Text Carlo Mazzoni
Clodia was staged at Teatro Gerolamo last Monday evening – the first première: it will be touring to Italy in a few weeks. Clodia, a lady from Rome, was the first emancipated woman in the history. She set herself on the same level of men, she rigged them for political purposes – she wanted to leave a mark, not only a dream – and this what she did in Catullus’ words, she was her lover, much loved and much hated. Subject of his poetry under the name of Lesbia, it didn’t take much for the Romans to understand her identity as adulteress from a noble stock.
Fiammetta Cicogna has given new life to contemporary plots. Actress, businesswoman, producer and manager, Fiammetta has required Michael Rodgers ‘direction, Maddalena Giusto’s words, Andrea Incontri’s costumes. We were in Rome, in October – she told me she had found Catullus’ interpreter – not a small beer: Lorenzo Cervasio. Fiammetta took him in Milan, for almost two months full of run-up.
The pièce takes one hour; it blends lyric love poems with flutes that break through the clothes. Emotional and nervous outburst – an actress is able to keep control: Clodia is the story of love, which is not perfect, but real – odi et amo was created by him, and we suffer a vertigo.
In mid-January I described Fiammetta’s project to Raffaella Banchero, CEO at Tiffany & Co. in Italy and Spain – when this lady listens to one of my ideas replies «let’s do it in grand style then». This is what happened last evening: Milan was sparkling like at the times of via Durini with Wally Toscanini amidst Arbasino’s words. Teatro Gerolamo is the little Scala – in miniature, wooden and golden stucco decorations on the sections, the velvet chairs in the dais and in the orchestra. Milan has a theatre tradition – with a late dinner in the Gallery, not with Risotto alla Milanese, but with prawns from Langosteria. Loud music from Paris, the deejay is a present by Carl Hirshmann. A soft maze, one more ovation – and then a moment and a breath – sitting around Fiammetta, her love and her friends.
Supported by Tiffany & Co.
Technical partner: Samsung Italia.
Special thanks to Veuve Clicquot and Belvedere Vodka.
An idea by Fiammetta Cicogna
Directed by Michael Rodgers
Dramaturgy Maddalena Giusto
Fiammetta Cicogna as Clodia
Lorenzo Cervasio as Catullus
Costumes Andrea Incontri
Scenes Domenico Franchi
Light Design Stefano Mazzanti
special thanks to Susanna Beltrami
Photography Fabrizio Gugenheim, German Larkin and Luca Ghidoni.