In recent years, Edoardo Ripani has been developing his own theatrical practice and has been focusing on a documentary approach with several references to history, one of his main passions. His approach to the subject can be defined as almost scientific, as he likes to combine different documentary materials (articles; testimonies; real facts) and to transpose them into theatre. At the same time, he is focusing on a form that goes beyond the black-box and does not necessarily involve professional actors. He is interested in working with communities and storytelling.
He is currently active in participatory projects in the peripheries of Brussels, with Casi-UO in Anderlecht (association that works since almost 50 years with Italian migrants in Belgium) and with the working-space Transfocollect in Schaerbeek (space of theatrical expression for young people, mainly with a migration background)
I am also a guest teacher at the Royal School of Theatre, Sound and Cinema (Ritcs School of Arts) of Brussels, where I give a urban documentary workshop, which involves students of different media.
From 2020 I’m one of the selected artists of “Crossing the Sea”, a long term-strategy project that aims to establish connection and cooperation between the performing art sector in Italy and in the Middle East and Asiatic countries. The project is supported by the Italian Ministry of Culture and Heritage.
As a performer I am touring in the performance of Julian Hetzel, “All Inclusive” (production CAMPO Gent; Frascati Amsterdam; Schauspiele Leipzig; Kammerspiele Muenchen), which has been presented in several European Festivals such as “Actoral”, “Impulse”, “Belluard”, “Biennale Teatro”, “Spielart” and “Mladi Levi”.
I am first assistant of the Belgian filmmaker Manu Riche for his new docu-fiction “Charbon-The Eternal Fire” and, at the same time, I am working as a theatre-maker on a new performance about the communities of the Apennines from Central Italy, “La montagna è finita” (“The mountain is over”), an Italian-Belgian co-production that will premiere during November 2023 in Genk.