The opera “Bassifondi” by the Russian Maksim Gorky proposed on stage with the title created by the director Giorgio Strehler for its first performance which inaugurated the Piccolo Teatro in Milan in 1947
A sort of Dantesque descent into hell or into the depths of what Pope francesco would define it as the existential periphery: it is the one described in the work ‘Slums’ of Russian Maxim Gorkynow on stage, until March 3rd Argentina theatre
From Romewith the title ‘The hotel of the poor’ created by the director Giorgio Strehler for its first performance which inaugurated the Piccolo Teatro di Milano. The show sees Massimo Popolizio in the dual roles of director and leading actor, in the role of the ‘tramp’, for the theatrical adaptation signed by Emanuele Treviin a choral staging that sees sixteen actors in the spotlight.
“This work has an emblematic and poetic value, as well as historical; a great drama that could be defined Shakespearean in its skilful dosage of pathos, social denunciation, bitter comedy, philosophical and moral reflection on human destiny”, we read in the director’s notes.
The large number of actors on stage, representing the multifaceted population of this sort of refuge for the least of society, forces the director to “search for an adequate rhythm to the continuous changing of situations and points of view, in a crescendo of tension made even more evident by the narrowness of the space evoked”: this dormitory of derelicts and alcoholics, thieves and prostitutes, where the characters spend their days trying not to succumb to desperation and the inertia of defeat, ready to grasp even the dim light of a hope destined to fail.
(Of Enzo Bonaiuto)