Pippo Delbono, one of the most appreciated and beloved artists of contemporary Italian theatre, and the Foundation Emilia Romagna Teatro (ERT), in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute of Paris, make available to the French-speaking public two of his performances subtitled in French, Dopo la battaglia e Vangelo, discovered by the Parisians during their performances at the Teatro del Rond-Point in 2012 and 2017.
The shows will be online on the Institute’s Vimeo channel until Tuesday, June 30.
– Vangelo (Gospel)
A few days before his death, Pippo Delbono’s mother told him: “Why don’t you do a show about the Gospel, to give a message of love with a show of your own? We really need it right now”. Delbono, who played the role of God in a Peter Greenaway film, remembered a character’s phrase: “It is not God who created Man, but man who created God”.
Using the voices heard in gypsy camps, refugee camps or simply in the streets and with music by Enzo Avitabile, Pippo Delbono composes a laic mass that mixes laughter, derision, melodrama, tenderness, respect. And which also draws inspiration from another faith: communism.
– Dopo la battaglia (After the battle)
“I remember the calm after the storm, the need for lucidity after madness”.
Delbono dances with his creatures to tell the inhuman vanities and the sacrifices of all the ongoing conflicts. Be it wars or horrors, the show becomes a feast, a celebration of the forces of life.