'And nothing is, but what is not': Chiara Guidi in conversation
Nothing is, but what is not. William Shakespeare, Macbeth
Chiara Guidi, one of the founding members of Italian theatre company Societas Raffaello Sanzio, is preparing a new production of Macbeth in 2014, which marks the completion of a long process of research, including a year-long course dedicated to adolescents and one month of intensive training for the actors of the Théâtre National de Bretagne (international Prospero project).
Chiara presents some of her work on this new production and discusses her creative process with Dr Sonia Massai.
Chiara Guidi writes:
“Reading Macbeth over the years, I have tended to approach the text like an archaeologist. I sense a hidden layer of meaning that leads to other possible meanings so that every re-reading produces a slightly different text, even though its words are unchanged.
Its words are haunted by a pervasive absence and it is that absence which I attempt to access and observe.
What figures inhabit this absence?
… Underneath its words, in the underground of its own tale, Macbeth hides a magnificent acoustic resonance that, captured by the human voice, shapes the gaze and what is invisible.
Macbeth gives shape to the empty space of its own absence.
… Staging Macbeth means staging “what is”, though invisible.
By staging the underground, Macbeth voices that gap that makes change, any change, possible.”
Chiara Guidi, along with Romeo and Claudia Castellucci, was one of the founders of Socìetas Raffello Sanzio in 1981. She was the soul of dramatic rhythm and vocal composition for the company’s productions, directing numerous plays and researching each actor’s spoken part. With the Socìetas Chiara Guidi produced plays which were performed all over the world at major international festivals and theatres. In 2013 Chiara Guidi received the prestigious UBU Award in Italy for the Màntica and Puerilia Festivals.
Introduction by Alan Read, Professor of Theatre, King’s College London.
In conversation with Sonia Massai, Professor of Shakespeare Studies, King’s College London.