Cristian Ceresoli is a writer, born in Bergamo in 1975. His debut writing is La Merda (2012). The “extraordinary, brutal, disturbing and human” (The Times) text on the human condition earned him the Fringe First Award for Writing Excellence (first Italian ever), the Arches Brick Award for Emerging Art and a nomination for the Total Theater Award for Innovation at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2012. In Italy, among others, the Critics Award.
La Merda, originally written in Italian, is translated, published or staged around the world in numerous other languages, including English, Greek, Danish, Czech, Spanish, Galician, Portuguese, French, German, Swedish, Norwegian and being translated into other languages. The work is published in a bilingual edition by the English publisher Oberon Books in 2012 and in 2017 in Italy by Gallucci HD.
La Merda manifests as a stream of consciousness where, in poetry, the bulimic and revolting public confidence of a “young” ugly woman who tries with obstinacy, resistance and courage to break through the society of the Thighs and Freedoms is unleashed.
The original production, performed in English or Italian by The Stage Award Winning actress Silvia Gallerano, has enjoyed great success with audiences and critics all over the world (from Europe to Brazil, from Australia to North America). Eight years after his debut, the phenomenon that has long broken the boundaries of theater and it is welcomed as if it were a rock concert, continues its live tour, recording sold out both in large cities and in the remote suburbs and provinces.
The Brazilian production (A Merda) interpreted by Christiane Tricerri, as well as the Danish production (Lort) interpreted by Danica Curcic and the Norwegian one (Dritt) with Helga Guren, make a long tour studded with sold out and prestigious national awards.
In 2009 he wrote a sung opera, with original music, dedicated to the Gospels inlaid to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, entitled La Dolorosa (2009). On commission of the Arena di Verona, he writes the opera libretto Othello Sex Machine (2013).
In 2019 the debut in Denmark and Italy, in 2020 in Norway, of his new writing a lysergic and psychedelic play entitled Happy Hour (2019). The “desperate, chilling, fierce and poetic” (The Scotsman) work was composed starting from 2007, as if it were the second fragment of the same landscape, as if (with La Merda) the two works illuminated parts of the same painting. Happy Hour has been nominated at Copenhagen Culture as Best New Play.
It is a score (or city) where amusing mass deportations occur, in which the most colorful of fascisms is affirmed. A poem of tendency to the overwhelming rhythm of an uninterrupted and daily happy hour, in a delirious renewal of the language, crossed by a humanity that enjoys life, gheparded clothing and is willing to do anything to defend their enthusiasm.
The Italian production with Silvia Gallerano & Stefano Cenci and the Danish production with Özlem Saglanmak e Asbjorn Krogh Nissen are both directed by Simon Boberg, an internationally renowned Danish director, formerly director of the theatrical and television production of Lort (La Merda) in Denmark. The Norwegian production with Helga Guren & Karl Vidar directed by Audny Chris Holsen makes its debut in September 2020.
Ceresoli has recently written his first film with Roberta Torre (with the help of Silvia Gallerano) for he won the fund of the Ministry of Culture dedicated to writers. He also wan the fund dedicated to productions, as well as Piedmont Film Commision fund, with Le Favolose, also directed by Roberta Torre.
He is now finishing to write a book, with a scandalous title.
From 2013 he collaborates with the Olivier, TONY and EMMY Award-winning producer Richard Jordan Productions.
Edinburgh Fringe First Award 2012 for Writing Excellence
The Stage Award 2012 for Acting Excellence to Silvia Gallerano
Arches Brick Award 2012 for Emerging Art
Total Theatre Award 2012 for Innovation (Nomination)
Premio della Critica 2012 Miglior Spettacolo
Jury Award Giovani Realtà del Teatro 2010
Audience Award Giovani Realtà del Teatro 2010
Dodicidonne ATCL Lazio Award 2010 to Silvia Gallerano
Edinburgh Fringe Sell-out Show 2012 & 2013
Reumert Award 2015 for Best Actress to Danica Curcic
Prêmio Aplauso Brasil 2018 (Nomination) to Christianne Tricerri
Norwegian Hedda Award 2019 for Best Actress to Helga Guren
Best New Play for a non-Danish Writer 2019 Copenhagen Culture (Nomination)
‘Una obra sublime tan brutal.’
El País (Spain)
‘Extraordinary, uncompromising and entirely unforgettable. Rich, absorbing worlds that suck you in and shake you up, leaving you disorientated, disturbed and exhilarated’
★★★★ The Times (UK)
‘Um ato de revolta e libertade. Na sua ira discursiva, com verdades e delírio, o que surge é o ser humano entrevisto e retratado na alta literatura’
‘Extraordinary, terrifying and hard to taste, hard to ignore. A piece so literally and metaphorically naked, raw and angry that you leave the theatre feeling as if you’ve had all your skin scraped off’
★★★★ The Guardian (UK)
‘Gallerano’s visceral performance will stay with you for years’
★★★★★ The Stage (UK)
‘Think Beckett on steroids. A furious stream-of-consciousness.’
The Georgia Straight (Canada)
‘Devastating stream of consciousness. One of the most wonderfully full–on performance ever seen’
★★★★ The Scotsman (UK)
‘È come entrare in un circo. La belva pronta, sul trampolo. Guarda, annuisce, ruggisce. Di fronte a lei, senza alcun riparo, tutti i domatori. La Merda, di Cristian Ceresoli, fra le decine e decine di premi, vinti in tutto il mondo, non è uno spettacolo. È un’esperienza. Assoluta. Quindici minuti di applausi finali. Imperdibile.’
La Repubblica (Italy)
‘Estamos falando da verdadeira revolução pretendida pelo cineasta Píer Paolo Pasolini’
★★★★ Folha de São Paulo (Brazil)
‘It is anti fascist as well as anti abuse; against people who play for power over others. Parts of this show are so politically incorrect that they come at you from unexpected angles. Certainly the whole piece is pushing boundaries of theatre in new ways.’
The Advertiser (Australia)
‘How a culture of celebrity feeds a returning tide of European neo-Nazism’
‘Teater, der virkelig vil os noget’
★★★★★ Politiken (Denmark)
‘Brash, brutal, beastly, yet beautiful. Raw, touching, intelligent and mesmerising. Unforgettable.’
★★★★ The List (UK)
Utterly compelling verbal symphony. Somewhat perversely, the compelling honesty
of what follows is simply irresistible’
★★★★ The Herald (UK)
‘Il monologo rivoluzionario.’
Il Sole 24 Ore (Italy)
‘Una voce s’è desta. Un grido di dolore. Uno stimolo a liberare il nostro paese.’
‘This is skin in the tradition of Artaud and it is powerful, political & poetic.’
★★★★★ Examiner (USA)
‘A manifest of anger and tenderness, a stand-up tragedija’
‘Pragtfuld Silvia Gallerano sig i det mest forbløffende monolog-manuskript siden.’
★★★★★ GregersDH (Denmark)
‘Desperate and chilling, a fierce commentary on a society spinning helplessly towards barbarism; it blazes with the kind of poetic and theatrical energy that leaves audiences not depressed, but exhilarated and empowered.’
★★★★ The Scotsman (UK)
‘A play that surprises like surrealism and sounds like a symphony,
angry, passionate and compelling.’
Total Theatre (UK)
’An incredibly acted, grotesquely comedic and brutal journey
through a fascist, totalitarian landscape.’
★★★★ The Wee Review (UK)
‘A larger than life performance’
The Independent (UK)
Seductive & innocent.
★★★★★ Gregers (Denmark)
Violent and scary.
★★★★★ Ungt Teaterblod (Denmark)
★★★★ Sceneblog (Denmark)
Strong and rhythmic.
★★★★ Kulturtid (Denmark)
3 MARCH 2022 – BOLOGNA, ITALY / Teatro Duse – LA MERDA #10 YEARS SOLD OUT
4 MARCH 2022 – NAPOLI, ITALY / Galleria Toledo – LA MERDA #10 YEARS SOLD OUT
6 MARCH 2022 – ROMA, ITALY / Auditorium Parco della Musica – LA MERDA #10 YEARS SOLD OUT
18 MARCH 2022 – TRIESTE, ITALY / Teatro Orazio Bobbio – LA MERDA #10 YEARS
22 MARCH 2022 – FIRENZE, ITALY / Teatro Puccini – LA MERDA #10 YEARS SOLD OUT
25 MARCH 2022 – TORINO, ITALY / Teatro Colosseo – LA MERDA #10 YEARS
26 MARCH 2022 – CHIAVERANO, ITALY / Teatro Bertagnolio – LA MERDA #10 YEARS SOLD OUT
31 MARCH 2022 – CUNEO, ITALY / Teatro Tosetto – LA MERDA #10 YEARS
7 APRIL 2022 –BERGAMO, ITALY / Teatro Sociale – HAPPY HOUR SOLD OUT
3 MAY 2022 – MILANO, ITALY / MTM Teatro Leonardo – LA MERDA #10 YEARS SOLD OUT
20 > 21 MAY 2022 – ROMA, ITALY / Teatro Basilica – HAPPY HOUR
16 > 28 AUGUST 2022 – EDINBURGH, UK / Summerhall, Fringe Festival – LA MERDA #10 YEARS
17 > 19 NOVEMBER 2022 – ROMA, ITALY / Spin TIme – LA MERDA #10 YEARS
25 NOVEMBER 2022 – VICENZA, ITALY / Spazio Bixio – LA MERDA #10 YEARS
26 NOVEMBER 2022 – MILANO, ITALY / MTM Teatro Leonardo – LA MERDA #10 YEARS
9 MARCH 2023 – NOVARA, ITALY / Teatro Faraggiana – LA MERDA #10 YEARS
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In a perfect holiday’s mood and in the constrained isolation of an open water crossing, humankind loses itself in a rapid sequence of dramatic events, where every act has its own sexual value, following an obsessive and almost counterpointing scheme that gradually reveals its savagery under the thin veil of the party.
In un contesto da vacanza perfetta e nell’isolamento forzato di una traversata in mare aperto, l’umanità si abbandona a un rapido susseguirsi drammatico dove ogni atto ha una sua valenza sessuale, in uno schema ossessivo e quasi contrappuntistico che progressivamente mostra la barbarie sotto il velo sottile della festa.