This book celebrates ten years of Luca Ronconi’s directorship at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan. From the Greek classics to Giordano Bruno, Vladimir Nabokov and Jean-Luc Lagarce, his passion in the theatre cannot be simply labelled as “method”. The book examines Luca Ronconi’s approach to texts and contexts which ponder “questions about what happens around us and what the theatre can do” (Sergio Escobar). It is a journey through the metaphorical affinities between life, dream and theatre in which the word takes over the stage and dialogue builds “islands of words” within the infinite human landscape, beyond any attempt at naturalism.
Introduced by Maria Grazia Gregori, the plays are accompanied by extracts from interviews with Luca Ronconi. Contained originally in the theatre programme, the interviews give Ronconi an opportunity to explain his critical approach to each play and its direction. The photos by Marcello Norberth, always brilliant at interpreting the director’s intentions, bring the stage sets to life once again. The book contains a full list of Luca Ronconi’s works.
After graduating from Rome’s national academy of dramatic art in 1953, Luca Ronconi started working as a director in 1963. He has been art director of Venice’s Biennale Teatro, the Teatro Stabile in Turin and the Teatro in Rome. He has also directed opera and TV adaptations of many of his plays. His numerous awards include the “VI Premio Europa” for Theatre at Taormina Arte (1998), the UBU prize for best show in the years 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2006. He has been director of the Piccolo Teatro in Milan since 1999.
With a degree in Aesthetics, Maria Grazia Gregori has taught History of Theatre and Direction at the “Paolo Grassi” drama school in Milan for many years. She is a theatre critic for the daily paper “l’Unità”. Besides publishing a number of monographic works on the theatre, she has also curated exhibitions within this same field.
Theatre photographer Marcello Norberth lives and works in Rome. During a career lasting over half a century he has worked with major Italian and international directors including Federico Tiezzi, Valerio Binasco, Massimo Castri and Alvis Hermanis. He and Luca Ronconi have worked together for forty years.