theatre / performance -
visual arts - installations -

   madalena reversa is an artistic project, created in 2016 by Maria Alterno and Richard Pareschi, which blends theater, visual arts, performance and installations. 
Since 2O16 madalena reversa has produced the following works:

Romantic Disaster, live-set performance, finalist at Biennale College directors u.3O

2O19. Blaue Blume, light and sound installation, second phase at Biennale College directors u.3O

2O18. Dreaming Beauty, finalist at Premio Scenario Infanzia

2O17. Blank Composition, selected at Premio Scenario and at Teatro Stabile del Veneto 

2O16. Talking of Michelangelo, is the debut show of the company: it was shortlisted at the Be Festival –– Birmingham

They have been presented in festivals and venues such as: Triennale Milano, Biennale di Venezia, Santarcangelo Festival, Short Theatre.

madalena reversa has been recently selected by “Crossing the sea, a long term-strategy project that aims to establish connection and cooperation between the performing art sector in Italy and in the Middle East and Asiatic countries.

  The emotional power of a light, a sound, an object, a body on set has always been what we’ve been mostly attracted to of theatre.

Our creations intend experimenting, through a planned combination of elements (lights, sounds, design), atmospheres that release a certain emotion.

Our artistic experimentations are located in a grey area between theatre and visual arts, between performance and installation, where the only essential element is dramaturgy.

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2O17(selected) PREMIO SCENARIO
(selected) mAturazione Teatro Stabile del Veneto

direction, dramaturgy, set design, costumes Maria Alterno and Richard Pareschi
with Emanuela Cappello, Ada Roncone, Davide Semilia
writing and combination of texts Richard Pareschi
motions and gestures Maria Alterno and Richard Pareschi
sound and live set Maria Alterno
original music Roberto Conigliaro
3D video animation Luca Campanella and Alessandro Torinesi
lighting designer Mattia dal Bianco
dressmaking Eloisa Turello
recorded voices Fausto Tinelli and Giulia Onorato
production Madalena Reversa

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.