Nel lago del cor

Duration: 60 minutes without interval

Danio Manfredini brings to the Piccolo his latest work, Nel lago del cor, a title which draws on the first song from Dante’s Inferno (Allor fu la paura un poco queta, che nel lago del cor m’era durata la notte ch’i’ passai con tanta pieta - At this my fear was somewhat quieted, for through the night of sorrow I had spent, the lake within my heart felt terror present), in which the poet describes the fear and anguish felt in the “shadowed forest”. It is a special place for Dante, and Manfredini’s play describes places that are all too real: the concentration camps that represent the ferocity of humankind, symbols of terror and suffering, of existential and spiritual loss that has never been experienced elsewhere.

“Why focus on this subject? - he explains - Why try and transform it into a play? To remember all those innocent victims and the survivors? Because that concentration of the world contained a condensation of the most potent human compulsions? In the end, I just did. When I prepare to enter an experience, I am presented with unexpected views of something that goes beyond my understanding or reasoning. Besides, dreams and nightmares are not easy to explain, and I bow to mystery. I dedicate this work to survivors, because their words have guided me, and I dedicate it as a requiem to all those who died in the camps without leaving a trace”.
The music composed and played live by Francesco Pini, the images and movements, all blend with the words in Manfredini’s piece.
“It is an attempt to capture emotions - he concludes - through the modest vehicle of theatre and the complexity of that human experience”.

Piccolo Teatro Studio Melato
from 19 to 24 January 2021
Nel lago del cor
by and with Danio Manfredini
music composed and performed live by Francesco Pini
director’s assistant Vincenzo Del Prete
paintings and mask by Danio Manfredini
audio design Marco Olivieri, lighting design Giovanni Garbo, sets Rinaldo Rinaldi
A La Corte Ospitale production
with the support of Théâtre du Bois de l’Aune
in collaboration with Armunia Rosignano Marittimo

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