Compagnia Simona Bucci/Degli Istanti per Bigi/Paoletti - 30 August 8:45 PM - Teatro Doglio via Logudoro, 32

guest production from open studios 2021

concept and direction Alessandra Paoletti, Damiano Ottavio Bigi/Fritz Company

performers Damiano Ottavio Bigi, Lukasz Przytarski
composition and sound design David Blouin
light designer Amador Artiga Tuset
lighting design collaboration Evina Vassilakopoulou / Amador Artiga Tuset / David Blouin
music Antonio Vivaldi, Brian Eno, Antonio Caldara, The Nicholas Brothers and Cab Calloway, David Blouin
photography and video Amador Artiga Tuset, @velislavvelislav, Pavlos Kosmidis
co-production Compagnia Simona Bucci/Degli Istanti, TORINODANZA Festival / Teatro Stabile di Torino –Teatro Nazionale, ONE DANCE WEEK Festival Plovdiv with the support of 2WORKS / DIMITRIS PAPAIOANNOU, il FUNARO / Pistoia, Fabbrica Europa / PARC Performing Arts Research Centre – NRW Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft, Teatro-Biblioteca Quarticciolo – Rome
duration: 50 minutes

The idea for Un Discreto Protagonista was born in the pandemic period and is the result of the reflections and thoughts that that period engraved within us. The fragmentation of unity and its dissolution is the central theme that runs through the entire work and develops from a fragment of time that expands and is explored in the relationship, harmony and contrast between the two figures on stage. They move within an abstract space, a no-man’s land that becomes a waiting place; an infinite horizon that could also be a closed room. Time is frozen, a huge pause, in which everything can coexist and from which a chasm opens, which is loss, bewilderment.

“We deliberately left room for multiple visions”, the authors tell us, “so that what happens on stage can resonate with the viewer in a totally personal way, opening up visions and feelings in the face of the human fear of finding oneself in nothingness. It is a tale of an instant, the instant of time going off the hinges, or before that, the moment in which balance and symmetry break down to start time. No bang, no noise, just a temporary vibration of air. On a blank page, a narrative takes shape, which goes beyond a visible story: pure dance and narrative fragments burst through images related to some of the oldest stories, like pieces of a single story”.

Damiano Ottavio Bigi moved from the Opera di Roma to Dimitris Papaioannou’s company, passing through several companies (CNDC d’Angers and the CCN of Nantes), before becoming a member in 2005 of the Tanztheater Wuppertal directed by Pina Bausch, where he still works as a guest artist. In 2010 he participated in the film “PINA” by Wim Wenders. In 2016 he received the “Premio Capri Danza International” and in 2020 the “Premio Sfera d’Oro per la Danza”. Alessandra Paoletti graduated from the Accademia Nazionale d’Arte Drammatica “Silvio D’Amico” and then alternated between roles as both performer and director. Among the most significant encounters and collaborations of her career are those with A. Knapp, J.A. Stanzak, T. Ostmeier, J. Muller / Fura dels Baus, J. Sanchis Sinisterra, R. Garcia and L. De Bei, with whom she collaborated on the direction of the show Le mattine dieci alle quattro, which was the winner of the 2010 Golden Graal Prize for direction. For several years she collaborated with the Istanbul Municipal Theater as a director. FRITZ Company Bigi/Paoletti is an artistic project and dance-theatre company founded in 2020 by Damiano Ottavio Bigi, a dancer and choreographer, and Alessandra Paoletti, an actress and director. Their work was born from a dialogue with different languages, moving between dance, theatre and visual arts. The company has been supported by the Simona Bucci/Degli Istanti Company since 2021.