"Is it not so?" tells the emotional ups and downs of the two cursed poets, Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud. The twenty-eight Verlaine is a poet on the rise, it has a middle-class life and is married when, one day, reading the verses sent to him by a seventeen year old aspiring poet, Rimbaud, rebellious and non-conformist, he is captured by them, so that he asks him to come to Paris. So, a few months later, Rimbaud is in Paris, Verlaine’s guest, deeply impressed by his poetry. Their encounter is explosive: they start a troubled relationship lived under the banner of debauchery and made of furious quarrels, reconciliations and moments of serenity until Verlaine, jealous, shoots at Rimbaud, wounding him. The epilogue is dramatic: the two part and proceed to completely opposite destinies, still linked for eternity.
By using the body and movement, it is narrated a sort of biography that touches a bit all aspects of their relationship, focusing on the passionate one: theirs it’s an overwhelming passion that leads Verlaine, attracted by the young poet, to leave his wife and son. As two nightingales singing in the evening, the two lovers live proud their joy regardless of anyone, walking hand in hand towards destiny. The love that burns between the two is very strong, so strong to get out of hand, and it is such a huge force that makes you understand where a human heart can be pushed and how much power it has. Stressing on the fact that the essence and substance of love is never "different", "Is it not so?" tells a simple love story, and all that it entails inevitably and without distinction, and shows how a great love as well as a great passion cannot be controlled for you cannot control something that is bigger than you.
presented by Ra.i.d. Off Corpi Emergenti 2013, Salerno
production: Palco 11zero8