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Tiezzi, Federico

Theatre actor and director Together with Sandro Lombardi and Marion D’Amburgo, Tiezzi founded Il Carrozzone (The Big Cart) which, beginning in 1972, created a number of highly refined spectacles characterized by languorous atmospheres mixing dream imagery and art nouveau. In 1980, having become Magazzini Criminal!, the group turned towards darker themes, leading to a production of Beckett’s Comment c’est, for which the theatrical critic Franco Quadri acted as dramaturge. A tendency to fragmentation and dreamlike images enveloped by a musical saraband, as with the obsessive and allembracing rhythms in Sulla Strada (On the Road), adapted from the Kerouac novel in 1984, explicitly recalled the American neoavantgarde of Bob Wilson and Richard Foreman as well as neo-dada conceptualism. Both direction and performance often succumbed to the temptation to shock the audience through violent gestures such as symbolic mutilations or the actual slaughter of a horse in Genet a Tangeri (Genet in Tangiers) in 1984. As such youthful radicalism waned, Tiezzi turned between 1989 to 1991 towards more traditional material such as Manzoni and Dante, further reappropriating the primacy of language in texts of Eduardo Sanguineti, Mario Luzi and Giovanni Giudici.