Theatre en vol’s first production “Up there wings don’t rust” has been performed in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland and Switzerland. More than 200 performances.
“We are the stuff that dreams are made of“, and Maestro Rotella’s dream is to fly. The desire to fly under one’s own steam, which motivated Leonardo da Vinci, Icarus and many other less famous people, inspired the performance, in which a melancholic Miss Radomski introduces the audience to the eccentric Maestro Rotella and his improbable museum, which is inhabited by ferrous creatures and aerial flying machines, that are incapable of taking off. It’s not a question of getting from one place to another quickly, but to do so by the same stuff that dreams are made of. And Rotella’s flying machines are made of pieces, which seem “to imbue the cold gears and the inert mechanisms with a spiritual force, which breathes life into them”: the intriguing Suonolucisauro (Soundlightsaurus), the gleaming Ferricottero (Rustingo), Sensazione di Volo (Feeling of Flight), the machine which allows the audience to experience the thrill of flying, the impeccable Cerimoniere (Master of Ceremonies), and the magnificent Aggiavulà (I must fly). The performance interprets a reflection on the effects of progress on mankind by letting the audience witness the conflictual encounter between Rotella and his assistant Margareta Radomski; whilst he blindly believes in the most abstruse forms of progress, she has experienced the consequences of an ecological disaster and opposes her experience to Rotella’s blindness. A dreamlike visit to an unusual museum of flying machines, during which Rotella and Radomski guide the audience to discover the various secrets of flight and imagination.
by and with: Puccio Savioli e Michèle Kramers
Theatrical machines: Puccio Savioli
Direction: theatre en vol e Maria Paola Cordella
Original Musical: Dekadenz (Germania)The performance was developed amongst others thanks to the collaboration of José Luis Sanchez-Martin (director) and Alain Le Bon (scenographer) and was originally coproduced by Maison de Polichinelle and CIRKUB’U (France).
The performance can be played in a fixed version and in an itinerant version both indoors and outdoors.