Guinea Pigs (IT)
The #nuovipoveri show by the young Milanese company Guinea Pigs is a multi-disciplinary research path that investigates the relation between economy and society, self-perception, representation and self-narration of wealth and poverty. Istat speaks of 5 million poor people out of a population that exceeds 42 million inhabitants: the poor exceed 11% of the total population. There are the absolute poor who cannot face a minimum expenditure necessary to purchase basic necessities and services and the relative poor who live with an average monthly expenditure equal to or less than € 667.05. So Istat says that a poor person is someone who can’t meet the minimum consumption standards, who can’t spend money because he doesn’t have enough.
The Treccani dictionary defines a poor person as “the one who has scarce economic means, who lacks the necessary money and all that money can procure”, etymologically “the one who produces little”. #nuovipoveri is a project about money and its contradictions, about the power it has to change the balance and relationship dynamics, about how days are spent, the happiness of families and the construction of the identity of an entire society. Poverty of means and resources, of relationships, of ideas and knowledge, of concrete possibilities in imagining one’s own present and a possible future. Who are the new poor nowadays? How do they describe themselves? To society? And again how do they describe their society? And how much is true in this self-narration?
Info: show • duration 80 min. • in Italian
by and with: Letizia Bravi and Marco De Francesca, playwriting: Giulia Tollis, video: Julian Soardi sound design: Gianluca Agostini, set design: Stefano Zullo, light design: Martino Minzoni, direction: Riccardo Mallus, production: Ecate, in collaboration with Guinea Pigs, with support of ZONA K and Next – Laboratorio delle idee per la produzione e distribuzione dello Spettacolo dal Vivo Lombardo – Edition 2019/2020 and the support of Teatro delle Moire. Thanks to Il Magazzino of Antonio Mingarelli. A performative action included in “IntercettAzioni” Centro di Residenza Artistica della Lombardia: a project of Circuito CLAPS and Industria Scenica, Milano Musica, Teatro delle Moire, ZONA K, with support of the Regione Lombardia, MIC and Fondazione Cariplo
Guinea Pigs was created in 2014 in Milan. The first artistic project was the show Acts of War (2016). In 2017, in collaboration with the Out Off Theatre in Milan, they produced the show Casca la terra by Fabio Chiriatti, with whom they won the Siae Sillumina 2016 call for proposals. Also in 2017, they start the research path and creation of site specific projects between installation and performance In struggle with reality. The first stage, Sovra/Esposizioni, will be presented during the IT Festival. The second stage, Is the future a trap?, is co-produced by the Castel dei Mondi Festival and sees the collaboration of Guinea Pigs with the Equilibrio Dinamico Dance Company and Anelo1997 lab of architecture and roman sculpture. In 2019, in collaboration with Museocity, they carried out theatrical and performative activities within various museums in Milan as part of the AMUSE project of the Cariplo Foundation.