text and direction Gianfranco Berardi and Gabriella Casolari
with Gianfranco Berardi, Gabriella Casolari, Davide Berardi,
Running time 1 hour and 10 minutes
In 2001 Gianfranco Berardi, a blind actor from the southern Italian Region Puglia, meets Gabriella Casolari, actress of other Italian origins. They start working together and, after several experiences with national and international theatre, cinema and radio production institutions, they decide to create their own company Compagnia Berardi Casolari in May 2008. So far, the company has been staging its own original works of contemporary dramaturgy and also published two texts: “Viaggio per amore – dal Deficiente a Land Lover” (Ubulibri, Milano 2010) and “In fondo agli occhi” (Editoria & Spettacolo, ottobre 2013). In this play, inspired to Eric Maria Remarque’s novel “All quiet on the western front”, they focus on World War, an hystorical event dating back to 100 years exaclty, in the attempt of understanding contemporary society and man.
When thinking of the plays we have created since 2003, we realize that the conflict, with ourselves and with surrounding reality, has been and still is the driving force of our research. The changes and opportunities originating from this are just irresistable attractions for us as actors, authors and human beings. This year’s opportunity is the anniversary of the first world conflict that upsetted Italy, Europe and the whole planet. It is extraordinary to see how an event occurred so long ago can still make us feel involved in situations and sensations that seems to be so closed to the present. The condition of a ‘lost’ generation victim of the propaganda of a criminal ideal, the distance between the people and the government, the historical change and the following social crisis thus become methaphores to tell our own present condition in our country. The idea came while reading the novel All quiet on the Western front by E. M. Remarque a few years ago. In a strong and clear way, the author tells about people fighting each other, driven by hate and pride; he also examines the condition of constant depression and desperation afflicting society, in the past as in the present time. That is where a still on-going hystorical and literary research started which interlaces different subjects, from the political to the social domain, from the economic to the artistic field. The resulting contamination of languages, styles and reasoning is more and more interesting to explore throughout our research, our adventure to the discovery of who we are, of who we have been and of who we could be one day.