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Serial Sevens

FRANCESCA VERUNELLI (Italy)
10 October at 8:30 p.m.
Teatro alle Tese
Serial Sevens (Italian premiere)
music by Francesca Verunelli
stage director Kristiina Helin
scenes and costumes Lotta Esko
video Saara Ekström
lighting Jan Fendinger
commissioned by La Biennale di Venezia, Musik der Jahrhunderte Stuttgart
with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Commission
world premiere: 21, 22 July 2012, Theaterhaus Stuttgart

Voice, theatre and music are a terrain for experimentation with infinite possibilities and a powerful impact in terms of image and communication: the multiplicity of elements at work, gesture word dramaturgy sound image, can lead to a ‘concerto scenico’, a melodrama, a micro-opera, instrumental theatre, performance, art song, sprechoper. In this field, the Biennale has engaged in an annual commitment with Musik der Jahrhunderte of Stuttgart to produce new experimental chamber operas.

This year, two thirty-year-olds, Francesca Verunelli, the winner of the Silver Lion at the 2009 Music Biennale, and Giovanni Bertelli will each, separately, stage their first musical theatre work on 10th October 2012 at the Teatro alle Tese (8:30 pm).

Serial Sevens by Francesca Verunelli is inspired by the dark knots of memory, referring in the title to a real clinical test used to assess the degree of memory and concentration, but also to the seven voices of the performers and the texts, all of them anonymous, taken from actual conversations between doctors and patients, which open spaces within an unspoken world.

Equally interesting will be the interpretation of the stage director, who for both works will be Finnish director Kristiina Helin, a long-time student of Jerzy Grotowski and Eugenio Barba.