Le ceneri di Gramsci

Teatro Storchi, Modena

20/10/2007 21:30  

By Pier Paolo Pasolini
Concept and interpretation Sandro Lombardi e Virgilio Sieni
music Angelo Badalamenti
light Vincenzo Alterini
sound Antonio Lovato
assistant director Carlo Cuppini
objects on scene Giulia Pecorari
organizationPatrizia Cuoco, Ida De Robertis, Daniela Giuliano
coordinationRegina Piperno
administration Roberto Mansi, Valeria Vanni
photography Marcello Norberth
production Compagnia Lombardi-Tiezzi, Compagnia Virgilio Sieni,
CANGO – Cantieri Goldonetta Firenze
co-production Mittelfest 2007
with support of Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali – Regione Toscana, Comune di Firenze, Assessorato alla Cultura


This work is the result of a meeting between Virgilio Sieni and Sandro Lombardi, two major italian contemporary theatre artists. The coreographer (Sieni) and the actor (Lombardi) work together for the first time on a project where dance and acting and continuosly relating and enriching each other. The piece is based upon Pasolini’s Ceneri di Gramsci (1957) a short poem about the contraddiction between marxist ideals and a religious view of reality.
The structure of the poem offers a start for a dramatic plot where the acting gives a musical base to the dancer, who creates his coreography. Silent breaks and filled with the dancer physical presence and movement. It’s physical presence of both body and voice that provides a common field to the two aspects of this theatre piece.
Words and dance combine and develop together, resounding into each other but keeping their respective identies through a clear reading of the poetic text.
A homage to the poet, a study on senses, body perceptions and history, leaving the scene open to the ambiguity of poetic language.

The show

Vie Scena Contemporanea Festival is an Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione project, www.emiliaromagnateatro.com