LA LUNA SUL COLOSSEO, il sogno del gladiatore / THE MOON OVER THE COLOSSEUM, the gladiator’s dream
A night walk in the Colosseum
- Data Sheet
The sound of lutes and cymbals from a faraway time accompanies the first steps of the visitor walking toward the second order of the Colosseum to enjoy its extraordinary view, looking out on the Arch of Constaintine, the columns of the Temple of Venus, and Rome. The history of this monument, told by archaeologists, art historians, and architects intertwines with the video installations featuring testimonies about the Colosseum by emblematic figures such as Martial, Cassius Dio, Saint Augustine, and Artemidorus. Their narrations are activated as visitors walk by.
You descend into the heart of the monument to discover the technical devices that made it possible to lift people and animals from the vaults to the arena. As in a shadowplay, the shadows of those who used to populate this space appear on the ancient walls: savage beasts, exotic animals, and gladiators. On the arena level, the shadows of servants work on the curtains moved by the evening breeze, holding torches in their hands as they wait for the audience to come up for the last part of their visit.
Once the viewers are in the arena where so many shows and gory battles took place, the curtain opens on The Gladiator’s Dream. Three great awnings house the projections that stage the night before the Games. In a fantastic, deeply human way, they tell what might have appeared in the mind of a fighter in the hours before he took up his weapons to challenge fate – the same fate shared by Carpophorus, Diodorus and Demetrius, famous gladiators whose great enterprises are told by ancient sources, who also recall the ancient Romans’ mad enthusiasm from the crowded surrounding terraces.
8 synched video programmes
8 video projectors
1 moving head LED beam
3 extractable poles
an air-conditioned cabin
Concept Studio Azzurro - Leonardo Sangiorgi, in collaborazione con Marco Fabbri
Art director Leonardo Sangiorgi
Shooting Fabio Cirifino, Michelangelo Sangiorgi, Marco Ferrari, Ciro Rebuzzini, Mario Coccimiglio, Valentina Di Liddo
Video editing and post-production Marco Carati, Piera Leonetti, Michelangelo Sangiorgi
Sound and original music Alberto Morelli, Tommaso Leddi, Studenti Master Soundart Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera di Milano
Costumes Fernanda Menendez
Technical exhibition stand project Daniele De Palma
Actors Luigi Allocca, Andrea Borghesi, Antonio Catalano, Alessandro Demaria, Niccolò Fava, Erica Meucci, Nicola Picchi, Fabio Rotondo, Cecilia Tragni
Texts Umberto Fiori
Translations Annalisa Di Liddo
Voices Derek Allen, Tommaso Banfi, Matteo Bonanni, Umberto Fiori, Alberto Morelli, Riccardo Olivier, Fabio Sarti
Historical and archaeological consulant Marco Fabbri
Project coordinator and executive producer Valentina Di Liddo, Osvalda Centurelli
Technologies Neo Tech srl
Set up TAGI2000, Sater4Show
Props E.Rancati s.r.l.
Photography Tomba Gladiatore Diodorus from the Royal Museum of Art and History di Bruxelles © RMAH
Thanks Riccardo Olivier, Ludi Scaenici, DissòiLògoi, Moreschi S.p.A. Vigevano