Choreography Mauro Astolfi
Performers Lorenzo Capozzi, Riccardo Ciarpella, Linda Cordero, Maria Cossu, Mario Laterza, Giuliana Mele, Mateo Mirdita, Caterina Politi, Aurora Stretti
Assistant to Choreography Alessandra Chirulli
Set and lights Marco Policastro
Costume design Anna Coluccia
Running time 30′
The project Spellbound 25 is a Spellbound production realised with the contribution of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism and Lazio Region – Department for Culture, Youth Policies and Creative Lazio in collaboration with Embassy of Spain in Rome and in co-production with MilanoOltre and Cult!ur Partner.
“Wonder bazaar” is an outpost of a servant humanity assisted by an obsolete technology, a cheap emporium where people try to repair the damages of a life they cannot understand and control.
Everyone is curled up in on themselves, where human relationships are reduced to a minimum, leaving room for a blind and senseless trust in a machine that, even if it is switched off and not working, provides security.
But among the machines and the shelves there are those who find a remedy for those afflicted by existential anguish and work on a mysterious project, perhaps a gamble, but an attempt to overturn the alienating contemporary world. A now-perfect system of mechanical productivity, shelves full of testimonies of happiness I have achieved.
“Wonder Bazaar” is a hybrid study between the past and the future where we stop going round in circles in a dense matrix of habits, where we experience the inability to share real emotions with others.
The wonder of this bazaar is that it is precisely in this graveyard of no longer functioning or semi-functioning machinery that we find a sense of faith no longer towards something or someone outside of us: it is precisely here, paradoxically, that important theorems about the meaning of life outside of the connection with machines are resolved and we are reminded that machines were built by us. (Mauro Astolfi)