Why do you do what you do?
It is a way to keep up with our times, our culture, along with our peers, on this planet - trying to keep our sanity as we go along.
How do you work? (What are your source of inspiration and how do you work on them? You have daily practices?)
We practise and design our work on a daily basis. We train our skills to decode everything at all times, even while stuck in a car in traffic. Inspiration is an empty concept, and everything can be staged. It is fundamental to keep on studying - e.g. live arts, physics, graphic novels, and so on - so as to develop tools which help us always be alert - even when you're stuck in a car in traffic.
For you, what role does the artist have in society today?
Every artist can choose their own role - if any. Our role is to disassemble and reassemble our collective imagination in personal and unusual ways - if only to avoid being passive spectators to the uninterrupted flow of information we are submerged in, and to suggest possible experiences of non-ideological metaphysics.
Sotterraneo is a theatre collective set up in Florence in 2005. Over the years, they produce several shows staged in major national and international theatres and are awarded many awards. Sotterraneo is part of the Fies Factory project promoted by Centrale Fies and it’s resident company at Associazione Teatrale Pistoiese in Pistoia.
Their first show, 11/10 in apnea, takes part in the Generazione Premio Scenario 2005. In the following years, Sotterraneo produces: Post-it (2007), La Cosa 1 (2008), The Diptych about the Species made up by Dies irae _ 5 episodes about the end of the species (2009) and The origin of Species _ from Charles Darwin (2010),The Republic of children (childhood theatre play, 2011) and Homo ridens (2011).
In 2013 the collective undertakes a two-year research process called Daimon Project, so far made up by the show BE NORMAL! and by the serial project BE LEGEND!. In 2014 they create WAR NOW! in co-direction with the Latvian director Valters Silis.
Between 2009 and 2016, Sotterraneo have received some of the most important national and international theatre awards; they received the Lo Straniero Award and Ubu Special Award in 2009, the Hystrio Castel dei Mondi Award in 2010, the Silver Laurel Wreath Award for Dies irae at Sarajevo’s MESS Festival in 2011, the Eolo Award for Best New Artist for Children’s Republic as well as the ACT Festival Prize and BE FESTIVAL 1st Prize for Homo ridens at Birmingham’s BE festival in 2012.
Lastly, in 2016 they received the Best of Be Tour award at Birmingham’s BE festival.
(photo: Alessandro Sala)