The Sky is not a Backdrop

The Sky i
s not a Backdrop

The Sky is not a Backdrop / Il cielo non è un fondale / A performance by Daria Deflorian and Antonio Tagliarini / L'Odéon - Théâtre de l'Europe (co-producer)

Direction and Dramaturgy 
Francesco Alberici, Monica Demuru


Davide Grillo


Stage Design
Atelier du Theatre de Vidy   


Light Design
Gianni Staropoli, Giulia Pastore


Metella Raboni


Technical Design
Giulia Pastore


Guilia Gazigni/ Parallèle


Daria Deflorian
Antonio Tagliarini
Francesco Alberici
Monica Demuru 

The Italian writer and director duo Daria Deflorian and Antonio Tagliarini do not stage plays. What drives them is poured into a text or a performance and served to the audience like a good meal. As masters of calm, deeply human storytelling, in “Il cielo non è un fondale” they drag us into a train of thought that could not be better suited to the situation of the world in 2021: how can we still make meaningful contact with the outside world, if we spend most of our lives indoors?


“The question of what is real and how it can be represented in theatre, has always interested us” write Deflorian and Tagliarini. They have been working together as authors, actors, performers, and directors since 2008. In 2016, their research took them in the direction of the obsessive nature of the rhythms of contemporary life, and this “hyperactive efficacity” which constantly prompts us to see more and more, but which increasingly prevents us from looking around us, without any immediate objective in mind - and from simple contemplation… What do we mean by “to live in”? If it is true that “we have traded-in our interior life for an indoor life”, in what way do our various forms of shelter let us think about those left “out in the rain”? The Sky is not a Backdrop aims to strengthen the dialogue between make-believe space and the external space.


A production A.D., Sardegna Teatro, Fondazione Teatro Metastasio di Prato, Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione

in coproduction with Odéon – Théâtre de l’Europe, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Romaeuropa Festival, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, Sao Luiz - Teatro Municipal de Lisboa, Festival Terres de Paroles, théâtre Garonne, scène européenne – Toulouse
with the support of Teatro di Roma
in collaboration with Laboratori Permanenti/ Residenza Sansepolcro, Carrozzerie NOT/Residenza Produttiva Roma, Fivizzano 27/ nuova script ass.cult. Roma

with the support of Teatro di Roma
in collaboration with Laboratori Permanenti/San Sepolcro, Carrozzerie NOT/Roma, Fivizzano 27/Roma

with the Festival d’Automne, Paris


L'Odéon - Théâtre de l'Europe, Paris (co-producer), France, Premiere 2016

in Italian with English subtitles


duration 1:40h



January 30th, 2021, 7pm (available until midnight) on

LT2021 Der Himmel ist keine Kulisse - L'Odéon - Théâtre de l'Europe - Bonusmaterial
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