Collettivo Ingwer
Camilla Parini

“Few people know how many women there are in me”, Anaïs Nin.

The terms STILL and LEBEN when combined into one word in German mean ‘still life’. By separating the two words, one can obtain multiple meanings: still life; silent living; quiet. Different reading possibilities that somehow reveal a blurred border between stillness, death and life. Fernando Pessoa wrote “What do I die when I am?”.

This work stems from the need to reflect on the figure of the woman without wanting to inquire into her social and cultural position, rather portraying her in the intimacy of her relationship with herself. It is an ever-changing portrait of a woman faded by time, a figure with no boundaries that is changing its forms and is told through the irony and melancholy of a solitude that sometimes or often keeps us company.

It suggests a climate, sometimes a condition or a state of preservation. It investigates those memories abandoned and consumed among rooms without walls, in the spaces of a metaphorical dwelling, in a place where one can still dialogue with one’s absences. It is a creation of real but not necessarily realistic images, which try to penetrate layer after layer under the surface of a life.


Production: Ingwer Collective; by and with: Camilla Parini; sound design: Loris Ciresa; light design: Pierfranco Sofia; costumes: Laura Pennsi; photographs: Martina Tritten.


Camilla Parini – 1984, Switzerland. In 2004 she met the Teatro delle Radici (directed by Cristina Castrillo, Swiss Theatre Prize 2014) with which she began a training and work path, taking part in the shows D_verso D_(2006), Shakespeariana (2008), Track (2009), Dove lo sguardo scorre (2011), Neve (2012), Amori (2013), Petali (2015) performing in various theatres, festivals and shows in Switzerland and abroad (Argenitna, Chile, Cuba, Denmark, Ecuador, Italy and Peru). In 2008 she graduated as a social worker at the University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland SUSPI-DSAS. In 2012 she graduated in Milan at the Scuola di Teatro Paolo Grassi, in the professional course of dance theatre, presenting performances in festivals such as Torino Danza, Biennale Danza Venezia and Bolzano Danza. For some years now she has been collaborating with various professional realities in the Italian part of Switzerland, both in the field of theatre/performance and cinema. She also works with other dance, theatre and performance companies such as Les Ballets C de la B, Wupperrtal Tanztheater, Trisha Brown Dance Company, Peeping Tom, Nicole Seiler, Geraldine Pilgrim, Iris Erez, Violeta Luna. In 2013 she laid the first foundations for the creation of the artistic group Collective Ingwer with which she produced her first show STILL LEBEN in 2014. Currently Collettivo Ingwer, in collaboration with Azimut, is working on its new production “Princesses karaoke or something like that…” (semifinalist at PREMIO Schweiz, an encouragement prize for the performing arts) which will debut in April 2016 in co-production with Teatro Sociale Bellinzona, created and performed by Camilla Parini and Anahì Traversi.


a project by and with Riccardo Fusiello and Agostino Riola
lighting design Matteo Crespi
communication Marianna Musella
graphics, scenic element forEVER Claudia Broggi
assistant to the choreography for Play Serena Marossi
production Sonenalé
co-production E45 Napoli Fringe Festival – Fondazione Campania dei Festival
choreographic residencies Centro Danza Canal (Madrid), Mosaico Danza (Turin), Dance_B (Milan), Studio 28 (Milan)
we would like to thank Teatro Litta (Milan), Scuola D’Arte Drammatica Paolo Grassi (Milan), Teatro della Cooperativa (Milan), PuntoZero Teatro (Milan), Teatro Mimesis (Trani), Teatro Radice Timbrica (Legnano), ZONA K (Milan) and also Daniele D’Angelo, Simone Marossi

YOUR HAPPY SAD SONGS is a project in three snapshots, I WANNA – Play – forEVER, freely inspired by the figure of Federico García Lorca.

“The work feeds on Lorca, sinks its roots into the contrasts that animated him, digs through his words and images in search of the essence that moved his work and his life”.

Your Happy Sad Songs thus becomes a sort of pop opera, moving between everyday situations and dreamlike images, on the difficulty of following one’s instincts, on the will to react when all around seems dark, on the disorientation caused by an absence. At the centre is the body and its movement, which becomes the main instrument of investigation. The bodies of the two performers are observed in the circumstances in which they are protagonists and at the same time, as if analysed, decomposed, X-rayed in search of what moves them and what they conceal.

I WANNA (2010), running time 15 min
selected and promoted by ANTICORPI XL – network young dance d’auteur

PLAY (2012), running time 20 min
winner of ‘Presenta tu proyecto’ by Centro Danza Canal (Madrid) and ‘DE.Mo./ Movin’ Up 2011′ (curated by GAI – Giovani Artisti Italiani and MiBAC – Ministero Beni e Attività Culturali)

forEVER (2013), 20 min
debut Museo Madre, Naples – E45 Napoli Fringe Festival, June 2013

Sonenalé was founded in Milan in 2012 by Riccardo Fusiello, dancer and choreographer, and Agostino Riola, performer and director. Their artistic research focuses on the investigation of the body, in all its expressions. The collaboration between the two began in 2008 on the occasion of the show Il Signor P, produced by the Castel Dei Mondi International Festival in Andria. In 2010 they created Your Happy Sad Songs. They have collaborated with Italian and European companies (Spain, Denmark). ”


Your happy sad song trailer