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It is a musical and lyrical journey, exploring the heartstrings that vibrate at the slightest touch, accompanied by the sounds of Fado and filling the word “love” with poetry, music and truth; a veritable mechanism that lies within the human organism and that selects, moves, fragments and recomposes.

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Portugal is the point of departure, the place from which Pippo Delbono began his study of a term, “love”, which is not just a feeling, but rather a frame of mind. It is a veritable mechanism that lies within the human  organism and that selects, moves, fragments and recomposes everything that we see, feel and desire.
Amore is a musical and lyrical journey through an external - Portugal, Angola and Cape Verde - and internal landscape, exploring the heartstrings that vibrate at the slightest touch. The music is the melancholic sound of Fado, exploding in energetic bursts through the voices of the singers to reach the farthest corners of the auditorium; the rhythm is that of a parade, of a tableau vibrant, of a slow procession; the image is a picture composed of shifting colours that warms and cools.
Then there is the poetry, presented in the rich register of the Ligurian artist through his typical and hypnotic chant. The words are those of Carlos Drummond De Andrade, Eugenio De Andrade, Daniel Damásio Ascensão Filipe, Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, Jacques Prévert, Reiner Maria Rilke and Florbela Espanca.
“This play - explains Pippo Delbono - offers a dual vision of love. On the one hand - with words as a form of expression - we are all seeking love while trying to escape the fear that grips us. We try to avoid this love throughout the journey, even though we constantly recognise the urgency; I seek it and want it, and this is what frightens me. But the journey - made of music, voices, images - then manages, perhaps, to lead us towards reconciliation, a moment of peace in which that love can take form despite all possible fear”.
Amore is another attempt to bring life into the theatre. By speaking this word, invoking it in a secular and dreamlike manner, we may just manage to lend it a voice and free it, despite its lengthy absence from public discourse, from the confusion that has reigned over the entire narrative of this frightening, universal and terribly human odyssey.

Duration: 1 hour (without interval)

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The Playbill


by Pippo Delbono
with Dolly Albertin, Gianluca Ballarè, Margherita Clemente, Pippo Delbono, Ilaria Distante, Aline Frazão, Mario Intruglio, Pedro Jóia, Nelson Lariccia, Gianni Parenti, Miguel Ramos, Pepe Robledo, Grazia Spinella
original music by Pedro Jóia and various composers
sets Joana Villaverde, costumes Elena Giampaoli, lighting Orlando Bolognesi, literary consultation Tiago Bartolomeu Costa
sound Pietro Tirella, head stage hand Enrico Zucchelli
head of project in Portugal Renzo Barsotti
head of production Alessandra Vinanti
organisation Silvia Cassanelli
tour technical director Fabio Sajiz, sound Pietro Tirella/Giulio Antognini, costumes Elena Giampaoli, lighting Orlando Bolognesi/Alejandro Zamora, sets Enrico Zucchelli/Mattia Manna
Executive roducer Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione
Associate co-producers São Luiz Teatro Municipal - Lisbona, Pirilampo Artes Lda, Câmara Municipal de Setúbal, Rota Clandestina, República Portuguesa – Cultura / Direção-Geral das Artes (Portogallo), Fondazione Teatro Metastasio di Prato.
Co-produced by Teatro Coliseo, The Italian Institute of Culture of Buenos Aires and ItaliaXXI – Buenos Aires (Argentina), Comédie de Genève (Switzerland), Théâtre de Liège (Belgium), Les 2 Scènes - Scène Nationale de Besançon (France), KVS Bruxelles (Belgium), Sibiu International Theatre Festival/Radu Stanca National Theater (Romania)
with the support of the Ministry of Culture (Italy)

Category of performance Guest
Stalls full price € 33 | Discounted (under 26 and over 65) € 21
Balcony full price € 26 | Discounted (Under 26 and over 65) € 18

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