By Marcozzi Contemporary Theater
Inspired by Francesca Sarah Toich's novel Ad Bestias
In collaboration with Museo Internazionale della Maschera Amleto e Donato Sartori
Concept and Artistic direction: Daniela Marcozzi
Dramaturgy: Francesca Sarah Toich
Music: Luis DeCicco
Masks training: Francesca Sarah Toich
With: Stephanie Day, Luis DeCicco, Melissa Derio, Daniela Marcozzi, Francesca Sarah Toich
Costume: Susanne Kasper
Production, Administration and Press: Apricot Productions
Communication Assistant: Paolo Tirelli
Graphics: Andy El Kanani
The Masks are created by Sarah Sartori.
monstrous is supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media within the program NEUSTART KULTUR.
Thanks to Expedition Metropolis Theater for the artistic residency, special thanks to Paola Piizzi e Walter Valeri for their precious support with the mask dramaturgy. Special thanks to Paul Spera for his translation consulting, and to Alessandro Possati for commissioning the English translation. Special thanks to Elisabetta Chapuis and Cecile Rossant, for being part of the creative process and of the company.
Inspired by Toich's novel Ad Bestias, ‘monstrous’ is set in a dystopian eco-dictatorship. The piece investigates different forms of pregnancy: women are artificially inseminated with animals, plants, minerals, emotions, natural phenomena and behaviors useful to the eco-regime.
Under pressure from the government, the body becomes a site for superhuman strengths, extinction, self-preservation, discomfort and monstrosity, each seeking to find its own expression.
Masks, dance, spoken word and live music are orchestrated to explore metamorphosis as a force that puts humans in an unavoidable relationship with other living and non living creatures.