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Across the River and into the Trees, 2016

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Across the River and into the Trees, 2016

Across the River and into the Trees, 2016. Performance view, Tenuta Dello Scompiglio, Capannori, Italy, 2016.

Across the River and into the Trees, 2016. Performance view, Tenuta Dello Scompiglio, Capannori, Italy, 2016.

Across the River and into the Trees

2016
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The artist led seven art students from Florence to spend a week at a villa in the mountains to the south of Lucca. In the midst of a communal life of drinking and having fun all day long, they created the following story:

A scholar has arrived at a neighboring art academy to teach some classes. One of the students has obtained the scholar’s approval with a proposal for a play adapted from Pier Paolo Pasolini’s The Decameron. This student will collaborate with other fellow students to conduct a performance at the end of the term. He shows that the inspiration for his proposal came from the Fourth Day, Fifth Tale of The Decameron, “Three Brothers take Revenge on their Sister’s Lover.” Seven students come together to start a collaboration. One day, they have come to the mountains to undertake rehearsals and discussion. Some of them question the assignment of roles; some demand that the entire team be given leadership authority; some begin to doubt the artistic nature of the script; some surreptitiously express their excellent taste and charisma; some begin to allege an illicit relationship between the scholar and a certain student; some not only are completely unconcerned with this particular collaboration, but instead engage in purely fictitious attacks on other students… The narrative threads hidden in the background of all this strife gradually come to the surface; one trivial story after another reveals the alliances, hatreds, betrayals, and suspicions among the students. At last one student in a fit of anger shouts out that one of the others, before coming to the mountains, has already murdered the scholar and blasphemed his corpse.

Across the River and into the Trees (2016) was performed on April 2 and 3, 2016, at the Tenuta dello Scompiglio.

 

Performance contributed by the following participants: Matteo Coluccia, Paolo Cuppone, Gianluca Truss Forgia, Stefano Giuri, Stefano Macaone, Samuele De Santis, Francesco De Tommaso.

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