ON THE HUMAN FEELING (Chap.3) “Souvenir of Milan. I put on your shoes”

On the Human hearing (section 3)
A single book for more chapters
“Souvenir of Milan. I put on your shoes”

“I put your on shoes” follows the path of inquiry Officina Orsi began starting from the theme of memory (chap. 1 Souvenir from Lugano. Remember Lugano) and on the absence (chap. 2 Handle me with care), and that is bringing the company to undertake a voyage in chapters in various cities, investigating the human feeling, on the various facets of the soul.

“Our research aims to investigate the application of new forms to the practice of participatory theatre and wonders on an artistic expression that can include spectators and communities. Theatre as a collective laboratory, microcosm of our society, a place of public dialogue with ourselves. ”

The structure and form of I put on your shoes follows a mode of “staging” installation for video and words, and the content focus, once again, on the “chorus”, the multitude, bringing together all in one reflection, where everyone can include his or her own voice and silence.

The main theme of the “story” of “I put on your shoes“, starts from the desire of the company to take the role of their witnesses and redraw the memories and experiences told and linked to the neighborhood through a reflective narration.

The story is told and stimulated by the people the artists have met and interviewed in this third installment. The memory, integration and the mutation of the neighborhood talks about people and their relationship with the place. The focus is on the microcosm of the Conca del Naviglio neighborhood.

It is an investigation on the legacy of the story and on the choice of memory to be transmitted through the mnemonic fragments of the people, of the people who have gone through or across a place: the personal look that redesigns the space through an emotional mapping.

Forgetting is an attack on the roots, identity, forgetting affects the sense of community, the ability to make history. The chosen past, in individual narratives returns to the present and censors death.

As for the knowledge of a person, the memory place will consist of clues, it is up to each inhabitant or spectator to take what they need, and rework it, it is up to everyone to discover the ability to make their own map through others’ memories and integrate it with their own.

The historical memory needs proof, emotional memory is relevant to the practice of re-enactment, the images are not necessarily ‘faithful’. The memory, which is a creative ability, not only selects the experience, but reinvents it, drawing on the images of memory and at the same time rebuilding them into stories that intersect between emotion and reality.

In “I put on your shoes” your listening time and the comparison with their own memories go through the figures, the “characters” that sometimes we do not know, but who become the viewer’s wider community.

Director’s Notes
“I asked people who have joined the project to tell about themselves, – says Rubidori Manshaft, to seek in the memory connections that bound them to this place. I asked to physically carry a memory of them, a letter to their beloved, a fetish, a childhood memory, a souvenir, the narration of an event related to the neighborhood. I asked to sing a melody, we talked about nostalgia and failings, of our own experiences. Hints on which we recreate the patterns of our lives and we deliver them there to listen to them, in addition to our new experience and your stories. ”

creation: Bear Workshop
concept and direction: Rubidori Manshaft
collaboration in the project: Paola Tripoli
texts: Roberta Dori Puddu
videos: Fabio Cinicola
editing video: Rubidori Manshaft
online video and audio: Fabio Cinicola
props: Officina Orsi CH
production: Teatro i, Officina Orsi
co-productions: LuganoInScena, Fondazione La Residenza – Casa Svizzera, Malnate, FIT Festival Internazionale del Teatro e della scena contemporanea
with the support of: Pro Helvetia, Fondazione svizzera per la cultura – Città di Lugano – Hernst Göhner Stiftung
We thank for the cooperation: Francesca Garolla