The greatest work by the Italian writer Eduardo De Filippo, ranging from illusion to reality, from humor to transgression.
While there is a clear echo of Pirandello in the play, De Filippo’s ambition was to “say that life is a game, and that the game needs to be sustained by illusion, that each destiny is tied to the thread of other destinies woven in a never ending game.” It all starts with a performance: Otto the magician makes Calogero’s wife disappear, as requested by her lover so that they can run away together. Four years have gone by, and the magician has convinced the jilted husband that it was only the time it takes to perform a play, that his wife is locked inside a trunk which he can open, once he has made sure that she is inside.
The metaphor of Great Magic is set in fantasy, in poetry, sailing a course between illusion and reality, across a changeable world where Calogero has found shelter behind his denial of reality and time. De Filippo can be seen continuing his work as a portrait artist obsessed with injustice, while also introducing a series of characters from different backgrounds and social classes, people having to cope with dramas and any number of difficulties on a daily basis, as he develops a vast human comedy where mystery stands as the metaphor for the world.
TEXT BY EDUARDO DE FILIPPO
DIRECTOR EMMANUEL DEMARCY-MOTA
FRENCH TRANSLATION HUGUETTE HATEM ASSISTANTS TO THE DIRECTOR JULIE PEIGNÉ, CHRISTOPHE LEMAIRE SET DESIGN YVES COLLET, EMMANUEL DEMARCY-MOTA LIGHTING DESIGN CHRISTOPHE LEMAIRE, YVES COLLET COSTUME DESIGN FANNY BROUSTE MUSIC ARMAN MÉLIÈS VIDEO RENAUD RUBIANO
CONSULTANT MAGICIAN HUGUES PROTAT SOUND FLAVIEN GAUDON MAKE UP & HAIR DESIGN CATHERINE NICOLAS MUSIC ARMAN MÉLIÈS STAGE PROPS ERIK JOURDIL
WITH SERGE MAGGIANI, VALERIE DASHWOOD, MARIE-FRANCE ALVAREZ, CÉLINE CARRÈRE, JAURIS CASANOVA, SANDRA FAURE, SARAH KARBASNIKOFF, STÉPHANE KRÄHENBÜHL, GÉRALD MAILLET, ISIS RAVEL, PASCAL VUILLEMOT
PRODUCTION Théâtre de la Ville-Paris.
Created on December 7th, 2022 at Théâtre de la Ville – Espace Cardin
Duration of the performance: 01:45
December 7th-23rd 2022 & January 3rd-8th 2023 - Théâtre de la Ville - Espace CardinTo be seen this season
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