The comical elements, the dialect, the text, the approach to scene.
TVATT is a work that shares both a comical and grotesque language and a poetic and reflective one. People recognize themselves in this piece, in what they can see on the stage and it’s definitely interesting and essential to discover that when they see the exacerbation of particular violent dynamics, they laugh.
In the first part of the piece, people are called to share the stage. The dialect is strong and stressed. The cyclic sound of specific situations reproduced along the piece by a loop machine, the posing and the said become ritual. There’s a sort of provocation or challenge pose which the characters are stuck in and the way of this challenge is not really clear.
Their human features create a recognizable theatrical framework.
On the stage there’s a microphone on its stand, a loop station and some grey and square chairs. There’s a lot of space between the characters each other, but they “inhabit” the scenario of the action with a certain mastery.
On the scene, the actors tend to create a long moment of interaction with the audience and this allows a sort of game/challenge. In this way, TVATT involves protagonists who interpret their roles in a highly interactive activity that fluctuates between reality and fiction.
The actors invite their audience on the stage and there the spectators are asked to imitate the violent but grotesque motions and gestures (also some “folk” dialect idiomatic expressions about violence) that the characters use when the show is in progress.
The dramaturgy deals with two different phases.
In the former there’s the linguistic and interactive game which the audience is asked to take part in, in the latter the characters play their texts that are based on a reflection on their existence. They need to tell about themselves.
TVATT is a piece thought as a performance, where all that happens is repeatedly at risk, led by the possibility to get something unexpected. It’s like saying: TVATT, I beat you even if we don’t know what will happen.