“The silence of the cosmos”: the ecological vision of Greece Italy at the theatre

The Greek Theater in Abruzzo

GRECE Italia will present its school of thought and the essay “The Silence of the Cosmos. Ecology and ecologisms” in the splendid setting of the Fenaroli Theater in Lanciano (Chieti), Friday 21 January, at 18.00.

From the readings of the essay two theatrical performances were born, for the occasion we will attend the representation entitled “Cloudburst” which will be staged immediately after the presentation-debate from 21.00 onwards. “Nubifragio”, is one of the two shows that are part of the project “Ecologia del Profondo/two shows for the new generations” by the Teatro del Sangro/Teatro Studio for ECO.LAN SpA

The two theatrical performances are: “Pulcinella and the cloudburst” for kindergartens and primary schools, “Nubifragio” for middle and high schools. The curators of the project are Stefano Angelucci Marino, Section Manager. Cinema and Theater of GRECE Italia and Rossella Gesini of Teatro del Sangro/Teatro Studio. “Nubifragio” will stage the actress Autilia Ranieri and the student-actors of the Teatro Studio. Both shows will be repeated throughout the month of January 2023 for the schools of the municipalities of Lanciano, Atessa, Guardiagrele, Ortona, Casoli and Casalbordino.

From the essay “The silence of the cosmos. Ecology and ecologisms” culture, theater as an art of truth, are committed as a barrier against the separation of theory from practice, meditating on an authentically integral ecology. A form of theater where the concepts of space and place, of time and perception, of the concept of limit and the arrogance of hubris, of the common path, of its originality and rites, draws on the sense of mythopoeia and symbolic efficacy . Involving the participants but also the public, encouraging the possibility of expressing the demands of reality on such a hot topic.

Following the plot of the theatrical show of “Nubifragio”.

cloudburst, dramaturgy Stefano Angelucci Marino, directed by Rossella Gesini with Autilia Ranieri and 14 student-actors of the Teatro Studio on stage, a Teatro del Sangro/Teatro Studio Lanciano production

A fourth high school student from Lanciano is traveling for the classic end-of-year school trip to the Valley of the Temples in Sicily. The class is accompanied by Professor Magda Vitiello, history professor, a tired, defeated, surrendered woman, extremely in love with her husband who has abandoned her for many years. They arrive in the evening at the Hotel Athena, a small two-storey hotel located a few hundred meters from the Valley of the Temples and the Regional Archaeological Museum. In the middle of the night a very violent and sudden storm breaks out. Professor Vitiello and the boys wake up with a start, fear and uncertainty about what to do. A girl, Chiara, daughter of an environmental engineer, takes matters into her own hands and confidently leads her classmates and the teacher to a room on the second floor. Locked in that “cage”, frightened and incredulous, everyone clings to Chiara’s indications, very well prepared on what to do in cases like these and very knowledgeable on climate change, emergency management and risk calculation. Professor Vitiello and the boys will stay many hours in that room. In that context, with the light that comes and goes, cell phones without reception, the threat of an imminent landslide, the rain that shows no sign of stopping, a close and dramatic confrontation will develop between all present on the real causes of that disaster in course. The young Chiara will slowly show with arguments and ruthlessness that the problem is structural to the society we are building, ecologism is the only answer. How to be ecologists? It seems like a trivial question, but it isn’t at all, especially in the midst of an unprecedented ecological crisis. The planet that hosts us makes its reasons heard, inviting us to do away with the capitalist gospels of “infinite growth” once and for all. To listen to the “silence of the cosmos” it is not enough to participate in the ‘Fridays for Future’, but to refer to an integral “world view”, which sees man as a being integrated into the community and place of belonging, open to the past and to the future. The “integral ecologism” of which Chiara speaks is metaphysical and metahistorical, founded on the divine which, as an ancient saying goes, “rests in the stone, breathes in the plant, dreams in the animals, awakens in man”.


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“The silence of the cosmos”: the ecological vision of Greece Italy at the theatre