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Best of BE Festival: TIDA

This April, we’ll be welcoming Birmingham’s BE Festival to The Pit theatre for a week of genre-pushing physical theatre, dance and circus.

Over the coming weeks, we speak to the artists behind this year’s three daring solos to find out more about their performance, their background and their influences…

Winners of the first prize at this year’s BE Festival, Italian company, TIDA’s Marcho Chenevier introduces the razor-sharp comedy Quintetto – as the show must go on despite no cast or crew. Thankfully there is an audience…

This show really can’t be done without the audience. It is a job that we have to figure out together

Tell us about your show
This show is a game, a game that tries to give form to a question: What happens when a show is ‘cut’? Cut four scores of the quintet, cut the technique, cut every frill. Just like an engineer left alone in a large car production plant, with a few projects on AutoCAD, no workers, equipment or machinery on site, only him and his projects. But I also suggest a possible answer to this question, this show really can’t be done without the audience. It is a job that we have to figure out together.

What was the inspiration behind the show?
It’s inspired by Marx. And the last 30 years of choices of the Italian Ministry of Cultural, Heritage and Tourism.

What’s particularly special about your show?
It’s honest. And it can’t be otherwise.

The performances relies on the audiences to be more than just spectators – are they always eager to be involved..?
Yes, this show really can’t be done without the audience. It is a job that we have to figure out together.
Once, near Naples, in a big theatre full of people, no one wanted to participate. The audience was mainly composed by elderly people. After a moment of embarrassment, some children came on the stage. The future of an old country was saving the present. I was so happy.

What three words would you use to describe your show?
Surprising, funny, tiring.

What are you looking forward to most about the Best of BE tour?
New meetings, new opportunities, new inspirations for the next works!

Who has been the biggest influence on your life?
Isaac Alvarez: my theatre teacher. Diana Damiani: my first dance teacher. Juha Marsalo: a great dancer.

Has your background always been in dance?
I started studying theatre at the International Academy of Theatre, School of Acting in Rome ‘Circo a Vapore’ (mold J. Lecoq). I never thought about being a dancer: I just wanted to do theatre. Then I got to know contemporary dance, through the meeting with Annapaola Bacalov and Diana Damiani, and I suddenly understood that dance wasn’t just ballet. I learned to breathe, to walk, I learned that I had a skin. And then with Isaac Alvarez I learned that there was no difference between theatre and dance. There was just a magnificent heritage of techniques that I could learn.

The thing I love most about theatre is…
the freedom

Best of BE Festival takes place from 13–16 April in The Pit

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