Photo: Alessia Caputo


Directed by:  Monica Ciarcelluti
Choreography:  Bassam Abou Diab
with: Mariangela Celi, Gisela Fantacuzzi, Olga Merlini, Rita Mosca, Christian Osolos, Bintou Ouattara, Ibrahim Ouattara, Elisa Ricagni, Emanuela Valiante

Lights:  Renato Barattucci
Costumes:  Annalisa Teseo
Photography:  Simona Budassi, Alessia Caputo
Coordination:  Alessandra Rossi
Concept and Production: Arterie
in collaboration with Atelier Matta, Caffeine – Incontri con la danza and Progetto Residenze Spazio Matta
with the Patronage: TSA – Teatro Stabile d’Abruzzo
social-media partner: FATTIDITEATRO
special supporters: Jessica Carlini | BluMagma Factory


“[…] destroy fields and cities,
violate the temples, the tombs,
and torture the vanquished.
You will die.
J. P. Sartre, Poseidon from “Le Troiane”

“The Siege | L’Assedio” is an intercultural dance-theater project that focuses at the center of stage creation the dialogue between East and West . The fusion of international artists, from Italy, Lebanon, Burkina Faso, Argentina and Romania, becomes the key to understand the themes of oppressions: the desaparecidos during the dictatorship in Argentina, the French neo-colonial exploitation in Burkina Faso, the experience of the communist dictatorship in Romania, the noisy American politics, the eternal war conflicts in Lebanon and the Middle East, are just some of the references moved the drammaturgy.

“The Siege | L’Assedio” is based on a grammar and a gestural language that draws its matrix from Islamic religious rites and their fragmentation, merging them into a dynamic art form that feeds on individual and collective actions and which is based on two fundamental elements of the Greek classical theater: the choir and the hero and the changing relationship and roles between them. The scenic writing is not only based on movement but also on the use of speech, sound and voice through linguistic polyphony. With the selection and manipulation of texts by Brecht, Camus, Euripides, Sartre and texts from the political and media-world, through a dance and ensemble work, the show recreates an ideal and leaderless society, where the struggle arises from collective actions in the name of freedom.