Review by Drothy Max Prior for Total Theatre

August 14, 2014

Instabili Vaganti: Made in ILVA

Work, work, work. Never stopping, fighting to meet the productivity deadlines… That’s all there is – that and a fitful night’s sleep, dreaming terrible dreams, until it is time to get up and get back on the treadmill. That is the sum of a working man’s life. Surrounded on three sides by audience, a lone male performer jogs and climbs and runs, his skin dripping with sweat, finally collapsing breathless, forcing himself to his feet despite exhaustion, battling on. […] This isn’t mere acting – this body is being pushed; being worked and worked and worked. Subtitled […] ‘the contemporary hermit’, Made In ILVA explores […] a reflection on the oppression of capitalism, and the subjugation of the working-class male body to the harsh injustices of manual labour. It’s a beautifully staged and performed piece, directed with precision by Anna Dora Dorno, informed in its making by Meyerhold’s biomechanics […]. A modest-sized steel structure morphs from chair to ladder to cage – rocked, tipped, swung from, climbed on and under. […] on the floor […] sepia and blackberry coloured projections of industrial buildings […].The lone man on stage, Nicola Pianzola, gives an earth-shaking performance. There is no physical let-up, and as he moves, he speaks – a poetic, percussive text that echoes the prerecorded soundtrack. […]