Il Negro del Narciso
Performance and installation
There was a false myth of the "Negro" that had to be demolished at all costs
Il Negro del Narciso, a novel that opens the most fertile season of Joseph Conrad, is the story of a ship upset by the entry on board of James Wait, the black man of Antilles origins who with his presence triggers opposite reactions in the crew members and subverts the order of the ship, up to an attempt of mutiny. Proposing a contemporary rewriting, Cantieri Meticci gives life to a work halfway between performance and installation, in which the migrant, the African - branded as the original and eternal enemy - is seen as a figure both real and created by the Western imagination..
About one hundred spectators are led inside the ship Narcissus: each of them is given a small stool with which, at the beginning, they can wander in the labyrinthine meanders of the cubes/cabins of the merchant ship. This is an installation in which the artist Sara Pour has experimented with the most disparate materials and forms to investigate the different declinations of the phantasmatic nature of the Other.
Then the journey begins and, from chapter to chapter, in consonance with the metamorphoses that the figure of James Wait assumes in the imagination of the members of the crew, the cubes/cabins of the Narcissus also begin to move, repeatedly modifying the spatial arrangement, and with it the point of observation of the spectators as well as their relationship with the nine performers.
The production debuted at the festival Atlas of Transitions Biennale HOME - promoted by ERT Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione as part of the European project Atlas of Transitions (Creative Europe program of the European Union).