Another perspective […] is defined, that is to work at the same time on that part constitutive of an artistic process more linked to culture, image, the part which we define literary. It becomes the material for other forms through which you can undertake a different path of art and knowledge, which passes through the other horn of the crossroads, through the accursed side.

(Clemente Tafuri, David Beronio, La parte maledetta, in Teatro Akropolis. Testimonianze ricerca azioni XI, pp. 121-122)

The accursed side. Journey to the edge of theatre, the new project of Akropolis Theater, concerns the creation of a cycle of documentary films dedicated to some protagonists of art and culture who, traveling along roads often very distant from each other, have come to undermine the idea of stage and performativity itself. They have come to cross those edges beyond which the system of specialist distinctions of the various disciplines loses meaning: dance, theater, philosophy, literature reveal themselves for what they are, a series of representations that draw from a common demand of sense.

The accursed side. Journey to the edge of theatre is a series of author’s portraits, stories dedicated to some artists, performers, philosophers, scholars who, in the last ten years, have shared a stretch of their journey with Akropolis Theater.
The project takes its shape precisely in this time period, when theater has to propose a parallel (but not alternative) working perspective to the production of live shows. The proposal is that of an alternative to the video recording of the performances, a project which collects all the literary, poetic and iconographic ramifications which proceed from the encounter and comparison of the protagonists of each film with the scene and with the performative act.

THE FILMS OF THE SERIES

PAOLA BIANCHI (46′)

Directed by: Clemente Tafuri, David Beronio | With: Paola Bianchi, Ivan Fantini | Photography and editing: Clemente Tafuri, David Beronio, Luca Donatiello, Alessandro Romi | Shooting and audio: Luca Donatiello, Alessandro Romi | Production: Teatro Akropolis, AkropolisLibri (2020)

Paola Bianchi is a film dedicated to the Turin choreographer and dancer active on the contemporary dance scene since the end of the Eighties. Retracing some of her works for the stage and the numerous collaborations with musicians, directors, theaters and festivals, the film enters the heart of choreographic creation, up to breaking up the aesthetic apparatus of dance and giving a new and unprecedented image of the body on stage. Paola Bianchi manages to dissolve the formal element of dance by deepening the relationship with an animal interiority capable of subverting order and undermining the rules of the theater, arriving at the most extreme experiments of performativity.
The film is entirely shot in the house where Paola Bianchi lives together with the writer Ivan Fantini.

Paola Bianchi participates with her shows in national and international festivals. She is co-founder of the collective c_a_p, a team engaged in the dissemination of the culture of contemporary dance. She leads choreographic research laboratories, holds theoretical lessons at various Italian universities and has curated the artistic direction of various festivals. Mindful to the theorization of body practices, in 2014 she writes Political body. Dystopia of gesture, utopia of movement, a volume edited by Silvia Bottiroli and Silvia Parlagreco, published by Editoria & Spettacolo. With ELP project her investigation focuses on the transmission / enation of dance through the descriptive word, a process that is generating a series of performances and choreographic actions.

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MASSIMILIANO CIVICA (17′)

Directed by: Clemente Tafuri, David Beronio | Text: Massimiliano Civica | Voice: Bobo Rondelli | Music: Alessandro Cortini | With the friendly participation of: Enrico Borgo | Photography and editing: Clemente Tafuri, David Beronio, Luca Donatiello, Alessandro Romi | Shooting: Luca Donatiello, Alessandro Romi, Daniele Zampelli | Audio: Luca Donatiello, Alessandro Romi | Production: Teatro Akropolis, AkropolisLibri (2020)

Through the reading of a Massimiliano Civica’s text on art and theater (performed by Bobo Rondelli), the film concerns themes related to theatrical art and art in general, the relationship between an artwork and its audience, the effectiveness and meaning of theatrical work in relation to other arts, the reproducibility of the artwork and its relationship with the person who conceives it. Is the artwork something finished and for this reason its effectiveness has been lost? Is it possible to attend a creative experience by drawing from the processes which generated it? Does the artwork appear as a pale reminder of what has inspired it?
The film was shot entirely at the Museum of Natural History in Genoa. Taxidermy becomes a metaphor for the relationship between what can be experienced in art and life and what is lost in its making.

Massimiliano Civica is an author and theater director, winner of three Ubu awards. He was artistic co-director of the Teatro della Tosse in Genoa and taught Methodology of show criticism at La Sapienza University of Rome and Direction at the Academy of Fine Arts in Genoa. Since 2018 he has been artistic consultant for the direction of Metastasio Theater in Prato. Among his directorships we remember Il mercante di Venezia (2008), Un sogno nella notte dell’estate (2010), Alcesti (2015), Un quaderno per l’inverno (2017), Belve (2018), Antigone (2019).
The text accompanying the images in the film is written by Civica himself, the voice is by Bobo Rondelli.

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