The Soul's Journey
A dreamlike and gestural play inspired by Carlo Collodi's classic 'Le avventure di Pinocchio'. Directed and performed by Orlando Whales, the piece ventures into Pinocchio's life as a representation of the collective drama of our civilisation: an updated image of a human being alienated from his own freedom in search of his true 'I'. The piece is a visual and imaginary poem with a demanding and transforming physical and body work strongly influenced by Butoh dance.
(PIN)OCCHIO is a call to walk hand in hand with our inner CHILDHOOD. To be reborn in a world filled with puppets waiting for the moment to come back to life.
What heart is in a rag doll? Does our economic and social system lead the individual to an increasing infantilisation? Culture of entertainment and distraction. Training education and poor results. Resignation and emotional anesthesia or little resistance to frustration. Exaltation of hedonism and utilitarianism. Merchandising of relationships. Anything goes.
Society slowly turns into a puppet theatre for the sleepy audience on the front line of the Platonic cavern. The shadows that move on the wall are not real. But the human being desperately needs to believe in this illusion. Until one of those puppets realises that it is actually a puppet. That is the story of Pinocchio. That is the actor's tragedy. To realise that everything is a lie. And to continue the lies, that they don't kill us...