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Tolja Djoković / Fabiana Iacozzilli - En Abyme

Length / Year:55’, world premiere
By:Tolja Djoković
Direction:Fabiana Iacozzilli
With:Simone Barraco, Oscar De Summa, Francesca Farcomeni, Evelina Rosselli
And featuring:Aurora Occhiuzzi
Set design:Giuseppe Stellato
Costumes:Chiara Aversano
Lighting design:Omar Scala
Music and sound design:Tommy Grieco
Assistant director:Cesare Del Beato
Costume assistants:Valentina Cerasuolo, Fabiana Amato
Video directors:Raffaele Rossi, Nicolas Spatarella and Fabiana Iacozzilli
Video credits:
Director of photography:Francesco Savaglia
Sound operator:Alberto Mancini
Camera assistant:Fiamma Olivieri
Assistant set designers:Francesco Sepe, Fabio Cosimo
Prop crew:Maria Esposito, Maria Pia Esposito Papa
Make-up:Cristina Correra
With:Oscar De Summa, Francesca Farcomeni, Aurora Occhiuzzi and feauting Rino Di Martino, Sofia Rumolo, Annachiara Salzano, Virginia Puzo
Production:La Biennale di Venezia, Fondazione Teatro di Napoli - Teatro Bellini, Lac - Lugano Arte e Cultura, Cranpi, Elsinor
Executive production:Fondazione Teatro di Napoli - Teatro Bellini
With the support from:carrozzerie n.o.t.; Fivizzano27
Thanks to:A. S. D. Scuola Nuoto Vomero; Casa Donelli
Note:Winner of the Biennale College Teatro Playwriting Under 40 (2021-2022) call


Tolja Djoković bases her En Abyme on director James Cameron’s explorations of the depths of the sea. And just as Cameron reached the deepest point of the Mariana Trench, so Djokovic plunges into the depths of the most intimate dynamics of the human being.

En Abyme intersects and overlays four different levels of storytelling like a “continuous chant – writes the author – in which images, actions, environments, sounds and words all engage in dialogue, to build original new meanings”. There is the “documentary” focused on James Cameron’s endeavour; “He, She and the Girl”, dedicated to the story of the relationship between father and daughter; “The eye”, or the lens of a video-camera that metaphorically replicates Cameron’s work, filming a woman’s daily routine; and finally there is “Marianne”, the woman’s voice at the centre of the adventure which competes with the “documentary” for the role of story-teller of the deep.

“A fundamental element in my work”, explains Tolja Djoković, “is the fil rouge of the descent into the depths, a situation that exemplifies different frames of mind: on the one hand the fear of going to the bottom of things, on the other the introduction of the discoveries that can be made only by those ready to run the risk of being lost. Indeed I have always been interested in the limits imposed by the practice of theatre and I felt the need to understand and test how far our imagination can take us in the challenge to overcome them”.

The play, following last year’s mise en lecture, will be shown as a complete production in Venice, directed by Fabiana Iacozzilli, who has made her mark in theatre with productions distinguished by their strong visual impact.

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