Storie dell’Appennino – WORKING CLASS

Parco TeggeVia Tegge, 7Felina
31 August 2024h. 9pm

WORKING CLASS (Operapaese per Castelnovo ne’ Monti)* is a daring operation of musical theatre that brings real craftsmen and their tools to the stage to give life to a world of sounds and gestures that are today in danger of extinction. A project that stems from the desire to link and enhance the activities of the territory by involving a wide community of people in the realisation of an extraordinary musical event. The protagonists are sixteen craftsmen from the Emilian Apennines, five natural female voices, a youth ensemble (Icarus ensemble), a percussionist (Nicola Raffone), an actor (Pierluigi Tedeschi), and the creator of the work: Giorgio Battistelli.


*World Premiere. WORKING CLASS was commissioned by Icarus Ensemble with the support of the Ernst von Siemens Foundation.

In Experimentum Mundi, while the captions of the illustrations from the Enlightenment Encyclopédie by Diderot and D’Alembert are recited, describing the tools of the trades represented on the stage, page after page an authentic village of sounds emerges.

The artisans are performers of their own professions, occupations that are nowadays dying out: the confectioner, shoemakers, knife grinders, carpenters, coopers, blacksmiths, flintmongers, stonemasons, bricklayers, and five voices make up the chorus of women. During the performance, each craftsman performs his handiwork on stage, in perfect synchrony with the musical and theatrical timing of the score, in a play of timbral and rhythmic interlocks that enhance gestures forged by an ancient tradition.

A dramaturgy of work, a rite that propitiates the stopping of time, a tribute to a theatre deprived of memory.

On our commission, Battistelli orchestrated the instrumental ensemble to accompany the artisans on stage, so that they could dialogue with the instruments of the Icarus Ensemble: hence the new title WORKING CLASS (Operapaese per Castelnovo ne’ Monti).

Experimentum mundi has been performed over 400 times in major theatres around the world, contributing to the fame of its creator, one of the most important musical personalities worldwide.

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