Spiel | Wry smile Dry sob
The Italian director and actor Silvia Costa, who bridges the boundary between theatre and visual art, inimitably brings together two corresponding pieces: the one-act drama Spiel, by Samuel Beckett, and her own musical-choreographic installation Wry smile Dry sob.
Spiel, from 1963, is a classic ménage-à-trois: a man between two women, his wife and his lover. But all three are long dead. Their heads protrude from urns, and even in death they can’t escape the emotional web of their unhappy trio. They are isolated and trapped in an endless present.
In the second part of the evening Costa translates the complete repetition of the text called for by Beckett into purely theatrical gestures and actions. In a concentrated all too domestic scene, in old-fashioned colours, various actors and performers encounter one another, struggling into and out of old furniture, but also without escape. Having ascended from Beckett’s hell, to abstract but sensual music by Nicola Ratti, the performers stage a slowmotion thriller about love, betrayal and jealousy.