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Portugal – “Gospel” by Pippo Delbono guest of the Festival de Teatro de Almada

The show produced by ERT – Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione is "a lay mass" opposing the divine grace to the violence and massacres committed on its behalf. In Lisbon, on 15th and 16th July

«Some days before dying, my mother –a faithful catholic woman– told me: “Pippo, please do something about the Gospel. So that you can give a message of love. We need that so much in these harsh times”.

At once I thought of the performances I used to take part in when I was a child in the parish in the role of the Infant Jesus with blonde curls. As I was in love – as she used to be – with that world of priests, churches, incenses, theatrical performances.

Simultaneously I thought about the role of God I recently played again in a Peter Greenaway’s film production. But this time I also played the role of the Devil, and the role of Lot, who lays with his daughters and cursed God and the Devil.
One of Greenaway’s characters said: “It’s not God who created man, but man created God”.

I thought then of all the conquests, massacres, wars, lies and fake morality which come from the hypothesis of the existence of God.

And again, I thought about the beauty, the art, and the poetry that the idea of holiness has brought along in the last two thousand years in our world. »

(from the director’s note by Pippo Delbono)


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ERT – Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione

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Pubblicato il 10/07/2017 — ultima modifica 10/07/2017
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