Massimiliano Civica, Michele Di Stefano, Daria Deflorian e Antonio Tagliarini [IT]



Laterale is a new section that Danae Festival inaugurates for its twentieth anniversary and that puts together projects running alongside, underneath, or prior to the completed version of a show, that are invisible, different: thoughts, perspectives, reflections, researches on creation methods.
This year’s Laterale section presents:

Three remarkable video extracts featuring three great artists – Orson Welles, Nina Simone and Ettore Petrolini – are the starting point of a discussion on the art of acting. A show-conference where the multi-awarded director Massimiliano Civica tries to demonstrate how great actors can touch us by being demure about their feelings, resisting the stream of troubling emotions rather than unleashing them. Hovering between performance and theatre, Massimiliano Civica explains his thesis in an amusing and amused way, but also with passion and preciseness, digressing from his discourse with forays into the History of 20th-century theatre and other little surprises.

of and with Massimiliano Civica
duration 50 minutes

followed by

A meeting with the audience to celebrate Danae’s 20 years

of and with Michele Di Stefano
duration 30 minuti

followed by

QUADERNI come una scena è diventata quello che è
Hovering between narration and vision, Daria and Antonio open their working notebooks to the audience in an attempt – far from being exhaustive – to reveal some of their secrets. Starting from the original materials of some scenes, they explain their evolution/transformation into the final play as if climbing to the tip of an iceberg. They share their method and show – between autobiography and literary passions, asides and returning obsessions – the fil rouge connecting words and writing so typical of their style.

of and with Daria Deflorian e Antonio Tagliarini
duration 40 minuti

Massimiliano Civica graduated in History of Theatre at the Faculty of Humanities of Università La Sapienza in Rome and then pursued his education by following a varied pathway ranging from experimental theatre to traditional academies (he took a diploma in Direction at the Accademia Nazionale d’Arte Drammatica Silvio D’Amico) and to his apprenticeship at Teatro della Tosse in Genoa. His plays are featured in the most important Italian theatres and festivals, and obtained several prizes. In 2007 he was appointed Artistic Director of Teatro della Tosse in Genoa. In 2012 he started working with the playwright Armando Pirozzi and in 2018 he won the Premio Ubu for Best Direction for Un quaderno per l’inverno. Since 2013 he has been teaching the “Alta Specializzazione in recitazione” course at the Accademia Nazionale d’Arte Drammatica Silvio D’Amico in Rome. In 2018 he was awarded the Premio Hystrio for Direction for his overall achievements in theatre.

Michele Di Stefano, choreographer and performer, joined the punk-new wave music scene of the 80s after his studies to eventually embark on a self-learning project on body research by founding the group MK, featured in the most important festivals of the new scene. Alongside the tours of their plays, the group is greatly engaged in conferences, workshops and experimental proposals, among which the Balinese Dance Platform at the Festival di Santarcangelo (2014 and 2015), the projects for Biennale Danza 2013-14-15, and the organisation of the series of performances Angelo Mai Italia Tropici in Rome. In 2014 they were awarded the Leone d’Argento at Biennale Danza directed by Virgilio Sieni. In 2018 Michele Di Stefano was invited to supervise the Outdoor section of the Festival Bolzano Danza and to participate in the Artists’ Summit organised at PACT Zollverein in Essen.

Daria Deflorian and Antonio Tagliarini are authors, directors and performers. Their first joint work, Rewind, omaggio a Café Müller di Pina Bausch, was produced in 2008. Their collaboration gave birth to plays based on original texts. In 2012 Daria Deflorian was awarded the Premio Ubu for Best Leading Actress for the play Reality. The play Ce ne andiamo per non darvi altre preoccupazioni, made in collaboration with Monica Piseddu and Valentino Villa, won the Premio Ubu 2014 for Best Italian New Play and the 2016 Critics’ Award for Best Foreign Play in Quebec, Canada. They are currently working at the premiere of their new play, Quasi niente, loosely inspired by the motion picture Red Desert by Michelangelo Antonioni. 

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