“The theatre is a school of weeping and of laughter, a free forum, where men can question norms that are outmoded or mistaken and explain with living example the eternal norms of the human heart and human sentiment“. (Federico García Lorca, from “Words on Theatre”)
I am convinced that to begin to talk of Daniel Bianco it is appropriate to cite these words that Federico García Lorca pronounced at a conference, one evening shortly before he was assassinated.
I often feel the impulse to commence with these lines the correspondence that I mail every day to those who, like me, are involved in the project that Bianco has just started as Director of Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid.
And this, not because it is difficult to speak of Daniel Bianco the scenographer; not because his work lacks a certain fascination, but because a large part of his body of work cannot easily be read simply through the aesthetic appeal of his designs nor can a conceptual reading be extracted from the perspective of a critical interpretation.
Yes, Bianco is a scenographer, without doubt, yet to speak of him merely from this point of view would surely be simplistic. In his work as a scenographer there is a valid internal coherence, the mark of a genuine man of theatre, to whom it is paramount to give physical space to that free forum, that school of weeping and laughter.