"The wind is drawn by the petals of a cherry tree that gently fall to the ground." PIA PERA
Special Mention Award for a Performance by International Artist
BANGKOK THEATRE FESTIVAL 2018 - Thailand
AMARSIAMORSI is a performance that reflects on current migrations in Europe, on the love between two women in precarious situations, on the difficulty
of facing loss. A show of landscapes evoked by singing, stories told through gestual dialogues, messages revealed by images. The characters move between love, death, passion, violence and hope.
To search, to find, to let go of life.
The performance is inspired by the reflections on life and death offered by the Italian author Pia Pera in the book "I haven't told my garden yet" and the true story of a Nigerian asylum seeker - met in Italy through the project ODI - persecuted in his country for being homosexual. AMARSIAMORSI was born out of EFFIMERIA: a three-year project of transdisciplinary and intercultural research on the theme of death, developed between Brazil and Italy. The project organized multiple performances, artistic and cultural activities in cooperation with research institutions and artists from various sectors.
Review by Bangkok Theatre Festival critic Greek Piroonluk
AMARSIAMORSI epitomizes the saying that goes “theatre is the world on stage.” The show bursts with meanings due to stellar artistic execution and presentation. Each prop was intentionally introduced, as though the props themselves were characters on stage. The performance was accompanied by the two actresses perfectly harmonized singing. They alternated melody and rhythm, taking turns in harmony. They did so using their hearts, which were connected throughout the entire performance. The two actresses created this masterpiece as one. This performance explores death, love, blooming and suffering. Occasionally, we can sense the emergence and disintegration of beauty as well as the uncertainty of life simultaneously. Death is so close, we will know only when we will reach our hands out to touch it. That’s life. Grow flowers and let them bloom in your life. Accept that on some days, there will be rain. When that happens, bow down to kiss the clock and keep moving forward.
Review by Federica Amatuccio Artistic Director PoverArte Festival Bologna
Elegant, poetic, delicate. AMARSIAMORSI is a constant succession of these three adjectives. The scene is naked, only inhabited by a white tree that in its simplicity dominates the space and marks the passing of time. The two protagonists travel across a sophisticated narrative arc, intertwining a love story based on silence and stolen looks. The feeling is that of a constant expectation that leaves you breathless throughout the piece. From the first moment, you realize that these two fascinating figures will surely lead you to a tragic destiny. Sounds, colours and smells drag you inside the piece, until you realize that this game of seduction will evoke a direct confrontation with Death: a Death that has the body of a beautiful woman and the face of tradition.
AMARSIAMORSI is a delicate Renaissance painting.
CREATION AND INTERPRETATION
BILOURA Intercultural Arts Collective
PoverArte Festival Bologna
PoverArte Festival, Teatro Ridotto, Lina della Rocca, Vita Malahova, Federica Amatuccio, Giulia Savorani, Sophie
Brunodet, Chiara Bosco, Marta Trivellato, Alessandro Beata, Comune di Alice Superiore, Le Erbe di Brillor
BEHIND THE SCENES
AMARSIAMORSI [Latin composition of the words "amor" (love) and "mors" (death), which differ from one letter to another] is inspired by some events that deeply touched us in these years of work in the Collective.
The first element is the migrations from sub-Saharan Africa to Italy, which BILOURA met through the project ODI, developed with asylum seekers from Nigeria. ODI has created a show and an ethno-anthropological video-documentary. During this experience, BILOURA collected stories of many immigrants, when one touched them in particular: the escape of a Nigerian engineer who had to leave his country because his homosexual love put him in danger of death.
The second element is a book: "I haven’t told my garden yet" by Pia Pera. The author, who wrote this book while dying of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosi, continually links her disease with the garden, creating a metaphorical image of great beauty. That of the garden as a place of balance between life and death, of the necessity of this cycle and of the useful but not indispensable presence of human beings. Overall, the book offers the chance to step over the illusions of Western modern life, describing in sublime and simple words what is essential for happiness in the here and now in a beautiful garden, which is available to everyone.
The artistic language of the performance maintains the identity of BILOURA, always looking for a development of a theatre that integrates different expressive and communicative languages of the human being. Physical action and musicality, therefore, are source of narrative content and never mere decorations: sound landscapes and choreographies are stage actions as are the words.