COMFORT ZONE – home CaOmera VIDeo performance for ① solo flutist and ⑨ live electronic devices
IDEA, SET UP, MUSIC SCORE AND SCENIC WRITING
with a text from the POEM “NOVE MARZO DUEMILAVENTI”
by Mariangela Gualtieri
FLUTIST AND PERFORMER
SOUND AND VIDEO ENGINEERING, TECHNICAL SUPPORT
“COMFORT ZONE – home CꜴmera VIDeo performance per ① flautista solo e ⑨ live electronic devices” is a multimedia performance I staged in my living room, a commission for the streaming festival #MusicaDaCamera, a “fantastic escape”, my intimate, personal contribution as a musician in quarantine.
COMFORT ZONE had its debut online on April 10th, 2020, at 7 p.m., on Facebook, Vimeo and web channels of Centro d’Arte di Padova.
It has been selected for Festival Aperto / I Teatri 2020 opening amongst the most representative italian installations and videos created in lockdown. It will be projected in September 25th – 27th at Teatro Valli, Reggio Emilia.
In “COMFORT ZONE” contemporary classical music blands with free improvisation, live electronics and sampled sounds, all interpolated with Gregorian and Baroque echoes, reminiscent of ancient pandemics.
The flute – played both acoustic and electric – becomes itself a theatrical object, a ritual magic stick, to ostracize fears and danger, in a contamination of new/old techniques and styles.
The video form – privileged means of communication in this period – is the expressive key and diffusion channel of the performance: the use and change of shots simulates the eyes of surveillance cameras, that capture movements, cuts of light, gestures, images and words , in my living room reinvented as a site specific stage.
The perspective is that of a “poor” theater 2.0., made with the little equipment and low cost technology available at home, to express in sound images and represent my “safety space”, my domestic “ecosystem”, that has become an isolation cell during this pandemic.
I chose an artistic expression in which “contamination” becomes benign, cathartic abstraction of the moment we are all experiencing, so schizophrenic for our own personal identity, in struggle every day between “being A danger” and “being In danger”.
We are still waiting, but, be careful! In this way, when our time returns to be ours, when we all get out of the aquarium that I imagined, we will really have our hands ready to be … more delicate in “making life”, as Mariangela Gualtieri says in the poem “Nove marzo duemilaventi”, with which I wanted to close my work.
The scenography draws inspiration from a previous work of musical theater, which explored the theme of silence: “Three Sisters” by A. Chekhov, by L. Pasetti, (rereading and direction) and R. Quindici (music), a project developed in within a 2018 theatrical residence with my ensemble The Merry Wives Trio.
Listening with headphones and watching from a PC or TV screen recommended.