written and directed by Emma Dante
freely based on the poem by Homer
costumes and scenic elements Emma Dante
lighting Cristian Zucaro
with the student actors of the "Scuola dei mestieri dello spettacolo"of the Teatro Biondo in Palermo:
Manuela Boncaldo, Sara Calvario, Toty Cannova, Silvia Casamassima, Domenico Ciaramitaro, Mariagiulia Colace, Francesco Cusumano, Federica D’Amore, Clara De Rose, Bruno Di Chiara, Silvia Di Giovanna, Giuseppe Di Raffaele, Marta Franceschelli, Salvatore Galati, Alessandro Ienzi, Francesca Laviosa, Nunzia Lo Presti, Alessandra Pace, Vittorio Pissacroia, Lorenzo Randazzo, Simona Sciarabba, Giuditta Vasile, Claudio Zappalà
costume assistant Italia Carroccio
assistant choreographer Sandro Maria Campagna
production assistant Daniela Gusmano
songs Serena Ganci (Zeus, La canzone delle ancelle) and Bruno Di Chiara (Rapimi la porta)
production Teatro Biondo di Palermo
in collaboration with Spoleto59 Festival dei 2Mondi
In September 2015, at the end of the first year, the students of the "School of performing arts" of the Teatro Biondo in Palermo directed by Emma Dante, went on stage with Odyssey - Movement No. 1, a study of the Homeric poem written for them and directed by Emma Dante, at the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza. From July 6 to 10, 2016, upon completion of the two year course of the school, it will debut in an Italian premiere at the Festival of 2Worlds in Spoleto with the final show on Homer’s poem: Odissea a/r, written and directed by Emma Dante and focused on the voyage of Telemachus looking for his father and the return of Odysseus to Ithaca.
Three years have passed since Ithaca has lost trace of Odysseus, who left twenty years earlier to conquer Troy. Obstructed by the god Poseidon for having killed his son Polyphemus, the last echoes of his return trip go back to the encounter with the gorgeous goddess Calypso.
Since then a group of suitors, taking advantage of the prolonged absence of the King, fill the immense hall in the palace of Ithaca. Rude, vile, uncouth and vulgar, the Proci yearn to marry Penelope and permanently take possession of the Kingdom They spend their days feasting among music, swearing and disorderly conduct, and displaying instincts and impulses without any shame.
The first part of the show is dedicated to Telemachia. Athena urges Telemachus, no longer a boy, to set off in search of news of his father, she encourages him, she exhorts him to take command of the house and become a man.
Odissea a/r is the journey that every human being makes during one’s lifetime. The driving force of everything is the search of our own origins, across the experience of encounters with human and superhuman figures, nymphs and monsters, claimants and beggars. After rambling for twenty years, Odysseus returns to Ithaca and the encounter between father and son allows us to witness the humanization of the myth. We will discover the most tender and fragile sides of Odysseus, Penelope and Telemachus. A mother and son have been waiting long for the return of the myth and, during the wait, they themselves have changed their nature.