The Barnard Loop

by Alessandra Ventrella and Rocco Manfredi
director Alessandra Ventrella

cast Francesco Napoli

régie plateau Rocco Manfredi
sound design Dario Andreoli
set design Paolo Romanini and Rocco Manfredi
costume design Dorothée Henon

logistical support Cie Les Karnavires

a special thanks to
Émilie Rault, AragoRn Boulanger, Amandine Buixeda,
Julien Lemmonier, Luis Carr and Emiliano Curà

Teatro al Parco / Solares Fondazione delle Arti (Parma, IT)
Festival Tutti Matti Sotto Zero / Les Cites Magiques
15,16,17 e 18 dicembre 2021

The Barnard Loop – a nebula in the constellation of Orion about which nothing is known exactly – delicately illustrates the fear of being nobody and that nothing is known with certainty, the feeling of being a small point in the immensity of the universe.

The scenes in the show illustrate this fear through the journey of a young man during a sleepless night. An intimate portrait of Barnard’s fears and obsessions, a character who is perpetually indecisive and clumsy, but who never misses an opportunity to reveal his fragility. The show is a tribute to the mysterious, the unpredictable, the unsettling and the surreal.

A dreamlike journey through psychic and mental states where repetitions, loops, ubiquity, and memories lead us into an endless illusion.

“With relief, with humiliation, with terror,
he understood that he too was a mere appearance, dreamt by another.”
Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinths: Selected Stories & Other Writings

production DispensaBarzotti
coproduction Teatro delle Briciole Solares Fondazione delle Arti, Parma, Theatre Laboratory Sfumato, Sofia
supported by Officine CAOS – Turin, Centro di Residenza della Toscana (Armunia Castiglioncello – CapoTrave/Kilowatt Sansepolcro)
artistic residencies Carrozzerie | n.o.t, Rome, Ville de Billom (63), FAP – Fondazione Aurelio Petroni San Cipriano Picentino, Théâtre de Cuisine – Friche la Belle de Mai, Marseille, Le CIAM – Centre International des Arts en Mouvement, Aix-en-Provence, Ax-Animation, Ax Les Thermes, Pôle Jeune Public, Le Revest Les Eaux, Archaos, Pôle National Cirque, Marseille

Production’s awards:
Project winner of the contest “odioestate 2018” – Carrozzerie N.O.T, Rome (IT)
Special Prize “Tendenza Clown 2019” – Milan (IT)

The show is part of UNTERNEHMEN dans la culture 2021, an accompanying program for young cultural enterprises promoted by Ministère de la culture français, Relais Culture Europe and Institut français d’Allemagne.

Photos: Francesco Cibati (Raw Sight Production)