In September 2019, the Market Theatre in Johannesburg presents a unique production of great classical tragedy Medea. The show sees on stage people with disabilities from Italian theatre company Teatro Patologico from Rome, accompanied by professional actors, thanks to the collaboration between the Italian Cultural Institute in Pretoria and The Market Theatre Foundation. This peculiar production is focused on the deep connection between use of the body, language and music: the body becomes the principle means of communication, whereas language and use of original music revolve around their corporeal and spiritual link with the performer’s bodies.
The shows will be held at the Mannie Manim at The Market Theatre on Friday 27 September and Saturday 28 September at 20:15
In addition to the staging of Medea, the group of Teatro Patologico will hold a workshop at Little Eden, an association dedicated to physically and mentally disabled people. The Italian actors will work together with a selected group of guests from the South African facility to jointly realize an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus. For the staging, a plot outline is elaborated and, once the parts have been assigned, the participants are asked to “let the characters talk”, thus giving life to a script composed of original pieces mixed with others born from improvisation. The show resulting from this workshop will be performed, also at the Mannie Manim Sunday 29 September at 15:15.
In the artistic and theatrical statement of Teatro Patologico, led by the Artistic Director Dario D’Ambrosi, theatre is considered not just a form of therapy, but also an opportunity for artistic and emotional expression, a place for aggregation and stimulating training in which to play and have serious fun, where disabled actors can feel like, and finally be, the real protagonists of their scene; on the other hand, disabilities are seen as a way to expand the possibilities for theatrical and artistic expression.
“Patologico” (from Ancient Greek “Pathos”, meaning both “Passion” and “Illness”) marks for the Italian company the original roots of dramatic arts: the emotions, timing and rhythms of actors are very similar to those of people with mental illness; their work is the demonstration that to interpret characters and make them live their own lives, what matters is the living emotion and its transposition to the audience.
To make block bookings, please contact Anthony Ezeoke 011 832 1641ext 203/ 083 246 4950, Magret Charova 011 832 1641 ext 326/ 079 656 2340 and Jabulisile Mofolo 011 832 1641 ext 204/ 083 203 0531