Diario di un sogno: in Emilia after the earthquake of May 2012

A year ago, in late May, a severe earthquake struck northern Italy, with its epicentre in Emilia. The small community of San Felice sul Panaro (MO) was badly hit with 3 deaths and many buildings damaged or destroyed, including the magnificent Rocca Estense.

La Rocca Estense April 2012

La Rocca Estense April 2012

La Rocca Estense June 2012

La Rocca Estense June 2012

San Felice is perhaps best known for the annual event known as Magico, invented for the community a decade ago by a photographer from Este, Mario Lasalandra, who, inspired by the dream-like paintings of Chagall, has had a particular interest in the ways in which the semblance of silence and immobility associated with the world of the peasantry can unleash the imagining of surreal figures and places beyond time.

Each year the event brings together the inhabitants as actors to perform a different theme, the squares and streets serving as the stage and made magical by the drifting (artificial) clouds with accompanying soundscape. Since 2003 the themes have included ‘Giorno di Nozze’, ‘Santi e Miracoli’, ‘Guerra e Pace’, and ‘Il Circo’ as well as a homage to Federico Fellini. The marvellous faces, costumes and gestures are captured by photographers attracted from all parts of Italy to produce a fabulous record of a unique event. After the earthquake struck, it was felt that perhaps the tradition should be suspended. But the local community was insistent that it should continue, under the title Diario di un sogno, to be staged on Sunday 26 May, almost exactly one year after the first wave of destruction – a memorial dedicated to the future.


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3 thoughts on “Diario di un sogno: in Emilia after the earthquake of May 2012

  1. DM says:

    Grazie per la precisazione, Benoit. L’avevo presa da una fonte ritenuta affidabile. Adesso l’ho sostituita con una foto che spero sia giusta. Tanti auguri per il successo del Diario.

  2. Benoit says:

    Dear All, thanks for the support / and any help you will be able to give us, by promoting the Magico carnevale!!!, just for the sake of accuracy, the second picture you published is related to Finale Emilia ‘s castle, 12 km away from San Felice… thanks again Benoit / San Felice s/P

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