subject, dramaturgy, video Luca Carboni and Gabriel Da Costa
artistic collaboration Tatjana Pessoa – Filippo Renda
sound Aurelien Van Trimpont
lights Eleonora Diana
voice by Giulia Valenti
stage manager Claudio Bellagamba
assistant Federico Malvaldi
poster’s image Elliot Z.
graphics Marco Smacchia
photos by Antonio Privitera
production Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione
in collaboration with Theatre National de Bretagne – Rennes, Collectif Novae – Bruxelles
thanks to Saveria Project, Octavie Pieron, Leonardo Veneziano, Francesco Genova, Doriana di Dio, Arianna Bellini, Giorgia Annovi, Fabrizia Zorzenon, Bettina Zaccaria, Danny dello Iacovo, Sara Gagliani, Francesco D’alessandro, Viacheslav Bragaglia, Davide Manunza, Vincenzo Faggiano, Aldo di Benedetto, Sabino di Donato, Manuela Gamper, Amin Hussein, Centro Dedalus (Bologna), COD strada Borrelle (Modena)
Let’s be clear, we all make mistakes. Perhaps not on a large scale but at least once in our life, in one way or another, we have failed.
In the beginning, we wanted to talk about the error.
We were at first interested in the glitches (images deformed by digital or analog error). Then our interested moved to the small unimportant misunderstandings, to the great errors of history and to the blurring and inadequacy of our vision of the world and reality.
We wanted to talk about ourselves, Luca and Gabriel: of our fear of acting, of making mistakes.
We both had already experienced this feeling. We wanted to capture the moment of error, the moment in which all of a sudden everything stops, becomes nebulous, unsolvable seems to get lost and fall.
What interests us is the state of stiffening it causes. A stiffening that seems to affect us exponentially: the more we fail, the more our fear of acting increases and we end up stuck in front of a world in which everything appears too big, chaotic, dangerous.
During a research period of about two years, we have undertaken a road trip and interviewed the people who happened to be on our journey.
In the end, we met a man who had experienced a moment of extraordinary immobility.
Why did a man spend six hours in front of a gas station, doing nothing, one summer night?
This man is about our age, he has also suffered from all the criticisms of our generation: the generation of the privileged, for whom everything is served on a silver platter, the generation that does not make revolutions, that leave parents’ house at an older age, that is unemployed, assisted by machines and new technologies. A man who was born with internet and smartphones, who lived the first years as an adult in the post-industrial era, compared to the mass economy, overproduction, overpopulation, global warming, and protected species’ extinction. What caused his immobility? A panic crisis, a burn-out, a moment of reflection or an act of rebellion?
This man has become our friend. We called him Sam. We write his story.