It is a cross-media project, an extravagant investigation into our cities, a video, a non-linear catalogue of images, actions and movements. Inspired by The Tulse Luper Suitcases (by director Peter Greenaway) and more dynamic forms of online social sharing, we put forward an original form of inquiry into the atmosphere to be found in the novel I sette volti della pietra (The seven faces of stone), set in Florence and co-written by Walter and Torchia by his son Lorenzo.
The four teenage protagonists of the book – Veronica, Jenny, Skull, and Matteo – find a letter from an unknown alchemist, and set off exploring Florence in story half way in between history and literary fiction. The streets of Tuscany’s main city witness an increasingly enigmatic and dangerous quest of the philosopher’s stone, full of mysteries and surprising twists.
Every day, in the real Florence many young people walk across the same beautiful squares, down the same old roads. They all are potential protagonists of many individual stories. Therefore, we have decided to involve them in a somewhat surreal casting, held at the Teatro Cantiere Florida, which saw the participation of some 50 young people and aimed to put a face – a real and distinguished, viral and multiplied image – to the four characters in the book. We then set up a Hollywood-like ‘repeat’ game, i.e. actors perform each of the four main character, multiplying them. So Veronica’s, Jenny’s, Skull’s, and Matthew’s faces, voices and smiles undergo endless transformations, adaptations, reincarnations. The four fictitious and special characters from the book are replaced by real people. For this very reason, our casting’s aim was not to make a selection. Our object of research and inquiry was the young people’ multi-faceted humanity – in our view, this is the real core of this project, giving life to a work of art of its own kind.
This is myFace4aBook, a steady stream of interpretations, through which pace a fictional story set in a real city is told, focussing on the beauty and uniqueness of its young inhabitants.
a project by inQuanto teatro
concept Andrea Falcone
artistic dirction Giacomo Bogani, Andrea Falcone, Floor Robert, Julia Lomuto
organization e communication Julia Lomuto
organization Giacomo Bogani, Julia Lomuto
text Andrea Falcone
set Giulia Broggi, Jacopo Jenna
light design Giulia Broggi
conductor Giacomo Bogani, Floor Robert
camera Jacopo Jenna
editing Giulia Broggi
original score BIGA
foto Susanna Stigler
thanks to Maurizia Settembri, Gianluca Balestra, Giacomo Marconi, Paolo Fontani, Kinkaleri, Maria Cristina Pecchioli, Giancarlo Mordini e Angelo Savelli, Susanna Stigler, Francesco Walter e Lorenzo Torchia, Jacopo Mariani, Jonathan Tegelaars, Jorge Lientur San Martin Henriquez, Layla Dari, Silvia Minelli, Diletta Oculisti