OHT [Office for a Human Theatre] is a research study by director and curator Filippo Andreatta. His work is focused on landscape and personal politics in both public and private places. Over the years he has worked with: NYC Artists’ Salon, Romaeuropa Festival, the Triennale Teatro Milano, the Whitechapel Gallery in London, the MAXXI in Rome, and Centrale Fies.
Rompere il Ghiaccio is a perfomative project inspired to the letters his grandparents Elsa and Enrico exchanged when the latter was sentenced to forced exile with the accuse of Communism. Fascism separated them as well as a glacier separated Italy from Austria: a natural and mobile border that is now completely melting.
A slow narration that explores the political, geographical and romantic boundaries of a cross-border land as Trentino-Alto Adige. As slow as the Gräfferner glacier’s melting that questions the concept itself of “border” as well as love questioned the confinement ordered by the fascists.
Performer Magdalena Mitterhofer lets us hear through her voice the echo across the Alps, the yodel and the words written by Elsa and Enrico. Characterised by a minimalist set that will be open to the audience at the end of the performance, Rompere il ghiaccio uses one of the oldest maps in the history of man, the path of stars, to redefine the idea of cartography. History is to be found in our bodies, voices and in the love experienced by the individuals.