The experimental theatre company from Bologna, Instabili Vaganti, has seduced the audience and jury of the Fringe festival in Edinburgh, so that its “Contemporary Hermit – Made in Ilva” obtained a nomination for the prestigious TOTAL THEATRE AWARDS, one of the major awards of the Fringe. An excellent achievement for the experimental physical theatre and for the city of Bologna, mostly considering that only 29 works have been nominated out of the initial 3000 participants and that Instabili Vaganti was the only Italian company selected for the “physical and visual theatre” section .
“Instabili vaganti” company put on stage one of the most dramatic and unresolved fact of our days: the one concerning Europe’s biggest steel mill ILVA, located in Taranto. The play has been re-elaborated for the occasion: it has been translated into English and Riccardo Nanni, founder of 7_floor and partner of the project, given it a new soundtrack.
The play seeks to make us reflect on the alienation of workers trapped inside a system of production that transforms human beings into machines. The play narrates the internal drama of Ilva’s workers, who are thorn between running away from that “steel cage” and all its deaths on the job, environmental damages and negative effects on people’s health, and their need to work in order to survive. The play tells the stories of those who live or lived this “life”: many workers were interviewed and the diary of one of them actually inspired the play.
Their participation was supported by fUNDER 35, Del Monte Foundation of Bologna and Ravenna, Municipality of Bologna, Emilia-Romagna Region and the Italian cultural institute of Edinburgh.
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