Simone Carella

Viaggio sentimentale…ed oltre, 1976

Simone Carella. Viaggio sentimentale...e oltre.1976

Viaggio sentimentale… ed oltre (1976)

by Simone Carella e Ulisse Benedetti
with Corine Young, Charlene Bogen, Antonello Neri
stage reconstruction by Domenico Bianchi, Gianni Dessì, Marco Pistolesi
debut: Rome, Beat’ 72, 27th May 1976

Viaggio sentimentale… ed oltre

by Francesco Panaro
In Simone Carella and Ulisse Benedetti’s Viaggio sentimentale… ed oltre (‘Sentimental Journey… and Beyond’, shown for the first time at Beat ’72 on May 27th 1976, performed by the company Gruppo Teatro Stran’amore), sound was the dominating element. The performance contained an investigation into sound that tied together the three pieces that formed the whole. The first element was Feu dartifice by the Italian futurist Giacomo Balla with music by Igor Stravinsky, an abstract mise en scène from 1917 in the form of a dancerless ballet of four minutes and a half. The second element was Simone Carella’s own Feu dartifice, which involved sixty light changes: effectively a symphony of colours which perfectly and synchronically matched the music. Once again, Carella did without the actor here, preferring to treat the theatre as an abstract entity and employing the origins of abstract theatre as a line of research: the futurist theatre had also worked on the absence of the actor, in pieces such as Depero’s Colori from 1916 or some of Prampolini’s pieces from the Pantomima Futurista, in which the actor was substituted by “jolts and luminous shapes”.

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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

Titti Danese, Viaggio sentimentale...ed oltre, theatre programme

Franco Quadri, Intervista con Simone Carella, in F. Quadri, (edited by), L'avanguardia teatrale in Italia, Giulio Einaudi editore, Turin, 1977


Viaggio sentimentale... ed oltre

by Simone Carella and Ulisse Benedetti
Private archive of Simone Carella

Franco Cordelli, Delitti della Stein in cucina, «Paese Sera», 24 May 1976

Franco Quadri, VIAGGIO SENTIMENTALE... ED OLTRE, «Panorama», 26 May 1976

Franco Cordelli, «Viaggio sentimentale» attraverso il paradosso, «Paese Sera», May 30, 1976

Critical writings

Silvana Sinisi, Il tracciato dello Stranamore, «Teatroltre. La scrittura scenica», n° 15, 1977.

Silvana Sinisi, Viaggio sentimentale…ed oltre, in Silvana Sinisi, Dalla parte dell’occhio, Edizioni Kappa, Rome, 1983.

Context materials

Giacomo Balla

Feu d’artifice 1917 Abstract action of light and color on music by Igor Stravinsky for the Russian ballets by Sergej Djagilev, Teatro Costanzi, Rome, 1917.