Fanny & Alexander

February 19 – 24, 2014

Discorso Giallo - Discorso Grigio

@ Teatro I · Milano
Via Gaudenzio Ferrari, 11

February 19 – 20, h. 21:00
February 22, h. 21:00
February 23, h. 18:30

February 21 h. 21:00
February 22 h. 22:30
February 23 h. 17:00
February 24 h. 21:00

Discorso Giallo (Yellow Speech)
Fanny & Alexander presents the national preview of the second stage in progress of the project “Speeches”: Discorso Giallo (Yellow Speech), which will have its première in June 2013 at the Festival delle Colline Torinesi.

production E / Fanny & Alexander
in collaboration with Solares delle Arti – Teatro delle Briciole
concept Luigi De Angelis and Chiara Lagani
dramaturgy Chiara Lagani
sound project The Mad Stork
direction Luigi De Angelis
with Chiara Lagani

But I’m not the only one who deserves credit for teaching a million and a half people to read and write on TV. I was just the “television puppet”, the one who aroused people’s interest…
Alberto Manzi, about “Non è mai troppo tardi” (“It’s never too late”)

But what will you do when you grow up? Oh, a veterinarian? Really? And you, do you deal with politics? Oh, no? I thought I heard that you already have a precise view! No? Oh!
Sandra Milo, “Piccoli Fans” (“Little Fans”)

There will be three traffic lights: the green one means that you will immediately take part in the prime time show. One is red: it means out of the show. The yellow one means: you’re still in the running, but we don’t have a clear idea of you.
Maria De Filippi, “Amici” (“Friends”)

What is it about televisual culture that we so hate? Why are we so immersed in it if we hate it so?
(David Foster Wallace)

Discorso Giallo raises some questions on the delicate subject of pedagogical TV. A good or bad teacher, TV? From the original purposes, that is fighting illiteracy and lack of instruction, to the mise-en-scène of good feelings where children, between an anecdote and a little song, are turned into a show of cuteness and amazement for adults and families, up to the meritocratic competitive proposal of talent shows (“Amici”), Chiara Lagani embodies here, as if in a concert, the metamorphic merged figure of an emblematic adult/child, pupil/teacher/host, subject and object of some famous TV shows intertwined and superimposed, crossing some well-known television figures: teacher Alberto Manzi from “It’s never too late”, Sandra Milo and her “Little fans”, up to Maria De Filippi. Yellow as coercion, prohibition: yellow is the color of the referee’s booking card, of the lines on the asphalt that prohibit parking. Yellow-roadworks, a hint of forbidden areas. Yellow-traffic light: wait, limbo. Acid and light. Yellow is a dazzling light flooding into the room, dark at times, of human systems full of possibilities and terrible contradictions.

sound editing Sergio Policicchio
costumes Chiara Lagani and Simonetta Venturini
masks Nicola Fagnani
promotion Paola Granato and Marco Molduzzi
organization Serena Terranova
logistics Fabio Sbaraglia
administration Marco Cavalcoli and Debora Pazienza