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      One - act opera for voices, percussions, harmonic whirlies, hang, wind and art of Foley
Music by Mirto Baliani, John Dowland, Gérard Grisey, Alvin Lucier, Steve Reich, Iannis Xenakis
On the theme “Away to the South” (from “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by F. L. Baum)
      SOUTH di Enrico Fedrigoli

production Opera Futura Laboratori per un Nuovo Teatro Musicale, Teatro Comunale di Ferrara
in co-production with Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro Comunale di Modena, Fondazione I Teatri di Reggio Emilia
with the contribution of Regione Emilia Romagna Assessorato alla Cultura Sport e Progetto giovani and Ministero della Gioventù in the context of Accordo di Programma Quadro GECO - Giovani Evoluti e Consapevoli
in collaboration with Les Brigittines (Bruxelles), Music Biennale Zagreb (Zagreb)

concept Luigi de Angelis and Chiara Lagani
direction, set, lighting design Luigi de Angelis
dramaturgy Chiara Lagani
Dorothy's text Chiara Lagani with Fiorenza Menni
sound design Mirto Baliani
costumes Chiara Lagani and Sofia Vannini

with Fiorenza Menni
and with Mauro Milone and Davide Sacco
percussions Nextime Ensemble (Danilo Grassi, Lisa Bartolini, Antonio Somma, Federico Zammarini), Mirto Baliani
art of Foley and voices Fiorenza Menni, Mauro Milone, Davide Sacco
vocal ensemble Melodi Cantores (cantus and direction Elena Sartori, alto Roberta Guidi, tenor Sergio Martella, bass Decio Biavati)

scenery project Nicola Fagnani (Atelier OperaOvunque)
scenery realization Atelier OperaOvunque with Giovanni Cavalcoli, Marco Cavalcoli, Nicola Fagnani, Marco Parollo, Amir Sharif-pour
scenery assistants Alessio Alonne, Chiara Castello, Francesca De Gobbi
tailoring Laura Graziani Alta Moda and Marta Benini with Sofia Vannini
portrait of Oz Zapruderfilmmakersgroup
echo sonar Umberto Biagini 
production assistant Marian Vanzetto
production office Ifat Nesher for Canvas Management with Marco Cavalcoli
promotion Valentina Ciampi, Marco Molduzzi and Ifat Nesher
eyes office Lorenzo Donati
logistics Sergio Carioli
administration Marco Cavalcoli and Debora Pazienza
with thanks to Laura Barenghi, Simone Caputo, Marko Delic, Andrea Di Cioccio, Tomas Kutinjac, Franco Masotti, Massimo Paci
with special thanks to Caterina Marrone and Rodolfo Sacchettini

Opera Futura Laboratori per un Nuovo Teatro Musicale is a project conceived and coordinated by Giordano Montecchi


“South” is a musical piece, the new production that's part of the multi-year project Fanny & Alexander is dedicating to “The wonderful Wizard of Oz” by Frank L. Baum.

After “Dorothy. Disconcert for Oz”, where an emblematic cyclone, the well-known one from the Wizard's tale, became the generating figure of a proper new model of musical work - inspired by Cage's Europeras - blending several sound layers into one level of concomitances, “South” intends to continue and radicalize this very same research line, availing itself, also in this case, of live performances by some musicians (percussionists and singers) and actors.

The protagonist, Dorothy, a kind of avatar for the audience in this journey through the world of Oz, forsaken by the wizard who cannot grant her wish to go back home, decides to move South, where Glinda, the witch of that sign, maybe is capable to help her. It is an allusive place or wind, mysterious, hard to define: at first it seems to be a common theatre, or a strange hall where something's about to happen under the motionless eyes of the wizard's effigy; soon it is transfigured into a proper autonomous universe, a place-organ of a more complex body where every single sign, every visual auditory tactile olfactory trace always becomes a new gradient of the overall temperature and of the fundamental request which Dorothy, the protagonist, expresses by her own path and crossing.

“South” will sink Dorothy, and the audience with her, into a deep night, a percussive and whirling darkness from which a new language of beating will arise, the rhythmic one, the lunar nocturne and animal language of the Witch of that wind, a creature maybe born from that world of sound where Dorothy immersed herself and was transfigured.

The project intends to revisit and reconsider the rhetorical mechanisms of musical works in order to reread a key myth of Western literature, starting from a varied contemporary repertoire which is revisited according to the new sound organism that is created in layers.

The research by Fanny & Alexander leading to the final work is carried out by an extended team, that is with the cooperation of other artists such as the theatre company Teatrino Clandestino and the musical ensembles Melodi Cantores and Nextime, the scenery workshop OperaOvunque, the agency Canvas Management, in the context of a redefinition of the musical production's founding elements in a dynamic sense.


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