The story is cult: a natural science student decides to create a human being. He studies, kills animals, and retrieves anatomical parts from corpses. The experiment is an unexpected success: the Creature is born, beautiful and strong. Its creator, however, despairs. He is afraid of it. Why? This is the real mystery of the novel: why does Frankenstein react the way he does, why is he not proud of his work? We discover that the author, Mary Shelley, is not entirely comfortable with it either. Indeed, throughout her life she denies and downplays the literary scope of her work and her interest in it. She should be delighted with the masterpiece she created and instead does everything in her power to belittle its motherhood.
The answer? The Creature is the Book. The play is an original reversal of the way we look at Mary Shelley's work and her disturbing creation. This production tells of a time when being a woman and an artist could be a serious problem, when one could feel "monstrous" if one gave birth to books instead of children or cohabited with a man instead of marrying him. It tells of a time when a Creatrix fears the genius of her Creature and is forced to justify the magnitude of her ambitions. Between wireless headsets, virtual settings, real actors and holographic avatars with interactive dramaturgical elements, the show is a dreamlike journey into the novel and, at the same time, into the emotionality of its author, who confuses herself with Dr. Frankenstein, the Creature with the Work and the characters with memories.
Ivonne Capece is a director, actress and performer. She founded“(S) blocco 5 Centre for Research Training and Theatre Production and Company," in 2015, which was joined by set and costume designer Micol Vighi next year. The Capece-Vighi pair focuses their research among frontal vision word theatre, physical performance and happenings. Starting from an iconic, pictorial aesthetic approach, in dialogue with a harsh and lyrical dramaturgical research, often elaborated from essayistic materials, which precipitates into works on "human chromaticism."
In 2020 they produced the show 20/20, a comparison of two biennia in which Italy trembled, exactly 100 years apart: the Red Biennium and the Pandemic Biennium, in partnership with Elsinor Centro di Produzione Teatrale, funded by Regione Emilia Romagna and in collaboration with Walter Valeri, assistant to Dario Fo and Franca Rame. 20/20 is a winner of Emilia Romagna's Call for Memory 2020, finalist in the 2021 Alcide Cervi Theatre Festival of Resistance.
Alongside 20/20 the company is presenting this year “Dux Pink”, a show about Body History. In 2022, the group presents LUCY, finalist of the Biennale College Teatro 2022 directed by Stefano Ricci and Gianni Forte, site-specific under40 international performance section. From this experience comes the LUCY FESTIVAL | Festival of performing arts and languages of the contemporary scene technologically oriented funded by the triennial 22-24 of Regione Emilia Romagna. FRANKENSTEIN (Debut in October 2022) production ELSINOR CENTRO DI PRODUZIONE TEATRALE was created under the umbrella of the European project PLAYON! - New storytelling with immersive technologies.