Il Carnevale degli Animali and other love beasts
Animals' carnival and other love beasts
Music by Camille Saint-Saens and songs by Vinicio Capossela
Vinicio Capossela and his ensemble, Amadei Trio and the soloists of Vianiner Philarmoniker
The concert features the performance of «Animals' Carnival», composed by Camille Saint-Saens in 1886 and a series of songs by Vinicio Capossela, all tied together in a tale that makes us wander between stories of famous animals, symbolism and bestiaries.
Bestiaries... Animals, masks of enygma, masks able to make us enter the sacred sphere, mysterious deities with which we share the Creation. In Medieval bestiaries they were studied not in the scientific or zoological sense, but with the aim of getting out of the real and entering the true.
Animals' natures are representative of human nature, of love and sin's nature. But man's lordship transformed our relationship with animals, little by little, into indifference, blindness, unawareness. Animals got out of our lives and got into cartoons or documentaries, or on the table, where the most common relationship that we live with them happens: eating them.
Giving up on animals is getting rid of an access to nature that, as Psarantonis says, is God. So animals are God's demonstration, the demonstration of another language spoken on Earth.
When we are in love, we are dominated by our most instinctive part. We can study, as Richard de Fournival did, the behaviours and natures that arise with love feelings, comparing them to animals' behaviours, as they were known in the Middle Ages. Love bestiary is the zoo that we have in ourselves, when passion opens the cages.
The «Carnevale degli Animali» project has been performed a few times between 2013 and 2014. These were the dates:
16th July 2013 / Tivoli (RM) / Villa Adriana
18th June 2014 / Ravenna / Ravenna Festival
21st June / Verona / Teatro Romano
26th June / Bollate (MI) / Villa Arconati
3rd July / Grottaglie (TA) / Cave di Fantiano