Granteatro. The Bathhouse.1972. Photo published in «Settegiorni», 16 January 1972
Granteatro. The Bathhouse.1972. Photo published in «Settegiorni», 16 January 1972

The Bathhouse. 1971

The focus has been published in the section attachments of the No.1 of Sciami|ricerche.

The Bathhouse (1971)

by Vladimir Majakovskij
translation by Carlo Cecchi, Italo Spinelli, Marina Spreafico
directed by Carlo Cecchi
set and costumes by Franz Prati
lights by Settimio Segnatelli
with Silvana Bertorelli, Toni Bertorelli, Carlo Cecchi, Anna D’Offizi, Gianni Guaraldi, Gigio Morra, Giancarlo Palermo, Marilù Prati, Italo Spinelli, Marina Spreafico, Massimiliano Troian; al debutto anche: Sabina De Guida, Jara Bitetti, Peter Hartaman, Manuela Morosini
preview Santarcangelo, luglio 1971
Debut Roma, Spaziozero, dicembre 1971

The Bathhouse. Presentation

by Donatella Orecchia
Carlo Cecchi, Italo Spinelli and Marina Spreafico translated and abridged Mayakovsky’s The Bathhouse from Elsa Trioler’s French edition of the play; in doing so, they chose a lens inherited from the Neapolitan theatrical tradition.
Re-modulated in an epic-grotesque key, this re-write, as stated in the programme notes, is the proof of how Brecht’s formulation of epic theatre can easily find a comfortable environment in Neapolitan theatre in dialect – a marriage of forms that expresses the complex and contradictory reality of the present and that, at the same time, makes Mayakovsky’s original intentions more immediately understandable.
The original synopsis is well-known: “Ciudakov the inventor has made a time-machine that allows for travel into the future, both there and back. The invention can’t get through the red tape imposed by public offices, nor by the obstacles posed by the supreme chief comrade Pobiedonosikov. A fluorescent woman appears from the machine, in charge of choosing the best men to accompany her into the future for the next 100 years. Pobiedonosikov the bureaucrat, imagining himself amongst the chosen few, does everything he can to arrange the future travellers’ visas and documents for travel. But the six men the woman chooses to accompany her are all workers and proletarians, and likes of Pobiedonosikov are all left at home”

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Documents are published in original language. In case the translation is present, both the original and the translation are published.

Writings by artists and interviews
Granteatro, La messa in scena del «Bagno», in F. Quadri, L'avanguardia teatrale in Italia (materiali 1960-1976), Turin, Einaudi, 1977
Programma di sala del «Bagno», in Study Center of the Stable Theater of Turin, Majakovsky Cartella, «Bathhouse»
Carlo Cecchi, Goffredo Fofi, Autobiografia del Granteatro (intervista a Carlo Cecchi, Scandiano 27 ottobre 1974), in F. Quadri, L'avanguardia teatrale in Italia (materiali 1960-1976), Turin, Einaudi, 1977
Il Bagno. 1971.
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Aggeo Savioli, Chiara e frizzante l'acqua del «Bagno», «l'Unità», December 30, 1971
Corrado Augias, Acquistasi macchina ammazza burocrati, «l'Espresso», January 23, 1972
Franco Quadri, Il bagno, «Panorama», February 10, 1972
Franco Cuomo, Il bagno, «Sipario», February, 1972
Aldo Paladini, Anche a Spazio Zero è di scena "il bagno", «il Dramma», April, 1972
Italo Moscati, Teatro. “Il bagno” nella sceneggiata, «Settegiorni», January 16, 1972
Critical writings
Giuseppe Bartolucci, La politica derisoria del "Bagno" di Majakowskij, in Giuseppe Bartolucci, La politica del nuovo, Rome, Ellegi edizioni, 1973

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