Alessio Maria Romano

Anatomical Poems. Lingua Madre

“Nine brief lyrics, nine segments in which poetic verse incarnates and lives inside the body’s folds.”

ANATOMICAL POEMS
CHOREOGRAPHY AND DIRECTION ALESSIO MARIA ROMANO
AUTHOR FRANCESCA SANGALLI
DANCER CAMILLA PARINI
FILM DIRECTION
AND VIDEO COUNTING OLMO CERRI, REC
TRANSLATION CAMILLA MACCAFERRI
STAGE MANAGER MATTIA GANDINI, LAC
VIDEOMAKER ASSOCIAZIONE REC
PRODUCTION LAC LUGANO ARTE E CULTURA

Written by Francesca Sangalli and interpreted by Camilla Parini, who is directed here by Alessio Maria Romano, the nine brief poems introduce us into the folds of the human body.

A creation in which Romano, who recently won the Silver Lion at the Biennale Teatro di Venezia for his work of choreography and pedagogy, guides the young performer in numerous places in the LAC.

Drawing inspiration from the verses, the choreographic work reveals evocative and unknown places, inviting us to explore the recesses of the cultural centre’s architectural body

Director’s Note

Together with Camilla Parini, I merely interpreted or re-interpreted Francesca Sangalli’s evocative poems.

I asked myself some important questions: what did those words have to do with me and what could they suggest to me? How could the signifiant of this poetry take on a signifié for the poet but also mean something different for the reader?

This contrast and, at the same time, this symbiosis with certain specific words generated images inside us, suggestions, memories. So, while we were wandering through the LAC, we decided, after this long hiatus without any live performances, to stage our dreams in those areas that are rarely seen by audiences.

Inside strange, angular spaces, hidden away from the official view, we offered up our bodies to the audience’s dreams. Our videos and our poems are evocations in which a body, Camilla Parini’s, vanishes in time, into her own past and future time, in the relationship with the material out of which the LAC itself is built, as if it were itself a body, an alternative body to the fragile human anatomy of flesh and blood.

We embedded ourselves inside this context of cement and metal, in search of pieces of our own selves, but mostly pieces of others, who perhaps exist or who are just themselves. Olmo Cerri and his colleagues with great technical skill did a masterful job of turning our dreams into images.

Francesca Sangalli

She was very young when she debuted as a playwright, winning awards and recognition in the theatre and cinema worlds. From there she moved on to fiction and has been published by DeA Planeta (De Agostini group), Fausto Lupetti Editore, she works with Salani and Mondadori. A versatile many-sided writer, her work ranges from political and historic themes to poignant fiction with dreamlike, poetic and even comic qualities. For years she has been working in cinema and television, especially with Fulvio Lucisano (IIF), for ITV Movie in the programme Crozza nel paese delle Meraviglie, and she has written screenplays for shorts and animated series. She lives and works in Milan where she teaches writing at the Bauer school.

Camilla Parini

Parini was born and grew up in Lugano. In 2004 she came into contact with the Teatro delle Radici where she set out on a path of training and work, taking part in various performances in theatres, festivals and programmes in Switzerland and abroad. After qualifying as a social worker, in 2012 she graduated from the professional Teatrodanza course at the Scuola di Teatro Paolo Grassi in Milan. In 2013 she founded the Collective Ingwer with which she produced Still Leben, Princesses karaoke or something like that…(semifinalist for the Premio Schweiz 2015 and selected by the stage arts network promoted by the partners of Viavai+), Adios and the project of private performances Io sono un’altra. In 2018 the Collective merged with another two companies to form a new organization: Collettivo Treppenwitz. From this union was born the first production L’amore ist nicht une chose for everybody (Loving Kills), semifinalist for the Premio Schweiz in 2018, winner of the competition Festival Opera Prima of Rovigo and of the Festival 20 30 in Bologna and selected for the Incontro Svizzero del Teatro 2020. She is currently working on creating a new production for the Collettivo Treppenwitz: KISS! (Loving Kills).