Mario Incudine by Silver Ribbons

Cunta la Morte di Turiddu Carnival by Ignazio Buttitta in a quarry in the Sicilian hinterland and sings an unpublished version of “Vitti na crozza” in front of the disused petrochemical in Gela. Mario Incudine is among the protagonists of the oral narrators in the documentary “Cùntami” by Giovanna Taviani, produced by Cloud 19 Rai Cinema. And he is also the author of the soundtrack to the film, which won the Silver Band 2022 in the Special Awards section.

Together with the director and sound editor Bruno Ventura, Incudine, a veteran of the success of “Mimì. From south to south on the notes of Domenico Modugno” on the bill for a week at the Quirino Theater in Rome, he received the prestigious award on May 6 in Cinema della Capitale House.

“A beautiful acknowledgment to the entire film crew and to all of us who believe in the living power of history and the need, today as yesterday, to cùntare – Mario explains – the ancient art of cunto being given new life thanks to projects like this film , because his precious memory must be handed down to young people. Let’s not refer storytellers to museums, let’s call them back to squares and theaters, because their cunti are more alive than ever! “.

Mario Incudine shared the film’s narrative with Mimmo Cuticchio, Vincenzo Pirrotta, Giovanni Calcagno, Gaspare Balsamo and Yousif Latif Jaralla. The soundtrack was a collaboration between musicians Antonio Vasta, Manfredi Tumminello and Pino Ricosta for Asc Production.

And his talent as an actor, singer, director and composer of musical works affects various areas, both in Sicilian places and outside the island’s borders.

In fact, since November last year, Mario has been involved in a project involving the entire city of Recco in Liguria, which will see the light of day on 9 and 10 June. It is called “Argonauts. Recco per Recco”, and is a work dedicated to the 80 years when Recco was destroyed by World War II bombings and rebuilt as it is now. It is a community theater project signed by the Ligurian public theater, conceived and directed by Sergio Maifredi.

Another important challenge is the one involving the inmates of the Messina prison that Incudine is working with to stage “Stories of Liolà”, based on the work of Luigi Pirandello. Scheduled for July 20 at the Tindari Theater, for the Tindari Festival, the project is called “Tindari in the open – a space of freedom”, created in collaboration between the D’aRteventi Association, the Tindari Festival and the Tindari Archaeological Park, together with the Messina Prison, the University of Messina, founded Caritas and the Ministry of Justice patronage.

On stage Mario (who directs and signs the original music), The Free Company of the Theater for Dreaming of the Prisoner, the Students of Political Science and Law from Messina and the Messina actor Giampiero Ciciò.

Ambassador for the Sete Sois Sete Luas Festival, he will also be the main character on several stages in Italy and Corsica within the international festival, which this year celebrates thirty years of activity under the direction of Marco Abbondanza.

Finally, on July 30, Incudine will present an unpublished work that tells the story of the Royal Palace of Carditello in the province of Caserta in Campania. It will do so right in the monumental complex of Carditello, which has a history dating back to 1787, when it was built at the instigation of the Bourbons. Inside, the greatest artists of the time borrowed their work and Goethe also talked about its splendor. Later it was occupied by Garibaldini and transferred to the Savoy family. From 1920 it was sold to the National Combatants’ Opera.

From here, its decline began and in 2011 it was put up for sale. The latest action of many associations linked to the world of the anti-mafia was to remove the palace from the domination of the Camorra and redeem it like a flower in the desert of Terra dei Fuochi. All this will be told in a special show that is completely conceived and staged by Mario Incudine.

For his city, Enna, and for the students at the musical high school at the Department of Higher Education, Napoleone Colajanni of Enna wrote and set in music a cunto to the politician and statesman Colajanni on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his death. The Cunto premiered on April 27 by students, led by teachers Giovanna Fussone and Francesco Argento, at the closing event of the celebration in honor of Napoleone Colajanni, who garnered applause from the public and institutions. It will be repeated, again by the students of Enna musical high school, at the Garibaldi Theater on the morning of 9 May for the European Day.

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