Civitavecchia is always in there, the secret source of the imagery behind the stories they tell. Erika Z.Galli and Martina Ruggeri were born there in that seaside town, and were both students at its high school. One painted pictures and the other wrote. They met years later in Rome when they were both at university. It was an encounter with an actor and the writing of their first text which gave them the impetus to join a profession which, at the beginning, was “pure fun”. Once they had identified their maestros – including Emma Dante – and trained at length as spectators, in 2011 they founded the art collective Industria Indipendente: visual arts, performances, installations and theatre. That year Erika wrote the monologue Crepacuore. It was a minor success, winning three national festivals, including the 2011 Martelive. Years later, the show is still being performed in several cities. Their work is an ongoing workshop. Together with the actors involved in their projects, they focus initially on bodies and physicality. Later come the improvisations, the study of the script and the writing. Rehearsals take place in Fivizzano27, in the Pigneto district.
Among their highly diverse projects, I ragazzi del cavalcavia is currently making waves. Inspired by the true story of the brothers who, in 1996, caused a girl's death by throwing rocks at passing cars from an overpass, after it debuted they received positive feedback from the victim's family, and began working on the script of the film. Some of their recurring themes converge here: life in the provinces, family ties, the dynamics of the herd and relationships between siblings, and even their early work, which they performed at the Roman nightclub Goa – interrupting the evenings with Macbeth – had the merit of bringing to the theatre people who would never usually go anywhere near it. Readers of contemporary literature, Erika and Martina are no longer diffident towards Civitavecchia. And the sea continues to feed their projects.
The story of Industria indipendente has been written by Francesco Longo, writer.