Marco Bruno | Polvere [Theatre Project] [2019]

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POLVERE is a theatre opera written by Pierfrancesco Nacca and directed by Giulia Paoletti.  The play, set in a family context, provides an insight into the side effects that the large steel plant (ILVA) has on the city of Taranto and its inhabitants. The Cataldo family is made up of Mimmo, Marina, and their son Piero, who live together in the Tamburi district near the steel plants.

There is a monster, crouched on its side who is imposing, snorting continuously day and night, that sleeps undisturbed.  This monster is an elusive and unstoppable shadow, a black hand that looms over the city of Taranto. A plague that bonds the destiny of many families there. It has a woman’s name, probably of Etruscan origin, once the Romans called the Island of Elba by her name: ILVA. ILVA, which now means iron or death. A Holocaust in the city of Taranto, where in the last six years has caused 11,550 deaths, on an average of 1,650 deaths per year. Work or health? This is the question that for many years had weighed on the people of Taranto who are now convinced more than ever: “We do not want a polluting steel plant “.

Mimmo (Claudio Spadaro) works for the steel company as a specialised steelworker, while Marina (Marina Lupo) teaches at the Ugo De Carolis primary school. Marina is on sick leave as she has been diagnosed with pleural carcinoma (the most common cancer in the city of Taranto). Piero (Pierfrancesco Nacca), their only son, has a conflictual relationship with his father, who is believed to be responsible for his mother’s illness.

However, the plot is being overturned by a new character. A Young Boy, (Andrea Lintozzi), who is the projection of Mimmo as a young man, before he would become an adult, a worker, a husband, and a father. The Young Boy will jump in the play as a “deus ex machina”, providing a glance at the good old days in the city of Taranto, before the rise of the unstoppable monster (Italsider, then ILVA) and social media. This little boy will return constantly throughout the story, like a breath of fresh air. POLVERE tells the story of a family weighed down by lead, nickel, dioxin, arsenic, and benzopyrene. A family who loves each other but is poisoned by the same poison that unfortunately nurtures generational clashes (between father and son).