Debut: 9th September 2014 |Teatro Antico di Taormina
“Magnificat” is the performance with which Nèon Teatro celebrated 25 years of activity at the Teatro Antico in Taormina.
On the stage you see humankind, in all possible forms, who touch each other in language, search for each other in words, show themselves in gestures, co-exist in relationships made of ordinary and exceptional specialities and become one body, to then separate, dancing in the silence of signs traced in space. The nucleus is communication between individuals beyond any coding.
There are many suggestions from literature, which the director Monica Felloni stages using acting, dance and music.
“Dedicated to life, to the infinite forms of humanity, to the utopia of peace. Let the deeply dissimilar speech be printed in our eyes and in the stones, let there be footprints of unyielding lameness and paths in the air for undocked wheelchairs. Let poetry prevail, let it overflow from bodies and inundate the whole Theatre…”.
Scientists and philosophers have always dealt with the infinitely small and the infinitely big. But between the infinitely small and the infinitely big there is also an infinity. It is in that infinity that we live. Trying, imperfectly, to reach both, the two extremes. We wish we could travel throughout this infinity, continuously broadening our outlook and the horizon.
We want to be smaller and smaller but at times we succeed in rising up and pushing our minds further.Magnificat anima mea dominum. My soul exalts the Lord. My soul grasps infinity. It is a lay prayer which reveals a yearning for greatness, infinity, unity. The infinity is expressed in words, the words are in us, we are in the atmosphere, the atmosphere is in the universe, but the universe is in the words, the words are in us, in a circle that winds and unwinds without limits.
This circle, which is life itself, must not be broken. We must not fear that all the infinities that represent our yearning for freedom and greatness will destroy each other when they meet. Like soap bubbles, they don’t burst when they meet but they leave room for each other, so the infinities created by each of us, when they meet, will merge with each other in new unpredictable shapes. Those infinities of words then come back to us and we come down to earth. But they leave a trace, perhaps a timeless one. In a design which was perhaps written, perhaps not. But it is a continuous design, with a pencil that will never leave the page.
Let us not take the pencil off the page, let us not break the design then to go and get it back from somewhere else. We wouldn’t know where to start. Infinities can’t be broken. They would lose their nature as infinities. Magnificat anima mea mundum. My soul exalts the universe. . Magnificat anima mea verba. My soul exalts the words. And it makes them fly.
Magnificat 9th September 2014 Teatro Antico Taormina: click here.