Enrico Messina at this summer’s theater season in Canelli

CANELLI – The program of “a plein air” events linked to the Balbo Theater project continues to consolidate the return to live meetings with the public and tourists and to improve the territory, a place recognized by Unesco. Evening shows take place in the new amphitheater surrounded by nature, inaugurated at Cascina La Moncalvina, and reg. St. John 126.

On Friday 17 June at 9.30 pm, there is the show “The Story of Taborre and Maddalena”, about telling dining with Enrico Messina, on stage with the musician Mirko Lodedo. The extraordinary Apulian storyteller and storyteller Enrico Messina returns to the Asti area, remembered by many for his performances at “Teatro e Colline”, “Landscapes and beyond” and others. The show tells the story of two young people, Taborre and Maddalena, the son of a count and the daughter of his brewer’s maid, whom fate has destined for different lives. They flee from their impossible love and take refuge in a clearing in Gargano, near the house of an ancient shepherd that man has built around a large pear tree. In the quiet meeting between the three, the man offers the two boys a fruit, which the three eat in silence. Then, after planting the seeds from the collected and stored tree throughout his life, the shepherd begins the narrative. And it tells the story of a king from a distant era who had three children and a large garden with a pear tree in the middle … The work was born after the meeting between an actor and a musician who was around a scenery with simple food, they began to tell each other. And the stories were born out of the small sounds of the table: the sound of cutlery on plates, the murmur of wine falling into the glass, the clink of glass meeting in the bowls … to become music and words . For this is how stories are born: around a table, with the simple sounds and words of those who find themselves sharing a dinner, a meal. In the story, the menu for the stage dinner is different each time, adapting to the typical characteristics of the place where the show is performed and the actors on stage “telling” it in the local language or “dialect”. For Canelli, their table will feature typical dishes prepared from Osteria dei Meravigliati and Bosca wines: Alta Langa Metodo Classico Ispiro and Piedmont Rosè Esploro, the Charmat method.

Enrico Messina comments: “Telling stories is an ancient art and a deep need for man. To give the story form to lived experience, to understand and give order to what is happening, to preserve its memory, to create a sense of belonging. And nothing but food evokes that sense of belonging, of sharing. Food becomes an identity element for the public, as in the story of the dish (each time different) that the actors on stage taste, recognizes themselves and is also at the table. Around the plot of the story, the performance thus unfolds through a continuous series of improvisations, linked to the cozy moment of the table, where anything can happen, as in any banquet with respect for oneself, because food tastes of emotion.. ”

The season is organized by the municipality of Canelli and the Piedmont dal Vivo Foundation in collaboration with the Teatro degli Acerbi. It has the support of CRT Foundation and CRAsti Foundation, main sponsor of Fimer srl. The summer program is linked to the Balbo Theater project, which saw Bosca and Arol SpA as main sponsors and sponsors Enos srl, Banca di Asti, Cavagnino & Gatti Macchine Labettatrici, DRC Costruzioni Generali srl and Punto Bere srl.

The original music on stage is by Mirko Lodedo, the collaboration in the staging is by Micaela Sapienza, the performance is by Armamaxa Teatro, Casarmonica and Teatri Abitati – Theater Residence of Ceglie Messapica. Ticket € 10 full / € 5 reduced (up to 12 years). Reservations are recommended on the Appuntamento website: https://www.appuntamentoweb.it/it/piemonte/asti/canelli/canelli-al-balbo-e-en-plein-air-2022/la-storia-di-taborre -e- maddalena-friday-17-june-2022 / Information about: on the website and social networks for Visit Canelli and Teatro degli Acerbi and Teatro Balbo Canelli, municipality Canelli uff. events 0141820237 – Teatro degli Acerbi 3518978847.

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