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Rezza Mastrella

Antonio Rezza & Flavia Mastrella

Flavia Mastrella and Antonio Rezza work on involuntary communication. They have produced thirteen works for the theatre (including Pitecus, Io, Fotofinish, Bahamuth, 7-14-21-28, Doppia Identità, Fratto_X and Anelante), five feature-length films (including Escoriandoli presented in Venice in 1996, Delitto sul Po and Milano Via Padova) and an endless series of short and medium-length films. In 1991 they presented Barba e cravatta at the Festival of Avignon.

Flavia Mastrella also works with sculpture, photography, video-sculpture (she has shown at GAM, Mambo and PAN); Antonio Rezza writes novels published by Bompiani (Feronia Prize 2008 for Credo in un solo oblio). Between 1996 and 1998 they collaborated with Tele+ as the creators of the television show Critico e Critici. For RAI 3, in 2000 they created the programme Troppolitani.

In 2008 they won the Alinovi Prize for interdisciplinary art and published the first video collection of their black and white cinema, Ottimismo democratico, with Kiwido. In 2010, they presented Pitecus in Spanish in Madrid and Palencia, and staged several performance actions together with Afterhours. In 2011 they performed 7-14-21-28 at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris and in 2013 at the Theatre Center Na Strastnom in Moscow. In 2012, Barbès published their book La noia incarnita, il teatro involontario di Flavia Mastrella e Antonio Rezza. In 2013 they were awarded the Premio Hystrio and the Premio Ubu. In 2014, they published Clamori al vento with Il Saggiatore. In 2016, they were awarded the Premio Napoli; that same year they presented Pitecus at La Mama Theatre in New York.

In 2017, they were awarded the certificate of Uniqueness in Culture and the Ermete Novelli Prize at Montecitorio, the Italian Parliament. They have worked for many years with TSI La Fabbrica dell'Attore Teatro Vascello and with the Fondazione Teatro Piemonte Europa. In 2018 they have been awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement by la Biennale di Venezia.