Come un uomo inseguito

come un uomo inseguito

1944 • 1989 • 2022

a train on the Balkan route
a mysterious appointment between generations

Come un uomo inseguito

July 15-16-17 9 p.m.
Salus Space • via Malvezza 2/2 • Bologna

exhibition/performance from the work of Danilo Kiš

production Cantieri Meticci
written and directed by
 Pietro Floridia
assistant directors Niccolò Di Flavio, Laura Marcon, Alessia Pasqualini, Bruno Ughi
stage design Luana Pavani, Davide Sorlini
props Sara Pour, Joulya Samra
video shooting Oscar Serio
animations Sara Pour
music Simone Lamusta, Emiliano Minoccheri
on stage: Donatella Allegro, Stefania Alterio, Anna Luigia Autiero, Alessia Del Bianco, Younes El Bouzari, Pietro Floridia, Nicola Gencarelli, Seit Kibja, Joumana Maana, Antar Mohamed Marincola, Emiliano Minoccheri, Irene Maria Olavide, Sonia Samra

pietro floridia • playwriter and director

Starting from the published and unpublished work of Danilo Kiš, a great Serbian author of the 20th century, comes the rewriting carried out by Cantieri Meticci: from text fragments, images and plot outlines sketched out during his last train journey to Paris, shortly before his death.

A metaphysical thriller on the quest for a missing father, which unravels along the tracks of those questions that have always accompanied humanity: what do we inherit from the past? How can we pass it on to those who will come after us? What can writing and art do in the face of death?

The audience is welcomed aboard that train destined to travel along the course of history, crossing Europe in three different eras: 1944, 1989, 2022.

Starting from the published and unpublished work of Danilo Kiš, a great Serbian author of the 20th century, comes the rewriting carried out by Cantieri Meticci: from text fragments, images and plot outlines sketched out during his last train journey to Paris, shortly before his death.

A metaphysical thriller on the quest for a missing father, which unravels along the tracks of those questions that have always accompanied humanity: what do we inherit from the past? How can we pass it on to those who will come after us? What can writing and art do in the face of death?

The audience is welcomed aboard that train destined to travel along the course of history, crossing Europe in three different eras: 1944, 1989, 2022.

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the passengers

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Juljia Szabò
She is a childhood friend of Danilo's and wants to return to Ukraine to bring back her husband's body. She fell in love with the writer when they were children, thanks to the launching of a paper plane.

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Nadia Maalouf
The daughter of a Lebanese family, she is pretending to be Jewish in order to cross the border. She therefore decides, together with her parents, to rely on a passer who can help them obtain entry visas for Europe.

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Dragoljub Golubovíc
Part of the Soviet border police, he boards the train following a report of illegal 'goods'. He starts hunting down the illegal immigrants, causing them to flee.

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Mirjana Macbetovic
The nationalist winds are blowing in Belgrade. Mirjana and Slobo listened to the speech on Milošević's Greater Serbia; in the kitchen of the dining car they sharpen knives for the Muslims.

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Mira Trailovic
The enigmatic woman with the black veil who helps illegal immigrants disguise themselves as pregnant women to illegally cross the border between Romania and Yugoslavia.

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Rebeka Kiš
She is the owner of the dining coach, a very sophisticated and classy person. She knows the route and is aware of the presence of clandestines on board. She offers them protection in exchange for moonlighting: they will be waiters in her restaurant.

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Slobo Slobosevic
The nationalist winds are blowing in Belgrade. Mirjana and Slobo listened to the speech on Milošević's Greater Serbia; in the kitchen of the dining car they sharpen knives for the Muslims.

OGGETTI SMARRITI

Questo lavoro ha fornito anche l’occasione per un primo utilizzo della tecnologia di ripresa a 360°.
La sperimentazione è nata come reazione al covid, come necessità di inventarsi forme che potessero salvaguardare il lavoro degli attori di teatro anche in tempi pandemici, lontani da un pubblico in presenza. Dalla collaborazione con il videomaker Oscar Serio è nato un percorso installativo con il quale, tramite una serie di QR CODE attivati dagli smartphone, i visitatori si troveranno immersi dentro alle scene dello spettacolo, ma anche al backstage e a riprese dei momenti preparatori, andando a “montare” loro stessi il loro spettacolo.

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the railway timetable

BOLOGNA

A Bologna il treno si è fermato tre giorni, il tempo di fare salire a bordo i viaggiatori a cui abbiamo raccontato questa storia, per chiedere di scioglierne i tanti enigmi. Stasera è l'ultima, il viaggio è quasi terminato.

VENEZIA

A Venezia, città degli specchi, lo scrittore finalmente trova e fronteggia suo padre nella resa dei conti di tutta una vita.

TRIESTE

A Trieste Joyce scrisse parte dell’Ulisse. Nell’episodio 12 il ciclope è un cittadino nazionalista e antisemita…. sarà stato questo a dare ai clandestini l’idea di come salvarsi dai nazionalisti che li stanno cercando?

ZAGABRIA

A Zagabria la zona protetta, l’enclave della cucina del treno viene violata, perquisita dai nazionalisti dai lunghi coltelli, ma i nostri clandestini fuggono ancora nell’ultimo scompar(t)imento.

SARAJEVO

A Sarajevo scatta l’agguato ai clandestini musulmani presenti sul treno. Si cerca il casus belli per incominciare la resa dei conti, la macelleria sta per scatenarsi. Tra tre giorni il treno sarà a Bologna!

BELGRADE

The nationalist winds are blowing in Belgrade. Mirjana and Slobo listened to the speech on Milošević's Greater Serbia; in the kitchen of the dining car they sharpen knives for the Muslims.

SUBOTICA

In Subotica, the hometown of the Kiš family, the securitate has uncovered Marie Antoinette's enclave, exposing all her deceptions. Her empire is in danger.

TIMISOARA

In Timisoara, inside a cargo wagon, a strange scene takes place: illegal immigrants disguise themselves as pregnant women to prepare to secretly cross the border between Romania and Yugoslavia. The securitate discovers them and initiates a raid which, despite himself, involves the writer. -7 at the train's arrival in Bologna.

BUCAREST

Members of the Soviet border police boarded the train in Bucharest.They received a report of illegal 'goods' on the train: the hunt begins, and so does the escape. -13 at the train's arrival in Bologna.

SOFIA

It is 1989, the train stops in Sofia. On board is loaded a mysterious transport of coffins to be smuggled out of the USSR. -15 at the train's arrival in Bologna.

ISTANBUL

In Istanbul, a Lebanese family boards a ship, pretending to be Jewish in order to obtain entry visas. Border controls are many and stringent, they will have to rely on a passer. Who will it be?

KIEV

The journey on the Balkan route begins. In Kiev, a famous writer gets on board: he is convinced that his father is on that train. He wants to meet him even though he knows it will not be easy because his father wants to evade the meeting. -23 at the train's arrival in Bologna.