In relation to the total lockdown imposed from March 9, 2020, as a protective measure against the Covid-19 pandemic, CapoTrave/Kilowatt launched the reading of Rodari’s “C’era due volte il Barone Lamberto”: beyond isolation, a story of collective rebirth. From Wednesday March 11 2020, every evening, at 7:00 pm and 7:05 pm, on CapoTrave/Kilowatt’s facebook and instagram channels, the full reading of Gianni Rodari’s “C’era due volte il Barone Lamberto” went online: 50 exceptional readers in short videos made from their homes, to tell us that together we that together we would leave again.

“C’era due volte il Barone Lamberto” is a 1978 book by Gianni Rodari, a story for children and adults about separation from the rest of humans, darkness, recreating communities and collective rebirth. It is a light-hearted story, animated by a non-trivial optimism, precious in a time like the one of pandemic, where the whole country was atomized and discouraged, but also needed courage to win the common fight against Covid-19.

Fifty readers coming from the various circles of the contemporary scene and represent different skills: actors, dancers, choreographers, directors, playwrights, technicians, theater and dance organizers, and even some of Kilowatt’s Visionari, took turns each night in reading Rodari’s story in its entirety through handcrafted videos shot by each of them in their homes.

Among them, the actors, playwrights and directors Caroline Baglioni, Renzo Boldrini, Nicola Borghesi, Elena Bucci, Riccardo Caporossi, Claudio Cirri of Sotterraneo, Oscar De Summa, Lisa Ferlazzo Natoli, Giovanni Guerrieri of I Sacchi di Sabbia, Daniele Marmi, Stefania Marrone, Ermanna Montanari, Woody Neri, Antonio Rezza, Gioia Salvatori, Michele Sinisi, dancers and choreographers Chiara Bersani, Alessandro Carboni, Luna Cenere, Silvia Gribaudi, Michela Lucenti, Carlo Massari, Giorgio Rossi; theater and choreographic organizers such as Selina Bassini, Paolo Cantù, Natalia Casorati, Gemma Di Tullio, Angela Fumarola, Elena Lamberti, Gilberto Santini, Gerarda Ventura; critics and journalists as Maddalena Giovannelli, Graziano Graziani, Gerardo Guccini, Tamara Malleo, and again 3 technicians, 4 Visionari of Kilowatt, 4 representatives of the association and civil society of Sansepolcro, including the Assessor for Culture Gabriele Marconcini, and still many other artists to reach 50 people. Names didn’t count, of course, but what counted was what each of those involved represents, even symbolically, in the alternation of genres, scene environments, generations and geographical origins, to tell that all the living forces of the Italian contemporary scene were involved in this small enterprise put together in a hurry and in the forced distance to which the situation of isolation consequent to Covid-19 obliged us.

“This is a moment of forced silence for the world of theater and dance, but right now it is essential to let adults and children hear that we are there instead and that our voice as artists and workers of the scene is not interrupted. Even more than the aesthetic value of the operation, we are interested in telling about the sense of community and closeness of thought that holds us together in these complex days when everyone is isolated in suspended time.”


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