Questo Buio Feroce - Compagnia Pippo Delbono in Toronto Jan 26-29

From a media release:

Questo Buio Feroce (The Wild Darkness)
Compagnia Pippo Delbono (Italy)
January 26-29, 2011 | $49 | Fleck Dance Theatre | 90 min.

A cataclysmic celebration of life's glory in the shadow of death.

See contemporary Italian theatre at its most relevant and daring. Italian director Pippo Delbono pushes life to the edge in a joyful, cinematic and courageous theatrical portrait, inspired by a collection of essays by Harold Brodkey, an American novelist who died of AIDS. With a cast that includes former street peddlars and those with physical or mental handicaps (one of whom he saved from an asylum), Delbono’s work carries an authentic edge and realness.

At once whirling funeral then strange carnival, Questo Buio Feroce comes like a dream, reaffirming the desire and passions of life, and revealing the humility of our common humanity.

Performed in English and Italian with English surtitles.

Writer, actor, director Pippo Delbono founded his company in the late '80s with the Argentinean actor Pepe Robledo. For the past two decades, Delbono has been exploring theatre that focuses on the essential; theatre shorn of the extraneous; theatre that mirrors life. His staging reflects the beautiful and pathetic. In other words, the humbly human.