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Robert Wilson
Adriana Asti
production dates

Grand Theatre de Luxembourg
(French version)
24 - 26 September 2008

Spoleto, Italy
52 Festival dei due mondi
Teatro Caio Melisso
27 June and2-5 July 2009

Prato, Italy
Teatro Metastasio
4-8 November 2009

Ferrara, Italy
Teatro Comunale
19- 22 November 2009

Naples, Italy
Teatro Mercadante
25 November - 6 December 2009

Bari, Italy
Teatro Piccinni
9-13 December 2009

Bergamo, Italy
Teatro Donizetti
(French version)
24 - 26 September 2008

Jesi, Italy
Teatro Pergolesi
15-16 January 2010

Pavia, Italy
Teatro Fraschini
19-21 January 2010

Como, Italy
Teatro Sociale
23-24 January 2010

St.Polten, Austria
(French version)
28-29 January 2010

Aosta, Italy
Teatro Giacosa
3-4 February 2010

Cremona, Italy
Teatro Ponchielli
6-7 February 2010

Piacenza, Italy
Teatro Municipale
16-17 February 2010

Belo Horizonte, Brazil
International Theatre Festival
Grande Teatro do Palacio das Artes
(French version)
14-15 August 2010

Porto Alegre, Brazil
Teatro Sao Pedro
(French version)
9-11 September 2010

Paris, France
Theatre Athenee
(French version)
3 September - 9 October 2010

Rome, Italy
Teatro Valle
15-24 October 2010

Udine, Italy
Teatro Giovanni da Udine
27-30 October 2010

Milan, Italy
Piccolo Teatro Strehler
(French version)
9-14 November 2010

Santiago, Chile
Festival Santiago a Mil
(French version)
27-30 January 2011

In this play written in 1960/61, Samuel Beckett explores a melancholy subject, steeped in humour, which today even more than in the past, asks for attention and move our souls: on our way to senescence, when we feel more fragile because of the effects of time, how can we live, feel and even hope the happiness?
Beckett brings us in the world of a mature lady. She is buried to the waist into a mound. In the vision of Robert Wilson it is the result of an eruption in the asphalt.
The lower part of the body is immobile and hidden to the others. She only communicates with her arms, her hands, her face, her words and her eyes full of life.
She tries to turn every day in a happy day. She tries to find moments of happiness through a ritual created by herself . She collects her daily objects around her, she talks with them and when she touches them, the objects reminds her the past and she is then able to smile. This ritual gives her strength and she finds in it a meaning for her life, in spite of the decline of her mobility. A particular chance for her is the presence of her husband, Willie, who shows for her some kind of affection even if he is not very talkative. And finally, maybe at the end of the last day, it's not surprising that she sings their favourite melody, the struggling tune of "The Merry Widow"... "Lippen schweigen"...



Italian translation Carlo Fruttero
Conceived, designed and directed by Robert Wilson
Costumes and make up Jacques Reynaud
Dramaturgy Ellen Hammer
Lights A.J. Weissbard
Sound Peter Cerone and Emre Sevindik

Adriana Asti as Winnie
Giovanni Battista Storti as Willie*

*(formerly performed by Yann de Graval)

A project by
Change Performing Arts
commissioned by
Spoleto52 Festival dei 2 Mondi
Grand Theatre de Luxembourg
produced by CRT Artificio, Milan