Federica Santoro | Luca Tilli

We worked on this opera by Ibsen in an extractive way, eliminating and accumulating every word, every page, to listen to the forms of language, their concatenations, the senses, the structures and the sound flow. Eliminate previous history, the flows that circulate among people, their space, the cyclical collapse of linguistic, sound and human matter.

Hedvig is the conclusive work we created from Ibsen’s Wild Duck, in the past years we have produced studies, performances, dwelling on this text was necessary to understand its language and form.
Immediately the words, their concatenations abstract themselves, as to indicate a path of investigation into themselves. The structure of language is outlined and highlighted page by page, in this structure themes and figures emerge and vanish, as in a landscape where you don’t care too much about who says what to whom, but you know that landscape goes visualized, listened to from a distance in order to recognize the collective, intimate and concrete character of that mass of words.


Director, interpreter and performer, Federica Santoro is active in the field of theatrical and performance research; the voice, the forms of language, its own structures are the main areas of investigation and researchhe shares projects with artists active in the various fields of art.
In 2012 she wonn the Ubu Award as the Best Supporting Actress with L’origine del mondo by Lucia Calamaro and 2016 she was nominated for the Duse Award for theatre.
Since 2000 she has directed and interpreted theatre performances, which she had written  from texts by Sarah Kane, Shakespeare, Elfriede Jelinek, Thomas Bernhard, Peter Handke, Henrik Ibsen.
She has collaborated  with the musician Luca Tilli in various performances and theatre projects since 2009, including Hedvig.
In 2004 she founded the performance duo Cane together with the musician/performer Daniela Cattivelli.
She works and has worked as an actress with directors and playwrights in the contemporary field, including Giorgio Barberio Corsetti, Societas Raffaello Sanzio, Alfonso Santagata, Roberto Rustioni, Travirovesce, Lucia Latour, Giorgina Pi, Tony Clifton Circus, Lucia Calamaro, Industria indipenedente.
Since 2010 she has been conducting workshops for actors/actresses, professional and non-professional performers. In 2021 she conducted a work session in the educational path of Michele di Stefano, as part of the Fondamenta project at the Teatro India in Rome.
Luca Tilli studied cello with maestro Michele Chiapperino. After experiences with various orchestras, the concert activity and study in the field of contemporary music and improvisation led him to collaborate with the American cellist Tristan Honsinger.
Since 2005 his activity has been concentrated in the field of avant-garde music, collaborating permanently in trio with Luca Venitucci and Fabrizio Spera and playing over the years with Sebi Tramontana, Paul Lytton, John Edwards, Phil Minton, Massimo Pupillo, Lol Coxhill and with Mike Cooper and Roberto Bellatalla in the trio RAST.
He played in the ensemble B for Bang by Katia Labèque (2007) and in Zu record work “The Left Hand Path” (2014). In 2011 he took part in the “Mirror emperor” project with Zu and David Tibet (Current 93).
Since 2017 he has played in the Kammermusik trio with G. Schiaffini and in the Pipeline octet directed by Giancarlo “Nino” Locatelli. In 2021/22 he played in the E.G.O. orchestra by Gabriele Mitelli. In the theatre field he has collaborated with Santasangre, Daria Deflorian and Monica Demuru. Since 2009 he has been stably collaborating with Federica Santoro.


from The Wild Duck by Henrik Ibsen
directed by and with Federica Santoro and Luca Tilli
dramaturgical adaptation: Federica Santoro
music: Luca Tilli
lighting design: Dario Salvagnini
the paintings on stage are by the painter Ettore Frani
production: Fondazione Fabbrica Europa per le arti contemporanee
image (detail) Ettore Frani Rivolta 2021 cm 75×62 oil on lacquered board_ph.Paola Feraiorni



May 16-17, 2019 | Festival Fabbrica Europa – PARC Performing Arts Research Centre, Florence
November 16, 2019 | Altofest Matera Basilicata 2019
November 25-27, 2022 | Teatro India, Roma










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