LA BAMBOLA DI CARNE
Ernst Lubitsch’s famous film Die Puppe (1919) is a light-hearted example of expressionism and tells the tale of Ossie and his double, a mechanical doll. In La Bambola Di Carne, elements of the film are reprocessed in video and become the score, background and counterpoint in the relatnipship between the performers: Letizia Renzini, live electronics mix, Marina Giovannini, dance. The two virtual dolls of the film are joined by two ‘flesh dolls’ on stage.
A performance based on the expanded cinema issues, La Bambola Di Carne had its world premiere at La Biennale di Venezia in June 2008.
“Renzini’s art is a new choreography of digital transformation and layering (2d/3D), using camera techniques and editing, animation and color effects to build a powerful, and often humorous drama of strange tautologies, animated Magritte landscapes filled with a subversive feminist sarcasm that is understated and yet gripping. We are shown a work that joyfully excavates an early modern treatment of the uncanny, poking fun at male fantasies (…) and transposing Lubitsch’s movie into a contemporay multi-media performance that takes its cues from a musical aesthetic – DJing, or what Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky has called the “rhythm science” of mixing. It is a hybrid aesthetic that recomposes historical and psychological layers of meaning into a complex cultural collage of identity confusion”
(Johannes Birringer, Brunel University)
Concept, Direction, Live mix, Video: Letizia Renzini
Coreography, dance: Marina Giovannini
Video design and post production: Gregory Pétiqueux, Raffaele Cafarelli
based on the silent movie “DIE PUPPE”, by Ernst Lubitsch, Germany, 1919
Production: Biennale di Venezia ENPARTS, Teatro Fondamenta Nuove Venezia, The Place London, Tanzeshus Stockholm