No matter how many documents we have portraying scenes from the theatre, they are no more than fragments. They can capture our attention, spur emotions, bring back memories, remind us of other times, but they are nothing but a glimmer, rather imperfect witnesses to the works and life of the theatre. An archive can provide no more than fragments, each one a fragile piece. It is up to us to find elements of interest in them, in one way or another. They inform us on the various experiences that have taken place at La Biennale, they hint at singular artistic episodes and a history built upon thought, choices, affinities and contrasts over the many years that the Biennale Teatro has been held, beginning in 1934.
This year’s collection, which is dedicated specifically to the women directors who have participated in the programmes of the past, is simply conceived to echo this year’s programme of the Biennale Teatro 2017, which Director Antonio Latella has chosen to dedicate to today’s women directors, many of whom have had little opportunity to make their work known in Italy. A choice, a discovery that brings new light to the history and current state of theatre.
We wish to thank the ASAC.