Unconsolable Darwin
(A piece for troubled souls)

Lucia Calamaro

written and directed by Lucia Calamaro
Riccardo Goretti, Gioia Salvatori, Simona Senzacqua, Maria Grazia Sughi
set & lighting design
lighting design Stefano Damasco
additional details
assistant director Paola Atzeni
co-production Sardegna Teatro, CSS Teatro stabile di innovazione del FVG
with the support of Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi and Teatro di Roma


An elderly woman, a performative artist, who names herself Ex Fluxus, pretends to be dead to gain her three busy, inattentive, distant, aggressive, and absent kids’ attention. She fakes her death like some animals do: Maria Grazia practices “thanatosis”, a common practice among certain species that “play dead” in order to escape predators attacks. Her could be a warning, a signal, a monition, a metaphore, or simply a performance…
A midwife daughter, crushed by her concern for the new generations, a clumsy environmentalist: Simona. A son who is a teacher in primary school, a very good man, who has got future in his hands and comes across a smoky unpublished version of The Origin of Species quoted by Borges in an interview with Bioy Casares: Riccardo. A daughter in symbiosis with her mother, plastic
performer-artist, who investigates Amazonian perspectivism and the theories of the interspecies, feeling closer to the vegetal world than to the animal: Gioia.

Running time: 90 minutes




2 July 2021, h 18
3 and 4 July 2021, h 15
Festival dei Due Mondi
Spoleto, Teatro Caio Melisso, Spazio Carla Fendi

18 September 2021, h 21
19 - 21 September 2021, h 19
Cagliari, Teatro Massimo
30 November - 1 December 2021
Lumezzane, Teatro Comunale Odeon
3 December 2021, h 21
Teatro Contatto 39
Udine, Teatro Palamostre
11-23 January 2022
Rome, Teatro India
29-30 January 2022
Bologna, Teatri di Vita
25-27 February 2022, h 18
Buenos Aires, Teatro Regio
29 June 2022 h 20.45
Fluminimaggiore, Anfiteatro Riola
2 July 2022 h 19.30
Pergine, Teatro Comunale
2 July 2022 h 19.30
La Spezia Estate Festival
La Spezia
25 October - 6 November 2022 h 20
Milan, Piccolo Teatro Strehler