In his guide to reading Misura per Misura (Measure for Measure), Igor Sibaldi states that William Shakespeare has in some way included every aspect of the human mind in his works: «As much as Elsinore is in the psyche of any male child who is desperately arguing with his father, so any couple that is getting to the point of not getting on anymore due to jealousy, feels like they are on an island when in their own bedroom».
When I met Giuseppe I thought that it must have been like that for him too, that he must be a kind of reincarnation of one of the Bard’s characters.
Giuseppe is a guy from Fondi who has decided to make theatre his life.
Having completed the Silvio D’Amico school, he fell in love with comedy of art and the miming method of Orazio Costa. Only when I ask him to give me a few examples, I realisa that every movement he makes is perfectly balanced and already studied from the start, in a kind of constant self-deconstruction that begin with the careful observation of reality, to then reproduce it and make it art in the actor’s body.
While he is talking to me, he begins to move around, smiling, and 5 minutes later there are at least 7 people who are listening to him speaking about his work, the academy, about Pazzo ad arte, which in addition to being one of the best lines in Hamlet is also the name of the show that he is touring Italy with, for the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
The idea is brilliant: Giuseppe stands alone on the stage («but it doesn’t have to be a stage, theatre can be performed anywhere», he tells me), takes people from the audience who are totally unaware and, without anyone really knowing how, begins the theatre. The show gave rise to the idea of a Shakespeare festival, that should start at the end of 2017 and whose name uses the first line of Hamlet, when a sentry on the castle bastions hears a strange noise and shouts out, and is a question that everyone could shout out to any dark corner of life: «Who’s there?».
The story has been written by Matteo Trevisani, writer.
An actor from the province of Latina, Giuseppe Pestillo moves between theatres, sets, radio, festivals and drama conferences.