Nel tempo degli dèi

Duration: 2 hours with no interval

For a number of years, Marco Paolini has been exploring the character of Ulysses. His first approach dates back to 2003, at the archaeological site of Carsulae, with the musical improvisation of Giorgio Gaslini and Uri Caine, and sets by Arnaldo Pomodoro. In Milan in 2013, as part of a series of events related to the performances of Odyssey by Bob Wilson at the Teatro Strehler, he offered audiences a re-reading of that work.
Now, with the collaboration of Francesco Niccolini, for writing, and the directing of Gabriele Vacis, that narration has found its centre in the Gods, puppet-masters for human destiny.
The shoemaker of the sub-title is the aoidos, who weaves the story onto the body and personality of Ulysses as an artisan does with a pair of shoes.
«The poetry of Homer’s tradition is the foundation of Western thought and our common ideas. The challenge is to lend sound to those books, enter into a flow, a consonance which allows us to re-create the enchantment of the original. Homer tells of an era of gods, demigods and heroes. Now, the potential that progress has given us means that we, westerners, are the divinities of this world. We have an immense power which requires balance».
The Ulysses imagined by Paolini has experienced much, he has travelled and suffered. An elderly man, more than twenty years spent away from home, Itaca. Almost at the end of his terrestrial life, he continues to be insincere, he loves to hide his identity, and he reflects extensively before speaking, but when he does, he enchants.
«We didn’t want to tell the usual stories about Ulysses - adds Niccolini -. This is why we went to examine other sources, to understand how to “betray” Homer while remaining true to tradition».
«We immediately took on the roles of gods at the centre of the work - says Vacis -, for a reason that for us was obvious: the grand migrations that we see, the tens of thousands of people fleeing from misery and war towards the north and the west tell us that we are “the gods”. We welcome, reject, and play with other people’s destinies and, like Homer’s divinities, we act in an irrational and incomprehensible way».
«Working for the first time in a production for the Piccolo - concludes Paolini -, an idea which is the fruit of a long relationship of collaboration and trust, is a challenge for me to put to one side my habits of navigating “alone” in order to live the adventure of creating a new show together with others».

Nel tempo degli dèi
Ulysses’s shoemaker
by Marco Paolini and Francesco Niccolini
with Marco Paolini
and with Saba Anglana, Elisabetta Bosio, Vittorio Cerroni, Lorenzo Monguzzi, Elia Tapognani
sets, luminism and style Roberto Tarasco
directed by Gabriele Vacis
a Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d’Europa and Jolefilm production

SEASON 2020/2021

Rome – from 6 to 11 April 2021
Teatro Quirino Info

SEASON 2019/2020

Gibellina (TP) – 27 and 28 July 2019
Baglio Di Stefano Info

Fiesole (FI) – 30 July 2019
Teatro Romano Info

Modena – from 10 to 13 October 2019
Teatro Storchi Info

Saronno – 19 October 2019
Teatro Giuditta Pasta Info

Venice – from 24 to 27 October 2019
Teatro Goldoni Info

Genoa – from 29 October to 3 November 2019
Teatro della Corte Info

Bolzano - from 7 to 10 November 2019
Teatro Comunale Info

Padua – from 13 to 17 November 2019
Teatro Verdi Info

Cluj-Napoca, România – 20 November 2019
Hungarian Theatre of Cluj – Interferences International Theatre Festival

Trieste – from 27 November to 1 December 2019
Il Rossetti Info

Turin – 17 and 18 January 2020
Teatro Colosseo Info

Legnano (Mi) – 24 January 2020
Teatro Galleria Info

Correggio (Re)– 28 and 29 January 2020
Teatro Asioli Info

Florence – 31 January and 1 February 2020
Teatro Puccini Info

Bologna – from 6 to 9 February 2020
Arena del Sole Info

Forlì – 10 February 2020
Teatro Fabbri Info

Udine – 12 and 13 February 2020
Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine Info

A short version of the show entitled Odysseus Filò has been performed in London, Paris and Brussels in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institutes.

London 8 June 2019
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Paris 10 June 2019
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Brussels 21 October 2019
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