Antonio Rezza and Flavia Mastrella will soon be in NYC for the first time to celebrate their 30-year-artsy relationship. The duo has been successfully acting together for quite some time in Europe and can soon be admired onstage with their most famous show Pitecus. The performance will take place at La MaMa Experimental Theatre in New York, from October 13-16. This is meant to be a very busy week due to the Italian American cultural festival taking place in the Big Apple.
Antonio Rezza and Flavia Mastrella do indeed create strange (unusual? ) idioms. Antonio acts solo as a co-protagonist amongst Flavia’s visual day-dreaming creations which take life onstage. Words meet form and play with each other, as drama reaches out to the feelings of the audience, which is constantly encouraged to participate in a game made of sounds, colours, shapes and misconstruction.
PITECUS opened in 1995 and has been running continuously since then. ‘It communicates with the mass by means of a mass-aesthetic taste which is a peculiar way of communicating per se’, say the authors. RezzaMastrella’s work can be defined as ‘unclassifiable’. Their act has been welcomed by non conventional stages, museums, art galleries and of course theatres in Italy and throughout Europe, as well as in Russia.
Their poetics has no barriers or boundaries, as it originates as an avant-garde expression in whicha young audience can easily identify itselfand values RezzaMastrella’s rebellion toward the idea of living conventionally.
Italian late director Giancarlo Nanni - who worked with Ellen Stewart at La MaMa and also at the Actor Studio led by Estelle Parsons - at some point asked the duo to perform at one of the most influential contemporary theaters in Italy, Teatro Vascello. The theatre has since then become RezzaMastrella’s home.
RezzaMastrella’s art-ignited life expresses itself in different ways, following concurrently a theatrical and cinema dimension. Many are the movie projects that the two artists have produced aside from their countless theatre pieces. NYC will soon have the chance to see them for the first time at La MaMa between 13 and 16 October 2016. Beware - you will no longer do without them!