Playing with Orlando

Nuovo Teatro
directed by Marco Balsamo

loosely based on Orlando Furioso by Ludovico Ariosto

An original ballad in Ariosto-like rhyme and a literary dispute for the stage, performed by Stefano Accorsi and Marco Baliani in hand-to-hand combat, one rhyme following another.

Nuovo Teatro
directed by Marco Balsamo

loosely based on Orlando Furioso by Ludovico Ariosto

theatrical adaptation and direction, Marco Baliani

with Stefano Accorsi and Marco Baliani
scenery, Mimmo Paladino

scenery installation, Daniele Spisa

costumes, Alessandro Lai

lighting, Luca Barbati

An original ballad in Ariosto-like rhyme and a literary dispute for the stage, performed by Stefano Accorsi and Marco Baliani in hand-to-hand combat, one rhyme following another. The central issue is love – whether it’s reciprocal or not, forsaken or not – with two couples: Orlando and Angelica, and Bradamante and Ruggiero.

Giocando con Orlando surprises the audience, who is first taken to a playing field, a carousel, and a hellzapoppin circus, only to find themselves suddenly faced with something ancient: feelings. The audience has just enough time to feel them and sense something resembling nostalgia, before they are dragged onto the roller-coaster of a flying hippogriff and a roaring killer whale.

Yet thanks to this game, to this playful theatrical joy, there are moments when love’s passion – distilled and heartbreaking – will appear in its entirety, along with the strength of friendship in a touching moment of brotherhood, and jealousy’s fury, in a destructive exercise.

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