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inspired by texts of Heraclitus, Homer, Eschilus, Sophocles, Euripides, Old and New Testament, Friedrich Nietzsche, René Girard, Giuseppe Fornari 
project and dramaturgy Angela Demattè and Carmelo Rifici
director Carmelo Rifici 
with Caterina Carpio, Giovanni Crippa, Zeno Gabaglio, Vincenzo Giordano, Tindaro Granata, Mariangela Granelli, Igor Horvat, Francesca Porrini, Edoardo Ribatto, Giorgia Senesi, Anahì Traversi 
scenography Margherita Palli 
costume designer Margherita Baldoni 
scenes created by the Laboratorio di Scenografia "Bruno Colombo e Leonardo Ricchelli" del Piccolo Teatro di Milano - Teatro d´Europa 
costumes created by the Sartoria del Piccolo Teatro di Milano - Teatro d´Europa
masks Roberto Mestroni
music Zeno Gabaglio
light designer Jean-Luc Chanonat 
visual project Dimitrios Statiris
assistant director Agostino Riola
assistants to direction Emiliano Masala and Francesco Leschiera
assistant to scenography Francesca Greco
assistant to costume designer and scene seamstress Giulia-Claudia Gambi
in video Maximilian Montorfano, Jacopo Montorfano and Agnese Chiodi
production LuganoInScena
in co-production with LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura, Piccolo Teatro di Milano Teatro d’Europa and Azimut
in collaboration with Festival di Spoleto 60, Theater Chur
with support of Pro Helvetia, Fondazione svizzera per la cultura 
production office Susanna Plata
press office Anna Poletti 
administration Stefano Cimasoni 
logistics Vanessa Schaefer 
technical director Pierfranco Sofia 
stage manager Sarah Chiarcos 
lighting and video technician Fabio Bezze 
sound technician Nicola Sannino 
stagehand Giuliana Rienzi

illustrations and animations Stefano Bruscolini

visual project collaboration Alessandro Canali and Giuseppe Bilotti 



In the form of mise en espace, a lesson on the show Iphigenia, freed production/study that Rifici, together with the playwright Angela Dematté, staged in March 2017 in Lugano, recalling Heraclitus, Homer, Eschilus, Sophocles, Euripides, René Girard, Old and New Testament to provide stories and reflections on the true protagonist of his work: human violence as an ineradicable reality and endless mystery.

"The show arises from the need to investigate, once again, as the leitmotif of my latest works, the use of violence, at the macroscopic level as well as in the microcosm of the family. What is strongly disturbing is this ineliminable characteristic of human beings to destroy, to close. In our continual technological and scientific evolution our species has never done without wars, blood, and subjugation. Why? Still today, men give way to violence, they find no other way of fighting it except to use it in turn, always in the name of a father to be avenged, of a territory to be defended, of a God to obey. While the world is busier and busier taking care of its victims, the victims never cease to diminish. Iphigenia, freed will try to reveal the everlasting question of our violent nature.
In a rehearsal room (but it could also be another meeting place, a library, a salon, certainly a place of thought) actors and audiences, along with a director and a dramaturgist, resume the Myth of the Atrids, starting with the text of the Greek tragedian Euripides, Iphigenia in Aulis. Actually, it is only a pretext for the dramaturgist’s starting point to bring to light Euripides’ secret intuition: the Greek hero is not guilty, but it is the crowd that is guilty as it needs a culprit. For Spoleto´s requirements, we thought of a staging in the form of mise en espace, specially created for the occasion".
Carmelo Rifici


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