by Filippo Timi
Don Giovanni, vivere è un abuso, mai un diritto
by Filippo Timi
with Umberto Petranca, Alexandre Styker, Roberta Rovelli , Marina Rocco,
Elena Lietti, Roberto Laureri, Matteo De Blasio e Fulvio Accogli
At Franco Parenti Theater, from 27 February to 24 March, the actor Filippo Timi
brings to the stage his “Don Giovanni, vivere è un abuso, mai un diritto”.
“The myth is that because it crosses all ages,” says Filippo Timi, speaking
of Don Giovanni. “The character I play is a decadent man, a seducer who
doesn’t want that fascinates in spite of himself. It is the prototype of humanity
fickle and insatiable, humanity finally free of the moral guilty of the absurd
fate toward which we are rushing. Don Giovanni never burns really, he want
to burn, promises hell and his art is theatrical, he says the promise so well
that it is impossible not to believe him, or rather, do not want to believe him. “
Experiment, for Timi, does not mean only rewrite a classic text of Baroque,
but working side by side with a visionary designer, Fabio Zambernardi who,
in collaboration with Lawrence Steele, designed the costumes as the exceptional
scenic machines. “Because the soul of Don John is his custom,” says the actor.
The result is a bizarre aesthetic, fishing from historical and contemporary
references, but it brings on stage costumes ever seen: bulky, uncomfortable,
excessive, often the result of horrible color combinations. “Lace dipped silicone,
cloaks sewn with thousands of flowers, fabrics slippery like linoleum but as precious
as Meissen Porcelain … an overdose of the eighteenth century. Timi and I have tried
to give us the limits to each other, but it only served to create new excesses.”
Reveals Zambernardi. “I’ve never done theater before I met Filippo Timi.
Being a beginner craft helps not to have too many concepts, parameters, limits”.
The theater of Timi wants to be desecration, madness, where every character
is an explosion of weirdness and excess. And the lyrical text is transformed
into performance, where the actors, with a soundtrack that alternates Pink Floyd,
Black Eyed Pease, Donna Summer and Queen, not only in acting, but singing
and choreography staged. Filippo Timi is almost a legend for his ability to take
control of classical texts and transform them into personal performances from the actors.