“La bimba che aspetta” performance by Elisabetta Salvatori closes “Leggera Materia” exhibition at M.U.S.A., this Saturday and Sunday


This weekend at M.U.S.A., in Pietrasanta, Elisabetta Salvatori, local actress and author, will perform “La bimba che aspetta” (the little girl who waits), for two evenings of spoken word and music.

The performances are slated for Saturday, the 20th of September, 2014 at 9:15pm and for Sunday, the 21st of September, 2014, at 6pm.

To secure tickets see below.

“La bimba che aspetta” is a sculpture in nearby Viareggio’s cemetery, and the whole performance this weekend turns around the statue. It is a tale based on the events of a family in mourning, told in marble. The statue, sculpted by Ferdinando Marchetti, a Carrara sculptor, in the 18oos,  was commissioned by a widower who wanted to commemorate the death of his wife – who didn’t want for the tomb any sacred image. It depicts one of his daughters, who at the time was six-years-old. The child sits on stairs, waiting for her mother to pass by, accompanied by angels, on her way to heaven.

In Viareggio everyone knows of the statue… it has engendered tall tales and superstitions. Elisabetta Salvatori says: “The story starts from the stone; from the Versilia region, where, before the sea and tourism the city lived from marble. It’s a story of this land, between sea and mountain, it’s a story of the men who lived here. They worked in quarries and in the marble saw-mills, who at forty-years of age were already old – or in the marble studios, where sculptures were born, where with three strikes of the scalpel they sculpted a rose. These were people immune to danger, to fatigue, to the white gleam of the sun on the stone… to beauty.”

The performance – an ode to the Viareggio of the days of Lorenzo Viani, and to the anarchists of Carrara – will feature old lullabies performed by Matteo Caramelli on guitar and Davide Giromini on harmonica.

Elisabetta Salvatori studied art at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Carrara; she eventually found theater. She lives in Forte dei Marmi – in her family home – where she hosts a little theater, the “teatrino dei favolanti.” Hers is an experience “inherited from her grandmother” who, before her, told stories for her neighbors.

The performance caps off the “Leggera materia” (light matter) exhibition, which took place at Pietrasanta’s M.U.S.A. – “Virtual museum of art and architecture.”

Elisabetta Salvatori
“La bimba che aspetta”
Pictures, words and music to tell a story of marble.
Saturday the 20th of September, 2014, at 9:15pm
Sunday, the 21st of September, 2014, at 6pm
Cost 10 euros – free for children under 5.
Call 0583 976.659, 976.403 (reservations will close at 1pm on Friday)
Or email info@musapietrasanta.it with your name, last name, and the date of the performance.

Visit the M.U.S.A. webpage for the event, linked here.


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