Fanny & Alexander
October 3 – 4, 2012
production Fanny & Alexander and Drodesera/Fies
with the cooperation of Les Brigittines, Bruxelles
with the contribution of POGAS – Politiche Giovanili e Attività Sportive
concept Chiara Lagani and Luigi de Angelis
music Mirto Baliani
photographs Enrico Fedrigoli
dramaturgy Chiara Lagani
costumes Chiara Lagani and Sofia Vannini
morse choreography Luigi de Angelis and Koen De Preter
direction, set, lighting design Luigi de Angelis
with Koen De Preter
and with Chey Chankethya
voice of Oz Marco Cavalcoli
iron monolith’s realization and planning Nicola Fagnani (Opera Ovunque)
super8 shots Luigi de Angelis
super8 editing Cesare Comandini
promotion and press office Marco Molduzzi
logistics Fabio Sbaraglia
administration Marco Cavalcoli and Debora Pazienza
I haven’t got a heart! Just beat on my chest and you will see:
NO HEART, ALL HOLLOW! NO HEART! ALL HOLLOW!
(F. L. Baum “The wonderful wizard of Oz”)
What hath Oz wrought!
(1844 May 24th, text of the first Morse message sent by man)
In the tale a woodman is in love with a young girl. The witch of the East, envious, casts a spell on his axe, which breaks him into pieces. The young girl collects those pieces and brings them to the smith. The smith attaches new pieces, made of tin, to the man.
But he forgets the heart. And so the man, without a heart, cannot love anymore, he forgets the young girl and leaves her.
In the tale a house coming from the West fell from the sky. It fell down upon the East, on its witch, and pulverized her.
In the tale a boy who hasn’t got a heart anymore speaks a language made of beats, using the organ and the pieces left.
Brief beats and long beats, beats of a Morse heart, an imagined and imaginary heart: TI TA TA TI TI TI TA TI TA TI TA TI TI TI TI TI TA TI…
In the tale a tinman goes to the Wizard of Oz to ask him a new heart.
In the tale the Wizard promised to a boy a new heart in exchange for his story.
That story is sunk into silence, into oblivion: it’s a tale broken into pieces, unspeakable, impossible. His words have been already written and are dictated to him: they are the very same ones of the story of Oz.
Will that boy be capable to pass round them, embody them, re-translate them, overtake them, face his own unavoidable test?
Will we be capable to impress on our memory his broken silent words? In the end, will we be capable to decipher his tale, buried into secret, nailed to a mysterious and inflexible rule, the one of numbers and rhythm? And then, will we be able to remember him, to tell about him again?
IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE VERB AND THE VERB WAS WITH OZ:
English/ Italian/ Morse
ARM / braccio / ._ ._. _ _ HAND / mano / …. ._ _. _.. ME / io / _ _ .
AXE / scure / ._ _.._ . HEART / cuore / …. . ._ ._. _ NO / no / _. _ _ _
CUT / tagliare / _._. .._ _ HOLE / buco / …. _ _ _ ._.. . SPELL / incantesimo / … ._ _. . ._.. ._..
FEET / piedi / .._. . . _ LEG / gamba / ._.. . _ _. TIN / stagno / _ .. _.
GIRL / ragazza / _ _. .. ._. ._.. LOVE / amore / ._.. _ _ _ …_ . TINSMITH / fabbro / _ .. _. … _ _ .. _ ….
GIVE / dare / _ _. .. …_ . MAN / uomo / _ _ ._ _. WITCH / strega / ._ _ .. _ _._. ….