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Alice MacKenzie of Bellyflop Magazine reviews In Place of a Show, at Sadler's Wells, London, 13 Feb 2013

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Theatre can attempt to recreate the whole world and everything in it, but as Augusto Corrieri reminds us in his lecture, In Place of a Show, it is an inside space, a carefully contained space in which only that which we put there is allowed…
Outside, inside. Theatre spaces. The piecing together of something passed. Augusto Corrieri sits in the theatre with a screen and a microphone and a table. He has been visiting theatres. Old theatres. The oldest indoor theatre in the world: The Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Italy. Inside, it is painted to look like you are outside, with archways and blue skies and climbing plants. Corrieri asks us, if a theatre is a place you go "to see something”, what is a theatre when there is nothing happening? I hear the saliva in his mouth as he speaks. I watch the rhythm of the words on the giant screen next to him.

 

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He looks: up and down. Around and down, and up. A dance to bring us the tourists with their books, the high painted roof, the swallow who nests there - an interloper from the outside in. The bird an image of air, that invisible thing, an image of soaring space and the outside. Creating something out of nothing with his words, his gaze, his images on a screen. As he finishes he goes to the edge of the wingless stage and gropes momentarily for the gap in the curtain that will bring him to the door and out.