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NSW 2029

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The Chapel Society is very pleased to collaborate once again with The Dante Alighieri Society as part of Sydney Italian Festival 2010 in presenting another reading by the very talented Bianca Bonino and her group of actors in the Chapel on Saturday 29 May, 2010 at 7:00pm.

Read more about Bianca and the company at http://www.foolsinprogress.org

Giovanni Testori

“Interrogatorio a Maria”

Invitation details

This year they have chosen a work by Giovanni Testori (1923-1993) entitled “Interrogatorio a Maria” (“Dialogue with Mary”), a very beautiful and reverent dialogue with the Mother of God and a chorus. It will be performed in Italian and a new authorised translation by Dr Maria Teresa Piccioli will be available. Dr Piccioli has written some notes about the author which are available below.

There will be musical accompaniment on the newly restored Puget organ played by Pastór de Lasala, who is the Assistant Consultant to the organ restoration project. You can hear more of Pastór’s fine organ playing, including some pieces on rare and historic French instruments on http://uk.youtube.com/user/tormus1 - just follow the links.

The readings will be followed by refreshments in the Notre Coeur Performing Arts Centre at the School.
The work is poetic and the dialogue is powerful and moving as Mary reveals the depth of her love for her Son and His love for all. We believe that this will be the first performance in Australia, and as it is frequently performed in Italy in churches, the Kincoppal-Rose Bay Chapel is a particularly appropriate venue.

It begins with the Chorus waiting –
“Will she come? Is she likely to arrive?
I did call her.
I have invoked her lovingly,
Brothers, let us repeat the invitation:
Christ does not want a single voice in prayer,
He expects faithfulness every instant,
ardour, consent.
within the hour, here, this golden evening,
come our beloved Mother,
do come consecrated dwelling place.”

We look forward to welcoming all of you who have supported the two previous readings and all those who have not yet visited the beautiful Chapel for another memorable evening with exceptionally talented artists.

Ann Henderson,
The Chapel Society,
Kincoppal-Rose Bay School of the Sacred Heart,
Email: annhenderson@optusnet.com.au

Notes by Maria Teresa Piccioli on Giovanni Testori
Giovanni Testori was born at Novate Milanese in 1923 and died in 1993.
He is undisputedly a brilliant, problematic Italian novelist, art critic and dramatist and very much part of 20th century Italian literature.
It has been suggested that initially his work was influenced by the novelist Gadda.
A great experimenter and inventor of imaginary language, including a mix of Milanese dialect, French, English and even Latin, he often draws parallels with Dario Fo’s play with language and semantics.
Testori’s use of language can be defined as functional and represents the author’s need to delve deep within the viscera of human nature. His use of language could also be described as an expressionistic distortion which is recognizable in his early  texts, not only the literary texts but also art critique. From the very onset there is a
sense of depth of meaning and anguish that are focal points in his writings. In his essay “The Belly of Theatre” (1968), Testori describes the function of theatre as one of adjustment and likens it to a womb where questions regarding truth and existence are sought.
Characters struggle with moments of hallucination, questioning and the metatextual elements. They attempt to approach the mystery of life which to some extent remains unsolved.
It was the well established Italian author Elio Vittorini who” discovered” Testori in 1954 and published the novel “Il Dio di Roserio” and following that “Il Ponte della Ghisolfa “ and “La Gilda di MacMahon” which describes the harsh reality of the Milanese hinterland. “Maria Brasca” Testori’s first play dates back to 1960. The next two plays”’Arialda”
and “La Monaca di Monza” were both directed by the famous Luchino Visconti. In the seventies he produced Ambleto and Macbetto.
Testori was to later replace Pier Paolo Pasolini as commentator and art critic for Il Corriere della Sera.
The play that will be presented by Carboncopy in 2010 on May 29th is “Interrogatorio a Maria”, published in 1973.
In form and structure it is quite reminiscent of medieval “cantari”or canticles and “laudi” –mystical texts charged with an inner tension and spiritual dimension.
Testori, as Henri Bremond suggests, is able to mediate prayer and poetry and words are exalted beyond convention and literary schemes.
“Interrogatorio a Maria" deals with the fundamental themes of the Genesis, of being and existing and that of creation with a spiritual sensitivity that goes beyond religious creed.  
At the epicentre of the play is Mary, in all her human simplicity. She agrees to answer all of the questions that the chorus of actors surrounding ask of her .These focus on the very foundations of man’s being, his identity and the meaning of life.

Finally in Testori’s own words:
“Beyond all historical judgement. It appears undeniable to me that theatre constitutes a sort of similitude with Christianity, as it is a form of catharsis.”

Notes by Maria Teresa Piccioli