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La ballata delle balàte in Australia


Vincenzo Pirrotta will shortly return to Australia to present his play La ballata delle balàte at the Street Theatre in Canberra on 5 April (7.30pm, registration here) and on 7-8 April at the Italian Forum in Leichhardt, Sydney  (7.30pm, registration here). On 6 April at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Sydney (6.00-9.00pm, registration here) Pirrotta will introduce and discuss the play.  La ballata delle balàte is a one-hour monologue in Sicilian dialect (English surtitles), written, interpreted and directed by Pirrotta accompanied by music by Giovanni Parrinello performed by Dario Sulis. The protagonist is a mafioso fugitive who in his hideout proclaims his faith in God while at the same time following the cruel logic of the mafia. The play offers a profound reflection on the relation between mafia and religious devotion with its staging marking the duality between sacred and profane (the blood of Christ and of mafia victims cohabit in the mafioso’s mind) and culminating in the adoration of a monstrance containing a characteristic form of mafia instruction (pizzzini).  The hideout becomes for the mafioso a kind of place of worship, made out of church candles, a table and two chairs, where he prays wearing a crown of thorns and a noose around his neck.  Continue reading

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Terra matta in Sydney: 17-19 Dec 2015

UnknownAlready a best-selling book published by Einaudi and an acclaimed film with script by Chiara Ottaviano and the director Costanza Quatriglio, Terra matta, the autobiography of a Sicilian autodidact, Vincenzo Rabito, will be presented in a version for the stage by Vincenzo Pirrotta and the Teatro Stabile di Catania at the Italian Forum Cultural Centre, 23 Norton Street, Leichhardt, NSW, on 17-19 December 2015 (times and booking here). The extraordinary story of Terra matta is the topic of a special issue of the Journal of Modern Italian Studies. Vincenzo Rabito’s youngest son, Giovanni, has described its origins and compared it with the second, unpublished, version of his life that his father also spent his retirement writing.

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