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Chiudi Prosegui

The Dictator’s last night

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(L'ultima notte del rais)
Mise en espace from the novel by Yasmina Khadra
dramatization and direction: Daniele Salvo
featuring Francesco Scianna, Francesco Biscione, Elio D'Alessandro
music by Marco Podda
Thesis/Dedicafestival exclusive

Yasmina Khadra takes us straight into the heart of Muammar Gaddafi’s, the “brotherly guide”, last day. They were difficult, desperate hours.
It is the last journey of a lonely man, of a corrupt soul, lost in the labyrinth of power. This is a modern tragedy, the tragedy of a man who page after page shows us his childhood traumas, his sensitivity, his humanity, his fragility, his fears and his anxieties, only to suddenly surprise us with his perversions, his thirst for power, his irremediable desire for self-exaltation. Precisely his unshakeable faith in himself and in his conviction of being the Chosen One, the First, protected by God, Gaddafi until the very last moments felt he was untouchable and awaited a miracle. He believed that he was the revolutionary; he thought that nobody would have ever betrayed him. Not even his people. A tyrant may prevent his people from having ambitions, from dreaming, from being free. But this is unforgiveable.
Daniele Salvo

This is just what Gaddafi did: in the name of his people, he took the place of the people. And a person who takes the place of a people is a madman. A madman and a tyrant”.
Yasmina Khadra

Daniele Salvo 
graduated from the School of the Civic Theatre (Scuola del Teatro Stabile) in Turin, then worked intensely with Luca Ronconi, Jacques Lassalle, Jean Pierre Vincent, Micha Van Hoecke, Andrei Konchalovskij, Gigi Dall’Aglio, Cherif, Valter Malosti and Marco Tullio Giordana. Amongst the most well-known plays he has directed are: Coefore/Eumenidi by Eschilo, Aiace, Edipo Re, Edipo a Colono by Sofocle, with Giorgio Albertazzi, all at the Greek Theatre in Syracuse; Julius Caesar, The Tempest, Hamlet and other plays by Shakespeare with Giorgio Albertazzi (Globe Theatre in Rome and Ghione Theatre), King Lear by Shakespeare with Ugo Pagliai, Othello by Shakespeare (Globe Theatre, Rome), Evgenij Onegin by Puskin (Civic Theatre in Turin), Primavera di Praga (Prague National Theatre) and many other works in Italy and abroad. He won the "Golden Graal Award 2011" for directing Aiace and the “Villa Rosa Award 2007” for Julius Caesar. In 2015: Pilade by Pasolini (Teatro Vascello, Rome), Tempesta – Il sogno di Prospero, with Giorgio Albertazzi.

Fausto Russo Alesi
graduated from the “Paolo Grassi” Civic School of Dramatic Art and since 1996 has been a member of ATIR (Independent Theatre Research Association). In 2002 he received the National Association of Theatre Critics Award.

During the 2000/2001 season he played Kostja in Gabbiano by Cekhov, directed by Eimuntas Nekrosius. He received the 2002 “Ubu Award” for best young actor for this performance and his role in Natura morta in un fosso, by Fausto Paravidino, directed by Serena Sinigaglia. In January 2003, he won the 21st International Fadjr Theatre Festival in Teheran (Iran), conferred by the International Theatre Institute-Unesco for Natura morta in un fosso. In 2004 he interpreted Il Grigio by Giorgio Gaber, directed by Serena Sinigaglia, winning the “Premio Olimpici del Teatro” (2004 ETI Award), the Annibale Ruccello prize (2004), the Vittorio Gassman prize and the Maschera d’oro and Persefone d’oro (2005) awards. He featured in and directed the show Edeyen by Letizia Russo. He has also worked with Gigi Dall’Aglio, Ferdinando Bruni, Armando Punzo and Gabriele Vacis, Peter Stein (I demoni by Dostoevsky) and again with Serena Sinigaglia (L’Aggancio by Nadine Gordimer). Under Luca Ronconi’s direction he has played in Il silenzio dei comunisti by Foa/Mafai/Reichlin, Fahrenheit 451 by Bradbury (in the role of Montag), Nel bosco degli spiriti by Tutuola (leading role), in the Shakespeare plays A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice (Shylock), in La modestia by Rafael Spregelburd, Santa Giovanna dei macelli by Brecht (Ubu Prize for best supporting actor) and Michel Garneau’s Celestina laggiù vicino alle concerie in riva al fiume by de Rojas (2014). For his role as Kirillov in I demoni and Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream he won the 2000 Ubu Award for best supporting actor. Again at the Piccolo Theatre he was the only interpreter and director of 20 novembre by Lars Norén; during the 2010/11 season he performed in Nathan il saggio by Lessing, directed by Carmelo Rifici, while in 2012 he adapted, directed and performed in Natale in casa Cupiello by Eduardo (on tour for the fourth year) for which he won the 2014 Antonio Landieri Social Commitment prize for best actor. The show was broadcast by Rai5 during the celebrations for the thirtieth anniversary of the death of Eduardo (2014). In 2015 he performed in Divine parole, directed by Damiano Michieletto and in Gabbiano by Cekhov, also directed by Rifici, in the role of Trigorin. Amongst other performances, he played the leading role in and directed Cuore di cactus by Antonio Calabrò.

With regard to films, he worked under the direction of Silvio Soldini in Pane e tulipani, Agata e la tempesta and Il comandante e la cicogna. He has starred in Le rose del deserto by Mario Monicelli, In memoria di me by Saverio Costanzo (in competition at the Berlin Film Festival), Vincere by Marco Bellocchio, in competition at the 2009 Cannes Festival, La doppia ora by Giuseppe Capotondi, in competition at the Venice Film Festival 2009 and in La passione by Carlo Mazzacurati, in competition at the 2010 Venice Film Festival. In 2012 he featured in Romanzo di una strage, directed by Marco Tullio Giordana and in Venuto al mondo, directed by Sergio Castellitto. In 2015 he played one of the leading roles in the last Marco Bellocchio film Sangue del mio sangue (in competition at the Venice Film Festival). In 2015 he was on the cast of Fai bei sogni, directed again by Bellocchio, from the novel by Gramellini, currently in the works.

For Radio Rai he did a reading of the novel Padri e Figli by Turgenev. In 2013 he played one of the leading roles in the Rai1 TV fiction series Altri tempi, directed by Marco Turco. In 2015 he worked for Rai5 with Aldo Nove reading the novel Il nome della rosa by Umberto Eco and with Giuseppe Culicchia reading Cuore di tenebra by Conrad.

Francesco Biscione
The theatre and film actor Francesco Biscione graduated from the Silvio D'amico National Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has also played parts in numerous television fictions. In the theatre he has worked with high profile film directors, including Luca Ronconi, Mauro Avogadro, Michele Placido, Cristina Pezzoli, Marco Tullio Giordana, Krzyzstof Zanussi, Giancarlo Cobelli, Daniele Salvo and Eimuntas Nekrosius.
He teaches acting at the National Independent Film School in Florence.

Elio D'Alessandro
After graduating from the School of Civic Theatre in Turin, Elio d’Alessandro did a number of specialised internships with Michele Di Mauro, Daniele Salvo, Emma Dante and Carmelo Rifici. He works intensively in theatre, but also has experience of working in cinema and television. He is also the author of original music for various theatrical performances and scripts and music for video clips.

Marco Podda
has a degree in medicine and is specialised in otorhinolaryngology and phoniatrics. After graduating as a countertenor from the G. Tartini Conservatorio in Trieste, he studied singing, the classical guitar and choir and orchestra conducting. He is founder and conductor of the “Cappella Tergestina” and “Kol Ha-Tikvà” choirs. He is author of many scientific publications on the voice, vocal communication and musical meta-language. He is also a composer and has produced a great deal of music for theatre, especially for plays directed by Daniele Salvo. The winner of national and international competitions, his musical compositions have been performed and published in Italy and abroad and recorded for numerous publishing houses and for RAI, the Italian national TV.

Monday 7 March, 8.45 pm
San Francesco Convent
Admission € 8.00, numbered seat