Nullo Facchini

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Nullo Facchini

Nullo Facchini (born in Italy in 1960) directs the international performance company CANTABILE 2, based in Vordingborg, Denmark, which he founded back in 1983. The company was based in Copenhagen for seven years, before becoming Townstheatre in Vordingborg in 1990. Through the years, Cantabile 2 has established itself as one of the most important Scandinavian performance theatres, on the basis of its extraordinarily vivid visual language: often combining poetic and humoristic moments in a frame of unique, sensual imagery. Cantabile 2 has been producing theatrical performance in two different ways: Indoor productions, with which the theatre has been touring both nationally and internationally, starting from Dances of Patience and Desolation (1989) which gave Cantabile 2 its first Danish acknowledgements and state funding, on to A Flight of Hoarse Birds (1991) which brought Cantabile 2 to its first major international tour, and to winning several awards in Germany, Russia and Portugal, to The Letter (1992) which is the Danish production that has performed in most foreign countries ever, to important pieces like 10 Unknown Soldiers (1996), Pentothal (1998), The Hour We Knew Nothing About Each Other (2001) and Kama Sutra (2002). Site-specific performances, taking place away from the classical theatre rooms, usually in very large outdoor spaces. Among these, Hell (1992-1995) was played in Denmark and Germany in so different locations like a dismantled American nuclear missile base, a dam, a military airport, an idyllic dam on the Nahe river, a fort from the first world war built on a Danish beach. Hamlet (1996) was played in and around the castle of Kronborg in Ellsinore, and in the industrial harbour area around it, the opera Shoah (1996) played in the castle Ehrenbreitstein in Koblenz, the water-performance Loreley/Mermaids (1998-2002) was played on the Rein at Skt. Goarshausen, an artificial lake in Hanover and a flooded theatre room in Copenhagen, where Kanon Hallen was filled with 80.000 litres of water to make the performance possible. The latest productions are Venus Labirynth (2005) (a journey for individual spectators within the female mind) played in a large fortress containing 35 separate performative rooms, and Bycirkus Berserk (2007), a new circus performance staged in the harbour of Copenhagen, using a 50 meters high silo as a stage floor. Cantabile 2 also organizes a biennale theatre festival called Waves, which gathers performance- and street theatre companies from around the world, in the city of Vordingborg. Waves takes place in the last week of august in odd years. Cantabile 2 also runs School of Stage Arts, which is the major Danish school for performance theatre, training and educating young performers to different disciplines in physical and visual theatre.
Author: Annemari Clausen

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