Written and directed by Emma Dante
Performed by Compagnia Sud Costa Occidentale
September 3 at 7:30 pm
September 4 at 7:30 pm
September 5 at 7:30 pm
“A striptease of the soul,” Operetta Burlesque is the newest work by Compagnia Sud Costa Occidentale, an award-winning Italian troupe led by Emma Dante. Marking the company’s debut in an English-speaking country, this physical theatre production tells the story of Pietro, a young man from a village near Naples who identifies as a woman. His passionate soul is trapped in his ill-fitting body and in a provincial town that is not big enough for him. Pietro unhappily falls in love numerous times until, at age 40, he meets the love of his life. The play is a tale of gender identity and family relationships, depicting the struggles of the many Pietros of southern Italy and beyond. Operetta Burlesque, will be a highlight of the symposium “Blurring Boundaries without Burning Bridges:” Italian Contemporary Performance, the Theatre of Emma Dante, and Beyond.
NOTE: Nudity and adult themes. For mature audiences only.
Symposium: September 4 - 5, 2014
This performance is made possible by a generous donation through The Columbus Foundation. The symposium is made possible by a grant from Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.