splitting of the dithyramb – which made the first form of
dialogue possible – permitted Dionysus to become a CHARACTER.
And it is with this character that the representation of a story
was born. “Let Tragedy have the high task of celebrating…”
“Let Comedy have the arduous and demystifying course between the
meander of contemporaneity…” Aristotle or Plato – in any
case the Dramatic Arts – sanction the history of society over
the ages, in good and in evil.
My coming into contact with
set designing early on in life evoked a desire within me to avoid
framing the character with the proscenium that separated him from
the audience. On the contrary, I wanted him to be the one who
announced and enjoyed the event at the same time.
that a portrait is the least casual of pictorial categories. It is
expressed by very complex signs which are not always simple to
decode. And in fact, “... it is said that a good portrait is the
portrait of society as well”. I perfectly agree with the above
statement made by the painter Pasotti, a friend of mine (“Il
Reporter”, n.2, Milano, 1976). I have always believed that
portraying a person means making him recognizable to those who
already know him, and, overall, making him recognizable to himself
in an intimate and global way.