new creation 2021
freely adapted from The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice by William Shakespeare
project and realization Kinkaleri/Massimo Conti, Marco Mazzoni, Gina Monaco | with Michael Incarbone, Chiara Lucisano, Caterina Montanari, Michele Scappa | lights Kinkaleri, Giulia Barni | technical director Mattia Bagnoli | organization Elena Conti, Gaia Fronzaroli | production KLm_Kinkaleri – Teatro Metastasio di Prato | supported by MiBACT – Settore Spettacolo, Regione Toscana
The Kinkaleri Art Collective stages one of the most famous and – all over the world – most performed Shakespearean tragedies: “Othello”. We present it as a place where words are given the power to be and to become OtellO. The text is explored under a clear sign: questing for a Body – concurrently consisting of Word and Sound – that tells about itself and what it is alluding to. The language owns a power by imposing folds and distortions on reality, and it spreads out like a shadow onto the bodies that fit together with space just like with a fate. It is a text/body that doesn’t take on the appearance of the characters of the events nor their psychological condition; that lettering/body looks for the direct impact of a world produced by words, as a consequence of the dynamics, forces and tensions of the very bodies.
OtellO is, for Kinkaleri, the opportunity for a choreographic rewriting that tries to take on, once again, the tensions of contemporary representation in its most full-blown and most ambiguous transitory moment that we are (un)lucky to live through, and place such moment in our Western cultural dimension, in its shutdowns, and in the inevitable escapes into a nearly present future.