Rooms 9 theatrical sculptures (for apartment)
Anyone can play any part, A and B are indicative characters, not identities. The sculpture can be played by only one actor who will play one of the two parts, leaving the second voice that always answers (Z: …). Intonation and intention, where they are not prescribed, are to be understood as completely arbitrary. Pauses have variable durations. The line (Z: …) must be legible. Actions may be conducted simultaneously by several interpreters. In the established order or not, all or only a few. If repeated, they must be separated from each other by three
inutes of silence. The rooms, nine theatrical (.for apartment) sculptures, are the property of the performers. When they are performed they cease to be the property of the author indicated as Dario Bellini and only will they be included in the catalogue of works. (2006 – March 2020)
First room Exchange of gestures
A: (inaccurate gesture)
B: (expression as in, I get it…)
Second room Exchange of the sofa
They both sit on the couch.
A: (takes a slightly rigid position)
B: (move your weight to the edge and point to the door with your right index finger and turn to the other person)
A: I don’t think…
B: Of course…
B: Of course!
B: I say it shows, it shows… if…
A: (interrupting) … I don’t see anything… and I don’t think…
B: (interrupting in turn) … Yes, I do.
B: It’s there…
B: … somewhere
A: (gets up from the sofa and points anywhere on any piece of furniture) … ?!?
B: Of course!
A: … Of course…
B: Of course! Yes, yes… there…
B: (as if to convince) … …maybe!
Third room Distance exchange
In two different places in the house.
B: The form speaks… this corner, like this… and like this…
A: (between) … …is in the eye of the beholder.
B: … You were saying?
A: It’s in the eye… of the beholder… It’s there, but you may not see it…
(rising the voice) matters who’s looking!
B: (reaches the interlocutor in the room without going through the door) … what are you saying?
A: if you’re not “ready” you can’t… matters who’s looking… or listening…
A: beauty is in the eye of the beholder…
A: Don’t you agree?
A: Do you disagree…
A: trust me!
Fourth room Light exchange
A: (stares at any remotely controlled light source) … can you turn it off? B: ok (turn off)
A: (stares the lamp off)
B: what do you think?
A: The light…
B: it’s a lamp… it’s artificial…
Fifth room The corridor
At your extremes.
A: (hints at moving towards the interlocutor)
B: (stops him with a gesture)
A: (cross your arms)
B: (look at the ground)
A: (look at the ground)
B: (look up and wait)
A: (looks up, is amazed)
B: (tries to move, desist)
A: tries to move also…)
B: (… stops him with another gesture)
A: (hints at leaving)
B: (immediately) that’s not it!
A: What then?
B: now you can’t see
B: you don’t see it anymore
B: It seemed real… so real.
B: so real…
A: sometimes it happens
Everyone leaves the position by moving to different corners or different rooms. They close the doors or lower their heads.
Sixth room Exchange table
A: (stretches the palm of his hands and touches the table forming two arches)
B: (drum with the right hand fingers )
A: (same movement but with the right hand only and wider)
B: (stops drumming and stays with fingers in the air)
A: (same gesture but with a very short bow, like dusting)
B: (indicates a point in the table)
A: (he pushes away with his knuckles something that doesn’t exist in that same spot)
B: does architecture still matter?
A: Who knows anymore…
Seventh room The entrance
One puts his hand on the front door.
B: (takes his hand off the door a few inches, reflects) … the two architectures disappear at this point
A: On the threshold?
B: … well, the threshold… (with enthusiasm) Yes, yes…
A: … …the threshold…
Eighth room Exchange of the bed
A: (sits on the right side)
B: (sits on the bottom looking at the other person)
B: (pushes the palm towards the center bending in that direction)
Ninth room The bathroom
B: (opens the water tap)
A: (stay on the door)
B: (turns off the tap)
A: ( drummming on the doorjamb )
B: (takes a towel and lays it on the sink)
B: (fold the towel and place it)