Orlando Furioso


Ludovico Ariosto

ORLANDO FURIOSO was inspired by the Italian poem first printed in 1532.
The show is about the adventures of a knight named Orlando and a beautiful woman, Angelica.

She lures him away from his duty defending Europe against the African Saracens and ultimately drives him to madness.

From Ariosto’s original poem to the present day, this is the story not only of the ill-fated Orlando, who fell in love with Angelica, and went mad, but also the story of the Christian armies that risk losing France without the help of their brave hero.

It also tells the tale of how the deranged Orlando’s lost wits are recovered by Astolfo on the Moon and driven back into the body of their rightful owner, allowing him to resume his place in the ranks.

Through the use of videos, the audience is taken to the heart of the tale where the lost, furious and mad Orlando wanders aimlessly in an apocalyptic setting, hopelessly hunting for his senses.

Videos and images are used to create a surreal atmosphere, leaving the audience dumbfounded by scenes of distant wars, of past or present conflicts.

These images have been reworked and presented as contemporary news reports.

The comic-theatrical scenes are juxtaposed with the savage and sometimes cruel images conjured up by these videos: this contrast deeply characterizes the entire show.

Special guests:  Carla Tatò and Carlo Quartucci

Cast and Crew: 11/12 people on tour (9 actors)
Running time: approx. 75 mins
Venue: This show is suitable for both theatres and unconventional venues.
There is “separation” between the stage and the audience space.

Languages: The show is performed in Italian with subtitles in whatever language is required through the use of 3 widescreens.
Techniques: Physical theatre / Dance / Machinery and large moving objects
Audience: Best suited to approx. 700 people. It can accommodate up to 1,000 audience members.

Target: any age bracket. Can be understood by an international audience.
NB: Subtitles required for non-Italian speaking audiences.

Miscellaneous: Use of video projections. All the structures and machinery are moved mechanically through the live action of the performers.

Directed by: Marco Paciotti
Intellectual property rights: ONDADURTO TEATRO / Lorenzo Pasquali and Marco Paciotti

Original Soundtrack composed by: Piccola Banda Ikona / Stefano Saletti

Special guests: Carla Tatò and Carlo Quartucci

Ariosto’s chivalric epic poem comes to life, with all its chases, misunderstandings, fortuitous encounters, loss, galloping horses, the nobility of the spirit and pride in combat.

The inclusion of comic situations is inevitable, creating moments of “theatre within theatre” in memory of the long-standing tradition associated with this genre.

Winged monsters, magicians, old hags and magic spells create a fantastic imaginary landscape through which the characters move along a zigzag path in a story with mankind at its core, as well as our never-ending quest for something that will give meaning to our existence.

Ariosto’s cantos and the moments of greatest interpretative impact are brought to life through the images and voices of Carla Tatò and Carlo Quartucci.

The religious war between the East and West, as recounted by Ariosto, is transposed in a finale with strong visual impact featuring the projection of moving images of contemporary wars on the background screens, including wide shots and close-ups, dancing bodies and machines in motion, in increasingly accelerated frames.

Three widescreens are used during the show to create the various settings, establishing a system of scenery that is unique in its genre – from surreal settings and dreamlike scenes with grotesque details to harrowing images of contemporary reality. The use of video projection acts as a guide and cause for reflection for the audience and it accompanies stronger, more sombre images, and forms a direct dialogue with the live action on stage. Therefore, the relationship formed with these video projections is one of the distinguishing features of the piece, both in terms of the still images and the motion pictures.

During the making of these videos, specific scenes were created to be projected onto screens during the performance. This was done in order to amplify the psychological dimension of Orlando’s madness, to develop dreamlike images, or to create surreal backdrops for the plot.

The video footage features the exceptional performances of Carla Tatò and Carlo Quartucci.

The scenery is made up of objects in movement and machines which have another important role in the show: they are iron structures on wheels, symbolic forms that echo knights in battle in the imagination of the audience, made of body armour, horses and clashing figures.

This stage machinery was created and designed to display an interplay of solid and void. They are ironed-clad moving sculptures with unique mechanical movements, and include: a hippogriff, an enormous skirt, a pulpit, a mechanical theatre, trees, the sea, ships and horses.

Music “assists” the action on stage but at the same time plays the role of the main character. The melody enriches the performance, which strives to be a complete, well-rounded theatrical event: a performance that unites several artistic fields in order to achieve a rich, innovative result – a show that is complete in terms of every expressive medium.

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