Anna Della Rosa and Valter Malosti, the winners of many awards, are the protagonists of Antonio and Cleopatra, a love tragedy, a political drama, but also a memorable discourse on art and the artistic experience that the Bard wrote around 1608, mixing tragedy and comedy.
“As far as Antony and Cleopatra is concerned, my generation has especially impressed in its memory the image, bordering on kitsch, and seen through the magnifying glass of the great cinema of Hollywood, of the couple Richard Burton/Liz Taylor. But on this disenchanted and mysterious work, which mixes tragic, comic, sacred and grotesque elements, on this wonderful philosophical and mystical (and alchemical) poem which sanctifies eros, which plays with high and low, written in verses that are among the highest and most evocative of all Shakespeare’s works, hovers, for more than one scholar, to demonstrate their profound complexity, the shadow of our great Italian philosopher Giordano Bruno: a theatre of the mind.
For Antony meeting Cleopatra - a "Serpent of the old Nile" who sits on a throne covered in the mantle of Isis - is what gives meaning to his journey in life. As for Cleopatra, Nadia Fusini writes, "she is the priestess of a dramatic action from which arises again and again the age-old question, which already obsessed Zeus and Hera: who enjoys love the most? The man or the woman? [...] and the one who loves the most, possibly enjoys it less? And of the lovers, who receives the most? […] These are questions which, in the logic of the erotic economy with which Shakespeare plays, explode with a crash, dissolving puritanical machinations aimed at legislating in a repressive sense on the incandescent material of eros”.
Antony and Cleopatra is an optical prism, as Gilberto Sacerdoti suggests: “Seen from the front, it is a story of love and politics as narrated by Plutarch. Seen from the side, it invites us to decipher "the infinite book of the secrets of nature". To find an equivalent of Antony's infinite love, therefore, one must necessarily discover a new heaven and a new earth.
– From Valter Malosti’s directors notes