by Roberta Bosetti and Renato Cuocolo
with Roberta Bosetti
organization Claudio Ponzana
production Cuocolo/Bosetti Iraa Theatre
co-production Australia Council for the Arts, Festival delle Colline Torinesi, Teatro di Dioniso
with the support of Contemporanea Teatro Metastasio Prato and Festival Internazionale della Creazione Contemporanea di Terni
Running time 1h and 15′
In the field of “Il nostro teatro quotidiano. Per Cuocolo/Bosetti IRAA Theatre” by Silvia Mei, in collaboration with Centro La Soffitta – Dipartimento delle Arti dell’Università di Bologna
Thanks to Museo internazionale e biblioteca della Musica di Bologna for the kind collaboration
At the center of the project that holds together the mystery trip, memory and narrative.
The Walk in the audience, composed of twenty spectators are invited to walk together in the city. Get in the way has always meant a revolution, toward themselves and their world. Walking is a mode of thought. It ‘a practical thought. It ‘a triple movement: do not put us in a hurry; welcome the world; do not forget about us the way. The man discovers in the world only what he already within himself; but needs the world to find out what he has inside of him.
The meeting point is a square where the audience/guests begin to hear the voice that will guide them through radio guide.
In the evening light we see a group of people move through the city. They move in an intermediate space between two worlds. The voice in the headphones ensures their safe passage through this state of vulnerability.
The experience is created through the overlap between the inner flow and the reality of the situation, internal and external, place and non-place, identity and removal.
Walking together in a city means through its public and private places, not just the space but the time has changed them.
The story of The Walk doubles, strengthens, expands the experience of walking together. It ‘a dream-like story, that part, as always in our work, experiences taken from our lives whose bifurcations and metamorphosis, like those of our journey, producing an unusual sense of disorientation.
Cuocolo / Bosetti IRAA Theatre as he wrote to the Sydney Morning Herald «are the cutting edge of contemporary Australian performance».
Their work has received many accolades from critics and the public in the International Festival from 26 nations.
Winners of numerous awards including UNESCO Awards, Green Room Award, MO Award and the prize Cavour their performances are presented in the houses or hotels where they live thus exposing intimate space and home to the viewer-visitor in search of an impossible, illegal geography of intimacy.
In their performances the theater and life, reality and fiction, actor and character overlap.
Founded in Rome in 1978 by Renato Cuocolo The IRAA Theatre has created a series of seven trilogies that have been presented in twenty-six countries on four continenti.Nel 1988, the company and ‘moved to Melbourne where and’ eventually became the leading Australian company innovation (Flag Company). Since 2012 he opened an office in Vercelli in Italy where, with the assistance of the Australia Council and some of the main Italian theater festival, has presented a series of new works and repertory.
The last work of the company were presented with success and critical interest in numerous festivals among which: Vienna Festival, Adelaide International Festival (2 editions), Melbourne International Arts Festival (4 issues), Sydney Olympic Art Festival (2 editions), Olinda Milan (2 editions), Contemporary Teatro Metastasio in Prato (6 issues), Festival of the Hills Torino Contemporary Creation (7 editions), A Theatre in the Houses Arlette (5 editions), Theatre of the Cough Genoa European Capital of Culture, the Teatro Eliseo in Rome, Es .Terni, International Festival of Andria, San Diego Contemporary Theatre, Lincoln Center New York, Cite ‘Paris, Calais Le Channel Scène Nationale, Goteborgs Dans & Teater Festival (2 editions), Waseda International Centre Tokyo.
Based on the elaboration of elements taken from their lives, Cuocolo / Bosetti build a series of shows in which reality and fiction overlap. Their work challenges the traditional separation between actor and character. It ‘an invitation to reconsider the boundaries between performance and reality, between art and life, fiction and autobiography.
Their work normally for a few spectators at a time, taking place in non-theatrical spaces: private houses and hotels where Cuocolo / Bosetti really live. The hotels and the houses are not sets but traps reality.