I TOPI LASCIANO LA NAVE / THE RATS LEAVE THE SHIP (single—channel video, 2012) A mimetic project poised between a reality show and a documentary of a live performance.
In the cradle of Romagnol folklore, ZAPRUDER stages a dance marathon with a cash prize for the last standing couple. The rules of the way it unfolds are based on a competition aimed at gradually emptying the framework. The point of view is that of the sniper, the infiltrator, the observer par excellence, he who overlooks the participants while they are competing for the stage and for victory.
The idiomatic expression ‘Rats leave the ship’ appears for the first time in ‘The Tempest’ by Shakespeare. Within the play, a magic ritual unleashes a storm that wrecks the ship in which a class of corrupt and dissolute rulers is traveling. Here, dance is partially disconnected from tradition, and is reduced to its essence as collective ritual to evoke grace and storm. The term marathon, in itself, refers to anything that requires great strength both physical and moral.
David Zamagni (born 1971 in Rimini) and Nadia Ranocchi (born 1973 in Rimini) — live in Roncofreddo and work together as directors and filmmakers under the name Zapruder.
ZAPRUDERfilmmakersgroup is an art—film venture, a non—commercial organization engaged in out—of—pocket, low budget, independent movie—making; founded in 2000 by David Zamagni, Nadia Ranocchi, Monaldo Moretti, it is named after A. Zapruder, the ‘sharpshooter’ from Dallas. Zapruder has collaborated on stage with Fanny & Alexander company (Ardis I, Ardis II, Villa Venus, Rebus per Ada, Vaniada, Emerald city) and Romeo Castellucci (Purgatorio). Since 2006, take part in the production of Zapruder’s projects: Francesco ‘Fuzz’ Brasini (musician) Mattia Dallara (sound engineer, musician) Andrea Marini (post production, colorist, web designer) Leonardo Monti (producer, cineservice) Alessandra Brunelli e Mirco Guidi (scenographers).
On—line gallery on: zapruderie.com.