The Contemporary Experimental Theater presents: primàopoi and the play TANK 93 in italian
The play originates from a theatrical and thematic research started by the company in 2011 on the complex and profound theme "confessions". After a thorough analysis developed by improvising on stage, re-elaborating the awareness emerging from readings, discussions and shared experiences, the company considered the possibility of a play that could narrate this awareness in symbolic form.
Subsequent research led the group to confront themes such as Guilt, Judgement, law and order by encountering writers that had made these themes the center of their work: from Pirandello to Dürrenmatt, De Filippo, Pinter, up to Kafka. The latter, in the novel "The Trial", offered several elements that helped us better define "why" but also "how" to develop the play. The idea of the frame in which the show comes to life has shades of a possible encounter between the themes and dark hues of Kafka's novel and the dry, mysterious and highly symbolic universe of Pinter.
Thus the idea was born of a hypothetical return of Mr. K of "The Trial" (a constant in theatre in which the dead are brought back to life). The audience, which K has brought together, is placed in front of a prison where seven people are seized and detained by a reborn Mr.K. The 7 are forced to wait in time, seemingly at a still stand, that "something, anything" happens. They look back at their lives inquiring about the reason why they might have been kidnapped and locked up. In front of this "prison-aquarium" the audience will witness the unwrapping of the parables of life, crossing forcibly with each other, in which the details of guilt, innocence and terrible acts (more or less voluntary) emerge. These stories, these dilemmas are those which Mr. K puts before the audience, sitting and unaware, these are the unspoken truths, the mistakes, the daily simplifications that can cost a life.
In this prison, an empty space, a place in an undefined depth and away from the human affairs of the "outside world", the seven prisoners are forced to move, under the stern eye of a guardian and a bureaucrat, while the author of the capture observes them from an unknown view, invisible until the final revelation when Mr. K directly questions the public and forces them to make a choice, calling them to accountability, taking them away from the comfortable role of mere spectators. The finale of the show is a question mark placed after the words Justice, Law, Rules, Humanity, in the hope of giving the audience a feeling of the ease with which terrible mistakes are committed if you neglect the subtle truths and judge too quickly guided only by prejudice, by assumptions, by the laws of probability, leaving the last word to the law, often doing justice to no-one.