n°3 – April 18, Theater

A different order of time

Part one

Marten Spangberg, La Substance but in English


During the last decade, there has been a radical rethink, in the European context of both theatre and performing arts, on how a performance or a spectacle is narrated and enjoyed. Artists like Milo Rau, Tino Sehgal, Marten Spangberg, Rabih Mrouè, Amir Reza Koohestani, and Richard Maxwell structure their practices on a reflection about the concept of time and on how it can be returned on stage. "A different order of time" is a three-parts essay focused on the analysis of the artists' works; the essay aims to create a dialogue between the artistic works and the actual point of the debate about time through a philosophical, scientific and social perspective. How does performing arts design the relationship between time and our evolution as individuals today? In which manner the collective tale configures itself through this artistic, utopian narrative? And what about the analysis tools we might need to effectively enjoy these works?

This article is available in: ITA


Riccardo Fazi is a playwright and sound designer born in Rome on March 25, 1979. He studied Biology, Literature and Philosophy at La Sapienza University from 1998 to 2003. The totally random meeting with the theater in 1999 radically marks his life. During his university years he worked as a university assistant, video artist, creator of performances in public places and spaces. He studies the relationship between theater and image with Valentina Valentini, between music and narration with Alessandro Portelli. From 2003 to 2007, after graduating in Anglo-American Languages ​​and Literatures, he worked in New York as an assistant to Caden Manson (Big Art Group). In 2006 he decides that his future is in the performing arts. Together with Claudia Sorace she founded Muta Imago, theater company and artistic research group. Since then he has performed dramaturgy and sound for all the group's works, which are replicated in Italy, Europe and the Middle East. In addition to his work for the stage he makes radio and sound installations. From 2016, in an ever more necessary way, his research work on the field dialogues with a dimension of theoretical and critical investigation in the context of contemporary performance.