Antonio Latella appointed director of the Theatre Department
08 | 29 | 2016
La Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta, announces the appointment of Antonio Latella as Director of the Theatre Department for the four-year period 2017-2020.
“Latella has achieved a standing of great significance in international theatre and will certainly plan extremely interesting festivals, but he has also developed a personal vocation to work towards discovering and training new talents, a theme to which La Biennale dedicates particular attention and effort” - stated President Baratta.
Having achieved prominence on the European scene at the early age of thirty, director Antonio Latella is the author of reinterpretations for the stage that expand the horizons of the text, moving from theatre to literature to cinema. Not only has he produced works by Pasolini, Fassbinder and Genet, among his preferred authors, but Latella has also addressed the relationship with tradition by revolutionizing theatre classics that had become codified, from Natale in casa Cupiello by Eduardo De Filippo to Arlecchino servitore di due padroni inspired by Goldoni. He has often produced veritable marathons, with performances that can last up to 15 hours.
Antonio Latella has been invited to the Biennale di Venezia many times: in 2004, for the 36th International Theatre Festival, to present the world premiere of Bestia da stile by Pasolini; in 2007, for the 39th International Theatre Festival with Pericles by William Shakespeare, performed by the students of the École des Maîtres directed by Franco Quadri; in 2014 he was one of the masters for the Biennale College – Theatre and in 2015 at the 43rd International Theatre Festival with the trilogy A.H., Caro George, MA.
“Drawing strength from the legacy of the remarkable work done over the past years by Àlex Rigola, states the newly-appointed director Antonio Latella – I look towards a Theatre Biennale that will focus its attention on the search for talent, on that which can lay the foundations for the near future of our theatre. Directors, playwrights, actors who have not yet found particular acknowledgment in today's theatre, but are already working to create new languages for the stage. Talents who can blend tradition and innovation, committed to a continuous exchange with the established Masters of the stage, to try and define, or at least to give us a glimpse of the theatre of tomorrow”.
Biographical notes on Antonio Latella (Castellamare di Stabia – Italy, 1967) – Actor, director and playwright renowned throughout Europe, Antonio Latella has lived in Berlin since 2004. He studied acting at the school of the Teatro Stabile di Torino directed by Franco Passatore and at La Bottega Teatrale in Florence founded by Vittorio Gassman. As an actor he has worked with directors Pippo Di Marca, Luca Ronconi, Giuseppe Patroni Griffi, Massimo Castri, Elio De Capitani, Walter Pagliaro, Tito Piscitelli, Vittorio Gassman. But he achieved fame in Italy and throughout Europe with his work as a director, which he began in 1998, taking his productions to the most important theatres and international festivals, from Avignon to Vienna and Salzburg.
In 2001 he won his first Ubu Prize for the project Shakespeare e oltre, and in 2004 the Gassman Prize as best artist of the year. In 2013 he won his fourth Ubu Prize.
As a director of lyric opera, he made his debut in 2004 in Lyon with Claudio Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, followed by Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice and Tosca by Giacomo Puccini.
Latella's most recent productions include: A Streetcar named Desire by Tennessee Williams (2012), Die Wohigesinnten (The Kindly Ones), adapted from the monumental novel by French-American author Jonathan Littell, produced by the Schauspielhaus of Vienna with an Austrian cast (2013), The Importance of Being Earnest from Oscar Wilde (2015). This year he presented Oedipus adapted from Sophocles at the Theater Basel and the marathon Santa Estasi - Atridi: otto ritratti di famiglia at the Teatro delle Passioni in Modena with actors and playwrights from the Course in Higher Education of the Fondazione Emilia Romagna Teatri.
He was the Artistic Director for the Nuovo Teatro Nuovo in Naples for the 2010/2011 season. In 2011 he founded his own company, the stabilemobile compagnia Antonio Latella.