First Show: 27/07/2007 - Time: 21.30
Location: Teatro Antico
by and with Vincenzo Pirrotta based on Sofocle
with Giovanni Calcagno and Filippo Luna
Directed by Vincenzo Pirrotta
Chorus Maurizio Rippa, Salvatore Ragusa, Nancy Lombardo
Scene and costume Giuseppina Maurizi
Live Music by Ramberto Ciammarughi
co-production Taormina Arte and Teatro Garibaldi of Palermo - Union of European Theatres
Philoctetes is the tragedy of solitude, and closes my trilogy of myth: Eumenidi and the judge in 2004, the Cyclops is like a metaphor for the fighting man, who escapes from the monstruosity which follows him every day in 2005.
Philoctetes is a very modern tragedy which deals with the language of today, which is the drama of the depression of man.
The part of the protagonist is characterised not only by the physical suffering which periodically seizes him, but also by the drag of the day by day pained and frustrated existence.
Man is the centre of the tragedy : in all his terrible pain of living, as rarely happens in classic tragedy, Gods have a marginal role.
It is not a coincidence that, while Eracle occupies only a short part of the tragedy, Philoctetes, from his appearance in the parodo, dominates the scene until the end. And there are not only the divine words of Eracle however solemn (wise), to close the drama, but those of the actor.
In the long suffering of Philoctetes, dark and desperate suffering, becomes, in the sweetness of memory, just melancholy. Because through the memory, the unhappy, the depressed people of today live his drama.
But, in my Philoctetes will also emerge the strongest contrast between his tears, his lamentation, and the song, you may say the scream, of the crew of Ulysses which arrives on the island of Lemno to seize the bow.
And the scream which bursts the silence, is, however, the scream of the war, the other human tragedy we will see in Ulysses's , Neoptolemus' and the chorus sailors- warriors' eyes.
My mise-en-scene will be therefore characterised by the rotation of these two songs.
The tearful whine of the dog that is hopelessly singing at the moon and lapsing into a lament dying in his chest and the dreadful, brutal scream of the war, the fierce song that starts and brutally bursts in the setting.
Chosing the "sound" of these two screams I wish to continue my research on the Mediterranean archaic phenomena that will be revised by the talented Ramberto Ciammarughi who is already composing for electtric guitars and percussion.
The two roles of Neoptolemus and Ulysses will be played by Giovanni Calcagno and Filippo Luna, two actors who starred in my latest performances, brilliant fellow travellers along with a chorus whose members are the actors of the company that has been working with me for three years.
The scene-setting and the costumes will be entrusted to Giuseppina Maurizi.
I will be on the stage playing the role of Philoctetes.