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MACCHINA PER IL TEATRO INCOSCIENTE





It's an installation mixing art, game and theatre, a sort of do-it-yourself theatre, where the Audience performs under the directions coming from the recorded voice of the Author.

In few minutes the audience plays with classical texts of literature and theatre, with historical events, putting them on stage by means of ordinary objects that live a new life at the stories' service. The event involves two players, one as Operator, the other as Spectator. The first moves a few objects as told by the Author's voice, while the spectator listens to a story that gives meaning to the movements on stage.

These interchangeable roles generate in the audience an experience of mutual empathy that make this experience new, funny and amusing. The simple basics used to 'create theatre' are the charming elements of this experience

Different small stages are available for the players, who can alternate in the two roles and discover very different stories.
Playing a whole round can take about 45/50 minutes.

Players can join in at any moment, maybe taken by curiosity, and leave as they please, but it often happens that, after the amusement of the first game, they go on playing more.

UTM can be located almost anywhere, it's a self-standing set that need neither power nor darkness. It's just required a low background noise.

Good locations for UTM are theatre halls, where people congregate before entering a show, festivals and museums cafeterias, streets and squares, conventions and meetings, and all the sites where a brilliant quick entertainment might be desired.
UTM exist in different languages; at present there are versions in: Italian, English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese (Brazilian), Danish, Dutch, Norwegian, Catalan.
New languages can be added in a reasonable time on demand.

For more details, please write: paola@lavocedellecose.it and/or stefano@lavocedellecose.it

UTM.2

A group of Unconscious Theatre Machines that develops new connections between the physical structure and the story they tell.
The basic game rules stay the same, but new forms of interaction between the Operator and the Spectator are explored.


UTM.2.1 - AUDACI IMPRESE (Brave Feats)
These machines play about the great subjects of romance.
The weapons, women, loves and spells echoing in ‘Orlando Furioso’ appear inside three sets. They can be played in any order bringing to life the many-sided ambience of the poem.
Ironical quotations and homages paid to the ‘Opera dei Pupi’ are the countermelody to Ariosto's work.
This set of machines has been born after conversations and considerations on the long and deep work of Mimmo Cuticchio, master of ‘Pupi’ and ‘Cuntu’, that wanted it in his fesitval ‘La Macchina dei Sogni’ in 2013.

click here for videos (in Italian) 1 and 2


UTM.2.2 -DIARIO DI VIAGGIO (Journal)
In several minutes you play and create a pictorial book.
An old journal (born, itself, under dictation) is described to the unconscious Operator, with words that lead him/her to produce plates illustrating situations.
While the plates take shape, the Spectator hears the story of the journey.
The game continues with the Spectator telling to his/her fellow (formerly Unconscious Operator) the story he heard while they look together at the plates of the newborn book.
On leaving, the players will take with them the plates, so they will be able to tell the story to anyboddy every time they want to.

click here for a video (in Italian)

UTM.2.3 - BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND
Two machines paying homage to William Shakespeare while playing about fixing the destiny.

2.3 machines are based on the usual rules of UTM but they push forward the research about the relationship between drama and objects by focusing on two peculiar elements.

The first one is obtained by dedicated stage sets, working in the same time as realistic environments for the objects as they appear to the Operator, as well as symbolic scenographies for the play heard and seen by the Spectator.
The other one, a hallmark of our Company, is the study of the influence of objects on the stories they are used for. We have made this influence even more palpable by telling the same story twice, by means of two different sets of objects.

There are two gambling tables, one for cards, one for dice with counters like in 'snakes (chutes) and ladders' game.
From the very beginning, the randomness that should rule the game proves itself fake: every card, every throw of the dice obeys the orders of the Bard, or of his main character, and pushes the events forward along the plotted line.
The table becomes stage, the objects are, in turn, characters, concepts, ghosts; The game becomes play; the object/characters move in the game, the hands move the play.

On both tables is staged the same comedy, but the objects modify its coming to life: the actual shows are two different shows.

The one who attends both can enjoy the story seen from different points of view and is plunged in a wavering world of daily object flavoured with Elizabethan scents.


UTM-education
A UTM can be used as a model and subject of study in workshops about dramaturgy, direction or staging. It can be used as well as a starting point in other reseraches in the domain of visual arts or of psychology of perception..
Workshops leading to the creation of a UTM module in all its steps can be organized for groups of about 20 people (for school classes, minimal age 12, coordinated by at least one teacher)

For further information about this: paola@lavocedellecose.it