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Plain travelers

2009, Italy
Directed by: Gabriele Vacis
Produced by: Foundation of the Alessandrino Regional Theater
Genre: Theatrical Tale
Languages: It

Alessandrino Regional Theater

By Gabriele Vacis and Natalino Balasso
with Laura Curino, Natalino Balasso, Cristian Burruano, Lyiu Jin
Scenophony Roberto Tarasco
Video Michele Fornasero (INDYCA)
Scenes and costumes Lucio Diana
Directed by Gabriele Vacis


Four seemingly ordinary characters meet in the carriage of a high-speed train crossing the plain. In the background the monotonous landscape of fields, electric cables, overpasses, a non-place that the faster it goes the more it seems stationary.
Each traveler has lived an experience so intense as to determine its existence. The four passengers each have their own story and they share this story.

First of all Regina (the good Laura Curino). On November 18, 1951 she was just a girl and was celebrating her wedding. That day it was raining, wet bride lucky bride it was said, but the rain soon turned into a flood. They went up on the roof, spouses, friends, old relatives; from there they watched the fields become the sea that dragged bicycles and dressers away. Regina tells the flood and the flood tells Regina.
On the morning of November 20 on the front page of the gazette there was a photo of a girl in a white taffeta dress as she reached the rescue, after spending the night on the roof.

Natalino Balasso, author of the text together with Vacis, is Cedric Lafontaine, a third generation Venetian from New Orleans, where he played the guitar in a blues ensemble. On 25 August 2005 he was in the cellar rehearsing, the drummer felt his own sound faint, something stronger was needed - he said -, splash, sonorous cymbals. And at that moment a violent wave invaded the cellar. Even that day the streets were the sea that dragged cars, trees, people. Hurricane Katrina had reached New Orleans and Cedric Lafontaine had found safety by clinging to a floating double bass.

Lyiu Jin, attentive and curious, listens to these stories; is about to reach university, where an economics exam awaits her: "The global economy studies how to take advantage of disasters", "It is said that hurricanes clean up beaches and raze fishermen's huts: for some it is a good opportunity to build hotels and major works ".

The train is arriving at its destination and Christian Burruano talks about his experience as an entertainer on the Thai coast. It was 2004, he was in a valley of Eden, the Phi Phi Islands, that December 25th he married Chiara. The next day, at ten twenty in the morning, the boy was giving an aerobics class, he was looking towards the sea, the water was dark, turbid. Suddenly a trail cut the ocean and sucked in the water: low tide had never been seen at that time of day. They were all outside the hotels staring at the receding sea. A moment later a wave of dense, violent water, it seemed painted by Pollok, dispersed his wife, Chiara.
The Polesine flood of 1951 caused almost a hundred victims. Hurricane Katrina of 2005 more than 1800. The tsunami of December 26, 2004 more than two hundred thousand dead.

Viaggiatori di pianura ”deals with a strong theme, making familiar even what appears far away in time or space. Despite the awareness of the impossibility of feeling safe anywhere, the tone of the show remains light, light. Ironic and mocking, the characters depart from the rhetoric of catastrophe. Here the disaster, instead of taking on pathetic or tearful hues, highlights the energy and vitality of its protagonists.

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