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production dates

Spoleto, Italy
Festival dei 2 Mondi
29 June 2011

Taormina, Italy
Taormina Festival
31 July 2011

Alcamo, Italy
Festival il mito
1 August 2011

Agrigento, Italy
Festival Il Mito
2 August 2011

Milano, Italy
Teatro Franco Parenti
4-9 October 2011

Torino, Italy
Teatro Carignano
30 October 2011

Aosta, Italy
Teatro Giacosa
3 October 2011

Firenze, Italy
Teatro Puccini
5-6 November 2011

Magione, Perugia, Italy
Teatro Mengoni
7 November 2011

Potenza, Italy
Teatro Don Bosco
24 November 2011

Taranto, Italy
Teatro Tata
29 June 2011

Lumezzane, Brescia, Italy
Teatro Odeon
14 December 2011

Edolo, Brescia, Italy
Teatro San Giovanni Bosco
15 December 2011

Brugherio, Italy
Teatro San Giuseppe
7 February 2012

Parma, Italy
Teatro delle Briciole
10 February 2012

Roma, Italy
Teatro Palladium
21 March - 1 April 2012

1861-2011: Italy celebrates 150 years since the national unity.

The unification was surely the achievement of a political dream shared by politicians, artists and intellectuals, but it was also a difficult and painful process that caused many victims, men and women who strongly opposed a political project, which they couldn?t share. Actually, the unification process entailed for the farming community living in Northern and Southern Italy to give up a respectable future.
In the face of a unification that was being achieved by the weapons, it was inevitable that some people arranged an armed resistance, a resistance designed to go down in history as "brigandage".
The brigands - pitiless, rebellious, ferocious - were placed to be instruments of shifty and ambiguous powers, used and deserted by unchanged rulers, barons and landowners always readies to change allegiance. The desperate rebellion of the brigands was choked off with blood, scorned by betrayals, repressed by army and special laws. The new-born kingdom of Italy ranged almost half of its army against the rebels: the number of the victims of this civil war was higher than the total one of the Wars of Independence.

The authors of the performance read into the life of the brigand Carmine Crocco the emblematic history of a misunderstanding, a civil defeat, an absence of a political long-sightedness that puts a deep strain on Italy yet.
So, the lives of the brigands become the lenses which allow to reread and investigate the history of a country that, as it arises, fed on the civil enthusiasm excited by the promises of Garibaldi but then it was not able to assure minimum rights for a respectable life. On stage Marco Baliani retraces the events, reconstructs the circumstances and lights the places consigned to history by the protagonists of those events. To accompany the words of the storyteller on stage, others characters appear on two big movie screens: they are two common people, a baron and a Piedmontes soldier who contribute to complete the patchwork of the account. The storyteller gives voice to all the characters, evoking them to the act of memory and creating a fragmented account composed by different voices and points of view.

"Alternating and matching words and images it is possible to dig into Italy?s history, a country that finds hid truths and leaves remains of a not composed country, a not reconciled land where it only remains for the losers the last humiliation: to become strangers to themselves and to change themselves into emigrants" (Felice Cappa and Marco Baliani): this is the destiny of eight million people, men and women who, while the Italian State is arising, are forced to leave their country in order not to be killed, not to die of starvation, famine, desperation.
The forced or voluntary migration and the conflicts fought by whom demand basic rights are topics that go through all the times: that?s why the performance is anchored to the present time, characterized by the conflicts that can not be forgot, and gives back the echoes of many migrants who yesterday, today and every time are forced to leave their country, getting through the efforts of a journey that often ends tragically.


Marco Baliani | Felice Cappa | Maria Maglietta
brigands and migrants

conceived by Marco Baliani, Felice Cappa and Maria Maglietta with Marco Baliani
and featuring in video Salvo Arena, Naike Anna Silipo, Aldo Ottobrino, Michele Sinisi
directed by Felice Cappa
dramaturgy Maria Maglietta
a project by Change Performing Arts
produced by CRT Artificio