The Arcanto Choir will perform a musical oratory to commemorate the Marcinelle disaster on the 5th February at the Radialsystem V Theatre in Berlin.
One of the darkest moments in Italian and European history, the Marcinelle tragedy took place the morning of the 8th August 1956 in the mining district of Charleroi in Belgium. 262 miners died, including 136 Italians.
Based on the book “La Catastrofa” (“The Catastrophe”) by Paolo Di Stefano, Etta Scollo has composed a musical oratory which will be performed for the first time in Germany, in Berlin.
Alongside her on the stage of the Radialsystem V Theatre, the actor Udo Samel will give voice through music to the testimonies of widows, orphans, survivors and rescuers, whose stories intertwine with a juridical reconstruction derived from court records and interviews.
Etta Scollo, solo vocals and guitar, is accompanied by the musicians Cathrin Pfeifer (accordion), Susanne Paul (cello) and by the Arcanto Choir of Bologna under the direction of Giovanna Giovannini, in reduced numbers for this occasion, as in the 2015 production of “Sono Pasolini” by and with Giovanna Marini.
The initiative has been realised thanks to the support of the Italian Institute of Culture in Berlin.
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