MADALENA REVERSA


 

BLANK COMPOSITION: THE WHITE GIRL


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CREDITS


       Concept: Madalena Reversa
       Direction, dramaturgy, set design, costumes by: Maria Alterno and Richard Pareschi
       With: Emanuela Cappello, Ada Roncone, Davide Semilia
       Writing and combination of texts by: Richard Pareschi
       Motions and gestures by: Maria Alterno and Richard Pareschi
      Sound and live set by: Maria Alterno
      Original music by: Roberto Conigliaro
      3D video animation by: Luca Campanella and Alessandro Torinesi
      Lighting designer: Mattia dal Bianco
      Dressmaking by: Eloisa Turello
      Recorded voices by: Fausto Tinelli and Giulia Onorato
      Production: Madalena Reversa

     





SYNOPSIS


     

“It seemed to me while in this state that I saw myself vested in a white robe of shining brightness [...]And the intellect cannot attain to anunderstanding of the nature of the robe that the Lord desires tohave represented, nor can one imagine its whiteness; everything here on earth in comparison is like a sketch made from soot, so to speak”
Saint Teresa of Avila

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White. A colour, a non-colour. Light. The container of all visible and audible frequencies.
What if we tried to enter the White? What is it White for me? What am I for this White?
Blank: shining but Empty.
Entering the White means to abandon the unintelligibility of this opaque matter. It means a mad jumpin the chasm of the unknowable. It means to deal with our “having to find ourselves”. It is necessary confronting this surface from close distance, and directing our senses in order to collect the elements that White evokes to us and recompose them as a whole. Putting them together. Our creative process originates from the Saint’s words, using her own weapon. Synaesthesia.
The creator is hit passively by the evocation of images, sounds, words, sensations, and laysthem in front of him to organize and offer them to the viewer. He, the viewer, will be the next creator of this material.
A Big Bang. Three figures.
White Girl. Personification of White, she embodies its action. Alone, unable to communicate, vehemently launched to search the Word. She is the albino Ophelia of the symbolist poet who faces the inevitable path from Incommunicability to Dementia to Death. It is the same course of White as matter. The flake white (thin sheets of lead oxidised in dung-heap that produce aheavy white paste) led Renaissance painters to madness and death.
Woman in Black. She is the Humor Melancholicus that underlies the entire path inside White. Like a poetic compendium of the elements revealed through synaesthesia, like a Sibyl, she will present the enigmas that will lead us to the metaphysical “place” of our existence: oursensitive soul.
The Poet will arrive in the middle of the path inside White, as a testamentary symbol, to bringin some possible solutions and provoke the Action.