Fringe preview: Tristissimo

This article is from 2015

Fringe preview: Tristissimo

Part two of Italian company C&C’s compelling Trilogy of Pain

They tweaked the funny bone of audiences last year with a sardonic and sensual take on physical pain, Maria Addolorata. Now Italian dance duo Chiara Taviani and Carlo Massari have sorrow in their sights as they return to the Fringe with new show, Tristissimo.

The piece – meaning ‘very sad’ – forms the second part of the company’s ‘Trilogy of Pain’, and explores the nature of melancholy.

‘Our intention was to delve deeper through the ideas and history of a universal demon – pain – this time taking as a starting point the pains of a doomed love,’ says Massari. ‘Tristissimo was conceived listening to the prelude of Wagner’s opera Tristan und Isolde. We processed personal feelings of sadness and loss, but also the lessened impact of deaths experienced through the media; almost mundane, repetitive, sometimes ridiculous.’

One of these repeated motifs is that of the blonde in western tragedy, made manifest in the show by the wearing of exaggerated long wigs. ‘We needed a yellowish material that could resemble hair that was at the same time fake,’ says Taviani. ‘Through this unifying element we deconstruct the nature of tragedy, in order to create two characters who feel contemporary, but are still detached from reality.’

Zoo Southside, 662 6892, 9–15 Aug, 12.20pm, £12 (£10). Previews 7 & 8 Aug, £10.


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