ovvero le storie delle Camille

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Marta Cuscunà returns to the Piccolo with a science-fiction play for actresses and animatronic creatures, inspired by the eco-feminist ideas of Donna Haraway; in a not-too-distant future, the human race genetically unites with other species in order to save our plant and once again take care of it.

Piccolo Teatro Strehler

Following the performances from last season, with the staging at the Teatro Grassi of È bello vivere liberi!, La semplicità ingannata e Il canto della caduta, Marta Cuscunà returns to the Piccolo with a work inspired by Le storie delle Camille by the philosopher and eco-feminist Donna Haraway.
A science-fiction play that explores a near future in which the human race joins forces with other species to save our planet and to once again take (better) care of it. The Earthbounds of the title are, in fact, humans who have been implanted with the genes of creatures destined to become extinct, with the dual aim of conserving the species and overcoming the division between humankind and nature that has characterised the Anthropocene.
“In order to achieve true climatic balance – explains Marta Cuscunà – the Earthbounds aim to reduce the presence of humans on Earth. “Make bonds, not children” is the ethical principle of a new birth-control policy based on bonds of care instead of bloodlines. For the Earthbounds, reproduction is a rare, precious and collective choice, one for which the entire community takes responsibility. This is why at least three parents are assigned to each new life”.
On stage, the Earthbounds come to life through the animatronic creations designed by Paola Villani and inspired by the work of the artist Patricia Piccinini, in a monologue for actresses and puppets that transforms contemporary eco-feminism into a theatrical performance.

Set photos © Guido Mencari

Duration: 65’ without interval

The Playbill

ovvero le storie delle Camille
loosely based on Staying with the Trouble by Donna Haraway (© 2016, Duke University Press)
by and starring Marta Cuscunà 
sets Paola Villani
director’s assistant Marco Rogante
animatronic design Paola Villani
animatronics Paola Villani and Marco Rogante 
animatronic creatures sculpted by João Rapaz, Janaína Drummond, Mariana Fonseca, Rodrigo Pereira, Catarina Santiago, Francisco Tomàs (Oldskull FX) 
dramaturg Giacomo Raffaelli 
sound design Michele Braga 
lighting design Claudio “Poldo” Parrino
technical director Massimo Gianaroli 
set director, chief electrician and sound engineer Marco Rogante 
stagehand Simone Spangaro / Jurgen Koci
sound technician Matteo Stanzani
sets built in the ERT/Teatro Fondazione workshop
Technical sponsor igus® innovazione con i tecnopolimeri
Pulegge Marta s.r.l. forniture per l’industria 
metalwork Righi Franco Srl
steel cables and sheathing for bicycle brakes Franza Giuseppe
set photography Guido Mencari
special thanks to Giusi Merli for her kind permission to use her likeness for the creation of Camille 1
and to Guqin Wu for having so generously joined us for part of our journey
a Emilia Romagna Teatro ERT / Teatro Nazionale, CSS Teatro stabile di innovazione del FVG, Etnorama production 
with the support of São Luiz Teatro Municipal 
with the support of the Italian Cultural Institute in Lisbon, i-Portunus, A Tarumba - Teatro de Marionetas, and the citizens who supported the #iosonoMecenate project
(patrons Carlo Chiarino, Anonimə, Tania Grimaldi, Anonimə, Multiservice di Gloria Vezzoli, Davide Pocchiesa, Eleonora Belloni, Claudio Regeni, Giovanna Rovedo, Omar Manini, Veronica Viotti, Michele Ferrandino, Isabella Sartogo, Roberto Franco, Anonimə, Gianna Gorza, Serena Stocco, Angela Ascari, Laura Cantarella, Agata Cacciola, Anna Zucchiatti, Alessandro Amato, Franco Parlamento, Anonimə)
in collaboration with Dialoghi - performing arts residencies at Villa Manin 2018/2020
with thanks to Andrea Macaluso, Antonella Ninni, Barbara Boninsegna, Eleonora Odorizzi, Famiglia Cuscunà/Zucchiatti, Famiglia Villani e dipendenti ditta Marta, Filippo Raschi, Francesco Gritti, Francesco il biciclettaio, Il lavoratorio, Jean-François Mathieu, Laura Marinelli, Maria Magalhaes, Sue Ellen, Chiara Venturini, Samuele Nicolettis per Veleria Onesails, Valentina Fogliani

Category of performance Hosted Shows
Stalls full price € 33 | Discounted (under 26 and over 65) € 21
Balcony full price € 26 | Discounted (Under 26 and over 65) € 18

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