Duration: 75 minutes without interval
“When I saw the first landings in Lampedusa, I was with my father - writes Davide Enia, playwright, actor and director of the play based on the novel Appunti per un naufragio (winner of the 2018 Mondello Award). There were so many youngsters and children coming out. This was history happening right before our eyes. Over the years I have returned to the island, building up a continuous dialogue with the direct witnesses: fishermen, officials from the Coast Guard, residents, doctors, volunteers and divers”.
Their words and, above all, their silences have become a story, a historical account and an existential journey. “The recordings of their voices - continues Enia - has led to the emergence of fragments of stories full of immense pain but also of hope. Their words opened perspectives and concealed abysses”.
This staging by Davide Enia brings together various theatrical styles and languages: the ancient songs of the fishermen that are sung along the routes between Sicily and Africa, and the songs of Palermo, the melodies sung by a choir of voices which intertwine to become prayers full of anger when the sea roars and the nets bring forth the bodies of men, women and children amidst the catch.
Piccolo Teatro Grassi
from 12 to 24 November 2019
based on "Appunti per un naufragio" (published by Sellerio)
a show by and with Davide Enia
music composed and performed by Giulio Barocchieri
a Teatro di Roma - Teatro Nazionale, Teatro Biondo di Palermo, Accademia Perduta/Romagna Teatri production
in collaboration with Festival internazionale di narrazione Arzo
organised by Luca Marengo