The dead

Scenic creation loosey inspired to James Joyce’s novel

ph. Luca Di Filippo

direction and light design: Claudio Angelini – with: Valentina Bravetti and Luca Ortolani – real time photography: Luca Ortolani – sound design: Franco Naddei – drama: Città di Ebla and Luca Di Filippo – play writing collaboration: Riccardo Fazi – scene: Elisa Gandini – technical direction: Luca Giovagnoli – with: Stefan Schweitzer and Nicola Mancini – produced by: Città di Ebla, Romaeuropa Festival 2012, Teatro Diego Fabbri, Comune di Forlì – supported by: Regione Emilia Romagna, Provincia di Forlì-Cesena, Santarcangelo 2012 – Anno Solare, Teatro Goldoni di Bagnacavallo/Accademia Perduta – thanks to: Rosa Bollettieri Bosinelli, Gianluca “Naphtalina” Camporesi – real time shooting was born in 2010 from collaboration of Città di ebla and Luca Di Filippo

To create a theatrical story through photographic images: this is the new and unusual task of Città di Ebla for their latest work inspired by James Joyce. Following Metamorphosis, by Kafka, the director Claudio Angelini and his company now take on another classic of the 1900’s:  the last of the short stories in Dubliners in which Joyce unsettles the reader and creates tension through the imaginary presence of a dead person. The result is a strongly visual show that reinterprets the story in a contemporary key thanks to a series of snapshots plucked from reality and assembled into a stageplay which reinterprets Joyce’s short story. The photographs, shown on a semitransparent tulle screen, are deliberately out of synchrony with reality and tend to form a counterpoint accompaniment to the amplified sounds and actions of the present.


The creative collective group Città di Ebla, founded in Forlì in 2004, is now considered a benchmark in the new generation of Italian theatre. Città di Ebla is organiser of the annual theatrical event Ipercorpo and the group forged important collaborative agreements with prestigious institutions such as the Fabbrica Europa and Romaeuropa. The group is continuously invited to participate in leading cultural festivals. The “real time shooting” is an expressive technique developed in collaboration with Città di Ebla e Luca Di Filippo in summer 2010.