Compagnia TPO in co-production with
Teatro Metastasio Stabile della Toscana
Théâtre Joliette Minoterie
Marseille-Provence 2013, Capitale européenne de la culture
artistic direction - Francesco Gandi, Davide Venturini
choreography - Anna Balducci
dance for two performers
visual environment - Elsa Mersi
sound environment - Spartaco Cortesi
computer programming and interactive systems - Rossano Monti
costumes - Fiamma Ciotti Farulli
props - Livia Cortesi
organization - Valentina Martini, Francesca Nunziati,
Borrowing from classical mythology and from stories that compose the very Mediterranean area itself, Bleu! narrates the meeting of two characters: a Sailor and a magical and mysterious being who is a Sea Nymph. It all starts when “She” drops a pearl into the sea so that “He” can find it. The sailor will have to undertake an adventurous journey, plowing the sea waters and diving to the lowest abysses, transforming the story into an active discovery and search for knowledge.
Stars are the guiding presence in Bleu! and they serve to transversely unite one stage scene to another, giving viewers firm reference points in the story. Indeed by following the paths of the stars, we will face stormy waters and howling winds; we will meet some sea dwellers; we will dance, play music, and create moments of play for a small, close-knit crew.
In Bleu! the natural elements of the marine environment become the setting of a virtual journey undertaken by actors and audience alike. The centrally situated stage is floored with a large dance carpet; on this surface are projected images evoking a beach where small treasures have washed ashore and are ready for the taking. Above the stage hangs a large and mobile spiral structure made of tulle fabric; in constant and slow transformation, its surfaces become the screen for projections which allow images to float in mid-air, making the space an even more totally immersive experience.
In this setting small groups of children will interact with the two dancers and the “found” objects, as well as with the play’s images and sounds, in a process of unveiling the secret life of the marine environment.
TPO’s productions are the result of collaboration and of the interplay of strengths on the part of a multifaceted team of creators who make expert use of different disciplines (theater, dance, visual arts). Their shows are characterized by the use of large-scale projections of images and, above all, by their sets employing interactive technology.
The stage space is conceived of as a dynamic and reactive environment that can involve the public in individual or group actions: in fact it is set up with sensors (touch pads, video cameras and microphones) that allow both the performer and the audience to modulate sounds or interact with images through movement or voice. These technologies allow the creation of “sensitive” theatrical environments where children can explore the stage space, discovering that it responds to their actions in a certain way. Thus an active relationship ensues between the young people and their environment, a kind of dialogue – via space, forms, and sounds -- which becomes artistic experience. In the TPO’s shows even the performers’ role is imbued with special meaning: the dancers “paint” and “play” on stage, using the body and movement in conjunction with interactive effects but, especially, they invite the children to explore the space with a theatrical approach which emphasizes the use of the body and the gaze.