pippo delbono

il sangue | Amore & Carne |
Author, director, actor, Pippo Delbono is one of Italy’s most unconventional and distinctive theatre artists.

He frequents a traditional school of dramatic art, but soon abandoned, to address the search for a new theatrical language.

In the early eighties, with the actor Pepe Robledo he stablish the Company Pippo Delbono, with which realizes all his activities and performances, from The Time of the Assassins (1987) to the Wild Darkness (2007) until the last After the Battle (2011) .

His works are not representations of theatrical texts but entire creations where the actors are part of a stable core that grows up through the time.

The meeting with people coming from emarginated areas of society brings a turning in his poetical research. From this encounter came out Barboni (1997). Some of these actors, for example Bobò, a deaf-and-dumb person met in the mental hospital of Aversa after 45 years spent there, strenghtened their work inside the company and are today a basic part of the experience.

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The performances – La rabbia, dedicated to Pasolini, Guerra, Esodo, Gente di plastica, Urlo, Il silenzio, Questo Buio Feroce and the other already mentioned- have been represented in more than 50 countries.

The experience of Pippo Delbono Company has been hosted in a lot off different theatrical International festivals, between them Avignon Festival which welcomed the company three times, coproduced the performance Urlo and hosted “La Menzogna”, the last theatrical production, in July 2009. A lot of theatres dedicated a retrospective to Pippo Delbono work, one of these the Théâtre du Rond Point in Paris.

Enrico V, the only creation based on a theatrical text- the historic drama by Shakespeare – has been represented – as the only Italian performance – at Royal Shakespeare Company.

Since a lot of years Pippo Delbono made researches on the language of cinema. In 2003 after the tournée in Israel/Palestina, he has shoot the film Guerra, presented at Mostra del Cinema di Venezia, and at David of Donatello as the best documentary. His second film, Grido (2006), has been presented at Festa del Cinema in Roma. For Teatro Sperimentale of Spoleto he realized the opera Studio per Obra Maestra. Actually he is working at his third film and at different artistic, cultural and editorial projects.

He published Barboni – Il teatro di Pippo Delbono with Ubulibri; Mon théâtre, edited by Actes Sud; Le corps de l’acteur, edited by Les Solitaires Intespestifs; El teatro de la rabia, edited by Punto Aparte; Récits de juin, edited by Actes Sud; Racconti di giugno, edited by Garzanti; Ecrivains de plateau, by Bruno Tackels published by Les Solitaires Intempestifs; Teatrul Meu, edited by „Fundatia Culturala Camil Petrescu”, Corpi senza menzogna with Leonetta Bentivoglio and edited by Barbes, Regards, edited by Actes Sud; Dopo la battaglia, edited by Barbes editore.

He won the Ubu special prize for the performance “Barboni”, the Olimpic prizes for theatrical innovation with the performances “Gente di Plasitca” and “Urlo”, the Critic prize for “Guerra” and the Europa Prize for the new theatre in Wroclaw (Poland) in 2009.

In 2008 he participated as actor to the film “I’m Love” with Tilda Swinton and directed by Luca Guadagnino. In 2009 he shot with his mobile phone the film “La Paura”, presented at Festival del Cinema in Locarno (August 2009).

In September 2011, he presented his film Amore Carne within the section Orizzonti at the 68° Mostra d’Arte Cinematografica in Venice.

On 3rd of May 2011, he debuted with his last performance Dopo la battaglia at Teatro Verdi in Padova and on 13 of June 2011 at Festival delle Colline Torinesi with Amore e carne, concert of music and voice with Alexander Balanescu. Moreover Delbono and Balanescu have collaborated at the realisation of the performance to inaugurate of Evento 2011 (Bordeaux, 6-16/10/11), with the artistic direction of Michelangelo Pistoletto.

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