THE CHERRY ORCHARD
The new theatre production of the acclaimed Italian director Alessandro Serra
Chekhov brings us back to childhood and true self
Poets assert that we instantly rediscover what we once were upon entering the house, the garden where we lived as children.
Very risky pilgrimages these, leaving us with as many delusions as successes. (Marcel Proust)
The Cherry Orchard starts and ends in a room which to this day remains known as the Nursery. The inhabitants of that room will soon arrive: they have travelled greatly, they have lived and dissipated their lives. Grown up children, coming back home.
The sentiment that pervades the play has nothing to do with nostalgia or regret, but rather with something indissolubly linked to childhood, like certain organs that no longer exist in the adult. The incumbent threat to the garden of the axe provokes an unfamiliar sense of pain. The reawakening of those mysterious organs, atrophied but not yet extinguished in their vital function. A sensation of pain that has no name and that can be placated only by truly looking into the eyes of the child we once were.
There is no plot, nothing happens. Everything resides in the characters. It is a chorus of souls, the dialogues are interior monologues that intertwine and intersect. A single breath. A single voice.
Any elegiac intention has to be excluded. It is real life distilled: words and acts. (Alessandro Serra)
Two years after the debut of Macbettu - still touring extensively and which decretated the international success of its director - Alessandro Serra delivers a completely different work. From the dark atmospheres of Scotland to the light colors of the Russian country side, but always putting humans in the centre. Because the theatre is the marvellous game that allows us to see the world we live in and ourselves. As Chekhov wrote: “I only wanted to talk to people. Tell them, in all honesty: look, look how poorly, in what a boring way you live. What’s important is that they understand this; if they understand it, they will surely come up with a different, better life. I will not see it, but I know that everything will be different, that nothing will resemble current day life.”
Italy | Milan Triennale Teatro dell'Arte, 18-21 December 2019
Italy | Cagliari Teatro Massimo, 9-16 November 2019
Italy | Venice Biennale Teatro, 3 August 2019 (opening)
THE CHERRY ORCHARD
by Anton Chekhov
Directed by Alessandro Serra
Arianna Aloi, Andrea Bartolomeo, Leonardo Capuano, Marta Cortellazzo Wiel, Massimiliano Donato, Chiara Michelini, Felice Montervino, Fabio Monti, Massimiliano Poli, Valentina Sperlì, Bruno Stori, Petra Valentini
Dramaturgy, Stage design, Lights, Costumes
Linguistic Advisors Valeria Bonazza, Donata Feroldi
Sardegna Teatro, Accademia Perduta Romagna Teatri, Teatro Stabile del Veneto, TPE Teatro Piemonte Europa, Printemps des Comédiens (Montpellier)
in collaboration with
Compagnia Teatropersona, Triennale Teatro dell'Arte di Milano
international tour management
Laura Artoni │ pro scena
duration of the show │ 170’ (with intermission)
performed in Italian with subtitles
photos © Alessandro Serra
“A tribute to the child's look as the origin of everything and the place of permanent revolution.” Katia Ippaso, IL VENERDÌ DI REPUBBLICA