by William Shakespeare
translation Amerigo Nutolo, Danio Manfredini
direction Danio Manfredini
direction assistance Vincenzo Del Prete
with Guido Burzio, Cristian Conti, Vincenzo Del Prete, Angelo Laurino,
Danio Manfredini, Amerigo Nutolo, Giuseppe Semeraro, Giovanni Ricciardi
arrangemets, composition and musical execution Giovanni Ricciardi
mask realization Danio Manfredini
lights Luigi Biondi
costumes Enzo Pirozzi, Irene Di Caprio
Danio Manfredini e La Corte Ospitale
co-production Theatre du Bois de L'Aune (BLA) - Aix en Provence (France)
with support of Espace Malraux, Scène nationale de Chambéry et de la Savoie - CARTA BIANCA (programme communautaire Objectif 3, Coopération territoriale européenne 2007 – 2013 France –Italie “Alcotra”) e Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione
special thanks to Anna Savoia
thanks also to Cristiana Arena, Pasquale Biondi
(pictures Chiara Ferrin)
Running time 2h 15’
Just a few months after the preview of the last fall, Amleto (Hamlet) makes its debut at Teatro Storchi in Modena. Danio Manfredini is an actor, translator and director of this work.
Manfredini, admired by colleagues and spectators, having reached the peak of his artistic career has decided to stage one of the most crucial text of all times.
Manfredini started his career in the 70's, his work being always scrupulous, a search for news codes where a strong ethic and expressive discipline, that also involves painting, play a fundamental role.
Danio Manfredini has played in the same company of Pippo Delbono and with Teatro Valdoca; he is the author of two shows for Emilia Romagna Teatro, Cinema Cielo (2003) and Il sacro segno dei mostri (2007).
About Amleto, Danio says: “ This is the first time that I find myself facing a classic. Only after a long time rehearsing with my group of actors, I found the right key to this piece of work: from that point, my creation begun. Shakespeare's work is like a draft for characters and situations that the author gave us in order to find, in that particular context, something that every human being might experience during his life. We kept the essential facts and left out those purely literal aspects of the text. In Amleto, I wanted to stage a man, his existence, his longing to not being and not to be part of society: my Amleto is a daydreamer, a man that filters reality through his feelings and, therefore, some aspects he exaggerates and some other he distorts. This is the meeting point between Shakespeare's story and our contemporary situation.
Masks, costumes, lights and theatrical devices are the medium we chose to better represent Hamlet's vision of the world. The original text, consumed by the time that went by, is brought on stage in warped and polished way but still very close to our reality".
Danio Manfredini began his career as an author and actor in the 70's; his background involves César Brie and Iben Nagel Rasmussen, he was involved in community centers and, for a long time, he has worked in mental institutions. Point of reference of his theatre is painting.
Among the others, we mention some of his most important plays: La crociata dei bambini, based on Bertold Brecht's poem (1984), Miracolo della rosa (1988) for which he is awarded the Ubu Prize in 1989, a recital for sax and voice Misty (1989), La vergogna (1990), Tre studi per una crocifissione (1992). In 1997, at Festival of Santarcangelo, Danio presents the first part of his new work Al presente, that he will then represent in its complete version starting from 1998 and for which he will win his second Ubu Prize.
In 2000, he decides to revise and stage again La vergogna, changing the title in Hic desinit cantus, a work inspired by Pier Paolo Pasolini and Jean Genet. On July 8th 2003, at Festival of Santarcangelo, Manfredini debuts with Cinema Cielo.
As an actor, he has worked with Pippo Delbono, Valdoca company (in 2011 he paired with Raffaella Giordano in Caino, written by Mariangela Gualtieri and directed by Cesare Ronconi). During the theatre season 2006/2007, Manfredini staged a revival of Tre Sudi per una Crocefissione, while on July 14th 2007 he presents ll sacro segno dei mostri, with which he brings us to the core of his universe, inside the painting studio of a psychiatric institution where worked for some years. The notes he took during those long twelve years, sharing his everyday life with patients, became the starting point for a touching and sincere story, a poetic show that doesn't lack humor or tenderness.