made in italy (2007)
By and with Valeria Raimondi, Enrico Castellani
Scenography Babilonia Teatri/Gianni Volpe
Costumes Babilonia Teatri/Franca Piccoli
Light and sound Luca Scotton
Stage movements Luca Scotton
Organisation Alice Castellani
Stage photographer Marco Caselli Nirmal
Illustrations Ilaria Dalle Donne
A co-production of Babilonia Teatri / Operaestate Festival Veneto
With the support of Viva Opera CIrcus/Teatro dell’Angelo
Year of production 2007
Winner Premio Scenario 2007, Premio Vertigine 2010
Nominated for Premio Ubu 2008 for best Italian newcomer / prize for dramaturgical research
Babilonia teatri. made in italy (2007)
by Valentina Solinas
made in italy is the performance that marked the emergence of Babilonia Teatri’s style. It’s composed of eight actions for the stage interrupted by two musical interludes and by a scene change in full lighting. Similarly to Panopticon Frankenstein, the company’s second performance, the piece addresses issues from the media, consumerism and racism.
The show’s pretext comes from an episode from real life, experienced by Valeria Raimondi: the group’s co-founder was in a pizzeria in Verona as the TV news showed images of a wall separating the Moroccan neighbourhood of the city of Padova from the rest of the town being knocked down. She witnessed explosions of anger, insults and curses towards the immigrants, and eventually left the pizzeria feeling disconcerted. Her need to express her rage towards the closed-mindedness of these people gave birth to made in italy, a whole scene of which is dedicated to Italy’s racial problem and to the perils of its provincial mentality. The performance is sparse and only uses a few scenographic elements: garden gnomes are used to construct the last image, and other images are fabricated using glowing coloured threads – at the beginning of the piece, a red apple hangs from one of such threads behind Raimondi and Castellani, framing the apple as a symbol of sin and the two artists as Adam and Eve.
Documents are published in original language. In case the translation is present, both the original and the translation are published.
made in italy
Silvia De March, Made in Italy di Babilonia Teatri, «Altre Velocità.it».
Claudia Cannella, Made in Italy e gli altri; prove di volo del nuovo teatro, «Hystrio», n.2, April-June 2009.
Oliviero Ponte di Pino, Un teatro divertente per un paese disperato, «ateatro», n.124, 10 October 2009.
Stefano Casi, Babilonia Teatri, un rap per gli orrori del Belpaese, «Hystrio», n. 2, April-June 2009.