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Premiere: Teatro Storchi, Modena (Italy), 28/10/2021

About this event

“What can one creature do,
Among his fellow creatures, if not love?
Love and forget,
Love and mis-love,
Love, definitely, love?
Love what the sea brings ashore,
Love what it buries and what, in the sea-breezes,
Is salt, or love’s yearning, or plain anguish?
Love the barren, the unpolished,
A flowerless vase, an iron floor, a bird of prey.
This is our destiny: to love without limits,
To love even our own lack of love”.
                                                        Carlos Drummond De Andrade


The project was born from the meeting and the friendship between Pippo Delbono and the theatre producer Renzo Barsotti, who lives and works in Portugal since years, and from their wish to realize together a performance on Portugal. This is the starting point of a research on “love” which is not only a feeling, but also a state of the soul. A real gear of the human organism, that selects, moves, crashes and rebuilds everything we see, feel and everything we crave for.

Amore is a musical and poetic journey through an outer geography – besides Portugal: Angola, Cape Verde- and an inner geography, the one of the strings of the soul that resonate at the slightest beat of life.

The musical notes are the sad ones of fado, notes that explode in bursts of energy through the voice of its singers which opens up to reach every corner of the theatre. One moment, the rhythm is the beat of a parade, the next one of a tableau vivant and then rhythm of a slow procession.

The image is a picture that changes its colours that becomes warmer and cooler.

Then there is the word of the poets, spoken in the warm style of the Ligurian artist through their usual, hypnotic reciting at the microphone. The words are those of Carlos Drumming De Andrade, Eugenio De Andrade, Daniel Damásio Asensão Filipe, Sophie de Mello Breyner Andresen, Jacques Prévert, Reiner Maria Rilke e Florbela Espanca.

“This show – says Pippo Delbono – presents a double vision of love. On one side – where we hear the voices of the texts – we, each one of us, look for that love, trying to run from the fear that attacks us. In this journey we try to avoid that love even if we acknowledge the constant yearn we have for it; I look for it and I yet want it, too. And this is exactly what is scary. But this path – paved with music, voices and pictures – may lead us to a reconciliation, to a moment of peace where that love can manifest itself beyond any fear.”

What keeps together this emotional process that never really finds its peace is a structure that juxtaposes the full and the empty, the singing and the music, the live voice and the silence, in search for a dreamlike and poetic representation of the cruelty of the undertow of breaking up and coming back together.

Absence, distance and nostalgia are the main characters; an emotional map that digs deep in the soul of the writer, of the actors and of the spectators themselves who are called to search with their eyes for what is missing and what will always be late in showing up.

Amore is an attempt to share a vanishing meeting: love is “a bird of prey” that catches you and takes you away and in so doing it is an utterly human quality. The different languages that intertwine within the soundtrack are an expression of this land, Portugal, a Land that welcomes and leaves traces; its poetic impulse reminds us what kind of respect we should pay to those waves of the soul that are otherwise constantly besieged by fear, mistrust and shame.

Amore is yet again an attempt to bring life into theatre. Mentioning this word, evoking it in a non-religious and dreamy way, we might get the chance to give it voice, to the long-time absent in the public discourse, the chance to free it from the whole narrative of this global, fearful, terribly human odyssey.

Pippo Delbono


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Theater season 2023/2024
from 02/12/2023 to 03/12/2023
from 14/12/2023 to 17/12/2023
from 31/01/2024 to 01/02/2024
from 08/03/2024 to 10/03/2024
from 15/03/2024 to 17/03/2024
Theater season 2021/2022
from 17/11/2021 to 18/11/2021
from 28/01/2022 to 29/01/2022
from 12/02/2022 to 13/02/2022
from 17/02/2022 to 20/02/2022
from 23/02/2022 to 24/02/2022
from 29/03/2022 to 03/04/2022
from 28/04/2022 to 29/04/2022
from 17/05/2022 to 18/05/2022
from 07/06/2022 to 12/06/2022
from 24/06/2022 to 25/06/2022


conceived and directed by Pippo Delbono
with Dolly Albertin, Gianluca Ballarè, Margherita Clemente, Pippo Delbono, Ilaria Distante, Aline Frazão, Mario Intruglio, Pedro Joia, Nelson Lariccia, Gianni Parenti, Miguel Ramos, Pepe Robledo, Grazia Spinella
artistic collaborators Pedro Joia (music), Joana Villaverde (set), Elena Giampaoli (costumes), Orlando Bolognesi (lights), Tiago Bartolomeu Costa (literary consultancy)
executive Producer ERT Emilia Romagna Teatro (Italy)
associated Co-Producers São Luiz Teatro Municipal, Lisbon, Pirilampo Artes Lda, Câmara Municipal de Setubál, Rota Clandestina, República Portuguesa – Cultura / Direção-Geral das Artes (Portogallo) and Fondazione Teatro Metastasio di Prato (Italy)
in coproduction with Teatro Coliseo, Istituto Italiano di Cultura Buenos Aires and ItaliaXXI - Buenos Aires (Argentina), Comédie de Genève (Switzerland), Théâtre de Liège (Belgium), Les 2 Scènes - Scène Nationale de Besançon (France), KVS Bruxelles (Belgium), Sibiu International Theatre Festival/Radu Stanca National Theater (Romania)
with the support of Ministero della Cultura (Italy)

technical director in tour Fabio Sajiz
sound Pietro Tirella
head machinist Enrico Zucchelli
head of the project in Portugal Renzo Barsotti
production and touring manager Alessandra Vinanti
organization during the creative proces Silvia Cassanelli
organization Davide Martini
production assistant Riccardo Porfido
volunteer assistant Susana Silverio

tour technical staff Pietro Tirella/Giulio Antognini (sound), Elena Giampaoli/Carola Tesolin (costumes), Orlando Bolognesi/Alejandro Zamora (lights), Enrico Zucchelli/Mattia Manna (set)

Special thanks: for the costumes São Luiz Teatro Municipal Lisbon, Théâtre de Liège and Compagnia Teatro O Bando

a production of Amore • Production Emilia Romagna Teatro