MARGHERITA PALLI SET DESIGNER
Text by Antonio Calbi
The masters who contributed to reforming, innovating or revolu-tionising the scenic space throughout the twentieth century were in a minority: from pioneers Appia and Craig to sensei such as Svoboda, Wilson and Peduzzi while in Italy we have Damiani, Frigerio, Balò and Castellucci, to name but a few, plus a scattering of others. Margherita Palli excels among the Italian names of prominence in the field of scenography for theatre and opera performance, ha-ving happily crossed boundaries between genres and disciplines by also designing for exhibitions, events, fashion shows, and other projects. As in the most fortuitous cases, Margherita Palli is an authentic artist, a skillful craftswoman, an honest intellectual. She invents rather than packages, she conceives and not copies, crea-tes, not replicates; with grace and personal style she creates a dia-logue between the imaginary and the real. In so doing, Palli is well placed within the perpetuation of the “tradition of the new” which marked the entire twentieth century, characterized by its break with the past, by innovative drive, by the avant-garde and by continual and inexhaustible experimentation.