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Quai Ouest

Andrea Adriatico

Teatri di Vita, Bologna

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by Bernard-Marie Koltès
direction Andrea Adriatico
with Anna Amadori, Gabriele Duma, Olga Durano, Gianluca Enria, Francesco Martino, Maurizio Patella, Selvaggia Tegon Giacoppo, Florantin Tchinda Mohamed
technical immagination Carlo Quartararo
set design and costumes Andrea Barberini
direction assistant Paola Bolelli
technique Rabii Sakri
assistance Angela Grasso
hair dresser Orea Malià
Teatri di Vita - Bologna
in collaboratio with Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione
with the support of Mibac-Direzione Generale Spettacolo dal Vivo, Regione Emilia Romagna, Comune di Bologna
thanks for the support to Danesi Laterizi and to AZ Trasporti

Durata 2 h 15'

World première

Reservation required

Quai Ouest will take place outdoors so comfortable shoes, swater and protection against mosquitoes are recommended

Andrea Adriatico presents for the first time in Italy Quai Ouest, one of the most fascinating, charming and evocative text by Bernard – Marie Koltès. Written after a trip in America, where the French writer was impressed by the vision of a huge hangar in a harbor, Quai Ouest faces the emergencies of the moment we live in, the conflicts within the society, the migrations, all topics that Koltès feels very intimate in his work and that Andrea Adriatico has underlined through his artistic path and dramaturgic research.
After Last night (adaptation from The night before the forest), Là dove ci si vede da Lontano and Return to the desert, once again Adriatico deals with his favorite author: “The urban act is a great political act, it’s the first step that the man takes towards his idea of sociality” states Adriatico, and continues “to get together, to build in many directions, developing a net of organizations more or less coherent… The town-planning is the manifest aspect of a society and its inner conflicts. And Koltès is very aware of it, since in each work and fragment he produces, he is conscious that the scenery of the lives that he presents needs a city as a landscape. His cities are the urban act of the soul, depicted in many ways, such as the sketched circles that delimit the neighborhood only for black people and that for homosexual, described by the sopping wet immigrant in The night before the forest; just like in Fuga (taken from La fuite à cheval très loin dans la ville) where the foreign Rea Silvia has to give birth to the neo twins Romolo and Remo, or like in Return to the desert where the description of the urban aspect of the Arabic house is integral part of the family portrait. In Quai Ouest Koltès discovers the U.S. The huge New York river, the hangars, the docks, the city described in Learning from Las Vegas by Robert Venturi. A city where you can face all the Others of your personal existence in a urban continuum that is always revealing new faces.
Even our Europe, with different faces, has its own urban Others.
I was born in L’Aquila, 47 years ago, in a so called “natural” city, planned without a real urban logic, which used to be the place of the reconciliation of the territories under the eagis of a mentor of the architecture of the XII° century: the Holy Roman Emperor Frederik II.
This city nowadays is a slaughterhouse. Its urban sceneries are non-places, unresolved and painful. There lies the destiny of the urban contemporary philosophy: new well-organized loneliness. Just like Emilia region, where each existence has finally fallen amongst the industrial elsewhere, in the hangars, the warehouses.
The earth trembles. The man can’t adapt to his environment anymore. The urban society is affected.
That of Quai Ouest is the detailed story of an earthquake that leads to suicide and hopes for resurrection. Quai Ouest is at the same time a reflection on the space and on the non-places, dedicated to Marc Augé.
I want to tell about the soul of the non-places. Whether they are hit by the earthquake, real or imaginary.
I want to tell about the soul that is hidden into the places, I am looking for a starting point to retrieve my Western world.”

Andrea Adriatico

Born in L’Aquila in 1966, Andrea Adriatico created his first piece Le ceneri di beckett in 1989 (at Rapporto Confidenziale festival, Modena). In 1991 he founded the theatre company: riflessi and in 1993 the international center for performing arts Teatri di Vita in Bologna, which he is still co-directing. His works have been showed in several festivals (such as Santarcangelo dei Teatri, whereof he has been resident artist during 1991-1992; and La Biennale di Venezia, which coproduced one of his pieces in 2007) and in foreign countries.
Among the earliest representing Koltès’ works in Italy since 1991 (L’ultima notte, first staging of La nuit juste avant les forêts), he examined in depth the French author’s plays with several pieces until Il ritorno al deserto (2007, first representation in Italy of Le retour au désert), judged by Franco Cordelli on the newspaper Corriere della Sera “one of the best ten shows of the theatre Italian season”. His most analyzed authors are also Pier Paolo Pasolini (last work Orgia, 2004), Copi (Le quattro gemelle, Il frigo, L’omosessuale o la difficoltà di esprimersi), Samuel Beckett (to whom he dedicated the tetralogy Non io nei giorni felici, 2009), Thomas Brasch (Donne. Guerra. Commedia), Yukio Mishima (Madame de Sade), Jean Cocteau (La voce umana). Adriatico has created pieces which point out his personal idea about the space and the artistic creation, such as oplà. noi viviamo; Ferita. Sguardo su una gente dedicato ad Adolf Hitler; Solo. Il fondamento degli incurabili; Salvo o della santa voglia; Lotta d’angeli. Messaggi di un uomo in fuga and the series Automobili (1999-2003), where the plays were circumscribed inside vehicles. In 2010 he staged for the first time in Italy The Sunset Limited by Cormac McCarthy, and in 2012 Biglietti da camere separate from the last novel of Pier Vittorio Tondelli.
As filmmaker, Andrea Adriatico signed in 2004 his first movie Il vento, di sera, screened at the Berlin International Film Festival and winner of the Roseto Opera Prima Film Festival (“a powerful sign of a strenghtened Italian cinema”, according to the eminent USA magazine Variety). Coming after All’amore assente (2007, debut at the London Film Festival, jury award at the Annecy Cinéma Italien) and the documentary + o – il sesso confuso, racconti di mondi nell’era aids (2009, directed with Giulio Maria Corbelli).

The show


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