la Biennale di Venezia
Main Visual Sezione Teatro EN (new)


40th International Theatre Festival


20th February > 8th March 2009

L'impresario delle Canarie

Teatro Giovanni Poli Santa Marta
Sunday February 22 at 4:00 p.m.
Monday February 23 at 8:30 p.m.
L’impresario delle Canarie [presentation of the workshop]
Intermezzi, Azioni, Feste Teatrali, Cantate and Rime
L’impresario delle Canarie, Le Cinesi, Il Palladio Conservato, Le Grazie Vendicate, La Ritrosia Disarmata, L’ape, Il Nido degli Amori, La Tempesta, Amor Timido, Il Consiglio, A Nice, La Partenza
by Pietro Metastasio
directed by Lorenzo Salveti
with the collaboration of Rosa Maria Tavolucci
elements for the set Bruno Buonincontri
costumes Bartolomeo Giusti
music consultant Paolo Terni
lighting design Sergio Ciattaglia
with the students of the II year of the acting studio Diletta Acquaviva, Viviana Altieri, Vincenzo D’amato, Vera Dragone, Fabrizio Falco, Desy Gialuz, Lucrezia Guidone, Dario Iubatti, Elisabetta Mandalari, Luca Mascolo, Alessandro Meringolo, Giorgio Musumeci, Massimo Odierna, Marta Paganelli, Marco Palvetti, Mauro Pasqualini, Maria Piccolo, Sara Putignano, Emanuele Venezia
production Accademia Nazionale d’Arte Drammatica “Silvio D’Amico”
The participation of the most illustrious National Academy of Dramatic Art – the “Silvio D’Amico” in Rome – with its director Lorenzo Salveti, is proof of the attention that the Venice Biennale dedicates in its programs to educational processes.
A renowned director of opera and prose, and a former director of the Stabile dell’Aquila theatre from 1990 to 1994, Lorenzo Salveti has involved the students of his Academy in a journey through the language of the most talented versifier of his time, Metastasio, who spread the Italian language throughout Europe, and established it as the language of opera and theatre. Focalizing on the “spoken” aspect of the language, disregarding song, Salveti’s intent is to put Metastasio’s writing to the test of the stage, with a group of actors selected from the second year of the Accademia “Silvio D’Amico”.
The selection of texts includes the least known works of Metastasio: the Intermezzi, the Azioni, the Feste Teatrali, the Cantate, and the Rime. Here the author articulates the themes of his poetics with a free and playful spirit, in a journey through several destinations from Greece to the Canary islands, from ancient Rome, to the sites of an Arcadia located in enchanted islands and forests, ending in a Chinese harem, whose connotations bring together the Celestial Empire and the Middle East of the Thousand and one Nights. Each journey, each stop, needs no means of transportation to be reached. The journey is in the mind, standing still in the playroom, moving through a “mare nostrum” that syncretizes and makes a hybrid of secular ‘fabule’ that have become the stuff of our imagination.
Lorenzo Salveti