Tango Glaciale premiered at the Teatro Nuovo in Naples in 1982. It was directed by Mario Martone with Andrea Renzi, Tomas Arana and Licia Maglietta on stage, all members of Falso Movimento, the artists’ collective changing the history of experimental theatre in Italy at that time.
As Martone explained in an interview, «Tango Glaciale relates the movements of three people living in a house: from living room to kitchen, from roof to garden, from swimming pool to bathroom. A constantly changing domestic adventure that is projected through time and space. The visual mechanics of the performance consists of architecture made of light created using a montage of video and slides, so that the play takes place in twelve rooms with twelve different sets all in the space of one hour, at a rate of one set change every five minutes. The work of the actors takes place amidst the very fast pace of this spatial network».
Martone is now preparing the play again to stage at Piccolo Bellini, an operation confirming the project’s continuing revolutionary nature thirty five years on.
This coproduction is an important step for the Italian performing arts: for the first time a dance production centre and a theatrical production centre coproduce in order to create positive synergies between arts and different audiences.
Idea, sets and director
Raffaele Di Florio and Anna Redi
With Jozef Gjura, Giulia Odetto, Filippo Porro
Cinematographic elements/assistant director
Angelo Curti, Pasquale Mari
Fondazione Teatro di Napoli – Teatro Bellini, Fondazione Nazionale della Danza Aterballetto
Adapted for Progetto RIC.CI Reconstruction Italian Contemporary Choreography Anni Ottanta/Novanta (idea and artistic director Marinella Guatterini)
In coproduction with Fondazione Ravenna Manifestazioni
With the support of
Torinodanza festival | Teatro Stabile di Torino – Teatro Nazionale
In partnership with
Amat–Associazione Marchigiana Attività Teatrali, Fondazione Fabbrica Europa per le arti contemporanee, Fondazione Teatro Comunale di Ferrara, Teatro Pubblico Pugliese – Consorzio Regionale per le Arti e la Cultura, Fondazione Toscana Spettacolo onlus, Fondazione Milano – Civica Scuola di Teatro “Paolo Grassi”
Piccolo Bellini, Naples from 16 to 28 January 2018
Teatro Alighieri, Ravenna 1 july 2018, within 29° edition Ravenna Festival