those who have already left this world.
This concert is my encounter with the violin. The violin my father played - in the evenings - when he returned from work. The violin, which he later sold. And I never heard it again. The violin that embodies my family’s bond with Nicolò Paganini. A demonic violin. When I heard Balanescu play the violin, the notes that came out if it sounded to me like cries of the soul. And I heard those notes that wouldn’t let me sleep at night when I was little. I heard the songs of other lives, of persecution, of the pride of a nation, the song of a beautiful and bitter country: Romania. The voice and the violin joined and merged with the words of Pasolini, Rimbaud, Whitman, Eliot, in an attempt to find the secret red thread, perhaps magical, that connects people, history, across their differences, across nations, languages, across those who still live here, and those who have already departed.
Who knows, music may be this mysterious language that connects, and that instills harmony into things.
Pippo Delbono, author, actor, director, is one of Italy’s most unconventional and distinctive theatre artists. He began his studies of dramatic art in a traditional school that he left in research for a new theatrical language. He decided to study the principles of eastern theatre, where is central a detailed and strict work of the actor on the body and on the voice, where theatre and dance meet and merge.
At the beginning of the Eighties, he founded Pippo Delbono Company with whom he represented all his performances, from Il tempo degli assassini (1987) to La Menzogna (2008). They are not representations of theatrical texts but entire creations where the actors are part of a stable core that grows up through the time.
The meeting with people coming from emarginated areas of society brings a turning in his poetical research. From this encounter came out Barboni (1997). Some of these actors, for example Bobo, a deaf-and-dumb person met in the mental hospital of Aversa after 45 years spent there, strengthened their work inside the company and are today a basic part of the experience.
The performances - La rabbia, dedicated to Pasolini, Guerra, Esodo, Gente di plastica, Urlo, Il silenzio, Questo Buio Feroce and the other already mentioned- have been represented in more than 50 countries.
The experience of Pippo Delbono Company has been hosted in a lot of different theatrical International festivals, between them Avignon Festival which welcomed the company three times, coproduced the performance Urlo and hosted La Menzogna, the last theatrical production, in July 2009. A lot of theatres dedicated a retrospective to Pippo Delbono work, one of these the Théâtre du Rond Point in Paris. Enrico V, the only creation based on a theatrical text- the historic drama by Shakespeare – has been represented – as the only Italian performance - at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Since a lot of years Pippo Delbono made researches on the language of cinema. In 2003 after the tournée in Israel/Palestine, he has shoot the film Guerra, presented at Mostra del Cinema di Venezia, and got the award David of Donatello as Best Documentary. His second film, Grido (2006), has been presented at Festa del Cinema in Roma. He made his third film, La Paura, with a mobile phone and later edited in 35mm. La Paura has been presented with an entire retrospective of his films at the Locarno Film Festival. As an actor he co-starred with Tilda Swinton and Marisa Berenson the film I am Love directed by Luca Guadagnino. For Music and Opera he realized the opera Studio per Obra Maestra for the Experimental Theatre of Spoleto. Actually he is working on the direction of a new Opera in Catania, and on his new theatre creation, among other artistic and cultural projects.