Rebus per Ada
      by Fanny & Alexander and Zapruder filmmakersgroup

concept: Chiara Lagani and Luigi de Angelis
direction: Luigi de Angelis
dramaturgy: Chiara Lagani
photography: Monaldo Moretti, David Zamagni
filming and editing: David Zamagni, Nadia Ranocchi
dvd design: David Zamagni
sound remix: Luigi de Angelis

puzzle consultant: Stefano Bartezzaghi

with Paola Baldini, Marco Cavalcoli, Chiara Lagani, Sara Masotti, Francesca Mazza and with Luigi de Angelis and Nina Muffolini
sound devices: Mirto Baliani
piano: Matteo Ramon Arevalos
flute: Filippo Mazzoli
ondes Martenot: Bruno Perrault

with texts by Stefano Bartezzaghi, Chiara Lagani, Rodolfo Sacchettini, Nadia Ranocchi, Antonella Sbrilli

sound recordings by Gianluca Lo Presti at Lotostudio in Filetto and by Luigi de Angelis at A.p.A.I. - Casa dell'Arte, Ravenna

The excerpts from Fanny & Alexander's works inspired by Vladimir Nabokov's novel Ada or ardor, translated in Italian by Margherita Crepax, are used in accordance with Adelphi Edizioni, Milano, and The Vladimir Nabokov Estate. All rights reserved.
The rebuses Protesta ingiusta and Bambole manierose by Piero Bartezzaghi, are used by the kind permission of La Settimana Enigmistica - copyright reserved. The other rebuses are by Stefano Bartezzaghi.

Luca Sossella Editore
art direction: Alessandra Maiarelli
June 2007, a 28-pages text and a DVD, ISBN 978-88-89829-10-3


The video Rebus per Ada, a motion-picture splinter of the project Ada, a family chronicle, inspired by Vladimir Nabokov's novel of the same name, is a game of enigmas in form of obsessive dream throughout the novel itself. The image of dream, after all, is made of solids and voids, like enigmas, rebuses. The artists who intend to place the audience at the centre of that elaborate hallucination which is characteristic of dreams, or at least to bring it to their minds in a really persuasive way, are at the very same time enigmatists and hypnotists: their task is to bring perception to a level of unconditional surrender. At the awakening, dreams will appear like a ciphered language, and their aspect of cryptogram will be suggested by the tale itself, but only in the precise moment preceeding the awakening. The power of game has used up its hypnotic resources, and the other game comes into play: the endless delight of conjecture. It's here that spectators become the authors of their very own dream, peculiarly crossing that novel, Ada or ardor, a family chronicle. After finishing the novel, which really proceeds by enigmas, they will realize that, from the very beginning, it was nothing but the story of their very own dream, and that story had already mysteriously brought them at the extreme edge of the final conjecture; and finally, to be really lived as an enigma, it only needed that deprival, that peripheral and central hole, that precise missing side which spectators themselves were and are.


With thanks to, Electa - Antichità di Maria Carla Costa, Modisteria Anna Maria, Tiro a Segno Nazionale Ravenna, Farmacia Dradi, Oddone Baroncini, Venerina and Adelmo Masotti, Loretta Masotti, Paula Noah de Angelis, Agnese Arevalos, Filippo Zanzani, Anna Maria Bollettieri, Elisabetta Rivalta.
With special thanks to Chiara Alessi, Stefano Bartezzaghi, Silvia Fanti, Rodolfo Sacchettini, Antonella Sbrilli.

  public presentations  

25 May 2006
Sapienza - Università di Roma
Museo Laboratorio di Arte Contemporanea
letture attive-active lectures n. 20
with the participation of Simonetta Lux, Luca Sossella, Stefano Bartezzaghi, Fanny & Alexander, with the coordination of Antonella Sbrilli
with an exhibition of Enrico Fedrigoli's photographs on 25 and 26 May 2006

6 July 2006
Pelago (Firenze)
Fondazione Lanfranco Baldi

25 August 2006
Associazione Culturale Après la nuit
Prototipo Priamar - Festival dei Laboratori Teatrali - Video in Scena
Fortezza Monumentale del Priamar

21 October 2006
Emilia Romagna Teatro
VIE Scena Contemporanea Festival
Sala Truffaut

29 October 2006
Festa del Teatro - Teatri Aperti
Il teatro e il suo doppio (by the magazine Brancaleone)
Spazio Oberdan

15 September 2007
PERLE Perledonnechecambiano - il divenire della differenza
Caserma Del Monte - Cialdini

19 September 2007

9 December 2007
digifestival 07 - tecnologia e teatro
Foyer del Palazzo Ducale

14 February 2008
Scene Dinamo - Contenuti teatrali 08/09
Libreria La Maria del Porto


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