Potenza – Two days dedicated to art residencies and theater for all ages, three moments of final redemption with the artists hosted at the headquarters, three theatrical performances of high artistic value, for a total of six events that relaunch the Malvaccaro Social Center in Potenza as a space for community and culture. These are the numbers on the bulletin board that the company suggested Shellac Theatre On December 27 and 28, thanks to the agreement signed in recent months with the municipality of Potenza.
The program of appointments came within the framework of the “Il filo immagine” ministerial residency project, winner of the “Artists in the Land” tender for the Basilicata region for a period of three years 2022/2024, which in its first year included photographer Elena Fedeli, playwright Dino Lopardo and visual artist Andrea Nolli.
The two-day event kicked off on Tuesday 27 December with citizens returning to Andrea Nolli’s artistic residence “Bandir”, a project in dialogue with public space, city and suburban spaces. From observing the area with which he entered into relations, Andrea Noli created three flags that illustrate and remember symbols, places, events and meanings, such as the provinces of Pocaleto and Cocozzo in Potenza and the earthquake of 1980. Months, the flags will be screen-printed and projected, becoming heritage and testimony of residence.
In the afternoon, Elena Fedele stepped in to return to the community with photographic research carried out during the residency “Grandetour/Maluplatz – Derive visive”. An unusual and unconventional excursion in the city of Potenza, which sheds light on how the territory has been transformed by human intervention over the decades. A research in places, but also in the stories of the people who lived there, which showed meanings and contrasts, “front” and “behind”, imposing buildings and empty spaces. Features that, together with the urban morphology, ensure that the inhabitant is both spectator and actor, in a continuous game of looks and reflections.
In the evening, the Theater of the Social Center saw Fabio Mangolini on stage with the “Lasso of the Fly”, a conference / show that took spectators back through the centuries, to relive the history of the Commedia dell’arte among masks, characters, anecdotes and funny curiosities.
An hour and a half in which Fabio Mangolini was the narrator and protagonist, directly involving the audience in the room, who did not shy away from experimentation and improvisation.
On Wednesday December 28 in the morning, the show “White Zanna” by Francesco Nicolini with Luigi D’Elia opens. A thrilling, engaging and poignant journey into the Great North following in the footsteps of Jack London, his adventurous life and business, guided by the extraordinary narrative ability of Luigi D’Elia. The show was a multi-sensory journey into natural and wild fantasy, where the relationship between man and nature becomes naked, transcendental, deep, suspended between harmony and competition.
In the afternoon of the second day of events, the results of Dino Lopardo’s artistic residency, devoted to the study of the “Hate Trilogy” and especially the monologue “I am drowning”, were exchanged. A complex and profound work, guided by the skillful investigation of sensitive topics such as loneliness, complex family relationships, personal insecurity, and bullying. It’s all seasoned with “sick” humor with a tragic flavor.
At the conclusion of the two days “Il filo imaginary” he presented “Cammelli a Barbiana. Don Lorenzo Milani and his school”, telling the story of the extraordinary story of Don Milani and the Barbiana school. Luigi D’Elia, author of the show with Francesco Nicolini directed by Fabrizio Saccomano, led the audience to rediscover the figure of the most revolutionary master of the Italian post-war period. A “father’s son” who leaves the comfortable life of his childhood to become a priest and embarks on an out-of-the-ordinary experience in the woods of the Tuscan Apennines. A story that continued, decades later, to raise eyebrows and wonder.
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