Alone with her ghosts, there is a woman divided between love and disaffection, between tragedy and farce, betweengreat muses and simple housewives, kept alive by a thin wire, the wire of a phone.
Alma’s voice by Nina’s Drag Queens describes two love madnesses: one the one hand, the relation between Alma Mahler and Oskar Kokoschka, who made a life-size doll of her; on the other, the obsession of the nameless womand of “The human voice” by Jean Cocteau.
The show describes two love madnesses: on the one hand, the relation between Alma Mahler and Oskar Kokoschka, who made a life-size doll of her; on the other, the obsession of the nameless woman on the phone of the “Human voice” by Jean Cocteau. Two opposite female figures: one is a free, independent soul, a sort of contemporary muse and almost personification of art itself, the other a mediocre person without heroism and strong identity.
But the contrast is just apparent: in both cases, the focus is on the violence of a man on a woman, for too little love in the Human voice, for too much love in the biographical story of Kokoschka.
In a more subtle way, Alma’s voice tells about the creative act, with all the frustration and exaltation that it entails.
On background, we have two authors (Cocteau an Kokoschka) trying to create a fictitious woman, through writing or art. On stage, we see a male actor trying to fix a female image, knowing that he could never completely reach it.
In conclusion, the search for Alma, or for love, or for the perfect form for representing a woman, overlap, intertwine, and communicate one with each other. The solitude of love and the solitude of the artist go hand in hand, live in the same room.
A Nina’s Drag Queens‘ show
dramaturgy and interpretation: Lorenzo Piccolo
direction: Alessio Calciolari
assistant director: Ulisse Romanò
tutor: Daria Deflorian
costumes and scenes: Rosa Mariotti
lighting design: Andrea Violato
technician: Adriana Renna
sound design: Silvia Laureti
recording and mixing: Pietro Paroletti
production: Aparte – Ali per l’arte
co-production: Danae Festival
with the contribution of Fondazione Cariplo for the project fUNDER35
show selected by NEXT Lab 2016 – Lumbardy Region and Kilowatt Festival (“Italia dei Visionari”project)
thanks to IT festival, Open It project
“Surprise! Nina’s Drag Queens have become accustomed to all kind of excesses, great costumes, exasperated tricks, dizzy heels,and in this monologue everything is measured, composed, ironic, delightful. Lorenzo Piccolo, without make-up, with his good guy looking, shows us the two tragic stories with enchanting humor, using gracefully few drag queen
instruments with lightness, livelyness, and admiration. Simply an hour of pure pleasure.”
Fausto Malcovati, HYSTRIO
“Piccolo deals with the eternal contradictions of unfinished love with mastery and great intelligence, revealing step by step all its intimate secrets : first of all, the painful lack of the loved one, which these two opposite women have certain in common”. Raffaella Viccei, STRATAGEMMI.IT