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Brecht curtains

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Introduced by the brechtian epic theater, this kind of curtain is today also used by various forms of contemporary theater.
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«Brecht's lesson offers some of its best fruits in the shows by George Strehler that - enjoying from some small curtains of all the manner and fabrics and from the innumerable exploitations of their functionality that countersigned the era of the epic theater - it found an exemplary solution in the creation by Luciano Damiani for Life of Galileo, an authentic machine moved by winches in full view.»Valerio Morpurgo, L'avventura del sipario - Figurazione e metafora di una macchina teatrale, Ubulibri, 1984, page 193. Life of Galileo - Historical dramaText: Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956)Music: Hanns Eisler (1898-1962) First night: Zurich, Schauspielhaus, 9/9/1943 Scenography, costume design: Luciano DamianiStage direction: Giorgio StrehlerStaging: Piccolo Teatro of Milan, 1962-63
Luciano Damiani, sketch for Life of Galileo.Beneath the stage, in full view, the winch with which the opening of the curtain was operated, a genial scenographical expedient with which Damiani conjugated the theater by Brecht, represented here by the Brecht curtain that it is an unmistakable symbol of it, with the seventeenth-century stage machines contemporaneous with Galileo, in which it is possible to identify a not to even too veiled reference to the empiricism of the great scientist of Pisa. Life of Galileo - Historical dramaText: Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) Staging: Piccolo Teatro of Milan, 1962-63
The cables of suspension of the Brecht curtain are well visible. Life of Galileo - Historical dramaText: Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) Staging: Piccolo Teatro of Milan, 1962-63
Inside the plexiglass cube, on the left, an example of a small draped Brecht curtain made of AIC-TelaIndianaCrespata for the scenography of a prose show.The Brecht curtain, endowed with rings at the top and a pocket at the bottom, can slide, during the show, all along a simple rope. Before the Retirement. A Comedy About German SoulText - Thomas Bernhard (1931-1989) Scenography,costume design,stage directionLight designProduction - Renzo MartinelliLucio LucàTeatro i, Milan
The Brecht curtain made of AIC-TelaIndianaCrespata, disclosed and back-lighted, in another situation during the show. Before the Retirement. A Comedy About German SoulText - Thomas Bernhard (1931-1989)
«It's enough then to quote the two stagings of the The Threepenny Opera: while in the first Teo Otto, faithful to Brecht's lesson, articulates the representation with the opening and the closing of the authentic Brecht curtain set to a half height and showing the title of the opera, in the second stagin Ezio Frigerio makes of it an appendix for the different impending emblems that echo in the show.»V. Morpurgo, ibidem. The Threepenny Opera - Musical dramaText: Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) Scenography: Teo Otto, Luciano DamianiCostume design: Ezio FrigerioStage direction: Giorgio StrehlerStaging: Piccolo Teatro of Milan, 1955-56
The Brecht curtain. The Threepenny Opera - Musical dramaText: Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) Scenography, costume design: Ezio FrigerioStage direction: Giorgio StrehlerStaging: Piccolo Teatro of Milan, 1972-73
A curtain with two tails, with a height usually included between the 2,5 and the 4 meters, beyond which one can glimpse the background of the stage.

The tails, usually realized without fullness, are suspended to two tight ropes with rings in full view in a rearward position in comparison to the proscenium.

As a rule, the opening is manually operated.

See also ...

''The Adventure of the Curtain''

Acoustic curtains

Ezio Frigerio

Some Masters

Luciano Damiani

Some Masters