HUMAN TOO HUMAN

Human Too Human is the title of the theatre season that Lenz will organise from March to December 2022, consisting of a plurality of performance and cultural proposals, which will open the post-industrial spaces of Lenz Theatre to be enjoyed by the public..

Lenz Theatre has been the historic home of the company since 1989 and is located in Via Pasubio, Parma, in a former suburban and working-class neighbourhood that has undergone intense urban redevelopment in recent years. Here the traces of an industrial past, of which isolated sections of important archaeological value survive, coexist with innovative contemporary architectural experiments in a type of urban redevelopment with a European flavour.

Public project carried out in cooperation with national and local institutions and associations.

 

From beginning to beginning, in a circular time that is never identical, from Lenz to Lenz but out of the orbit already traced by years of research, of successes and arrhythmias of path, doubts and uncertainties but always unsatisfied by every result. Then the result presupposes a fresh start, new risks, new directions. New geosophies, new geographies of knowledge, new visions.

Today, the situation of the world, already catastrophic due to the continuous human attack, demands an alternative thought, of ways of survival, of maintenance of the human and non-human species. These are broad thoughts, but they concern the particular, they concern each one of us. They concern war and peace, because Nature can recover from itself, like the matsutake mushroom that sprouts on the devastated landscape of Hiroshima, or on the waste of Fukushima, or like the animals wandering around Chernobyl that seem to have learned to adapt to radiation, but for the human being the prospect is much worse, he is much weaker and defenceless.

Perhaps we need to go beyond the binomial Man-Nature and consider ourselves as all belonging to, and dependent on, the same Habitat. New bestiaries, new kinships.

What does theatre have to do with this? If the process of emotion, feeling and the brain are characteristic, like language, of the human being, every representation, expression and refraction of thought must necessarily have something to do with it.

Otherwise we would have to repeat endlessly the same way of dealing with ourselves, human actors and human spectators, pretending that everything is as it always was, that art has not been affected by the Anthropocene and its radical upheavals, that scientific research has not introduced new worlds and visions, new techniques, new creative practices, new relationships between agents and participants. It is precisely because theatre cannot exist without the two that it is necessary to stage the complexity of the world, the prospects for survival, new languages for saying, thinking and doing.

You will see from the programme proposals how the search for the unveiling of complexity is strongly pursued, tracked, spied upon. Apocalypse, at the end of the three-year period, means revelation, unveiling, and we still wonder if it has already happened or if it will happen and when.

This is what the theatre, as a corporeal and mortal art, should research, in parallel science and philosophy, anthropology and biology, sociology and psychology, technology and visual culture are already doing so at a frantic pace. Visual art, cinema, music and poetry have also done so in many works and are trying to keep up. Why shouldn’t contemporary theatre do so?

We think that, as always, an alternative thought, a vision of the world closer to a pantheistic conception of life and nature can come today from women, from a group of European and American women who for some decades have been offering us horizons and dimensions, refractions and diffractions that stimulate us to radically reconsider functions and perspectives. Donna Haraway, Karen Barad, Judith Butler, Rosi Braidotti, Anna Tsing, Nina Lykke, for example.

After Deleuze, Nancy and every rhizomatic offshoot of critical thought, these are our references today, our study interests, the imaginations of the future to be built in the knowledge that what really counts is only the present. Utopia and desire must be now, because there is no more time, the earth is tired of us and advises us to change, to revolt.

Lenz’s wide-ranging vision of the need for theatre, an encyclopaedic image, has been built up over our years of work, and has shaped our theatrical practice by making us discover beauty where it was not yet perceived, could not be perceived unless we went looking for it, with the same obstinacy as a Simone Weil, a Cristina Campo.

A continual linguistic, social and psychic storm, never resting on its own forms, always trespassing, even to the point of loss of sense, a continuous confrontation with unknown sensibilities and capacities, and as a compass Classicity that contains everything and repeats everything, never the same.

From Büchner’s Lenz to Catharina von Siena’s Lenz, we are still talking about madness and sanctity, but outside the initial time and drama lines, still building together for the next three years.

Lenz Foundation

9th March 2022

Francesco Pititto

✧ Friday, February 18 – streaming

ADELCHI
by Alessandro Manzoni
translation, dramaturgy, imagery: Francesco Pititto
installation, direction, costumes: Maria Federica Maestri
music: Andrea Azzali
performers: Franck Berzieri, Carlo Destro, Carlotta Spaggiari

 

✧ Wednesday, March 16

6 pm – full video projection
LA VITA È SOGNO (Life is dream)

+ intermezzo drink

8:30 pm – live show
ALTRO STATO (Other State)

+ Other States Lenz Room

 

✧ Thursday, March 17

6 pm – full video projection
LA VITA È SOGNO (Life is dream)

+ intermezzo drink

8:30 pm – live show
ALTRO STATO (Other State)

 

✧ Friday, March 18

5:30 pm – full video projection
LA VITA È SOGNO (Life is dream)

7:30 pm – live show
ALTRO STATO (Other State)

+ after show > sound & visual from Life is dream

 

✧ Saturday, March 19

6:30 pm – full video projection
LA VITA È SOGNO (Life is dream)

8:30 pm – live show
ALTRO STATO (Other State)

+ after show > sound & visual from Life is dream

 

✧ Wednesday, March 23

6 pm – full video projection
LA VITA È SOGNO (Life is dream)

+ intermezzo drink

8:30 pm – live show
ALTRO STATO (Other State)

+ Other States Lenz Room

 

✧ Thursday, March 24

6 pm – full video projection
LA VITA È SOGNO (Life is dream)

+ intermezzo drink

8:30 pm – live show
ALTRO STATO (Other State)

 

✧ Friday, March 25

5:30 pm – full video projection
LA VITA È SOGNO (Life is dream)

7:30 pm – live show
ALTRO STATO (Other State)

+ after show > sound & visual from Life is dream

 

✧ Saturday, March 26

6:30 pm – full video projection
LA VITA È SOGNO (Life is dream)

8:30 pm – live show
ALTRO STATO (Other State)

+ after show > sound & visual from Life is dream

✧ Thursday, April 7

6:30 pm – full video projection
IPHIGENIA IN TAURIDE (Iphigenia in Tauris)

7:30 pm – live show
IPHIGENIA IN AULIDE ORATORIO (Iphigenia in Aulis)

 

✧ Wednesday, April 13

8:30 pm – live show
LA CREAZIONE (The Creation)

 

✧ Thursday, April 7

6:30 pm – live show
LA CREAZIONE (The Creation)

 

✧ Friday, April 15

7:30 pm – live show
LA CREAZIONE (The Creation)

 

✧ Saturday, April 16

8:30 pm – live show
LA CREAZIONE (The Creation)

 

 from Monday 25 April to Friday 29 April from 18:00 to 20:00

RESISTANCE AND LIBERATION DAY CELEBRATIONS WOMEN PARTISANS OF THE RESISTANCE – video installation

 

✧ Monday, April 25

9 pm – streaming
KINDER

 

✧ Wednesday, April 27

from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm – seminar no.1
PARTISAN RESISTANCE

✧ Tuesday, May 17

9 pm – streaming
ROSA WINKEL

 

✧ from Tuesday 17 May to Saturday 21 May

9 pm – live sharing
ANNAMARIA AJMONE
BESTIARY
– kinship no.1

 

✧ Saturday, May 21

9 pm – streaming
RADICAL CHANGE

✧ from Monday 6 June to Thursday 9 June

9:30 pm – live show
CATHARINA VON SIENA

by Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz. Adaptation and dramaturgy: Francesco Pititto. Installation, direction, costumes: Maria Federica Maestri. Music: Adriano Engelbrecht e Andrea Azzali. Performer: Sandra Soncini.

 

✧ Thursday, June 9 

8:30 pm – full video projection
CATHARINA VON SIENA. FILM

by Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz. Adaptation and dramaturgy: Francesco Pititto. Installation, direction, costumes: Maria Federica Maestri. Music: Adriano Engelbrecht e Andrea Azzali. Performer: Alessandro Castiglione, Sara Monferdini, Elisa Orlandini, Sandra Soncini.

 

✧ Friday, June 10

from 4 pm to 7 pmseminary no.2
FEMINISM AND HOLINESS

9:30 pm – live show
CATHARINA VON SIENA

 

✧ Wednesday, June 22

9 pm – live show
EXALTATIONS EXIT LAB
FROM CATHARINA VON SIENA

by Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz.Adaptation and dramaturgy: Francesco Pititto. Installation, direction, costumes: Maria Federica Maestri. Performers: students from Lab SERD.

 

✧ Thursday, June 23

9 pm – live show
EXALTATIONS EXIT LAB
FROM CATHARINA VON SIENA

by Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz. Adaptation and dramaturgy: Francesco Pititto. Installation, direction, costumes: Maria Federica Maestri. Performers: students from Lab SERD.

✧ Thursday, July 7

8:30 pm – full video projection
CHAOS

dal Primo Libro de Le metamorfosi di Ovidio. Adaptation and dramaturgy: Francesco Pititto.Installation, direction, costumes: Maria Federica Maestri. Music: Andrea Azzali. Performers: Valentina Barbarini, Giuseppe Barigazzi, Elena Sorbi, Laura Vallavanti.

 

✧ from Tuesday 12 July to Friday 15 July

9 pm – live sharing
STEFANIA ALOS PEDRETTI
BESTIARY
 
-kinship no.2

 

✧ Friday, October 7 

5:30 pm + 8:30 pm -site-specific performance in the Saint Paul Chamber
FLOWERS LIKE STARS?

 

✧ Saturday, October 8

5:30 pm + 8:30 pm -site-specific performance in the Saint Paul Chamber
FLOWERS LIKE STARS?

 

✧ Tuesday, October 11

8:30 pm -site-specific performance in the Saint Paul Chamber
FLOWERS LIKE STARS?

 

✧ Wednesday, October 12

8:30 pm -site-specific performance in the Saint Paul Chamber
FLOWERS LIKE STARS?

 

✧ Thursday, October 13

5:30 pm + 8:30 pm -site-specific performance in the Saint Paul Chamber
FLOWERS LIKE STARS?

 

✧ Friday, October 14

5:30 pm + 8:30 pm -site-specific performance in the Saint Paul Chamber
FLOWERS LIKE STARS?

 

✧ Saturday, October 15

5:30 pm + 8:30 pm -site-specific performance in the Saint Paul Chamber
FLOWERS LIKE STARS?

9 pm – streaming
IL PRINCIPE COSTANTE

 

✧ from Wednesday 2 November to Saturday 5 November

8:30 pm – live show
LPPP > LENZ FOR PIERPAOLO PASOLINI

Dramaturgy and imagoturgy: Francesco Pititto. Installation, direction, costumes: Maria Federica Maestri. Music: Andrea Azzali. Performers: still in definition.

 

✧ Saturday, November 5

from 4 pm to 7:30 pm – seminary no.3
PIERPAOLO PASOLINI INFLUENCES AND TENTACLES

8:30 pm – live show
LPPP > LENZ FOR PIERPAOLO PASOLINI

 

✧ Sunday, November 26

8 pm – live show
NUMERI (Numbers)

From the Fourth Book of the Bible. Dramaturgy and imagoturgy: Francesco Pititto. Installation, composition, enclosures: Maria Federica Maestri. Music: Andrea Azzali. Performers: still in definition.

 

✧ Sunday, November 27 

8 pm – live show
NUMERI (Numbers)

 

✧ Tuesday, November 29

8 pm – live show
NUMERI (Numbers)

 

✧ Wednesday, November 30 

8 pm – live show
NUMERI (Numbers)

 

✧ Thursday, December 1

8 pm – live show
NUMERI (Numbers)

From the Fourth Book of the Bible. Dramaturgy and imagoturgy: Francesco Pititto. Installation, composition, enclosures: Maria Federica Maestri. Music: Andrea Azzali. Performers: still in definition.

 

✧ Friday, Dicember 2

from 11 am to 6 pm – seminary no.4
NEW STATES OF PERFORMING ARTS

8:30 pm – live show
NUMERI (Numbers)

 

✧ Tuesday, Dicember 5

8:30 pm – live performance
JAN VOXEL
BESTIARY
 
– kinship no.3

9:30 pm – live performance
MONICA BARONE
BESTIARY
 
– kinship no.4

 

✧ Wednesday, Dicember 6

8:30 pm – live performance
JAN VOXEL
BESTIARY
 
– kinship no.3

9:30 pm – live performance
MONICA BARONE
BESTIARY
 
– kinship no.4

 

✧ Thursday, Dicember 7

8:30 pm – live performance
JAN VOXEL
BESTIARY
 
– kinship no.3

9:30 pm – live performance
MONICA BARONE
BESTIARY
 
– kinship no.4