Tu es libre

Touring production
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A young French woman heads for Syria to join a group of fighters. It is a choice that disturbs those she leaves behind; her parents, her partner, her friend - all trying to understand what led her to make a decision so far removed from Western ethics and morals.

Piccolo Teatro Studio Melato

Haner has gone, and no-one understands why. She has left her country, France, and has gone to Syria where she has joined Daesh and accepted a social, cultural and ethical system that is totally different from Western models. Haner has no Middle-Eastern origins, she is not marginalised, she has not been manipulated and she is sane, yet she has decided to join a group and become a foreign fighter. This piece by Francesca Garolla (playing herself in the role of the writer) staged by Renzo Martinelli is a reflection on freedom of choice. A freedom that is shown in all its violence. A fierce freedom that is impossible to control, define or interpret, which goes beyond values of life and death, beyond oppression and beyond any prediction.
How much freedom are we able to tolerate, and in what form? This is a question - with no definitive answer - that is echoed in the words of the play’s characters: Haner’s mother, father, partner and friend all try to make sense of her story. Fragments of memories, feelings and impressions that help to piece together a complex human puzzle, leading to a single conclusion, that understanding comes from acceptance and respect for others. The realisation that Haner’s freedom was so total and absolute as to be defined “obscene”.

Duration: 80 minutes without interval

Meetings and insights

The Playbill

Piccolo Teatro Studio Melato
from 9 to 18 October 2020
Tu es libre
by Francesca Garolla
directed by Renzo Martinelli
with Viola Graziosi, Paolo Lorimer, Maria Caggianelli Villani, Maziar Firouzi, Francesca Garolla, Francesca Osso
lighting by Mattia De Pace, sound by Giuseppe Ielasi
sound design by Fabio Cinicola, set design Renzo Martinelli
director’s assistant Michele Ciardulli
a Teatro I production
with the support of
Fabulamundi Playwriting Europe – Beyond Borders? and NEXT – Laboratorio delle idee per la produzione e la distribuzione dello spettacolo dal vivo lombardo – ed. 2017 / 2018
piece chosen by Comédie Française and finalist for the Riccione Theatre Award
Création réalisée dans le cadre des Résidences de la Chartreuse de Villeneuve lez Avignon, Programme Odyssée –ACCR, avec le soutien du Ministère de la culture et de la communication
and with the support of the DE.MO - Movin’Up project, second session 2015 and the DE.MO./MOVIN'UP SPECIAL AWARD for the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activity and Tourism - GAI - Association for the Young Italian Artist Circuit

The text Tu es libre is published by Cue Press (2017)

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Balcony: Full price € 26

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