THE MADNESS OF ORLANDO
Ariosto as seen by Calvino
between crossed destinies
based on an idea by Pietrangelo Buttafuoco
freely inspired by Ariosto's Orlando Furioso and texts by Italo Calvino
music by Patrizio Maria D'Artista
costumes by Maria Grazia Cimini
direction and dramaturgy by Graziano Piazza
CONTROLUCE Teatro d'ombre
with Graziano Piazza, Viola Graziosi, Irene Paloma Jona, Nicola Morucci
production Teatro Stabile d'Abruzzo, Teatro Stabile Torino - Teatro Nazionale
Where do things lost on Earth go? Orlando loses his mind on the Moon, the place of our aspiration and sum of all stories, he is a prisoner of it. What's left? The exile of the mind, what it is unattainable: the "in-canto". Always searching, Orlando travels through an arid land, now lunar and finds in the Tarot the composition of his story, in fragments of poems that intertwine to regaining the mind between Kings and Queens of Swords, Knights of Wands, Chariot, Sun and Fool: the short circuit makes destinies to speak, crossed by figures, distant shadows. The combinatorial lunar warp dreams our stories and reworks them, in its ampoules it holds the pain of all not lived lives. A world upside down at the point of intersection of all possible orders.
Ariosto was one of Italo Calvino's great narrative models, for his ability to connect rationalism and inventive freedom, irony and lucid and clear representation of reality in all its facets.