Lead artists/researchers: Fabrizio Manco & Helen Spackman
Performers: Anna Laura Alifuoco, Ioanna Danezi, Pamela Lanyero, Fabrizio Manco, Helen Spackman, Emmet Ward
Performative Documentation: Ernst Fischer
Based on material created during the summer of 2005 for
site-specific performances in Galatina, Salento, Southern Italy,
PIET(R)A draws on the now extant Salentine ritual practices of
tarantism and the prefica, collaging fragments of dream, memory &
myth and juxtaposing visual & verbal/ written imagery as cryptic
counterpoints to, rather than direct illustrations of, a fundamental
fable. Structured in seven stations, the piece begins/ ends with this
story; in between, a cyclical journey of remembrance of lost moments
recollected, remarked and transformed, for once upon a time, if not for
ever after… This second incarnation of PIET(R)A marks our
re-embarkation to uncanny terrain, exploring tales of love, the
mourning before, blindness, petrification and the quest for sanctuary,
themes perhaps 'known of old and long familiar', but re-visited, never
the Same …
The piece aims to:
- arouse the spectator's interest and sustain her/ his attention?
- explore the relationship between play, ritual and narrative?
- trans-locate the atmosphere of the performances' original
site&sound-specificity, without recourse to the obvious solution of
- create multi-valent imagery that both exposes and subverts patriarchal narratives relating to the body, gender and sexuality?
- revise past and recorded experience and open the text on various micro/macro narratives?