Duration: 80 minutes with no interval
On Tuesday 16 June the performance will be broadcast live at mare culturale urbano at n. 15, Via Gabetti
Now more than ever, we are understanding the immense value of being able to come together in one place to hear and to share a story that aims to untangle these incomprehensible times. It is a “privilege” that has been suspended for many weeks, replaced by the insufficient mediation of the small screen.
In his long-anticipated return to live public performance, Stefano Massini once again takes on his role as a “Vigil” through the meanderings and recesses of our torturous present. Everyday life, the pages of the newspapers, the places we visit regularly and the gaze of strangers all hide stories just waiting to be discovered, stories that Massini, accompanied on the piano by Paolo Jannacci, brings to the attention of the audience.
“What comes before a text? - asks Massini -. Quite simply, the spark of a story, the attraction to its strength, the echoes it contains, and therefore the desire to tell it. But stories emerge everywhere. Above all in this current period, in the proliferation of channels of communication, in which the bulimia of expressing everything at all costs results in an avalanche of useless sequences. One thus discovers that at the dawn of the Third Millennium a writer is above all this: a diviner, a gold-digger in the Klondike in search of veins that are buried, hidden, lying beneath the sediment. We try, then, to make progress through the storytelling workshop, lending form to the ancient ritual of evocation, that system of metaphors and references which Borges defined as enchantment, magic, the incredible anatomy of reality. It is the breeding ground for future stories, the prologue to that which is yet to be said, the Book of Genesis in which creation is still to be organised. In the beginning was the Word. Or rather, nothing existed, but everything began to exist in the very moment in which someone chose their story. And we all form part. In the end, it is just a trick of mirrors”.
Chiostro Nina Vinchi
16 June, 3 and 17 July 2020, 9.30 p.m.
by and with Stefano Massini
piano Paolo Jannacci
a Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d’Europa production, in collaboration with Bubba Music
In collaboration with Fondazione Cariplo
The shows form part of the "Aria di Cultura" programme organised by the Municipality of Milan
In the event of bad weather, performances will take place at the Teatro Grassi.
Assigned seats will be indicated on the seats in the auditorium.