Valentina Cuppone
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Dancing with Otello at the Teatro Quirino in Rome

From April 30th to May 5th, we can enjoy a different reading of the tragic story of the Shakespearean Moor. In fact, the final leg of Fabrizio Monteverde’s ballet arrives at the Quirino Theater in Rome. On the notes of Antonin Dvorák, the choreography of one of the most appreciated authors of contemporary Italian dance will recount disturbing passions, intrigues and torments that animate the characters of one of the most famous works of all time. A seductive and poignant spectacle. The spoken word will leave room for body movements, creating an atmosphere where instincts overwhelm reason.

The scene is tinged in black and red. The entire dramaturgical apparatus, the lights, the dancers’ costumes, the scenography, will tell of engaging and shocking passages, indomitable and disruptive.

The Ocean rides the horizon. Calm, stormy, in constant evolution. A metaphor of the indomitable emotional nature of the human soul. A tribute to the film Querelle by Fassbinder. The quay of a port will be the backdrop to the sad story of Othello and Desdemona. Envy, jealousy, passion will be the absolute protagonists of the piece, in the everlasting relationship between Eros and Thanatos.

In a place of passage of any city, where the Moor loses his connotation of “different” to transform into “anyone”, an indestructible plot is triggered that is not bound by the narrative plot of Othello’s drama. Actions multiply in the steps of all the coupleson scene. The punishment of the individual becomes a general and universal torment. The mad gesture, induced by Iago’s vindictive mind, will no longer be just an individual fault, but here it becomes a confrontation and conflict between the sexes.

Pas de deux and solos, group pieces and every other choreographic component are in fact used to stage the psychological joints of the various characters. The seduction of Desdemona is no longer apparent only from the words of the manipulator Iago but is demonstrated by the seductive charge of her body. Just as the gestures of the latter, of Othello and Cassius are witnesses of an ambiguous and perverse relationship, imbued with the most diverse emotions between the leader and his subordinates.

It is the overwhelming and whirling symphony of passions that oozes from Monteverde’s choreography. A spiral of toxic and sick relationships that has no solution except in the tragic epilogue.

The drama is consumed. Othello will choke Desdemona. In the background, the Ocean is a constant. Silent spectator of a harsh reflection on the ungovernability of destructive drives.

Otello by F. Monteverdi, from April 30th to May 5th. Teatro Quirino, via delle Vergini 7, Rome.

Photos from the show’s web page.



Valentina Cuppone

Classe 1982, dopo una laurea in Lettere Moderne si è specializzata in Comunicazione della cultura e dello spettacolo con una tesi sull’ibridazione dei linguaggi e sull’intermedialità nello spettacolo MDLSX di Motus, un assolo di Silvia Calderoni, ispirato al premio Pulitzer 2013 Middlesex di Jeffrey Eugenides, sulla costruzione dell’identità. Ha lavorato come supporto al segretario di redazione del “Giornale di Sicilia” scrivendo articoli per il ciclo “Eccellenze di Sicilia”, mirando a valorizzare ciò che di bello e positivo offre e si può costruire nella sua isola. Per coniugare i suoi interessi umanistici con i linguaggi e l’innovazione digitale, ha collaborazione con il quotidiano online


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