Sancio Panza and Not Quixote
20. August 2020
Performance with Mario Barzaghi, directed by Tage Larsen (Odin Teatret)
Can a classic character revolt against his author? Can we imagine a dramaturgy that diverges from the original? Can we re-think the character and make up a story in which the antagonist becomes protagonist?
The performance attempts to give an answer from this different point of view; using this pretext to change the text and give Sancho the possibility of expressing his protest. It is a rebellion that evokes the constant presence and absence of Don Quixote and Cervantes as Sancho gets angry with them and, while discussing and questioning, finds a better way to describe himself, the Author and his boss the Great Hidalgo. Sancho resorts to hints, details and colours that make the servant’s vision evident. The performance presents Sancho’s popular and intellectual outlook in what turns into a magisterial reading. We meet a Sancho who doesn't respect the index of the book, who discloses the chapters, dreams and desires that do not come true in the novel.
In the performance, Sancho, instead of making fun of his master, tries to look at reality forged by his author with Don Quixote’s eyes. In an extreme effort, Sancho is even able to understand the Quixote who
... lasted out of his mind till the last disease, which recovered his health just a while before his death. Living ill and dying healthy he lived unlike us who live healthy to die ill."