Slovensko narodno gledališče Nova Gorica

Cristina Galbiati, Ilija Luginbühl

Book is a Book is a Book


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Ts'ui Pen must have said once: I am withdrawing to write a book. And another time: I am withdrawing to construct a labyrinth. Every one imagined two works; to no one did it occurred that the book and the maze were one and the same thing.

A fascinating and mysterious object, the book is almost magical in its nature: an apparently simple set of sheets sewn together in the shape of a volume, it has the property of opening windows onto other worlds, transforming into a capsule that allows one to travel through time and space.
This observation, both linear and complex, was the starting point for the development of Book is a Book is a Book: after several productions investigating the use of the scenic space in its possible different variations, Trickster-p now considers whether the book-object can become itself a space of exploration, by placing it at the centre of this new project.
In the performance devised by Cristina Galbiati and Ilija Luginbühl, the spectator, equipped with earphones, moves through the pages along a path leading on an actual journey made of images, words, sounds, and is invited to live a deeply imaginative experience by means of an unprecedented and unexpected approach.
As a result, the book – or rather, THE previously unreleased book, created specifically for Book is a Book is a Book – is a place where one travels in the mind and with the mind. It is an object that creates connections between time, space, dream and memory, an experience that allows one to be projected elsewhere and to expand the perceptual sphere.
Exploring the book in sync with the audio and immersing oneself in the sound atmospheres it creates – while the surrounding physical space changes and becomes darker or lighter – become unique actions that connect us closely to those increasingly rare moments when space and time dilate and our mind gives itself to the pleasure of imagination.
In a historical moment that seems to favour major events and large numbers, Trickster-p thus reiterates some distinctive features of its poetics, firmly claiming the belief that the encounter with the artistic proposal must above all be immersive and personal.

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Concept and realization Cristina Galbiati & Ilija Luginbühl
Voice Gabriella Sacco (Italian and English version); Dorit Ehlers (German version); Liliane Hodel (French version)
Dramaturg Simona Gonella
Artistic collaboration Yves Regenass
Original soundscape Zeno Gabaglio
Editing and mixing Lara Persia – Lemura Recording Studio
Graphic design Studio CCRZ
Assistance and illustrations Arianna Bianconi
IT implementation Roberto Mucchiut
Trailer Giulia Lenzi
Production Trickster-p; LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura
Co-production far° Nyon; Theater Chur; ROXY Birsfelden; TAK Theater Liechtenstein; BLICKWECHSEL – Festival am Puppentheater Magdeburg; FOG Triennale Milano Performing Arts

Supported by Pro Helvetia – Fondazione svizzera per la cultura; DECS Repubblica e Cantone Ticino – Fondo Swisslos; Municipio di Novazzano; Fachausschuss Tanz & Theater BS/BL; Kulturförderung Kanton Graubünden / Swisslos; Percento culturale Migros; Fonds culturel de la Société Suisse des Auteurs (SSA)
Landis & Gyr Stiftung; Stiftung Dr. Valentin Malamoud; Schweizerische Stiftung für den Doron Preis; Boner Stiftung für Kunst und Kultur; Fondazione Winterhalter; Anny Casty-Sprecher Stiftung


View complete schedule for the show

  • 01. 09. 2022 at 19.00. SNG Nova Gorica. Alpe Adria Puppet Festival
  • 01. 09. 2022 at 21.00. SNG Nova Gorica. Alpe Adria Puppet Festival
  • 03. 09. 2022 at 20.30. SNG Nova Gorica. Alpe Adria Puppet Festival