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The garden itself is the point of coagulation of history, it is its protagonist; and it is in the garden that one finds, precisely for this reason, the enormous difficulty of interpretation. Not showing it, assuming it, is a mistake. (…) The garden must exist, it must be something that you can almost see and hear (I can even think of the smell, or just the smell, for fun!), But it cannot but be “a dip”. Because everything is concentrated. The garden for me is in the “foreground”.
Translated by: Luigi Lunari, Giorgio Strehler
Cast: Cip Barcellini, Valentina Cortese, Franco Graziosi, Monica Guerritore, Claudia Lawrence, Giulia Lazzarini, Gianfranco Mauri, Marisa Minelli, Renzo Ricci, Piero Sammataro, Renato De Carmine, Enzo Tarascio
Directed by: Giorgio Strehler
Set and costume: Luciano Damiani
Music: Fiorenzo Carpi
Duration: 2h 40 mins
Producer: Piccolo Teatro di Milano (Italy) – 1973
It is through the garden that history is seen . It is a screen through which, not deformed, you can see everything else. In the most vulgar way it is a veil curtain, like a garden, which acts as a fourth wall, and is seen and not seen. But, again, this is a vulgar way to clarify a critical point. But there is even more. (…)
It is this “something more” that I cannot grasp for now. That escapes me through my fingers. Also because the difficulties, the technical puzzles are before me and paralyze me almost completely … (from Director’s comments, 1974 (Archivio Storico Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d’Europa)
Photo credit: Luigi Ciminaghi- Piccolo Teatro Achives