ROSA WINKEL (Pink Triangle)

Since 2015 Lenz Foundation has made permanent its historical dramaturgy research project on the themes of the Resistance and the Holocaust. Created with the Historical Institute of the Resistance and Contemporary History as scientific consultant, the project is structured as a multi-year performance research study.

2016  KINDER (Children)
On the tragedy of the Jewish children from Parma victims of the Nazi genocide.

2017  AKTION T4
On the Nazi euthanasia program to suppress children born with malformations or disabled.

2018  ROSA WINKEL. PINK TRIANGLE
On the deportation and extermination of homosexuals in Nazi concentration camps.

Among the thousands of bodies mangled and persecuted, we choose one for all, as historical-dramaturgy refraction, Otto Peltzer, one of the greatest middle distance runner of all times.  Arrested and jailed many times then sent to Mathausen until May 1945, when he was freed by the Americans. However, Otto will not be rehabilitated even by post-Nazi Germany, as the “sin” of being homosexual will haunt him.
Rosa Winkle’s space is subdivided in adjustable modular sequences, made of sixteen metal lockers, which make up the place of the dual dimension inherent in getting undressed: stripping off the mask, being free from the outer layer and at the same time being naked, meant as loss of identity, resetting to zero uniqueness and being different.
The show features scenes of total nudity: viewing is recommended for mature audiences, 16 years and older.

Among the thousands of bodies mangled and persecuted, we choose one for all, as historical-dramaturgy refraction, Otto Peltzer, one of the greatest middle distance runner of all times.  Arrested and jailed many times then sent to Mathausen until May 1945, when he was freed by the Americans. However, Otto will not be rehabilitated even by post-Nazi Germany, as the “sin” of being homosexual will haunt him.
Rosa Winkle’s space is subdivided in adjustable modular sequences, made of sixteen metal lockers, which make up the place of the dual dimension inherent in getting undressed: stripping off the mask, being free from the outer layer and at the same time being naked, meant as loss of identity, resetting to zero uniqueness and being different.
The show features scenes of total nudity: viewing is recommended for mature audiences, 16 years and older.

ROSA WINKEL [ PINK TRIANGLE ] Original story and imagoturgy | Francesco Pititto
Installation and direction | Maria Federica Maestri
Permormers | Valentina Barbarini, Adriano Engelbrecht, Roberto Riseri, Davide Rocchi
Music | Andrea Azzali
in collaboration with ISREC

 

A show that from time to time is loaded with deep eroticism in lockstep with Thanatos’ dark and that, in the darkness lit by powerful beam lights pointed at you like during an interrogation, makes it possible to rediscover one of the least told aspects of that collective madness that lasted years.
Matteo Bergamini, Exibart, April 24, 2018

Immersion is immediate. Sixteen metal cabinets placed at the center of two mirroring long rows leaving an aisle in the middle and, around it, a wide space to move about freely and watch, listen, live, we the audience too, inside the concentration camp-scene and the running track.
Giuseppe Distefano, Sipario, April 30, 2018

Striking the scene with the regent on the throne, Himmler, who, in a fit of frustration, throws hundreds of little soldiers at the chest of the athlete that, inexorable, is approaching him.
Tommaso Chimenti, Hystrio, July-September 2018