When you combine strong-willed and stubborn nature of Capricorn with an optimism as disarming as it is creative; when you take a young woman blessed with talent and beauty – you get Alessandra Chieli. There was no Plan B because “rather than contemplate or worse complain, you have to create.”
With a diploma in her pocket, something that would have been an obvious precursor to a teaching career ten years ago, Alessandra choose instead to ‘put herself to the test’. Guitar on her back, not for fun but to give life to the talented musician who graduated at the conservatory – leaving the provinces to arrive firstly in Bologna and then the capital. She defines herself as ‘theatrical’ and in this definition is encompassed a philosophy of life that goes beyond comedy and supports the idea of art as a “continued growth.” Alessandra is beautiful in an understated but clear way. A face from advertising, one might say, and advertising was one of the areas in which she did well.
By Sandra Biscarini
One might say second generation. The one that looks the crisis in the face and is not afraid …
«Even as a teenager I decided that art would be my way. It wasn’t difficult or traumatic to decide on this path. I remember the beautiful early years in Bologna, where I completed my music studies and moved towards the theatre. To put yourself to the test helps mould the self».
What do you think your vocation, or perhaps we might say path, is these days?
«I have done and continue to do a lot of independent films under directors who’ve contributed to my professional and personal growth in a decisive way. It’s been an extraordinary journey despite the difficulties faced by those who, like me, chose not to attend any kind of academy. In the end it’s a choice that reflects the concept of theatre as an unlabelled art form without the approval for which academies often tend to shape their students».
You’ve had a lot of good and bad experiences as an actress. You’ve been an actress, playwright and also a musician. How important is flexibility in an artist?
«It is not so much doing a lot, as doing it well because quantity is not always synonymous with professionalism. It’s the only guiding light. In 2011 I founded the Barone Chieli Ferrari Company, (with actors Emilio Barone and Massimiliano Ferrari), which bases its theatrical research on the value of relationships and stage actions. The relationship between literature and theatre is one of the cornerstones of the work».
[quote]Even as a teenager I decided that art would be my way. It wasn’t difficult or traumatic to decide on this path[/quote]
Are you referring to something in particular that you’ve staged?
«Yes, for example the show’ La salute degli infermi’, based on the eponymous short story by writer Julio Cortázar with which we won the Pre-Visioni del Teatro della Tosse in Genoa. And with ‘Componibile Cortázar,’ (reading-entertainment), we’ll close the month dedicated to Cortázar, ‘Quieremos Tanto a Julio’ ‘ organized by the Argentinian embassy. This will also be at the reading festival ‘CaLibro’ in Città di Castello, Umbria in March».
What projects do you have coming up?
«Next April the new work ‘’A una signorina a Parigi’ will debut at the Tor di Nona theatre in Rome winner with the first study, at the’ Marte Live ‘, the’ Premio Tor di Nona».
What role does music play in your life now?
«Music has always had and continues to have a leading role. Despite having abandoned the band I still perform as a musician or singer, but with smaller groups. Last summer, the company debuted with ‘Notturni da ETA Hoffmann’ – a work created in collaboration with actor/ director Francesco Petti and l’Orma Editore, and which will be released on audiobook in the spring. They’re currently preparing ‘Il canto sulla polvere’, an audiodrama inspired by the work of Ingeborg Bachmann which will be at the IX ‘Poetry Portraits’ in February in Rome».