Viaggio nella Cita Invisibile

Immersive multimedia theater piece inspired by the book Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino. It took place inside different storefronts of Gorizia St. in Italy

Client

In/Visible Cities Urban Multimedia Festival

My responsabilities

Creative Director, Assistant Stage Director, Set Dresser, Teacher

WHY

Gorizia and Nueva Gorizia are two neighboring cities divided by World War II. A lot of families were separated, and it provoked many conflicts in the cities' histories. We were invited for a two-week residency, our prompt was to design a show related to these cities' narratives.

HOW

Guests were collected in groups to go on an adventure in three narrative tracks with a guide. Eufemia is a port city that can be heard, smelled, tasted, touched and played with but never seen. Enter the streets of Cloe where everyone speaks with their eyes but you can never hear them. You might be enchanted to dance the night away by the spirit of our sensual dancer. In Sonoria, you can hear its citizen's stories but be wear of whom you encounter in the dark. The objects they left behind will tell you the story of its inhabitants.

This is a video of the festival where you can see me teaching. The festival lost the footage to our show

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The Process

We decided to find the differences and similarities in the characteristics and traditions of the citizens of Gorizia/Italy and Nueva Gorizia/Slovenia. We interviewed people in both cities. Some of them let us film their eyes while they were answering questions. In our research we also recorded sounds from both cities. We found out what the local food was. We went into history books and found out what happened during WWII and before the war. 

Using all of this information we created four unique experiences only catered for the area as well as two unifying experiences. 

Our show took place in four different spaces in Gorizia street, an abandoned storefront, an old monastery, a private courtyard, and the street itself. Inside the monastery, we had three of the experiences. Part of the fun of the play was moving the audience from one place to the other.

 

We created a sound installation using the interviews we gathered, along with natural sounds from the area and excerpts from an interview by Italo Calvino about how he experienced cities.

Thanks to the relationship I developed with two antique stores in Gorizia street and a local bar, we were able to create different installations using historical objects from the area.

 

Funny Anecdote!

The organization forgot to promote our theater workshop. We did not have any actors to work with! For a couple of days we played with the idea of doing the show without other performers, but it was never going to be as impactful as what we had originally planned. Then Oltre Quella Sedia came to the rescue! This group works with mentally challenged individuals to help them succeed in different challenging life situations and they have a theater group as well. One of the volunteers of the festival knew the director and asked them if they were interested in participating in our show. And it has been one of the most rewarding experiences with actors I have ever had.

World Building

 

The video above Sguardi di Cloe was projected in a white cloth in the middle of Via Gorizia. The eyes belong to the people from Slovenia and Italy. Eyes never lie!

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We built an installation in our storefront window to promote our show.

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Key Takeaways

  • Double-check the festival you are working with knows what the needs of your show are.

  • Working with people with mental disabilities is a blessing and can teach you many lessons.

  • Building great relationships with the locals will give you the potential of finding great collaborators and patrons.

  • Anyone can learn sensory theater and benefit from its teachings. It is a great way to connect with your own body.

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Partner Work
Partner Work

Discovering the streets of Gorizia with other senses.

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Giving an interview for our show!

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