Simone Carella

Autodiffamazione, 1976

Simone Carella. Autodiffamazione. 1976.

Autodiffamazione (1976)

by Simone Carella
with Steve Paxton
film by Alessandro Figurelli
directed by Simone Carella
debut: Rome, Beat’ 72, 31 January 1976

Autodiffamazione. Presentation

di Silvana Sinisi
The staging of Autodiffamazione relies on the abstract means of light and sound and on the dematerialised intervention of the recorded image – the only real physical presence is that of an empty chair, placed symbolically to emphasise the actor’s absence from the stage. Rejecting also the mediating role of text, Carella’s mise en scène appears to express a need to re-appropriate theatrical experience by vindicating the demiurgic role of the director as sole author of the performance: the human presence is cut, and with it what also disappears is any kind of margin for the unexpected –here, all of the theatre’s components are brought back to the objectivity of a system based on the regulated rate of mechanical forces. The operation begins and ends within an idea-project that is an intransitive and self-significant event: the focus shifts from the level of communication or of expression to a sole interest in the mental processes underlying a syntactic organisation of signs.

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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

Ulisse Benedetti, Programma di Sala, teatro beat '72, 31 January 1976

Franco Quadri e Silvana Sinisi, AUTODIFFAMAZIONE. Intervista con Simone Carella, in Franco Quadri, (a cura di), L'avanguardia teatrale in Italia, Einaudi, Turin 1977



by Simone Carella and Ulisse Benedetti
Private archive of Simone Carella

Franco Cordelli, Quella sedia vuota recita proprio bene, «Paese sera», 3 February 1976

Fernanda Pivano. e l'attore?, «Il Messaggero» 21 April 1976

Context materials

Valentina Valentini, Due testi equivalenti, in Valentina Valentini, Dopo il teatro moderno, Giancarlo Politi editore, Milan, July 1989