Story

Credits: Giulio Mazzi

Since 1987, Flavia Mastrella and Antonio Rezza have created thirteen plays performed by Rezza, specifically:

 

New Parables 1988
Beard and tie 1990
The electronic vikings 1991
Bury me in the furnaces 1992
Pitecus 1995
I 1998
Photofinish 2003
Fusion 2004
Bahamuth 2006
7-14-21-28 2009
Double Identity Raised to the Superficial 2010 (excerpts from repertoire performances on the themes of homosexuality and cross-dressing)
Fratto_X 2012
Anelante 2015

 

Extracts of these plays have been shown on the television channels RAI 1, RAI 2, CA­NALE 5, TMC, VIDEOMUSIC, ITALIA UNO, LA SEPT ART and the plays have reaped awards at all the major international comedy festivals (Cetona, Forte dei Marmi, Grottammare, Polverigi).
In 1990 they set up the photographic exhibition The Visi…goths held in Giovanni Semerano’s gallery “Il Foto­gramma”: ironic simulations of concepts, objects and characters are projected, and chase one another, on A. Rezza’s face. F. Mastrella was in charge of the stage de­sign, Angelo Fratini was the author of the photographs, and A. Rezza and Massimo Camilli conceived the exhibition. “Il Fo­togramma” will hold every initiative of the duo until 1998.
In 1991 the duo shoots the short film Sup­pietij (winner of the first prize at the Fano Film Festival). In the same year, Beard and Tie is shown in French at the Avi­gnon Festival.
In 1992 Antonio Rezza shoots the short films The Old Man Within (winner of the Golden Seagull at the Bellaria Film Festival for independent cinema) and The Divine Providence (winner of the first prize at the Bolzano Short Film Festival, section “New Works”). Flavia Mastrella wins the “Sebas­tiano Oschman Gradenigo” award for young Roman photographers.
In 1993 Flavia Mastrella exhibits Implo­sions (sculptures relating the feelings of the Lattonauti, a nomadic population) in Roma at the Cultural Centre of the Image “Il Fotogramma” and Autopathy (Emo­tions behind the wheel) in Calcata’s Porta Rossa gallery.
The duo starts working with Filippo D’Angelo’s Vitagraph.
They shoot the short films Confusus (Golden Seagull at Bellaria) and Interna­tional Torpor.
In 1994 they shoot and act in the short films De Civitate Rei (winner of the first prize for cinematography at Castrocaro) and The Guard/The Great Cry (first prize at the Turin Film Festival section “Young Cinema”).
The following year they produce and act in the short film Schizo-pathy, and in an infinite series of micro-length films broad­cast on RAI 3 “Blob” and “Fuori orario”. In the same year F. Mastrella exhibits the videoinstallation The Story of Mongana at Rome’s Exhibition Palace, as part of the festival “The Word and the Gaze”, dedi­cated to female creativity. She also exhibits a selection of sculptures from Implosions and photographic montages at Zurich’s Tumb Gallery and then again in Rome, at the Academy of Arts and new Technolo­gies, as part of the photographic exhibition “D’Après Claude Cahun”.
In 1996 they shoot Escoriandoli, a full-length film which was shown at the Ven­ice Film Festival. The editing is by Jacopo Quadri. In the same year Flavia Mastrella immortalizes Enrico Ghezzi in a pho­tomontage and exhibits him at Bianca Menna’s “Lavatoio Contumaciale”. The duo starts collaborating with the Marche region’s Teatro Stabile.
A selection of Rezza/Mastrella’s micro-length films are shown on RAI 2.
In 1997 Escoriandoli is shown in Mos­cow as part of a festival dedicated to Ital­ian cinema.
In 1998, thanks to Elisabetta Sgarbi, An­tonio Rezza’s novel of many pretences Non cogito ergo digito, is published by Bom­piani. In the same year Bellaria and TELE PIÙ dedicate a retrospective to the work of the two authors which includes Escorian­doli and a selection of their short films. Still in 1998, the performance I premieres at Rome’s Parioli Theatre, then moves on to Milan’s C.R.T. and Florence’s Puccini Theatre. Paris’s Italian Institute of Culture dedicates a restrospective on the film and theatre work of RezzaMastrella.

Credits: Giulio Mazzi

In the summer of 1999, I is performed in Ostia Antica’s theatre. Antonio Rezza’s sec­ond novel, Ti squamo, is published by Bompiani. In the same year Flavia Mastrel­la exhibits a selection of sculptures from The Emotion Made Sound at Zürich’s Kon­gresshaus and exhibits the video installation Angels in the eyes of Alberto at Rome’s “Il Fotogramma”. The Turin Film Festival Young Cinema honours the duo with a ret­rospective called Spelt in the Night. Still in 1999, Rezza/Mastrella direct, for RAI 3, the tv programme Troppolitani with the authorial collaboration of Annamaria Ca­tricalà and Stefano Coletta: six episodes of free-style interviews carried out by A. Rezza. Jacopo Quadri and Letizia Caudullo are the editors, Marco Tani the camera opera­tor and F. Mastrella the first assistant cam­eraman. The duo conceives the programme From the Feet to the Ego for Radio 3.
The year 2000 sees the duo filming another nine monographic episodes of Troppoli­tani, once again for RAI 3. The editing is by Lorenzo Michelazzi. In the summer of the same year they shoot the film Murder on the River Po edited by Eugenio Smith. In the autumn of 2000, Enrico Ghezzi dedicates an evening of RAI 3’s “Fuori Orario” to the duo.
In 2001, Rezza/Mastrella’s second full-length film Murder on the River Po is shown at the Turin Film Festival and at Spoleto’s Festival of the Two Worlds. The Arcipelago Festival in Rome honours Rezza/Mastrella with an exhibition. The filming of Samp, an “on the road” film, begins.
In 2002, at the Charterhouse of San Lorenzo in Padula, the duo takes part in the exhibition “Le opere e i giorni” organ­ized by Achille Bonito Oliva (artists in a convent) with the performance I. In Octo­ber of the same year Enrico Ghezzi devotesa second night of RAI 3’s “Fuori Orario” to the complete cinema of Rezza/Mastrella.
In June 2003, the Pesaro Film Festival, pre­sided by Giovanni Spagnoletti, dedicates a retrospective to the cinema of the two au­thors. Still in 2003, the performance Before Everything Becomes White, Photofin­ish in Black and White is introdueced by Franco Quadri at the Milanesiana headed by Elisabetta Sgarbi. At the end of the same year, Photofinish premieres in Rome: An­tonio Rezza moves like a dead weight in a white atmosphere conceived by Flavia Mas­trella. In the theatre “Alfellini Spazio Zero”, to mark the seventeenth year of their artis­tic partnership, the duo exhibits the photos of all its works and screens all its films and short films. Rezza/Mastrella start collabo­rating with Teatro91.
In 2004, at the Charterhouse of San Loren­zo in Padula, Flavia Mastrella takes part in the exhibition “The Works and the Days” with the multifunctional sculpture Mi­crocosm. Still in 2004, the duo conceives Fusion: Jazz performances in full freedom with Antonio Rezza, Armando Novara and The Fringe. Fusion is shown in Rome as part of the jazz festival “Esperanto” and at Milan’s Milanesiana. The space is impro­vised by Flavia Mastrella.
In February 2005, Antonio Rezza pub­lishes his third novel Son(n)o with Bom­piani. Between August and September, Flavia Mastrella exhibits the sculptures of The Emotion Made Sound at Poligna­no a Mare’s Atelier Campanella. Naples’s PAN honours the duo with a retrospective on its cinema.
In 2006, Rezza/Mastrella conceive the performance Bahamuth (produced by theCRT Artificio), which is shown during the Ortigia Festival and at the Montevergini Museum of Contemporary Art.
Still in 2006, Gianfranco Maraniello, the manager of Bologna’s GAM gallery honours the duo with an exhibition of its installa­tions and performances entitled Anamor­phosis, Mirrored Yearnings.
Rezza/Mastrella shoot their third full-length film Fotofinish 2, a blank sheet documenting their theatre performance of the same title, excerpts of which are screened at the Pesaro Festival of New Cinema, at Sulmona Cinema, at the Turin Film Festi­val and at Bologna’s Future Film Festival.In 2007 Antonio Rezza’s fourth novel, en­titled I Believe in a single Oblivion is published by Bompiani.
Even in 2007, Rezza/Mastrella win the Francesca Alinovi Award, which is dedi­cated to the convergence of art forms.
Naples’s PAN houses F. Mastrella’s installa­tion Buoys Adrift.
The short film Il piantone is screened at the Shanghai Expo with an introduction by Achille Bonito Oliva.

Credits: Giulio Mazzi

In 2007 they were awarded of the Premio Alinovi – “For the convergence of the arts”.
In 2008, Antonio Rezza shows his Film Hypothesis on Dead Christ at the Mi­lanesiana. Still in 2008, Rezza/Mastrella film the documentary The Past is My Staff, screened at the Venice Film Festival. The first anthology of Rezza/Mastrella’s black and white films Democratic Optimism is published by Federico Carra’s Kiwido. Mastrella exhibits the habitat of Auto­patia in the Roman gallery “L’acquario”. Rezza wins the Feronia award with the novel I Believe in a Single Oblivion. In 2009, the duo starts collaborating with the Fondazione Teatro Piemonte Europa. F. Mastrella exhibits a video installation of Au­topatia in Rome’s Palazzo dei Congressi.
In the same year, Artissima holds an abrid­ged version of the project From the Poc­ket-Sculptures to Bahamuth in Turin. At the end of 2009, the performance 7-14-21-28, produced by the T.P.E. Foun­dation, by Teatro91 and by RezzaMast­rella, premieres at Turin’s Astra Theatre. It will then move on to Milan’s Out Off and Rome’s Vascello Theatre.
In January of 2010, Rezza/Mastrella in­troduced, in Madrid and in Palencia, Pi­tecus in Spanish and carried out at Milan’s Smeraldo theatre, at Rome’s Auditorium della Conciliazione and at Bari’s Petruz­zelli theatre, some performative actions together with the rock band Afterhours. In the same year the duo carries out, at Na­ples’s Villa Pignatelli Home Performance in a Home not Belonging to Us and, for the Garofano Verde, the performance Double identity elevated to the su­perficial. Still in 2010, Rezza/Mastrella conceive, for Radio 3, the programme The Running Years. In December, in Rome, in the spaces of the Vascello Theatre, they embark on a month-long performance of the complete anthology of their theatre.
In June of 2011 they introduce 7-14-21-28 in Paris, at Théatre de la Ville during the Festival Face à Face. In ‘April 2012, published by Barbes book “La noia incarnita” – the theater involuntary Flavia Mastrella and Antonio Rezza by Rossella Bonito Oliva.
In November of the same year he made his debut in Turin and Rome the last show Fratto_X, in co-production with TPE Foundation of Turin and La Fabbrica dell’Attore – Vascello Theatre of Rome.
In May 2013 they are assigned the Prix Hystrio-Other Muse.
In October of 2013 7-14-21-28 presented at the Theatre Na Strastnom Center of Moscow, within the VI International Theatre Festival Production One-Man ‘Solo’.
In December 2013, they were awarded the Special Prize in 2013 UBU “for the shiny path of excavation in the unbridled cruelty obtained through the genius of an actor and the intuition of a visual artist original plastic.”
In January 2014 Mastrella exhibited at the Mambo – The Museum of Modern Art of Bologna, the exhibition “Sculture in tasca. L’esaltazione dell’insignificante”.
In November 2014, published by Il Saggiatore book “Clamori al vento” – Clamori al vento. L’arte, la vita, i miracoli di Flavia Mastrella e Antonio Rezza.
In November 2015 they presented the last show “Anelante”in Turin Teatro Astra.

In 2016, they were awarded of the Premio Napoli – Fondazione premio Napoli 2016.