francesco sframeli > spiro scimone > gianluca cesale
set designer and costumist >
assistant director >
technical director >
production > compagnia scimone sframeli
in collaboration with
> fondazione orestiadi gibellina
prize candoni arta terme 1997 for the "
new drama "
"La Festa" (The Feast) is a work of brief exchanges, made up of
lines with few words, often just one. The text is almost
musical, employing a syncopated rhythm which highlights the
frequent repetition and variations along the same theme.
But it is these repetitions and variations which lead to an
exploration of the possibilities offered by words, and their
necessity. They are weapons sharpened by past experience with
which the three characters measure themselves in a continuous
referral to distorted episodes and to a past which is maybe
A father, mother and son, trapped within the geometrical space
of an abstract kitchen, the closed container of that familiar
microcosm, talking back and forth to each other. What’s the
weather like? Do you want milk in that? Did you sugar it? Is the
water boiling? Just like formulas of a banal ritual which has
been going on in exactly the same way for a very long time.
The feast of the title celebrates an anniversary, the thirty
years of marriage the couple. It is the fundamental aspect of
the game, which is precisely the act. Each of the three
characters reads its part. The nagging mother emphasizes its
role as a victim. The father who raise its voice to disguise his
weakness and dependence. The arrogant son, who sits crouched
hard-nosed, he has become the true master of the house, because
he puts the money, darkly earned.
The game is tense, cruel, devastating. With a continued note of
comedy. But there is a limit beyond which the game can not go
on. The need to not get to a break, so the next day we can start
it again, with the same words. With the same ritual.
The piece won the 1997 Candoni Arta Terme prize for new drama.