Theatre finds its space of performance also into the digital realm, as seen in the project Into the Woods – La finta nonna (The Fake Grandmother), a variation on the story of Little Red Riding Hood, by Lorenzo Montanini, Simona Di Maio and Isabel Albertini for Residenze Digitali.
In this version of the tale (belonging to the tradition of the Italian Abruzzo’s region), the wolf is a killer whale who has eaten the grandmother and takes her place. Little Red Riding Hood is called Anna and is sent by her mother to fetch a sieve for the flour. Anna goes through the forest and gives some doughnuts to the river Jordan, so that she can cross it, and some bread made with oil to Porta Rastrello, so that she can pass through it. She gets by on her own, managing to escape from the killer whale without needing any hunters to rescue her. She is helped and protected by the river Jordan and Porta Rastrello, grateful for the gifts they received.
Seven episodes over seven days, aimed at children, stage the fairy tale which is revisited by experimenting with “figure theatre” and using 360° film clips, allowing users to navigate the space and also revealing the artists at work behind the scene. When looking through VR glasses, objects become larger.
This work stems from the encounter of three artists who combine their professional skills. Isabella Albertini built the set and characters with recycled objects, salvaged from poor materials or sewn together. Anna, the main character, is a rag doll moved with a toothpick and the path is made using blue and green threads of wool. Simona di Maio brings her experience of theatre with children to the performance and Lorenzo Montanini adds his interdisciplinary work ranging over theatre, video and performance.
images: (cover 1):Lorenzo Montanini, Simona Di Maio e Isabel Albertini, La finta nonna, Residenze Digitali 2021
This is one of seven ‘returns’ of works presented by Residenze Digitali and part of a Media Partnership between Arshake and Residenze Digitali. The texts are short memoirs of the experiments of contamination and entanglement between the performing arts and the digital environment, which were ‘staged’ live for the online audience from 22 to 28 November 2021.
Residenze Digitali is promoted by the Tuscany Centre of Residency (Armunia – Capo Trave/Kilowatt) and developed in partnership with the Associazione Marchigiana Attività Teatrali AMAT, the Cooperative Anghiari Dance Hub, ATCL – Circuito multidisciplinare del Lazio per Spazio Rossellini, the Emilia – Romagna Centre of Residencies (Arboreto di Mondaino and Corte Ospitale di Rubiera), the Fondazione Luzzati Teatro della Tosse in Genoa and Zona K in Milan. Project tutors – scholars Laura Gemini, Anna Maria Monteverdi and Federica Patti. Residenze Digitali was opened to the public online from November 22 unto November 28, 2021.