Ruins of Time
30. January 2019
The Imaginary Meeting of Anna Banti and Artemisia Gentileschi
Ruins of time - The Imaginary Meeting of Anna Banti and Artemisia Gentileschi is inspired by the historiography on the Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1653) and the novel about her, written by Anna Banti in 1944, during the Second World War in a bombed and ruined Florence. The main characters are three: Anna Banti, Artemisia Gentileschi and a contemporary lecturer.
The fame of the Baroque painter is due to her ability to deal with an artistic career reserved only for men, managing to succeed despite many obstacles, including a trial for rape of which she was a victim at 17 years old. Artemisia led an adventurous, solitary and independent life, contemporary of Galileo and Caravaggio, and was one of the first autonomous female figures of the modern era. Anna Banti was at first an art critic and then became a writer of novels, perhaps because she was the wife of one of the most famous Italian art historians, Roberto Longhi.
In the performance three women meet amongst the ruins produced by time. Documents lose their value and become only objects found or lost forever. Dead or living women need the example of others' experience to understand their own and to find a place in history in a time that rushes by more and more rapidly. The text gathers fragments by Anna Banti, Artemisia Gentileschi, texts about art, and poems and essays by various authors.
Ruins of Time
Actress: Teresa Ruggeri (Italy)
Director: Julia Varley
Text: Teresa Ruggeri and Julia Varley
Costumes: Artemisia's Costume, Arianna Pioppi e Medea Labate
Scenic objects: Teresa Ruggeri and Mollishop.com
Production: Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium
Photo: Federica Yali Zhou
Special thanks to Luca Ruzza for scenography collaboration; Claudio Coloberti for video collaboration and Germano Satiri for sound collaboration
Duration: 55 minutes - performed in Italian
1st NTL INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL AND MEETING
30 January - 4 February 2019
at Odin Teatret, Holstebro, Denmark
Since the 1990s Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium/Odin Teatret has hosted and been responsible for various international theatre festivals amongst which the recurrent Odin Week Festival (presenting the different aspects of Odin Teatret’s work), Transit Festival (dedicated to the work of women in theatre), the Holstebro Festuge (involving the local community). From the 30th of January to the 4th of February 2019 the first NTL Theatre Festival and Meeting will be held at Odin Teatret, with workshops, work demonstrations, work-in-progress, performances and a symposium. The NTL Festival will present the work of some of the artists and groups that make up the autonomous and connected constellation of NTL long-time residents and co-productions.