O tu reale, scontrosa felicità
directed by Muna Mussie
with Giorgia Del Don, Muriel Del Don
direction, set design and light design Cesare Ronconi
text Mariangela Gualtieri
with Leonardo Delogu
audio engineer Luca Fusconi
stagehand Stefano Cortesi
organization Elisa De Carli, Imma Scarpato
administration Morena Cecchetti
administrative advice Cronopios
in collaboration with Teatro A. Bonci di Cesena
with the support of Comune di Cesena / Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione
thanks to Centro Teatrale Umbro, La Corte Ospitale, L’arboreto - Teatro Dimora di Mondaino
with the contribution of Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, Regione Emilia Romagna, Provincia di Forlì-Cesena
Running time 1h 10’
Trilogia della gioia is the new three-year project of Teatro Valdoca. Directed by Cesare Ronconi, the entire project will commit the creation of each episode to a young artist, who has already worked with Teatro Valdoca. The first artist to start this collaboration will be Muna Mussie, actress of the Valdoca Company and performer, currently living in Belgium.
O tu reale, scontrosa felicità is made of two, almost opposite, movements: one created and directed by Muna Mussie, the other by Cesare Ronconi. Mussie has chosen to develop her project Monkey See, Monkey Do, produced by Workspacebrussels and Xing. The show addresses an audience that can share with the artists/creators of the scene a certain willing to probe into facts. Protagonists of the first part are two identical figures, twin sisters who act like prototypes in function of a focus on that fantastic and controversial adventure that everyone experiences when seeing himself.
The second movement is directed by Cesare Ronconi, who focuses on showing a contemporary human being, in a room with a strong identity. ”Things show us a relationship that doesn’t change and cannot be changed or deviated in any way. Mankind has some deep thoughts on the static and on the sacred energy that it emanates. You will reach a kind of light that you perceive accurately. Then the outbreak of a supreme and ancient language and the immense sweetness that comes from its inevitable loss. This second movement is the negative of the first. Nothing can be homologated. Nothing can really be changed.", Ronconi affirms. The acting is here entrusted to Leonardo Delogu, an actor of great expressive strength that, since a long time, has been working with the company. Now he measures himself with a solo that has been written specifically for him by the director and Mariangela Gualtieri.
Teatro Valdoca was founded in 1983 in Cesena, thanks to the fellowship between director Cesare Ronconi and playwright Mariangela Gualtieri. The company aim has always been to promote the activity of the most innovative artists of the time and, since Lo spazio della quiete (1983) and Le radici dell'amore (1984), Teatro Valdoca has been a constant presence on the european scene with a very well defined course of action. During the 90's, the company founded “Scuola di Poesia” (School of Poetry), a school that involves the most famous italian poets and organizes workshops, encouraging the participation of young actors. Valdoca also founded “Scuola Nomade”, an experience that has developed into three European Courses of Training in 2002, 2005 and 2011.
Teatro Valdoca pursues a sophisticated research on the poetic word and on the actor's job, creating shows for choral groups as well for a few actors, using dance, visual arts and live music.
Among the latest works of Teatro Valdoca, we should mention: the trilogy of Paesaggio con fratello rotto (2004/2005), and Caino (2011).
Cesare Ronconi was born in Cesena. After his degree in Architecture at IUAV in Venice, in 1983, he sets up the theatre company “Teatro Valdoca” in Cesena, along with Mariangela Gualtieri. His plays are based on two important elements: the actor, meant as a body, a source of inspiration, and the poetic line. The latter has always been a part entrusted to Mariangela Gualtieri, poet and dramatist.
Ronconi takes a good care of his actors, heart of his works, and focuses a lot on their training and rehearsals before each show. In this way, he helps a lot of young actors to reach a certain professional maturity. Memorable plays like Ossicine (1994) and Fuoco Centrale (1995), involved almost fifty young performers which rehearsed and even lived together. Parsifal (1999), instead, saw the participation of great actors and beginners. Between 2002 and 2005, Ronconi was at the head of two European Courses of Training: Imparare è anche bruciare and Ero bellissimo avevo le ali.
Between 2005 and 2008, Ronconi directs Misterioso Concerto Duo e Trio, Senza polvere senza peso, Paesaggio con voce sola, Lo spazio della quiete and Nel silezio dei fiori. In 2008, he stages some special projects like the one with Danio Manfredini, at Crete Senesi, called Sacrificale – Notte trasfigurata and Con lievi mani with Sabrina Mezzaqui, at Galleria Continua.
In 2008, he begins to collaborate with the Faculty of Architecture “Aldo Rossi” of Cesena. In 2011, he is director, choreographer and lighting engineer for Caino, a great choral work, result of two years of efforts.
Muna Mussie, born in 1978 in Eritrea, begins her artistic career in 1998, in Bologna, working as performer for two companies: Teatrino Clandestino and Teatro Valdoca. From 2001 to 2005, while being an active member of Open, a research group, she starts thinking about alternative ways to be on stage. At the same time, she makes contacts with Luca Mattei, visual artist and film-maker, and partner in all her future works. After staging opentolikemunamussie, she starts working on the writing, direction and interpretation of her shows. In 2006, Muna Mussie debuts with Madrepatria, in Bologna, and in 2007 she is on stage with Più che piccola, media. In 2008, she writes Con permesso and she is awarded the Performance day prize. In 2009, Mussie realizes the performances 1PER1, Ti ho sognato, ma non eri il protagonista and Primavera 2009.
The following year, Muna works to commission for Xing and represents her performance Ti ho sognato, ma non eri protagonista at Art Fall – Contemporary Art in Ferrara. In 2011, she gets to work on her creation Monkey See, Monkey Do, in Bruxelles at Workspace.
Muna Mussi is the author, with Flavio Favelli, of FFMM, a fashion project presented at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin, 2007) and at Museum Marino Marini (Florence, 2009). Among the numerous awards she won, we want to mention: Riccione TTV prize, Pier Vittorio Tondelli/Nuovi Talenti 2008; a recommendation from Premio Iceberg 2009; Premio Mondo 2010.