L'altro Casanova


Casanova appears amidst a mass of bodies and longing to celebrate future, present and past love. A great red cloak envelops a single corps before it falls asleep to dream of regrets. Now Casanova’s dance is bright, playful, powerful. His fascinating movements tells us who he is, and who is hidden behind his mask.

He is in pursuit of Eros – his alter ego – the incarnation of infinite desire.And the legend that surrounds him bewitches faceless and aimless bodies, which float through the air like promiscuous particles. They are his pearls of love, born from those aphrodisiac oysters which he offers in abundance in order to stun and seduce. Although Casanova appears as a whole, mature personality, he lives in an eternal boyhood, blinded by his own voracious liberty.The mystery of his obsession with Eros dopes him with oxygen, right up to his delusion of omnipotence.

Even so, love’s metamorphoses and vendettas can also appear under the form of macabre nightmares. Nausea and indigestion may come after eating one’s  avourite food. Indeed, the beauty with which he is in love is profaned and spoilt – the seducer is the victim of others’ excesses. Fortunately, he is able to awaken. Powerful sensuality is constantly developing: in love, roles can happily be exchanged, causing upset, but also interest. Love can indeed become a sort of role play. Experience reawakens Casanova’s drowsy senses, and he gracefully moves towards an unwonted adventure.

The “unveiling” ceremony represents the passing of an already consumed age. A great uncontrollable feast is about to begin. In the orgy of dance, the over-excited pack becomes emotionally addicted. Casanova is aware of his own sentimental liberty and resolved on yet another encounter. In the end, his restlessness finds peace: he is in harmony with the hidden part of himself. Perhaps, though, he is only temporarily pacified.

Synopsis by Gianluca Schiavoni and Andrea Forte, translation by Chris Owen 

Teatro alla Scala