M. Della Morte: body, lights
filmed by Gianluca Pellegrini on 29/01/2011 at Perditempo - Napoli, Italy
"L'osceno uccello della notte" [The obscene bird of the night] is a performance for one actor and one musician, on the edge between the experimental theatre’s work on the body, the pantomime of the oriental tradition and the sonic experimentation of concrete music and noise. Like Kabuki meeting new Aktionism.
The mood of the performance is, at first glance, something macabre and obscene. But the fundamental tonality of the performance is the waiting: waiting for the ageing that reflects in the whole life; non-static waiting, that generates thoughts, obsessions, paranoia and perversions. Hereby the monstrosity, the fun for macabre, but also the surreal and delirious game.
“The obscene bird of the night” wants to be like an “abstract horror”, where the horror is entrusted to the gesture rather than to the narration, as corporeal and sonic gesture. What is scary is not the picture or the story, but the naked practice of making a real and immediate sensation out of the waiting. It’s like a magnification under a microscope of a submerged universe of gestures and sounds.
The title is a tribute to Chilean writer’s homonymous book Josè Donoso. Other texts from Juan Rulfo and Jean Cocteau emerge during the performance disguised as voices without subject. “I cross, pass, recross, knot, unravel, knot again, keeping the smallest knots I will have to loosen under death penalty...”: waiting is the time itself that speaks, and its language is the one cruel and terrible of the ineffable.