PINOCCHIO - The Birth of the Actor (2019)
PINOCCHIO: The Birth of the Actor is an oneiric butoh theatre work, inspired by Carlo Collodi's classic "Le avventure di Pinocchio".
Directed and interpreted by Orland Verdú, the piece ventures into the life of Pinocchio as a representation of the collective drama of our civilization; an updated image of a human being alienated from his own freedom; in search of his true "self". The piece is a visual and imaginal poem usingthe body and physical work, both demanding and transformative.
PINOCCHIO is a call to walk hand in hand with our inner child. To be reborn in a world made of puppets waiting for the moment to come back to life.
What heart is in a rag doll? Does the economic system lead the individual to a growing infantilization? Culture of entertainment and fun. Domesticated citizens educated to underachieve in a success based society. Resignation and emotional anesthesia or little resistance to frustration. Exaltation of hedonism and utilitarianism. Mercantilization of relationships. Anything goes.
The society slowly becomes a puppet theatrefor the sleeping public in the first line of the Platonic cavern. The shadows that move on the wall are not real. But the human being needs to believe desperately in that illusion. Until one of those puppets realizes that he is a puppet. That is the story of Pinocchio. That is the tragedy of the actor.
To realize that everything is a lie.
And that we must keep lying to avoid being killed.
Original Idea: ORLAND VERDÚ, Direction/Dance: ORLAND VERDÚ, Lights: AINHOA ALBERDI, Photography JUSTIN P BROWN, Video JORDI ARQUÉ.