Three travellers seeking shelter from destruction - a dystopian setting, maybe - up a difficult to reach hill;
A sage (an engineer, or perhaps a philosopher - a Pythagorean?) calling from afar, inviting to join in, to participate in a common - though as yet not defined - effort;
A woman, travelling with a heavy case - then suddenly dancing lively to a tune - eventually dragging on in her journey;
Couples - as different as comes - in a bickering merry-go-round of jealousies, accuses, and denials (“you laid her!” “I did’t!” “Yes, she told me so!” “…!” “…!!”);
A seductively dancing girl, turning around to reveal itself as a monkey (is SHE the laid one, perhaps?);
Couples, again, requesting and assuring air-throttling love, the deeper, the more menacing;
A bare-footed, white-clad figure, sneaking forward and projecting a dire shadow on the walls, kneeling down, then creeping over the cobblestones, bound for nowhere…
These, and a few more, are the blocks the play is made of - enacted on the 11th and 12th of August 2014 near the ancient church of San Domenico (14th century) in L’Aquila, on a square still carrying the deep scars of the 6 April 2009 earthquake, its likelihood downplayed and its follows but approximatively tackled by the then Berlusclowni government and the equally inapt ones that followed his. Bits scattered throughout the place - multi-centred, almost - repeated and re-enacted here and there, with different tunes, accents, and emphases.
My daughter Micol has been one of the acting persons. She did quite nicely, I’d daresay.
Below, a few pictures from the setting and some of the scenes. Guess using L’Aquila’s setting has been quite effective, to convey the idea of a dystopian area, and of life - nevertheless - going on…
Glimpses from a Benedictine cloister - S. Scolastica (Subiaco, Italy). Shot on 5 August 2014 by Alessandro Califano
Pictures from S. Maria in Valle Porclaneta (Rosciolo, AQ). Shot today by Alessandro Califano
Enzo JANNACCI “Vengo anch’io no tu no” Live da Canzonissima:
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A small but industrious group of photographers have worked the streets of Kabul for decades. Using simple box cameras, they have captured husbands going to war and sons about to come of age or be married. The man’s studio is actually the cubicle in which he sits. After the picture is taken, the negative is developed in the small bowl at his feet.
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Photographer in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Bagh-e Babur, Kabul, Afghanistan
Gardens of Babur, locally known as “Bagh-e Babur”, is a historic park in Kabul, Afghanistan, and also the last resting-place of the first Mughal emperor Babur, a native of Uzbekistan. The gardens are thought to have been developed around 1528 AD (935 AH), when Babur gave orders for the construction of an ‘avenue garden’ in Kabul, described in some detail in his memoirs, the Baburnama. Having initially been buried in Agra, India, where he died, Babur’s body was moved to the grave enclosure in the garden around 1540.
But time has taken its toll on Babur’s original garden. By 2001, foreign occupation and fighting between militant groups caused them to be almost destroyed, especially under the civil war in 1992. Since the collapse of the Taliban regime in 2001, however, the gardens have been completely restored. Restoration of the site began in 2002 by the Aga Khan Foundation. Now, the gardens attract more than 300,000 visitors per year who pay 20 afghanis (25p) to enjoy the open spaces and picnic beneath shady trees.
Bagh-e Babur (Babur’s garden) - a truly beautiful place in Kabul…