Made in Ilva

What is more topical in Italian society than the ILVA tragedy? The biggest steelworks of Europe was a dream of prosperity and employment for an entire land. Who does not remember the advertisement “Made in Italy, made in Ilva”? Now it is a nightmare called environmental damage, a poisoned land and the impossible choice between jobs and health.

A man, a factory worker lives with the conflict of wishing to escape from the incandescent steel cage and needing to carry on working in that hell to survive. He is imprisoned in a mechanical and repetitive existence, in a post-modern landscape where the alienation of the production line reduces the human being to an artificial machine. The scene is set with metal structures continuously transformed by the lights, the video projections and the performer’s actions interacting with music and sounds that become obsessive rhythms, while a persuasive voice orders him “work, produce, act, create…”.

“Nicola Pianzola, alone on stage, compelled and driven by impulse, manifest in robotic motion: he goes up and down, up and down again and again inside a perch which has become the inside of a factory. Now he sits on the factory, now he falls from it, now he dies in it. Contemporary biomechanics, further evolution of American “Taylorism” and of soviet “proizvòdstvo”, makes the empty space a laboratory of mechanical movements, of levers and gears through tensions, rotations and expansions of the body, its beat, its breath. Mejerchòl’d would have said “qualified performer”.(Arteatro)

Beginning with diary excerpts of an ILVA steelworker, including testimonies and emotions of other factory workers, the performance goes beyond specific cases, turning the worker into a “status symbol” of contemporary man, alienated from himself and from a society that relegates him to the condition of “hermit”.

“Body as a vehicle to tell, and this is the great news, the drama came alive with all the physicality”. (Teatrionline)

MADE IN ILVA is the result of intense physical work and vocal experimentation between organic, inorganic movement and voice. A critique to the current alienating production system and its impact on the environment and the population.

Awards :

FITIC – International Indipendent Theatre Festival of Constanta – 2016 Romania
Jury Award
With the show MADE IN ILVA

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014
Total Theatre Awards Nomination
With the show MADE IN ILVA

Civil Commitment Theatre Festival Cassino OFF 2014
Teatri di Vita Award
With the show MADE IN ILVA

Antonio Landieri Civil Commitment Theatre 2013 Napoli
Best performance
With the show MADE IN ILVA

Festival Ermo Colle 2013 Parma
Critics Award
With the show MADE IN ILVA

12° Theatre Festival Resistenza –  Museo Cervi Award 2013
Second Jury Award
With the show MADE IN ILVA

16° IIFUT International Iranian Festival of University
Theatre – 2013 Tehran – Iran

Best foreign perfromance
With the show MADE IN ILVA

STOFF Stockholm Fringe Festival 2012
Fringe selection 
With the show MADE IN ILVA

Festival Kilowatt – 2011 Sansepolcro
Visionari selection
With the show MADE IN ILVA

Spazio OFF – 2010 Trento
Award OFFX3 
With the show MADE IN ILVA

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