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Contemporary #19. Deflorian/Tagliarini: Scavi



Contemporary #19. Deflorian/Tagliarini: Scavi

Performance by Daria Deflorian and Antonio Tagliarini (50’)
With an introduction and a talk moderated by Monica Capuani

Curated and moderated by Monica Capuani, “Contemporary” is a series of encounters – conversations, readings and live performances – presenting to the British audience an authoritative overview of Italian contemporary theatre.
Italian actors, playwrights and directors, both acclaimed masters and successful new voices, talk about their artistic research and discuss with important figures of British contemporary theatre.

In the process of creating their works, playwrights, directors and actors Daria Deflorian and Antonio Tagliarini are very much influenced by their literary and cinema tastes. Their last piece, Quasi niente (Almost Nothing), has been inspired by Michelangelo Antonioni’s Deserto rosso (Red Desert).
The event will start with a short introduction followed by the performance Scavi (Excavations), also inspired by the film.

The performance will be in Italian with English surtitling.


Daria Deflorian and Antonio Tagliarini are two performers, writers and directors who, alongside their own personal works, have embarked on an intense and regular collaboration since 2008. Their first such collaborative work was Rewind, a tribute to Cafè Muller by Pina Bausch, created in 2008 for the Festival Short Theatre of Rome, which subsequently toured various Italian and European festivals. In 2009 they co-wrote, directed and acted in their own production called From A to D and back again, loosely based on Andy Warhol’s similarly titled book, for the Palladium Theatre in Rome. Since 2011 they have worked on Progetto Reality (Project Reality) which has morphed into two works: czeczy/cose, (things) an installation/performance first performed at Rome’s Festival Short Theatre in 2011 and Reality, which was commissioned for the Festival Inequilibrio di Castiglioncello in 2012. In Autumn 2012 they were invited to take part in the Teatro di Roma’s Perdutamente project which led to their play Ce ne andiamo per non darvi altre preoccupazioni (We’re Leaving So You Don’t Have To Worry Anymore) in December 2012. This work constituted the initial study of a production which premiered in November 2013 for the Festival Romaeuropa where they were joined on stage by two other co-creators/performers Monica Piseddu and Valentino Villa. This play won the Ubu Award 2014 for Best New Italian Dramaturgical Research. In 2012 Daria Deflorian had already won an Ubu Award as Best Actress in Lucia Calamaro’s Origine del mondo. Deflorian and Tagliarini’s new piece Quasi niente, inspired by Michelangelo Antonioni’s Deserto Rosso, will be presented at Romaeuropa Festival 2018. Scavi, a 50-minute performance also inspired by that film, will be presented at the Italian Cultural Institute in London.

Monica Capuani is a freelance cultural journalist for important Italian magazines such as L’Espresso, L’Europeo, io Donna, Elle. She is also a literary translator from English and French, having translated more than seventy novels, and of English and American Drama, bringing several plays to the Italian stage, most recently The Pride by Alexi Kaye Campbell, directed and interpreted by Luca Zingaretti.


Date: Friday, November 23, 2018

Time: At 6:30 pm

Organized by : IIC Londra

Entrance : Free


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