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Falso Movimento, Hesitate and Demonstrate

La MaMa E.T.C., The Public Theater

Remember the “theater of images,” the catchall phrase describing theater that was more cinematic and painterly than conventionally dramatic? Rooted in the nonlinear ’60s, the works of Richard Foreman, Robert Wilson, and Mabou Mines, among others, grafted the complex machinery and the elliptic, imagistic style of media technology as well as the visual look of contemporary painting and sculpture onto their respective theatrical backgrounds (Bertolt Brecht,Samuel Beckett, Jerzy Grotowski, performance art). This provocative and still vital idea appeared in its current European version in recent shows by Italian and English companies.

Like Rome’s La Gaia Scienza and Florence’s Magazzini Criminali, Naples’ Falso Movimento presents what is called a “media theater,” a collagelike assemblage in which slides, film, and taped music create “situations” or environments for the actions, mostly dance and

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