A Portrait of the Artist as a Dead Man

Composition commissioned by the City of Munich for the Munich Biennale and Staatsoper Unter den Linden
A coproduction of the Munich Biennale with Staatsoper Unter den Linden
Sponsored by the Goethe-Institut

Composition: Franco Bridarolli; direction and text: Davide Carnevali; German translation of the text: Sabine Heymann; set and costume designer: Charlotte Pistorius; dramaturge: Roman Reeger

With: Franco Bridarolli (Klavier), Daniele Pintaudi (Schauspiel, Klavier)

The personal story of the actor Daniele Pintaudi begins with judicial proceedings regarding an apartment in Argentina, which one of his relatives purchased in 1978 during the military dictatorship; the apartment had once belonged to the composer Franco Bridarolli and now his family is demanding it be returned to them. Pintaudi traveled with the author Davide Carnevali in 2015 to Argentina and learned about Bridarolli's history there, who at the time of his disappearance was working on the compositions of a Jewish composer from the period of the Nazi dictatorship in Germany.
The project revolves around the absence of the body of the desaparecido, of the person who has disappeared - and that person's fate (deportation, imprisonment, death) remains uncertain. How can one give a voice back to the person who has been silenced? How can one give the art back to the artist whose artistic expression has been banned? And most of all: how can one bring to light again the vanished person's body?

Franco Bridarolli composition

Franco Bridarolli (born in 1991) studied "composition, arrangement and production" in Córdoba, Argentina, and he also trained to be a sound technician. With his work "Aquelentramado de impulsos" (approximately: "network of impulses") he won in 2014 the country-wide composition competition "Primer Concurso de Composición OSC," organized by the symphony orchestra Córdoba. Also in 2014 he won first prize in the composition competition "2° Concurso Latinoamericano de Composición para Voces Solistas" with his work "Eppur si muove" ("and yet it does move"). In 2015 he, along with 15 other young artists, participated in "Plataforma Internacional para la Creación en Teatro Musical: Escena América Latina" in Buenos Aires, a project of the Goethe Institute Buenos Aires and the Munich Biennale.

Davide Carnevali direction and text

Davide Carnevali, born in 1981 in Milan, was awarded numerous awards for audio dramas, including at "Premio Riccione per il Teatro" (2009); "Borrello alla nuova drammaturgia" (2011); "Journée des Auteurs de Lyon" (2012); and "Premio Platea" (2016). The first part of his "Diptych of Europe," "Sweet Home Europa," had its world premiere in 2012 at Schauspielhaus Bochum, and its world premiere as an audio drama on the German radio station Deutschlandradio Kultur. After finishing his studies at the Freie Universität Berlin, Carnevali received his doctorate from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) in theater studies. He teaches theater studies at the Paolo Grassi theater academy in Milan. His theater pieces have been performed at diverse international festivals and translated into 12 languages.

Sabine Heymann German translation of the text

Journalist, theatre critic and translator of Italian, French, Spanish and English theatre texts, fiction and non-fiction books as well as an expert on the theater scenes in Italy and China. From1980 until 1994 she was a culture correspondent in Rome, where she worked for important German newspapers, theater reviews and radio stations. In 1995 she became curator of supporting programs at the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn. In 1996 she changed to the University of Giessen, where she was the managing director of the ZMI, Center for Media and Interactivity until 2017. In the same year was published the book about contemporary theatre in China (Zeitgenössisches Theater in China, Alexander Verlag Berlin) she edited with Cao Kefei and Christoph Lepschy.

Charlotte Pistorius stage and costume design

Roman Reeger dramaturge

Cast & credits

Composition: Franco Bridarolli

direction and text: Davide Carnevali

German translation of the text: Sabine Heymann

set and costume designer: Charlotte Pistorius

dramaturge: Roman Reeger

With: Franco Bridarolli (Klavier), Daniele Pintaudi (Schauspiel, Klavier)

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