2020 • IF Prana
2020 • IF Prana
Theatrical project which explores the thoughts of Mario Mieli1.
TECHNIQUE Animation frame by frame2
BY Irene Serini3
WITH Irene Serini e Caterina Simonelli4
ANIMATION Anna Resmini
LIGHT AND SOUND Caterina Simonelli
PHOTOGRAPHY Luca Del Pia
VIDEO Elvio Longato
PRODUCTION IF Prana
IN COLLABORATION WITH Olinda5 Residenza Artistica
Abracadabra – Incantesimi di Mario Mieli is a theatrical performance divided into different stages, called Studi (studies) invented and planned by Irene Serini with the intent to explore the thoughts of Mario Mieli, a unique figure in Italian culture who was very quickly dismissed.
The five studies which make up the whole play touch different areas of intimate thought in various ways. Every step is independent and autonomous compared with the previous one and deals with Mario Mieli’s visionary, lucid thoughts as a key to explore the present.
The fourth study – Abracadabra – Incantesimi di Mario Mieli [studio#4] Il Regno della Libertà (Spells by Mario Mieli [study#4] The Reign of Freedom), debuted on 6th October 2020 at Milan’s Teatro Litta.
In this study, we pass from the dimension of the monologue to that of the dialogue – the actresses are now two and not one – and another form of art is introduced to the scene: illustration and animation. Also from a scenographic point of view, important symbolic transformations are implemented, in fact we pass from the circular dimension – which distinguishes the previous studies – to the triangular. On stage we find two large triangles which mirror each other like mountains in a lake. One on the floor defines a portion of the stage space and the other suspended in the centre in the background of the scene becomes the white canvas on which the animated images are brought to life.
The purpose of the perpetual motion of the animated triangular images is to transport the public to an illusory, contemporarily illuminated dimension with respect to Mieli’s thoughts, in another space, different to the physical one and narrated by the scene.