Ivan Terranova
January 2, 2021
Michele Molinari
January 4, 2021

Alessia Santambrogio

(Monza, 1981)
Professional stage photographer and photographic-editorial archivist, I have achieved my artistic and professional education at Accademia Teatro alla Scala and at Cfp Bauer in Milan. I collaborate with many Italian theaters and companies, for which I documented important productions and events. Furthermore, I have documented important Italian festivals, including Festival Verdi, Puccini Festival, Spoleto Festival. My images have been part of multiple solo and group exhibitions including Album di compleanno - 1813-2013, La Scuola di Ballo dell'Accademia Teatro alla Scala, promoted by Fondazione Bracco and Accademia Teatro alla Scala and Il km della danza within the event On dance by Roberto Bolle; Tableaux Vivants at the festival of Orvieto in 2018; Spazio e corpi nell'opera italiana at the International Festival of Photography of Lishui in China in 2019, Tableaux Vivants at Winter Show of the Fondo Malerba in Milan in 2020. In 2019 I became the FIOF ambassador of Italian photography in China. My photographs have been awarded in prestigious national and international competitions, including Tokyo International Foto Awards and The Prix de la Photographie Paris. Numerous are the publications on national and international newspapers and magazines specialized in the theatrical field.



“ You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved."
(Ansel Adams)

 
project description

Tableaux vivants

 

Tableaux vivants is a project designed to analyse the complex relationship between the two fundamental elements on which the stage photography is based, a relationship synthetically expressed through the concept, the play within the play.
Since its inception, the theatre has always contributed to the effort made by writers and intellectuals to represent the reality, whether tragic, comic or imaginary, interpreting every kind of nuance to the slightest details. An ideal reality, therefore, which is the outcome of the talent of who has skilfully woven the threads of a canvas that weaves together bodies, lights, colours, sets and costumes: the director. Hence, the show is the metaphor of the existence itself and the stage the space in which the idealisation of reality materialises.
On the other hand, photography, the emblem of the technical reproducibility in the modern age, is the privileged tool for “representing” the reality, i.e. the one interpreted by the director. Through photography, people become observers of ideas, dreams, memories and aspirations. A way of reading that highlights the peculiar quality of photography as authentic, uncritical representation.
The fusion of the two elements optimally contributes to achieve the goal that is concealed in the shots, namely, to offer the audience a copious number of images, capable of describing the countless realities visualised by the director and put on stage in synergy with actors and workers.
The methodology used is based on a coherent visualisation of the overall structure, through a “symbolic cage”, in which the scenes are represented. The shooting point is frontal, centralised and objective, in front of which the actors’ movements flow. The capture of the scenes is characterised by a rigorous, classical style with a precise visual tone in which sharpness, highest depth of field, harmony and colour are the fundamental elements.
The result is a realistic rendering of the performance, in which the visual information is expressed with maximum clarity: the so-called play within the play.

 
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